Don’t forget to reboot your Nexus or Google Play Edition device after unlocking the bootloader

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In case you were unaware, Nexus and Google Play Edition devices need to be rebooted after you unlock the bootloader. According to Android Police, changes have been made to the unlocking process and not rebooting would send your device into an infinite reboot into recovery. On the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013), LG G Pad 8.3 GPE, and Sony Xperia Z Ultra GPE, the bootloader is not wiping the device clean as it once did. Users should be rebooting prior to installing a custom recovery.

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Motorola gives nod to custom development, reverses decision to void warranty on unlock codes

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Previously (as in, before today), your warranty on your Motorola device would be voided if you requested the Bootloader to be unlocked. It was an evil, but perhaps a necessary one.

But today, it seems that change is in the air. If you request an unlock bootloader code for your Moto device  you can keep your warranty. Not only that, but Moto will be posting the return-to-factory software images. Awesome, right?

This news serves as even more proof that Motorola has become more and more “Google-fied” since it was purchased by the search giant.

Moto will also be reinstating all warranties to Developer edition devices that were purchased from 2012-2013.

Remember, this information is only for Developer edition devices, and it’s definitely not expected that they’ll do the same for other devices. Still, great news.

Source: Moto Blog

Bootloader unlock issue for Xperia Z1 confirmed by Sony

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Owners of the Sony Xperia Z1 who unlock the bootloader will discover an unfortunate side effect to doing so, the loss of their camera’s functionality. Sony has acknowledged the issue, going so far as to post a message on their unlock bootloader web site to warn individuals about the problem. A workaround does exist that involves backing up the TA partition, which holds Sony’s DRM keys, before unlocking the bootloader. If the camera is needed, users then have to go through the trouble of restoring the backup and re-locking the bootloader in the process. Hopefully Sony’s developers will have a fix for the problem in short order.

source: Xperia Blog

Verizon HTC One bootloader unlockable, custom recovery already available

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In unexpected news, Verizon’s brand new HTC One actually has an unlockable bootloader. No, we aren’t joking. the HTC Dev bootloader unlock process works on Big Red’s version of the phone, and even though that means it isn’t a full S-Off unlock, it’s still going to give you enough room to flash custom ROMs and the like. As a cherry on top, there are already easy root files available and a version of CWM recovery has already been ported.

Knowing Verizon, this was probably not intentional and it could very easily be patched up relatively quickly. If you have a new HTC One, you may want to consider following the links below to go ahead and get your device unlocked before Verizon patches anything up.

source: XDA

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via: Droid Life

Most carriers will offer Moto X with unlockable bootloader

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Moto_X_White_TAWhen the Moto X was revealed to the public yesterday, a big complaint was the locked bootloader. Motorola’s VP of Product Management, Punit Soni, is trying to relieve some of that worry, telling us that while the bootloader will be locked initially, it will eventually be unlockable using Motorola’s tools, down the road.

Soni says Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Rogers Moto X users will have the ability to unlock their bootloader. Verizon and AT&T are left off the list, but that may be because a Google Play Edition Moto X will be available for those carriers.

Source: Phone Arena

 

Bootloader on Moto X locked

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At Motorola’s NYC event today they announced that the bootloader on the Moto X is not unlocked, which is a little upsetting obviously but not surprising whatsoever. However, a “SIM unlocked” version of the phone is currently being developed, but will only be available to AT&T’s LTE. More Moto X news to come.

Source: Droid Life

Verizon and AT&T Galaxy S 4 gets bootloader unlock method

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Since the Verizon S 4 is officially available today, we’re also getting the official bootloader unlock method today. Dan Rosenberg, who has been responsible for unlocking many Snapdragon powered devices lately, was waiting for Verizon to drop their variant of the S 4 before releasing his work so Verizon couldn’t work a patch in. This method works on the Verizon and AT&T models, but now that the exploit is out in the open, a patch may come with a future update.

Right now, the tools aren’t really easy to use. Fortunately though, we can probably expect some friendly tools to show up for the less tech savvy soon. In case you do want to get your hands dirty and unlock your new S 4, you can check out the links below to download the tools.

source: XDA

Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S 4 bootloader hacked, boots custom recovery

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Dan Rosenberg sent out a tweet this morning letting his followers know that he had successfully booted a custom recovery onto the Verizon version of the Galaxy S 4 and he is looking forward to the release.

If you’re going to be getting your Galaxy S 4 in the coming days you should keep a lookout for this method. We’ll be sure to update you once it’s public but we don’t know how long it will take for Verizon to issue a patch.

Source: Dan Rosenberg (@drjbliss)

Via: Droid Life

Google Glass successfully unlocked, boots up with Ubuntu at I/O

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Google I/O 2013 featured a session titled, “Voiding Your Warranty: Hacking Glass,” which was pretty much exactly what you would expect it to be. During the session, Google Glass was successfully unlocked, given root access, and then loaded up with Ubuntu.

Of course most manufacturers wouldn’t encourage people to hack into their devices, but because Google Glass is a developer device, they’re looking for all kinds of experimentation.

In order to install Ubuntu, a few steps (simplified) had to be taken:

  • Load Glass with Launcher, Settings, and Notepad APKs
  • Pair Glass to a keyboard and trackpad
  • Jump into the terminal, unlock and gain root access
  • Follow the normal process of installing Ubuntu
  • (Load up a terminal emulator, complete Linux installer)

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More details about Samsung Galaxy S 4 bootloader hack revealed

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As promised, Dan Rosenberg aka djrbliss on the XDA Developers forum released some additional details about his attempts to unlock the Samsung Galaxy S 4. Yesterday he posted a pic showing the unlocked bootloader that seemed to indicate he had recovery capabilities. He confirmed that in his latest post on the subject where he reports his work will allow custom kernels and recoveries.

Rosenberg also confirmed he had achieved the unlocking on an AT&T variant of the Galaxy S 4. However, he is not planning to release any details until Verizon starts to ship their version later this month. If you think you will be interested in unlocking your new Galaxy S 4 using Rosenberg’s tools, he does recommend that you not accept any OTA updates prior to his publishing his release despite the risk of missing out on security updates.

source: XDA Developers forum