The Nexus line of devices have historically been fantastic developer devices because of their fast updates, availability of source code, and easy bootloader unlock and root methods. This has also attracted all the phone modders, who love tinkering with their devices and creating new software for them.
Unfortunately, things might be moving away from that ... Read More »
The Moto X Pure Edition is no developer device, and Motorola wants us to know it. A Motorola rep on the company’s forums has commented with clarification on the warranty and bootloader unlocking policy. And just like with most devices, unlocking the bootloader will result in a voided warranty.
The further Android comes, the more it seems Google focuses on security. Luckily, this hasn’t much affected those who modify their devices, and this will be no different. Google has posted a new support page related to an upcoming verified boot system, which provides warnings about security when booting.
Usually, unlocking your bootloader opens the door to many other modifications to be made, like custom ROMs and fancy recoveries. Sure, you’ll often lose the ability to get over the air updates, but the side effects are usually non-existent. But this is not the case with the current generation of Sony devices.
The Moto E is perfect for several types of users thanks to its $129 price tag. Some will love it because of its the low cost, which will allow them to finally upgrade from a featurephone. Some will buy it for their young kids as a first smartphone because they won’t have to worry about it getting seriously damaged. ... Read More »
For many smartphone enthusiasts, stock software is never good enough. Luckily for us, Android is all about choice and freedom. And while manufacturers often don’t follow that philosophy, sometimes we can get our way with a bit of hard work. Manufacturers haven’t been very kind to the developer community as of late, but the developers ... Read More »
Carriers may strip us of our money, lock us into contracts and limit how much data we can use, but the worst thing they can do is lock a device’s bootloader. This makes the phone basically theirs; consumers are just using it under the condition that it stays stock. I hate this about some carriers, ... Read More »
It’s a new day for Motorola. The company has been making strides in how they conduct business lately by beating nearly everyone, including Google, to the punch in updating their handsets to the latest version of Android, and now doing a 180 on their terrible Developer Edition policies.
Announced on the official Motorola blog, unlocking ... Read More »
It was a good day, but now it’s over. The Verizon-branded HTC One is following in the footsteps of the DROID DNA. When the DNA was launched, it could be officially bootloader unlocked at HTCDev.com. People were shocked that Verizon allowed HTC’s bootloader unlock tool to work on their devices. However, it was short lived, ... Read More »
Verizon has long been on an anti-modding streak, locking down every Android phone that comes through their doors. This includes offerings from HTC, Samsung, and Motorola. In fact, Verizon’s Motorola devices used to be the king of locked bootloaders, with a system that took quite a while to crack. But they aren’t alone anymore. It ... Read More »