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HTC Updates Bootloader-Unlock Warranty Messages on Device Pages

Since 2011 HTC has permitted bootloader unlocking on some of its models, allowing developers and enthusiasts to tinker to our heart's delight. HTC stood alone among other OEMs in providing both unlocked and developer edition devices, with the developer edition devices retaining much of their warranty despite unlocking. That changed with the HTC 10 which dropped the Developer...

Essential Phone Will have an Unlockable Bootloader

There is a lot of hype surrounding Andy Rubin's Essential Phone. The Essential Phone is priced among the upper echelon of smartphones. It's in the same tier as the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+, Xiaomi Mi 6, or the Xperia XZ Premium. The Snapdragon 835 SoC or its 128 GBs of internal storage aren't what make this phone...

Unlock the Bootloader of the European LG G6 (H870)

LG Electronics has officially announced that the LG G6 can now be officially unlocked through LG's developer unlock program. The program works on the European version with model name H870. The ability to unlock a bootloader is a big thing for all XDA enthusiasts. This move opens many new ways to customize the device, and XDA...

[Update: Second Vulnerability Patched] Two Critical OnePlus 3/3T Bootloader Security Flaws Discovered, One Patched and Other being Addressed

Before entering the wonderful world of Android rooting, custom ROMs, kernels, and other modifications, you first have to unlock the bootloader on your device. On some devices (especially carrier branded ones), this poses a problem as users have to deal with significant technical hurdles before they can unlock the bootloader. Other devices such as Huawei phones...

Android Pay on Wear 2.0 will not work if your Smartphone has an Unlocked Bootloader

For those of you who have been clinging onto hope that Android Pay for Android Wear 2.0 would allow you to make mobile payments even if your device's bootloader is unlocked, we have some bad news to share. Google has confirmed to AndroidPolice Android Pay on the latest Wear 2.0 update will not work if the paired smartphone...

OnePlus 3/3T Bootloader Vulnerability Allows Changing of SELinux to Permissive Mode in Fastboot

The OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T are among the best phones you can purchase right now. While the upcoming flagships of 2017 are yet to be revealed to consumers, in their absence the OnePlus 3/3T dominate real world performance at an affordable price. But, if we are to be fair in assessing the device, we need to...

How to Unlock Bootloader on Honor 8

  Before you can root your Honor 8 or install a custom recovery, you'll want to unlock your bootloader. In this tutorial, I'll show you how to get the unlock code for your device and how to use ADB to unlock your bootloader. Backup your data first. Unlocking the bootloader will wipe the data on your Honor...

Verizon Pixel/Pixel XL Bootloader Unlock has been Released

When Google revealed they had struck a carrier exclusivity deal with Verizon for sales of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL within the United States, many of us feared the worst. Given Verizon's history of preventing bootloader unlocking, enthusiasts feared that even the standard bearer for Android, Google's first truly in-house flagship smartphone, would be subject to...

Sultanxda Bypasses New SafetyNet Unlocked Bootloader Check on Latest CM13 Builds for OP3

Google’s SafetyNet has been a huge thorn in the side of anyone who wants to use Android Pay while having full control over their phones. Until recently, it has mostly been about disabling Android Pay on devices with Root, but a couple days ago, Google took it one step further -- they are triggering SafetyNet even...

How to Discover Hidden Fastboot Commands

In my quest to discover as much about Android customization as I possibly could, I've made many obscure, yet interesting discoveries. I've shown you how to access hidden menus on your device by sifting through all of the hidden application activities on your phone. More recently, I've shown you how to access the hidden hardware diagnostic...

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...