Carrier control over devices is disappointingly strong. Locked bootloaders and tons of bloatware are what make or break a phone for many tech enthusiasts, and the Moto X is no different. On both AT&T and Verizon, the devices have permanently locked bootloaders with no unlock method. Trying to appeal to the tech crowd, Motorola has ... Read More »
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Early this month an update file for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus was discovered on Google’s servers that upgraded the device to Android 4.0.4 (build IMM76K). Google quickly pulled the file down so we assumed it was just a test version and not the final Verizon approved file. Now several weeks later, the update file ... Read More »
After a huge backlash in 2011, HTC changed their strategy and said they would start allowing customers to unlock the bootloaders on their devices. Over the past six months HTC has unlocked over 45 devices, but it looks like the AT&T One X might not be participating in that program quite yet.
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As promised, Asus has delivered a bootloader unlock tool for their popular Transformer Prime tablet. On a Facebook announcing the tool Asus said, “we pride ourselves on delivering the best experience for our fans and users throughout our products’ life cycles.”
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For everyone that has been complaining about Motorola locking their bootloaders I’m sure this is going to… well let’s be honest this is probably just going to tick you off too.
Just days after the release of the unlock tool for the European Sensation, HTC has announced via it’s Facebook page that the latest OTA firmware update for the EVO 3D will allow users to utilize HTC’s unlock tool to unlock your bootloader. In order to unlock your bootloader, you will need to be ... Read More »
The people’s mighty victory over HTC’s locked bootloaders was huge news, but we haven’t seen much happening yet. Even though HTC promised to no longer lock bootloaders, many of you are still holding shiny EVO 3Ds and Sensations that are locked. Staying true to their promise, HTC has finally started to get the job ... Read More »
Owners of the new HTC flagship devices have been quite upset with the Taiwan-based manufacturer. A promise is a promise. While HTC states it is working hard to stay true to its word, both the HTC EVO 3D and the HTC Sensation have been released with a locked bootloader. These devices continue to ... Read More »
Update from ComputerWorld: This story originally said that Verizon Wireless expected to make the Galaxy S II smartphone available sometime in July. After the story appeared, the Verizon spokeswoman quoted in the story said she was incorrect and meant that Samsung Galaxy Tab would appear in July. She didn’t comment on whether the carrier ... Read More »
Keeping true on the promise to return to their hacker-friendly roots, HTC has indicated they are working to prepare a software update for the T-Mobile HTC Sensation that will serve to unlock the phone’s bootloader. (Though we still aren’t completely sure what they mean by “unlocked”).
This update from HTC didn’t ... Read More »