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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 21, 2013

Motorola Becomes Developer Friendly, Warranties on Developer Devices Reinstated

Motorola is on fire, seemingly copying the ways of Sony in becoming a developer-friendly OEM. Everything seems to be perfect, but wait, Motorola? Do I have to mention that our Recognized Developers spent countless hours developing toolkits to crack your bootloader? Perhaps thanks to Google's influence, the new Motorola has become one of the good guys in the Android OEM scene. Earlier today, we talked a little about the Moto G, a relatively powerful phone with an unlocked bootloader aimed...

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Mike Szczys · May 24, 2013

Flash Custom ROM and Recovery to Samsung Galaxy S 4

After reading about Dan Rosenberg's bootloader exploit for the Samsung Galaxy S 4, I figured it would not be long before someone would craft a package for loading custom ROMs. Of course, I shouldn't be surprised that Dan is the one who figured it out. You may know him better as XDA Recognized Developer Djrbliss. In his original thread, you'll learn about the Loki package he put together to load custom recovery and ROM images into AT&T and Verizon variants of...

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Jimmy McGee · May 7, 2013

How to Unlock the HTC One Bootloader – XDA Developer TV

Recently, HTC released its latest flagship device, the HTC One. The HTC One comes in variants including AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. After numerous delays, the phone started shipping. And what do we do here at XDA developers once we get a new device? That’s right, we customize it. In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer Steve shows you how to unlock the bootloader on the HTC One. This allows you to be about to install custom recoveries and customer ROMs....

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Mike Szczys · May 1, 2013

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Bootloader Unlocked

Dan Rosenberg has done it again... Well, he claims to have unlocked the Samsung Galaxy S 4 bootloader, giving only this slightly blurry image as proof. But anyone who's been paying attention will know that Dan, aka XDA Recognized Developer djrbliss, is good for his word. The news comes via a set of Twitter posts over the last few days. The proof photo was posted about five hours ago, with zero details on how he did it. But if you hit...

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Mike Szczys · Apr 11, 2013

Bootloader Unlock for the Atrix HD, Razr HD, and Razr M

Dan Rosenberg (a.k.a. XDA Recognized Developer djrbliss) gets the credit for finding exploits on a lot of devices, and now you can add to it the line of Motorola units that use the Qualcomm MSM8960 chipset. There are currently three models included in this category, the Atrix HD, Razr HD, and Razr M. They're based on the processor marketed as the Qualcomm Snapdragon, and they're hiding some interesting tricks that may eventually keep users from loading their own ROMs. Dan's...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Aug 15, 2012

Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III Unlocked

Those of you who purchased a Samsung Galaxy S III on Verizon and were disappointed upon finding out that its bootloader was encrypted (not-unlockable) may now rejoice. An insecure bootloader is now available for the device. For those unaware, here is the back story: The Verizon Galaxy S III is probably the first Android device by Samsung that shipped with an encrypted bootloader, making it harder to root and sparking a petition by the community. Based on Samsung's track record of always shipping devices...

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Conan Troutman · Mar 3, 2012

Sony Xperia S – Tutorial for Unlocking/Relocking the Bootloader & Rooting

After having been released for less than a week, and with a forum added only a few days ago, the Sony Xperia S is the most recent device to find a home on XDA. Even so, we're already pleased to bring you information on how to unlock and relock the bootloader, as well as how to root your brand-spanking-new device. XDA senior member DooMLoRD put together a very comprehensive tutorial on dealing with the bootloaders, which is based on lollylost's similar...

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Former Writer · Feb 13, 2012

WiFi Problem Solved; Radio Flashing Problem Explained for HTC Sensaton

Some users have been having a lot of problems with the HTC dev bootloader unlock method. Not only does it not completely unlock the bootloader, but it causes problems with flashing things such as kernels and radios. This problem is especially present on the HTC Sensation, who suffer from issues such as not being able to flash some radio files and some kernels, unless installed in a specific manner, can cause some problems such as WiFi problems. XDA Senior Member...

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liwen · Jan 25, 2012

ASUS Transformer Prime Bootloader Unlock Should Come In February

At the beginning of this year, there was on outrage over the discovery of one of our forum members who found that the bootloader on the Transformer Prime tablet was locked and encrypted. Protest ensued, and ASUS quickly gave in and announced that it would develop an unlock tool. Now their official Twitter account revealed that the unlock tool (which they erroneously call 'root tool', for whatever reason) is expected to arrive in February. Just got word that the root...

