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All posts tagged "unlock"


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Google Files Patent For New Unlock Methods

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

http://www.patentlyapple.com/patent...id-devices.html

"A new Google patent application that was published by the by the US Patent and Trademark Office earlier this month, reveals that Google will offer Android OEMs new options to unlock future Android devices. One method simply involves using voice recognition while a second method involves a nifty two-icon methodology."

I'll just say I'm not a fan of any of Apple's lawsuits. It's unfortunate that things have gotten to a point where Google needs to patent an idea for a lock screen just to protect themselves. I do love Google's new idea for unlocking. I'm not so sure about the voice based unlock but dragging items to a target sounds very cool to me. It seems like it would give a lot of flexibility while still making it unlikely that you'll do something accidentally.

What do you think of the new unlock screen? Do you like the idea of a voice activated unlock feature?


Sunday, January 8, 2012

UnlockRoot is your Massive Root Resource

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Articles, Resources & Developer" @ 05:00 PM

http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/lifehack...es-in-one-click

"Rooting an Android phone used to be an esoteric practice reserved only for the tech-savvy. Those days are long gone. With Android gaining more world-wide popularity, users of Android devices have also learned the tricks of the trade."

Looking to liberate an Android device? Then check out UnlockRoot - which promises to root dozens of different devices!


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. ;)


Friday, April 8, 2011

Unlock With WiFi Automatically Unlocks Your Phone When On Preset Networks

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Software" @ 12:00 PM

http://lifehacker.com/#!5788727/unl...ur-home-network

"Android: Free app Unlock With WiFi toggles your Android device's security lock based on the Wi-Fi network you're connected to."

Locking and unlocking your phone can be a pain, but is often necessary to prevent unwanted usage, protect your personal info or avoid accidental calls. But now, Unlock With WiFi makes it a little less painful. The app keeps your phone unlocked when on networks that you specify. Great app to have if you don't see your phone getting tampered with while at home or at a friend's house. The app requires Android 2.1 or high and is currently free, so snap it up while you can!


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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