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All posts tagged "bootloader"


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

ASUS Announces Bootloader Unlocking Tool and ICS for Transformer Prime

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 02:00 PM

http://www.slashgear.com/asus-trans...nlock-03205655/

"ASUS has announced that due to the response they’ve had on the subject, they’ll be releasing a bootloader unlock tool for the device as well! Developers and hackers alike will be able to work with their NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core toting Transformer Prime on an intimate level, and will be able to do it with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as well, starting on January 12th, 2012!"

In case you missed it there was a public outcry due to the locked bootloader on the Transformer Prime over the weekend. Because of that ASUS said it will release a bootloader unlocking tool on January 12 and also start pushing out Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) to the Transformer Prime at the same time!!! This should make everyone happy! I'm impressed that they'll have ICS ready for the Transformer Prime so soon. Hopefully this will push other manufactures to get on the ball and release ICS for their devices sooner rather than later.


Friday, May 27, 2011

HTC Unlocks Bootloaders: Begins Shipping Peace And Love

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android News" @ 04:00 PM

http://www.bgr.com/2011/05/26/htc-t...id-bootloaders/

"There has been overwhelmingly customer feedback that people want access to open bootloaders on HTC phones. I want you to know that we've listened. Today, I'm confirming we will no longer be locking the bootloaders on our devices. Thanks for your passion, support and patience."

After all the backlash Motorola got for it's device locking down policies this can only be a good PR move for HTC. A short message from Peter Chou himself states that HTC will no longer be locking the bootloaders on it's Android devices. This change doesn't hurt HTC in any way. Anyone who would want to unlock their bootloader already knows how to do it. Those that don't won't notice any difference. Way to make some friends in the Android community HTC! Now just sell me a phone without sense, please. ;)


Thursday, April 28, 2011

Are Pigs Flying? Motorola to Offer Unlockable Bootloader for All Phones?!?!

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 11:00 AM

http://ausdroid.net/2011/04/26/the-...n-motorola-u-s/

"The Motorola Locked/Encrypted Bootloader Policy petition was started on the 10th March 2011 and in just over a month has accumulated 8,500 signatures. There has been numerous coverage from Android specific news sites and has even spurred on a Facebook page that has over 500 supporters with the sole purpose of bombarding Motorola’s Facebook page with bootloader questions."

Irwin, an Austrailian Android user, has started a petition and has gotten 8,500 signatures by people who want an unlocked bootloader from Motorola. It still looks like the carriers could get in the way but here is part of the actual response from Motorola: "It is our intention to enable the unlockable/relockable bootloader currently found on Motorola XOOM across our portfolio of devices starting in late 2011, where carriers and operators will allow it." That sounds pretty good to me! Moto has had plenty of other requests to free their bootloaders as well such as this poll they did on their Facebook page and just maybe all of it has paid off. With the recent news of HTC starting to lock bootloaders could this change of heart by Motorola have some people changing camps with their next phone purchase? Would it make you switch?


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Sony Ericsson is Fighting for Freedom with the New Xperia Android Phones

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 07:00 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/29/...w-xperia-andro/

"[Sony Ericsson] will provide a secure and legal way for eager Android hackers to gain full control of the bootloader on some of its upcoming 2011 Xperia line of phones. All four models are covered, the Xperia Play, Neo, Pro, and Arc, however you have to make sure you buy a handset that isn't SIM-locked to a carrier and then there are territorial considerations to take into account."

Motorola has a bad track record of being custom bootloader friendly and HTC is starting to act the same way. I was stunned when I heard Sony Ericsson is doing what they can to change this trend. Carriers may get in the way in some cases but Sony Ericsson will let you unlock the bootloader on their new Xperia Android phones! This is great news and, I think, more proof that they're getting serious about Android. Besides announcing four Android phones they recently announced that the X10, which they previously said would not get Froyo, will now be getting Gingerbread!!! I'm glad to see all the new competition coming out of the woodwork in the Android world this year! What are your thoughts on the new Xperia phones? Are you waiting for one of them? I like what I've seen of the Xperia Play!


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