Unlockable bootloaders are at high desire for many Android users out there. After seeing Samsung bypass it with the Galaxy S7, we began to realize just how big of a deal it really is. We followed up with good news at the beginning of April confirming that the bootloader on T-Mobile LG G5 units were indeed unlockable.
We were anticipating the LG G5 to have a locked bootloader after seeing such on the Galaxy S7 models. However, this is not the case for a T-Mobile LG G5.
Some time this year LG will be releasing an official tool to unlock the bootloader on certain LG smartphones. They originally announced the idea last year around the time of the LG G3’s release, and we haven’t heard anything more until today.
One owner of the LG G3 was curious to see if his handset’s bootloader would ever be unlocked. LG has responded to his request by confirming that they are indeed working on a solution to allow owners of its flagship to do so. While an estimated time of arrival was not given, it is good to know that there is something on the way. The company did clarify that it may take some time due to technical restrictions, security issues, and carrier policies. But LG is “sorry for any inconvenience and disappointment” felt by G3 owners.
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Team Win posted its official custom recovery for both the Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch today, giving users the ability to add customer ROMs to the devices.
Once you’re in custom recovery, the options on the screen are a bit small for a smartwatch screen, so an upcoming interface update will most likely resize the buttons. Otherwise, everything works fine. Of course you’ll need an unlocked bootloader before you do anything.
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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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
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
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.
via: Droid Life
When 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