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Users claim the bootloader on the T-Mobile Sony Xperia Z1s cannot be unlocked

Xperia Z1sT-Mobile fans were ecstatic after the arrival of the Sony Xperia Z1s on their favorite carrier. However, all is not well with the smartphone according to users on numerous forums and social networking sites. It is said that the handset doesn’t have a user unlockable bootloader, which means the users won’t be able to flash ROMs on the device as of now. Of course, Sony or T-Mobile could change that with a future software update, but it’s a little surprising that the bootloader is not unlockable by default.

International Xperia Z1 smartphones come with an unlockable bootloader, although it requires a strenuous effort. We’re hoping T-Mobile will patch this with an update in the future as it certainly won’t reflect well on a carrier which calls itself customer friendly. Of course, for users who don’t flash a lot of custom ROMs, this is a non-issue. The Xperia Z1s is basically the same as the international Xperia Z1 but tailored to work on T-Mobile’s networks with LTE on board as well as a few other carrier specific tweaks.

Source: XDA, Reddit

Via: Android Police

Bootloader of the Verizon HTC One cannot be unlocked anymore

htc one bootloader

htc one bootloader

Verizon has finally tightened the screws on the HTC One as the bootloader of the smartphone cannot be unlocked anymore. This comes a day after we reported on the Verizon HTC One having an unlockable bootloader through HTCdev. We were beginning to wonder if Verizon was deliberately leaving it unlockable, but that’s clearly not the case.

So if you didn’t unlock the bootloader of your shiny new Verizon HTC One yesterday, you probably won’t be able to do it anytime soon. Verizon has historically been against customization and the development community as it usually doesn’t allow for bootloaders being unlocked easily.

This pretty much leaves the door open for a developer edition HTC One to arrive from Verizon which comes with all the essential tools to play around with the bootloader. Verizon has received a lot of flak for being so stringent with its regulations and today won’t be an exception. The smartphone can be snatched up for $199.99 directly through Verizon and also from Viva Móvil which is offering it for $99.99.

Via: Android Community


Bootloader of the Verizon HTC One now unlockable

htc one bootloader

Verizon HTC One

According to reports emerging out of the XDA Forum, the bootloader on the Verizon HTC One is currently unlockable over at HTCdev which is HTC’s dedicated bootloader unlocking portal. All you have to do is select your HTC smartphone from the list and get cracking. However, knowing Verizon and its stringent rules and regulations, this might not be up for long. So users are advised to make full use of it before Verizon sets out to change this. Any future Verizon updates could make unlocking the bootloader a difficult affair.

Post unlocking the bootloader, users should be able to do the usual fun stuff with their smartphones like flashing new ROMs and playing around with it. That is of course assuming that Verizon still keeps the option open until then. The Verizon HTC One went official last week with availability kicking off from today. The smartphone is available for $199.99 on contract and $599.99 sans contract.

Source: HTCdev

Via: Droid Life

DROID DNA One-Click Toolkit To Unlock and Root Avaialble

It’s questionable as to whether the DROID DNA is one of the best smartphones available today for a few reasons, but that’s a topic for another time. As you know, Verizon is like a over-protective parent when it comes to smartphones and their bootloaders. We all know that they hate unlocking their bootloaders, for some odd reason. Thankfully XDA member hasoon2000 has come up with a all-in-one toolkit that will unlock, root, and flash your DROID DNA with a ClockworkMod or TWRP custom recovery.

If you want further information on how to use the one-click toolkit, just head on over to the source link below.

Keep in mind that if you brick your device using this tool, it is not the XDA developer’s or The Droid Guy’s fault. If is your own actions. If you’d like to learn a bit more about the root process and etc, browsing a few XDA threads will get you up to speed. Although, following hassoon2000’s instructions carefully should ensure that no bricking of the device will happen. It is a all-in-one tookit, which usually reduces the chance of anything bad happening to someone who is new to all of this and such.

