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SunShine bootloader unlock (S-Off) tool now supports the HTC U12+

SunShine is a popular tool used primarily on HTC devices for enabling S-OFF. The tool was updated to support the HTC U11 earlier this year, and now it supports the HTC U12+. Without being able to S-OFF, modding HTC devices becomes a great difficulty. This release should open the door to the true modding capability...

SunShine Now Supports Android Oreo on the HTC U11

Modding HTC devices can be a pain -- they use what's called an "S-ON/S-OFF" system. It was previously possible to mod the HTC U11 with S-OFF using the SunShine tool on Android Nougat, but with the update to Android Oreo, the functionality broke. Now, SunShine's been updated to support Android Oreo on the HTC U11. SunShine 3.5.18...

Firewater Devs Show the HTC U11 S-OFF has been Achieved

HTC devices have a unique security layer built into their phones that is labeled either S-ON or S-OFF. When an HTC device is flagged as S-ON, various properties are protected from being permanently modified. This is why many enthusiasts opt for S-OFF, so they can get rid of all restrictions and modify protected partitions with...

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...

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...