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liwen · Jan 10, 2012

HTC Adds Bootloader Unlock Support For Desire HD, Plus Other Desire And Wildfire Models

HTC has updated its bootloader unlock database with a few more devices, this time the Desire HD and additional Desire and Wildfire models. Of course, HTC announced two weeks ago that all phones launched after September 2011 are unlock-able, and seems to be making pretty good progress on older models as well. The Desire, Wildfire, Wildfire S and two more devices were added just a few days ago. So, keep it up, HTC, and Motorola better follow along. Now go...

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azrienoch · Jan 6, 2012

HTC Adds Bootloader Unlocking Support for Wildfire S and 4 Other Devices

Following their move to unlock all bootloaders on phones released after September 2011, HTC announced today that the HTC Wildfire S, Wildfire, Desire, Merge, and A315c (a Wildfire CDMA variant) joined the official list. It looks like all the devices they added right after Christmas are on the list as well. The dropdown menu of supported devices on HTCDev’s bootloader page changed formats as well.  Now included, at the very bottom of the list, is an All Other Supported Models option....

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liwen · Jan 5, 2012

Operation Mosh: Petitioning Motorola To Unlock Their Bootloaders Amid Broken Promise

2011 came and went, and Google wasn't the only one breaking their promises. Back in March, Motorola said they would unlock their notoriously secured bootloaders before the end of 2011, and guess what? They haven't. So, what do we do? Of course, start a petition. This has worked wonders with HTC, and, only a few days ago, ASUS. Both quickly gave in to the pressure and eventually provided (or are in the process of doing so) official unlocking solutions. Motorola...

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liwen · Jan 3, 2012

ASUS Gives In, Will Develop Unlock Tool For Transformer Prime Bootloader

ASUS just announced that it will develop an unlock tool for the bootloader of its Transformer Prime tablet. This comes only slightly more than 48 hours after a forum member has found its bootloader to be locked and encrypted, triggering a massive amount of protest posts on its Facebook wall. As the original reason for locking the bootloader, ASUS cites the "content providers' requirement for DRM client devices to be as secure as possible" in order to support Google DRM...

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azrienoch · Dec 30, 2011

HTC Kingdom Source Code Released

I made a mistake.  A few days ago I reported that, with a slew of new kernel source codes posted on HTCdev, HTC is now GPL compliant.  That wasn't true.  I found out after saying it again on XDA TV.  On Twitter, @gu1dry said, @azrienoch Just finished the new XDA TV video, issue with the end, @HTC still hasn't released source code for the Evo Design... :/ That was true.  Somehow, I overlooked the HTC Kingdom (HTC EVO Design 4G and HTC Hero...

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azrienoch · Dec 28, 2011

HTC Unlocks Its Verizon and AT&T Bootloaders

Today, Peter Chou makes good on his word to no longer lock the bootloaders on HTC Android phones.  Just in time for those New Year's Resolutions. XDA Junior Member nightwings noticed, when trying out HTCDev's bootloader unlocking tool on his HTC Rezound, his bootloader was successfully unlocked.  Similar reports came in on the HTC Vivid forum, even though neither were named on HTCDev.com's list of supported devices. And it's bigger than just the HTC Rezound and Vivid.  I just tried out the...

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Jase Glenn · Dec 23, 2011

HTC Super Tool: The Latest All-in-One for Your HTC Device

Do you own a new HTC device? Is your device bootloader locked? For most of us to obtain root, using the HTC method of unlocking is tiresome. Go here, input this command, copy this, push that, and all to let HTC know that you want to void your warranty. Until now that is. Say hello to the latest creation from XDA developer: frigid. Known as HTC Super Tool v2, this bad boy roots a number of devices according to frigid,...

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azrienoch · Aug 28, 2011

The UnBrickable Mod and Beyond

A bricked phone.  No JTAG.  Modify hardware, upload a bootloader, and the phone lives.  Pure development. That's what I think of the work of AdamOutler and Rebellos to breathe life into dead devices.  A couple days ago, WillVerduzco wrote an article on Rebellos' method of unbricking Hummingbird devices by uploading your very own custom bootloader to your device.  A couple weeks ago, AdamOutler asked for help getting the official Samsung bootloader for Galaxy devices.  Since then, the two teamed up to...

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