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HTC Droid DNA HTCDev Unlock Workaround
In case you haven’t heard, Verizon is at it again. So far this year, developers have had to tackle the locked bootloader on the Galaxy S III and Verizon stopping HTCDev from unlocking the HTC Incredible 4G LTE. The largest carrier in the US still hasn’t learned yet, as they shut down HTCDev from working on the HTC Droid DNA. Or at least they think they did.
XDA Elite Recgonized Developer jcase has posted a method to get the bootloader unlocked, despite HTCDev not supporting it. Also involved in the process is XDA Recognized Developer dsb9938. The method itself doesn’t unlock your bootloader, but it will make your bootloader unlockable.
The method is actually an exploit that allows users to use HTCDev as normal. You’ll need ADB to get it done. Essentially what users will be doing is restoring a modified backup and implanting a generated CIDBLOCK.IMG. This allows your phone to be unlocked via HTCDev the regular way. It is a little complicated, so be sure to follow the instructions to the letter. The method does have the potential to brick your phone if done improperly.
For the full instructions, go to the original thread. For the time being, until jcase can get the instructions put in the thread, you’ll be following the directions jcase wrote on Android Police.
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