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Motorola Becomes Developer Friendly, Warranties on Developer Devices Reinstated

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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 at dominating the mid-range arena at just $179. Motorola has gone even further. Now, requesting an unlock code for developer edition devices will no longer result in a voided warranty. Moreover, all developer devic. . . READ ON »

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Flash Custom ROM and Recovery to Samsung Galaxy S 4

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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 the GS4. The device must already be rooted, but he links to guides that can walk you through that as well.

There are a couple of caveats to the exploit. The first is that it will be very easy for the carriers to patch against it, so avoid OTA . . . READ ON »

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How to Unlock the HTC One Bootloader – XDA Developer TV

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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. You can then gain root access to your device. Check out this video to find out who wins.. . . READ ON »

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Samsung Galaxy S 4 Bootloader Unlocked

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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 his feed and look back a few posts, the picture becomes a little more clear. Two posts dated on April 29th give cryptic clues, literally. He mentions that RSA-2048 is used to sign the kernel and recovery. Looking at a quick Wikipedia reference on this key length tells us that th. . . READ ON »

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

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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 investigation did lead to an exploit, but I find some of the pseudocode he authored based on the disassembly an interesting look at what the future might bring from Motorola.. . . READ ON »

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Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III Unlocked

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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 with unlocked bootloaders, we can all safely deduce that Verizon is the one to blame here.

The devs here at XDA came to rescue shortly and it was rooted, but custom ROMs and kernels were still a n. . . READ ON »

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

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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 tutorial for the Xperia Arc. There are quite a few steps to achieving the end result, but they are clearly explained, with all the necessary links provided. The actual method for unlocking is via the official SonyMobile site, so it’s only fair tha. . . READ ON »

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WiFi Problem Solved; Radio Flashing Problem Explained for HTC Sensaton

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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 tkraaa has has taken a deeper look at some of these problems and, more important, ways around them or ways to fix them along with links to more threads that can help fix them. Here’s tkraaa’s take on the WiFi issues:

it allows you to install Custo

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ASUS Transformer Prime Bootloader Unlock Should Come In February

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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.

Of course, this can mean anything from next week to 30-something days, but in any case, it’s still pretty nice to see the compa. . . READ ON »

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