If you’ve successfully used this tool, make sure to head on over to the XDA forum thread and leave your thanks!

source: XDA
via Talk Android 


CyanogenMod Team Working On Their Own Update Service, Will Get Rid Of ROM Manager In The Process

CyanogenMod is getting ready to become even better than it was before. The CyanogenMod team is looking into bringing their own OTA update system to their users. There are probably many of you right now that are thinking, “So what?” Well, if you are a CyanogenMod users, you should be pretty aware that in order to grab an update, you would usually need to use the ROM Manager, which will quickly allow users to grab updates manually to their ROMs. The issue here, is that the ROM Manager is not open source at all, unlike the Cyanogen Mod ROM itself. This can prove to have a few issues/clashes. With that said, the CyanogenMod team has decided that this has gone on long enough and as a result, have developed their own open-source updating method within their own builds. Isn’t cool to be an Android programmer? I’m often amazed when I see people do things like this. It is like, “I don’t like how this guy does things, so I am just going to integrate my own method.” Pretty awesome, if you ask me.

This newly developed OTA (Over-The-Air) update system works in a very simplistic way. It is not complicated either. The update system will not be featuring push notifications (due to that being a Google Apps framework feature), but the updater will be able to automatically check for updates for the ROM at a user-defined time period and then pull down the update once it is available (it will pull the info from the website). What is really cool is that the update will be allowing users to pull down updates whether they are official, alpha or just another nightly build. Either way, this new system is awesome and is going to be a really good step in the right direction for the Cyanogen Mod team.  Who knows, this may even encourage a ton of users to hop back on board the Cyanogen Mod train due to how less difficult things are getting.

As of right now, all we know is that this is being worked on and will be on its way pretty soon. Soon is a pretty vague term, but that really is all the information we know about it. The CyanogenMod team hasn’t given off a solid release date, so we’ll just have to keep you posted for when they do. Whatever the case, with CyanogenMod moving towards an OTA update service, this surely proves that ROMs could become a huge thing. Not that they aren’t already, but if all a user has to do is root his phone, and then not have to worry about keeping it up to date by watching forums, I can imagine that a lot of people would be happy to jump on board the CyanogenMod train. I’d definitely be interested. Of course, that is on the basis that Motorola unlocks the bootloader for the Atrix 2 anytime soon, which we all know will not happen.

source: cyanogen
via: talk android

Motorola Will Not Unlock Older Smartphones


Motorola recently gave out good news to its users by announcing a bootloader unlocking tool for users willing to be set free of all restrictions. The company however has managed to drop a bomb on Twitter by mentioning that the unlock tool will not support older devices and that it is “not currently in the plan”. So this basically means that users sporting devices like the Droid Bionic or the Droid X2 will be left behind. The announcement seems rather premature though, as there aren’t many new smartphones/tablets that the company can brag of.

The current list of compatible smartphones includes Sprint’s Photon Q 4G LTE and the Developer Edition Motorola Razr (European edition). The good news here is that all new Motorola smartphones could come with unlocked bootloaders so as to support the tools. The aforementioned incompatibility issue however will disappoint a fair amount of customers. The new unlocking tool also supports the two variants of the Motorola XOOM (Wi-Fi and 3G).

The newly launched Atrix HD on AT&T ships with a locked bootloader, which according to the company was to accommodate for the carrier’s requirements. So since that is out of the picture, there are a few other devices awaiting release. The Photon Q 4G LTE (Sprint) is currently the hottest Motorola device up for grabs for $200 on contract. And since it comes with an unlocked bootloader, Motorola’s online unlock tool can be used. So for now, it seems like the company’s new unlocking tool will receive lukewarm response. However with devices like the Razr HD scheduled to break cover on September 5, things could be different. Motorola didn’t make it clear if the two Razr smartphones will receive the same treatment.

Motorola’s initiative is commendable, regardless of how it panned out. Also, Motorola has only mentioned that supporting older devices is currently not in the plan so we cannot entirely rule out the possibility of a change in strategy. We would like it if other manufacturers take inspiration from Motorola and offer something similar.

The chances of Motorola rethinking its current plan looks fairly slim, so owners of older Motorola smartphones might want to consider newer smartphones like the Photon Q 4G LTE or the upcoming Razr HD. What are your thoughts on Motorola’s newest strategy?

