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ZTE Employee Hints at Unlocked Bootloader on Axon 7

One important aspect of how many users decide to buy a phone is whether or not they can root it or flash ROMs. Many users, myself included, hold the ability to root in high regards, and almost find no interest in phones if they are not able to be rooted.  A recent phone making buzz is the...

TWRP Makes its Way to the HTC 10 Weeks before its Official Release

It was just last week that HTC unveiled its newest flagship smartphone, the HTC 10. After weeks and weeks of rumors and leaks, we thought that HTC had little left that could surprise us. In a move that surprised many of us, HTC announced very consumer-friendly bootloader locking terms. Well, it looks like merely days after the announcement we're already seeing the...

Opinion: Why End User Devices are Locked Down For Security, and Why They Have To Be

I started cutting my teeth on Android here on XDA back in the days of rocking a Kyocera Zio . The goal back then? Finding out how to block those irritating calls almost everyone gets from an auto-dialer. Since those days we have seen Android grow and most definitely mature, and I have loved the journey. Just as...

Unlikeliest of Heroes John Legere Working to Free the S7

Many of us, awoke yesterday to discover the unfortunate news that the Snapdragon 820 variants of the S7 and S7 Edge would likely not see any development support due to the bootloader, which in case you missed it can be read about here. For the foreseeable future it looked like the S7 would be one...

XDA/Android Podcast Episode 12: “Locking into the Future: Flagships, Updates & Bootloaders”

The XDA/Android podcast will bring you the best news each week from the perspective of the XDA team, r/android mods, admins and users. Each week you can find our latest episode here, on Youtube, Pocketcasts and on your favorite podcast app through the RSS feed: http://www.buzzsprout.com/49234.rss In this episode, the team discusses the truths and rumors...

Xiaomi Locks Bootloaders; Unlock Approval Takes up to 21 Days, Bricked Devices Must Wait

At XDA, we have a love-hate relationship with Xiaomi: We love the low-cost revolution they and other Chinese manufacturers have brought to the smartphone race, but absolutely detest them for violating the GPLv2 on multiple occasions. The GPL situation keeps rocking back and forth, with sources for certain devices being released, while other devices get ignored and...

The Unrooted Enigma: Why is the Nexus Losing its Old Fame?

Every now and then, I stumble upon the rare sight of a Nexus user in real life. This doesn’t happen often, but when it does, I quickly pose questions about their ROM and kernel. But so far I always found that they are, in fact, not even rooted. To us at XDA, hobbyists and amateurs of...

Windows Phone Internals Opens the Custom ROM World for Lumia Phones

Somewhere around a decade ago, when XDA was a little forum based in Netherlands, users gathered together to make some modifications to Windows phones. It was one of the few, if not only operating systems that allowed modding to such degree. Many amazing developers started their careers hacking their Windows Phone devices, but when Android appeared, everything changed. Microsoft decided...

Verizon Galaxy S5 Bootloader Has Been Unlocked

Verizon has a storied history with regards to bootloader unlocking - namely, they hate the very idea of it. For years now, Verizon has maintained that preventing you from unlocking your device's bootloader is for your own benefit. In a letter sent to customers who filed a complaint with the FCC, Verizon states that: "[A]n open bootloader could...

A Look at Marshmallow Root & Verity Complications

As the dust settles on the Android 6.0 release, Nexus users galore are diving for OTAs and Factory Images, and getting ready for the latest iteration of the Android operating system. While, from the outside, Android 6.0 appears (visually, at least) remarkably similar to Android 5.0 and 5.1  (the Lollipop releases), there are a number of...

ZenFone 2 Bootloader Unlocked & More! – XDA TV

The ASUS ZenFone 2 Bootloader has been unlocked. That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is the announcement of Amazon Fire OS 5 developer preview and be sure to check out the article talking about forcing the Moto...

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...