Steve “Cyanogen” Kondik confirms bootloader is locked on AT&T Samsung Galaxy S4

According to Steve Kondik in a recent Google+ update, the AT&T Galaxy S4 is confirmed to have a locked bootloader. In his post, he states: Yep, it’s confirmed. The AT&T S4 authenticates the recovery and boot images before executing them. I can’t see what AT&T has to ...

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Verizon HTC Droid DNA bootloader gets unlocked method

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Alright, android guys and gals (see what I did there? Chuckle…), grab your hacker hats and geek gloves. If you’ve got an HTC Droid DNA, then AndroidPolice has an early Christmas gift for you. How does an unlocked bootloader sound? Pretty cool? Yea, we thought so, too. The bootloader ...

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Motorola enables bootloader unlocking for supported devices, root users rejoice

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Motorola hasn’t always had the best track record when it comes to bootloaders and rootable devices, but they’re apparently jumping on the open Android train with this latest announcement. User can now unlock bootloaders on their Motorola device, much like HTCDev.com. There are tons ...

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Verizon says Galaxy SIII bootloader will be unlocked via OTA update [UPDATED: FALSE]

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  EDIT: It turns out that Verizon customer service was misinformed, and the bootloaders will NOT be unlocked via an OTA (or any other) update. The OTA update mentioned is for the GSM Radio on the device. The bootloader is to remain locked, and the developer version will continue to be the ...

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Motorola says Atrix HD to have encrypted bootloader, needed to ‘meet requirements’

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  You know, you would think that, at this point, Manufacturers would get the point about locking down their bootloaders. It makes devs mad, it makes high-end users mad, and it just seems to be an all around lose-lose situation. Motorola confirmed on their Twitter page that the newly announce ...

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Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III to come in “developer edition” for $599, comes with unlockable bootloader

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Now that Verizon has admitted that their iteration of the Samsung Galaxy S III will come with a locked bootloader, there are a lot of users that are very upset… and for good reason. A locked bootloader means saying goodbye to most of the aspects of Android that give it the open source ...

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Nexus Q gets the XDA treatment: root it, unlock it, ROM it, love it

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When the Nexus Q was first announced by Google, it was no secret that they were encouraging hackers to get their hands on it. Google said they wanted rommers, modders, and tweakers to get to customizing and messing with the Q right away. The social streamer device has gotten what it wanted, and ...

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HTCDEV Announces Official Bootloader Unlock on Six More Handsets

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Installing custom software is a large part of the Android ecosystem. Obtaining root, flashing custom recoveries and ROMs are a way of life for the Android hacker.  Official bootloader unlocking is now available for six old/new HTC devices.

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Several HTC Desire models get unlocked bootloader

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HTC was noted a while back that they would unlock all their bootloaders. Today, they took a big step in that direction by unlocking the bootloaders for: HTC Desire HTC Desire HD HTC Wildfire HTC Wildfire S So good on ya, HTC. You can pick up the unlock tool at htcdev.com. Source: HTCDesirePortal

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ASUS tells everyone to relax, locked bootloader on Transformer Prime being discussed

There was quite a stir over the weekend for those who were lucky enough to get their hands on the ASUS Transformer Prime. Turns out these users were greeted with a locked down bootloader… or so the internet is hearing. We’ve seen multiple review units with an unlocked bootloader, ...

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EVO 3D Added to HTC’s List of Unlockable Bootloaders

To the delight of developers and Android enthusiasts, Sprint’s EVO 3D has joined the Sensation (EU) as being supported an unlockable bootloader.  If you’re the type of person who simply must tinker with your phone, head to HTCDev.com and follow the step-by-step instructions.  Please ...

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HTC Desire Z Getting Gingerbread in Few Weeks Time

HTC is working hard to keep their devices up to date and they are already working on Desire Gingerbread update and also on unlocked bootloader update for few devices. HTC announced in February that their 4 Android devices will receive Gingerbread by Q2 and Desire Z was also included in it. Now ...

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Score One for the Good Guys – HTC to Reverse Locked Bootloader Decision

‎"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," Peter Chou, CEO ...

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Sony Ericsson Provides Information Regarding the Linux Kernel on Xperia Devices

Sony Ericsson once again proving they are “developer friendly” in their latest line of Android devices.  Just over a month ago, we highlighted about SE’s plans to allow developers to unlock their bootloader using a website on a handful of new Xperia devices.  Now they’ve ...

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Motorola Jumps on the Unlocked Bootloader Bandwagon

Motorola, long considered the least friendly manufacturer to those who’d like to mod their phone, has indicated that they may begin including unlocked bootloaders across their Android product line later this year. Motorola’s statement comes in response to Australian Atrix owner ...

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