Source: Twitter
Via: Phone Arena

Motorola Opens Bootloaders, Four Device Currently Supported, More On The Way

I have some fantastic news for everyone! Well…sort of. Motorola has finally jumped on the customization train thus allowing users to unlock the bootloader on their device. Bad news is that only four devices are currently able to be unlocked. Though it will pave the way for users to install custom ROM’s, such as Cyanogen Mod 10, on their devices, you’re warranty will be permanently voided upon doing this. Oh yeah, there are many ways to keep your warranty, but Motorola actually has you sign in to your account so they have it on file that you’re phone has a void warranty.  That said, it may actually not be very beneficial to those who are seasoned in the customization areas of Android. I guess I won’t be getting a custom ROM anytime soon (time for a new phone!).

As I said, their are only four devices currently supported for the Bootloader unlock. The first two are smartphones and those happen to be the Sprint Photon Q and the RAZR developer edition. The other two devices Motorola is allowing you to unlock are tablets and are both the 3G Motorola Xoom along with the Wi-Fi version of the Xoom. They will be adding more devices to the roster as time goes on. I can only suspect that we now have this bootloader unlocking system to us because Google had bought Motorola. Just an assumption though!

The unlocking process is very simple, but at the same time requires a bit more effort than you would usually need. Those who are interested are going to need to grab themselves a free copy of the Android SDK (can find it on the Android Developers website), the Fastboot utility along with Motorola’s various USB drivers. Motola has showed us how to do the entire process on a very scary-looking series of web pages. Honestly, it’s not that bad, but they do make it seem like the end of the world is nigh. The only thing that I find terrible, is that they put it on record that you unlocked your device.

What do I mean when I say scary-looking? Well, Motorola has clearly, boldly and was outspoken that the company, “strong recommends against unlocking the bootloader and/or altering a device’s software or operating system. Doing so can have unintended, unforeseen, and dangerous consequences, such as rendering the device unusable, violating applicable laws, or causing property damage and/or bodily injury.” Motorola has said this in such a way that it has conjured up an image of any of your Motorola device’s exploding into a heap of dust the moment your bootloader gets unlocked. With the system they have set up, I actually wouldn’t be surprised if they did.

Honestly, this is all very weird. Unlocking the bootloader will void one’s warranty with a Motorola smartphone or tablet. Motorola has warned that the company will no longer be responsible if you should find yourself with a bricked or broken device after you mess around with the bootloader, rooting and flashing custom ROM’s. To be honest, I think the development community might be a bit unhappy as to how Motorola is handling the bootloader unlocks. On the bright side, they live up to their promise! Right?

The unlocking process will also blank your device. The result of that is deleting every last installed application and content. Really, it could just serve as a reminder that a user should back up all of the content on a device prior to following Motorola’s unlocking process. After Motorola basically conjuring up an image of the world tearing in half after you unlock your device, either people are going to just say forget it or this will be a new motivation to best another company in its own game (I’m slightly hoping for the latter option).

With all of that said, Motorola’s way of unlocking the bootloader on your device is very straightforward and easy to do. There is something that isn’t as clear though. That would be if any other devices will be joining the roster. While I said earlier that there should be more joining soon, apparently that was a rumor and wasn’t an official Motorola statement. Still, developing an online tool to unlock four devices seems rather advanced. I really would expect to see a whole lot more devices coming in the future.

Now, if you don’t want to follow through with Motorola’s plan to keep track of devices that the bootloader is unlocked with, it may just be in your best interest to wait a bit longer. It’s not very long that the XDA community will find a easy way around the bootloader now that the tools have been essentially released to us. That said, it’s still very well possible that you may get to keep your warranty without anyone knowing along with having the peace of mind that your device isn’t going to cause World War 3 and blow up into a pile of ashes.

