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,
That was true. Somehow, I overlooked the HTC Kingdom (HTC EVO Design 4G and HTC Hero S) when making my list of HTC’s non-GPL-compliant devices.
I don’t like being wrong. And it looks like HTC doesn’t like it when I’m wrong, either. Things get messy, or something. So HTC fast-tracked the release of the Kingdom kernel source code. It’s available on the HTCdev website. So now, HTC is mostly GPL-compliant.
I was also reminded of the fact that GPL compliance means making an Android kernel source code available as soon as the Android device releases. HTC has yet to do that. Once they get a system in place to make that happen, they’ll be GPL-compliant. I’m sure that with all the recent successes at HTCDev, we’ll see this soon. Looking forward to it. For now, being up to date with all the Android devices on shelves is definitely a victory for everyone.
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 tool on the HTC Rhyme. I asked RussellHolly to try it on his HTC Thunderbolt. We now both have unlocked bootloaders. With the backing of an unnamed source at HTC, I feel comfortable going out on a limb to say at least every device released after HTCDev launched is now supported by their bootloader unlocking tool. Scratch that, HTCDev just posted this:
All HTC Android devices launched after September 2011 are unlockable. The website will be updated accordingly to reflect this in the coming weeks. We continue to work on models launched prior to September 2011, please check back often for the status of older devices.
For now, head over to HTCDev to unlock your device. If you find that your device doesn’t unlock, let us know so we can get a clear picture of how far the unlocking goes.
Congratulations to all persistent consumers who knew what they wanted. And congratulations to HTC and HTCDev for making it happen. We know it wasn’t easy.
December 23, 2011 By: Jase Glenn
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, including:
Evo Design 4g
And a lot more if it works for your device either post here or PM me and I will add to the list!
For right now there is no functioning S-OFF, but it’s in the works, so head on over to the thread here and show your unrooted HTC device some love.
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 put Rebellos’ Resurrection Bootloader on devices modified according to AdamOutler’s UnBrickable Mod.
Now they’re finding the fun doesn’t stop at unbricking phones. They’re flashing bootloaders built for other operating systems. “I used UnBrickable mod to install Bada OS bootloaders on my Captivate,” AdamOutler says. “Totally bricked it. Messed up partition tables and everything. It assimilated my Captivate. I used UnBrickable mod to load up a secondary bootloader while holding the key combination, then flashed it.” He goes on, “I was worried for a bit because it would not download, but eventually we got it! It works!”
This means the months of hard work put into this project finally paid off. AdamOutler working on hardware, Rebellos working on software. Once the hardware side of development finished, Rebellos stepped in. “You see,” AdamOutler says, “Rebellos is a developer working on a port of Android for Bada OS. He’s 18 years old, from Poland, just got his driver’s license, and he’s a badass behind the assembly language console.”
Samsung Galaxy devices normally boot using a primary bootloader to load a secondary bootloader that, in turn, loads the Linux kernel. Rebellos replaced the primary bootloader. That means they should be able to load non-Linux systems, like Windows Phone 7 or iOS. Rebellos says that will take, “tons of work in pure assembler, as they aren’t opensource.” He adds, “I’d say for SGS family you can count on Bada and any opensource OS, like Ubuntu.”
To put it clearly, the work these developers put into this project means the beginning of HD2-like development on any device with a CORTEX-A8 processor in it, including the iPhone 4 and Nexus S. And that’s exactly what AdamOutler and Rebellos plan to do. “We basically created a whole new system for developers to use for developing and noobs to use for unbricking after playing with the big kids.” Pure development.
The developers are currently looking for bricked and broken CORTEX-A8 phone donations, such as these:
Samsung I9000 SGS
Samsung S8500 Wave
Samsung S8530 Wave II
Samsung SGH-i997 Infuse 4G
Samsung T959 Vibrant
Samsung SGH-T849 Galaxy Tab 7.0 inch
Samsung GT-P1000 Galaxy Tab
Samsung GT-i9010 Girogio Armani Galaxy
Samsung GT-i8350 Omnia 7
Google Nexus S
If you would like to help out with this historical work, please see the development thread.