Ben Elliott · Aug 15, 2011 at 06:00 pm

Motorola Photon 4G Gets Unlocked Bootloader!

We added forums for Motorola’s new Photon 4G earlier this month in the hope that it would instigate development for the device, and users were pleased to find that over the weekend a way around Moto’s pesky locked bootloader had become available.

Thanks to XDA member Yay 4 Juggs, it became apparent to the XDA community that by flashing an update and following some simple instructions, owners of Sprint’s latest WiMAX device could flash custom ROMs to their hearts’ content. Also released was a ClockWorkMod-based recovery for the Photon to coincide with the freshly unlocked bootloader.

If you own a Photon 4G and are desperate to see some Blur-free Android on its 4.3″ qHD display, check out the bootloader unlock thread in the Photon 4G development section.


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ben_duder is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Hi! My name's Ben, and I'm proud to be one of the news writers at xda-developers. I live near London and have spent the last ten years wasting all the money I get my hands on on new gadgets with which to fulfil my technolust. I first got into HTC phones when I found a Lobster 700TV (the HTC Monet) at a very good price, and I'm ashamed to say that I couldn't have cared less about what operating system the phone was running as long as I could watch The Simpsons on the bus. As fellow Monet owners might know, the 'TV' part of the phone's alternate title was somewhat deceiving and was completely abandoned by the service providers in England. However, by then I had already fallen in love with the freedom Windows Mobile had given me. After the Monet came a Universal, with a Touch Pro following that. I've just bought a G1 (yeah, I know, get with the times!) because I'm really interested in Android as a budding operating system and don't think I could ever cope with a 'dumbphone' now that I know what's on offer. Although I haven't contributed much to the site in terms of programming or cooking help, I hope that I can give a bit back by letting you guys know what's new through my articles. If you have any questions, suggestions or complaints about those articles, feel free to get in touch with me via PM using the URL above.
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