Here’s a link to the web page where you’ll be able to unlock the bootloader if you’re not interested in waiting on the XDA community. Just remember to back everything up, because the process will nuke everything off your device. Again, I highly suggest waiting until the XDA community gets their hands on these new bootloader unlocking steps. In the long run, I think you will be very happy with the results along with the peace of mind that your warranty is still valid and active (of course, if you end up bricking your phone, there’s no coverage or way out of that).

Have you been able to unlock your bootloader? If so, let us know how the process went for you in the comments below! Was it easy or would you just rather leave the whole Motorola process alone and wait for one of the XDA community members to find a way to bypass all of this insanity? Either way, we’d like to hear your opinion.

That said, sound off in the comments below!

Did Verizion Really Just Unlock the Bootloader For The Galaxy S III?

It’s kind of funny actually, after all the trouble Verizon has been giving the XDA Community and in general users of the Samsung Galaxy S III, they have actually unlocked the bootloader. Just kidding, an XDA member did it. The moment I saw this, my instant thought was, “That’ll show Verizon!” I am so glad someone managed to crack that touch sucker to let the floods of ROMs unleash.

Verizon’s decision has definitely made a full circle around the planet. It all started off with tons of angry customers when Verizon had formally announced that the bootloader will be locked on their Galaxy S III. Soon after, hope rose from the ashes of angry customers after the miss-informed Verizon was corrected by Samsung. A few Samsung representatives had told many different people that an update for their Galaxy S III would be out soon that would unlock the bootloader on the device. Verizon, of course, brought the dark black rain cloud back over customers and quickly denied Samsung’s statements. Verizon left everyone with only the hope of an XDA superhero to find a way in cracking Verizon’s locked up bootloader.

Well, as said earlier, that day has come thanks to XDA superhero, AdamOutler. Thanks to him, we now have detailed instructions on how to unlock your Verizon Galaxy S III bootloader. Before we list all of the instructions though, it is vital to understand and read AdamOutler’s precautionary statement first. Listen up and read carefully:

Let me make this clear. If Samsung updates your device’s bootloaders, using this tool could potentially brick your device. Once you apply this, never accept a factory update without first flashing the Odin Packages in the Original Post of this thread. As a general rule, you want to be the last guy to apply any Samsung update. Run custom. 

As of the date of this posting, this works great on Linux and it should work wonderfully on Mac too. If you’re using Windows, I recommend downloading Windows Ubuntu Installer(WUBI) to install Ubuntu from within Windows.

For starters, you’re going to need the install files, just click the link below:

Install Files

Instructions For Unlocking The Bootloader:

  • Open this file
  • Select Root with DebugFSRoot and Do It
  • Select Flash Unsecure Aboot and Do It
  • Use Odin or CWM to flash kernels to your device

It is vital that you remember the risk you’re taking when trying to unlock the bootloader. If you’re not experienced in rooting or not comfortable with the steps, please, by all means do not attempt unlocking the Galaxy S III. From what we know so far, this is still a very new process and it would be best to wait a few days, maybe even a week or two before trying to unlock the device. Just to see what other people’s experiences with this method is. Remember, as a standard internet rule, make sure it does not break someone elses phone before doing it yourself (that may be a tough rule to implement in a non-virtual environment)!

One the other hand, as said above, if you’re an experienced user and know what you’re doing, give it a shot and tell us your experience with the whole process in the comments!

source: XDA

AT&T’s Motorola Atrix HD Comes With a Locked Bootloader


According to new reports, AT&T’s yet to be launched Atrix HD could come with a locked bootloader. Unfortunately for expectant users, playing around with the bootloader will not be possible with the new Atrix HD. Motorola gave out this info via Twitter, by saying that it was done so as to meet the “requirements” of AT&T. While this new revelation is sure to bring a frown on developers’ faces, a regular user wouldn’t be too concerned. The idea that someone is trying to mess around with the bootloader isn’t too appealing to AT&T, it seems. As a consolation though, it is believed that the company will roll out a few tools to unlock the bootloader. This however will not be anytime soon with the company only saying “more details to come”.

