Great news, Samsung phone owners: control of the dock is back, as an update to this year’s flagship — the Galaxy S5 — returns ownership of the shortcut dock squarely to the consumer, but why now when it’s been locked for so long?
For Australian owners of the Galaxy S5, there’s an update arriving that will make many smile, and others question why a change was necessary in the first place.
It doesn’t have much of a name, but the Maintenance Release 2 for the Galaxy S5 will fix some NFC bugs, patch up other issues, and deal with one of the biggest complaints Samsung has had for years: a locked shortcut dock.
For Samsung, this has been a topic the company didn’t officially talk about with journalists or consumers since it decided to lock the dock in a firmware release made available in the middle of the Galaxy S3’s lifecycle. Ever since then, the shortcut dock has been locked, so if you wanted to remove a few icons you didn’t actually use — say contacts or the stock web browser — and replace them with apps that you did — say Facebook or Chrome — you couldn’t.
Until now, that is, as Samsung’s latest update now makes that possible, with a test on our Galaxy S5 showing it to be real.
But the question from our point of view is why even lock it at all, only to unlock it a couple of years later? What was the point behind these actions?
Oh sure, Samsung, don’t get us wrong: we’re delighted that one of the biggest smartphone manufacturers in the world (they even make big boats!) decided to come to its senses and not lock down its customers, but we’re curious as to why even do it in the first place?