The Motorola Atrix HD was announced yesterday after being spotted in a number of leaks. The device features a 4.5-inch HD display, dual core 1.5 GHz CPU, 8MP camera on the back, 1.3MP front facing camera, 8GB of onboard storage (expandable up to 32GB), 1GB of RAM, 4G LTE on AT&T’s network and Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich.

The company’s decision about the bootloader doesn’t really come as a surprise. The previous iterations of the Atrix have all come with locked bootloaders, so it wouldn’t make sense for the company to think otherwise with the new Atrix. It’s not the end of the world though, as the company has promised a few tools for the unlocking process.

We saw a similar story on Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S III which packs a locked bootloader. But the carrier in accordance with Samsung, announced a variant of the device with a fully unlocked bootloader, though for a hefty price and without contract. We can’t expect similar things from AT&T though. Carriers have always been supportive of locked bootloaders as it doesn’t give users the liberty to play around with it or potential brick it.

Will this new revelation stop you from getting the Atrix HD?

Source: Motorola Mobility – Twitter
Via: Android Police

Verizon and Samsung to Launch Galaxy S III Developers Edition with Unlocked Bootloaders


If you can’t bear the thought of owning a Verizon Galaxy S III with a locked bootloader, the carrier has an option for you. Samsung and Verizon have announced the Developers Edition of the Galaxy S III which packs an unlocked bootloader.

The device however will be made available directly by Samsung, and you have to pay full retail which is about $599 (no contract). Samsung and Verizon Wireless issued a joint statement about the availability of this new smartphone. The press release did not forget to warn the users about the consequences of playing around with the bootloader. And as an answer to why subsidized VZW Galaxy S IIIs come with a locked bootloader, the company said that unlocking the bootloader will limit the company’s ability to provide the best service. Not sure if people will agree with that, but regardless we have a GS III with an unlocked bootloader now, though for a hefty price.

This is what the companies had to say in their official press release – “Samsung and Verizon Wireless recognize that there are many enthusiasts and professional developers that are interested in customizing their device with third-party ROM software. Unlocking the bootloader can put the stability of the phone in jeopardy; therefore, only experienced developers should attempt to unlock the bootloader“.

Verizon is selling the subsidized Galaxy S III starting from tomorrow (if there’s no delay again) with locked bootloaders. This was discovered when a lucky bunch of users received their Verizon Galaxy S III on July 5 as initially planned by the company. Needless to say, this was not welcomed by the users and now we have a change of mind in a way by Verizon and Samsung. Not sure if most users will go for it though as people will be more than happy with what’s running on board. Extensive hackers/developers however can start rejoicing just about now. You can head over to a Samsung store to get the device and remember you practically void your warranty when you’re playing around with the bootloader, so do it at your own risk.

Source: Samsung/Verizon
Via: Phandroid

HTC Unlocks More Bootloaders This Time Legacy Devices

It’s hard to think of a device that’s just over two years old as a “legacy” device, but at the super fast way Android travels, a legacy device could have been released last summer.

HTC is preparing a huge press event at Mobile World Congress. They’ve already said they are putting tablets on the back burner and concentrating on quality over quantity when it comes to phones. That’s why were expecting a big show with just a handful of new phones, some new services and a re-invigorated Peter Chou.

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Should manufacturers crack down on locking bootloaders?

One of the driving forces behind the Android platform is the ability to root your devices, which gives you root directory access, and subsequently allows you to grant superuser permissions that can be used for a vast number of tasks. More often than before, people are understanding that rooting gives them the ability to use their devices hardware, while simultaneously running a different version of software, or a ROM; not to mention that when developers get a leak of a software update, the collaborative efforts between them, usually found on, help to shape up and minimize bugs, and remove unnecessary applications that are woven in by the device manufacturer, resulting in better performance.

This brings about a problem, however; though it is not illegal to root your phone and install a ROM, companies have caught on to this movement, so-to-speak. The ability to install a ROM leaves almost no reason for the consumer to wait for a company to release an update, therefore shifting the playing field. This leads companies to believe locking the bootloader, which ultimately disables any type of rooting, in a way, is the only method of stopping what a large part of the Android community loves to do – flash, and boast about the ability to do so.

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