Buying a carrier device is usually a bad idea. Not only are bootloaders often locked, but the bloat and slower updates make an impact on usability for us enthusiasts. Fortunately, that’s not always the case.
Huawei has previously given its users the option of officially unlocking the bootloader on its devices, allowing us to flash custom kernels, custom ROMs, and modify the phones to our liking. Not only is this very consumer friendly, it also makes up for companies abandoning official support for devices early (and ... Read More »
Verizon‘s version of the Pixel devices aren’t supposed to have an unlockable bootloader. The first gen lineup on Verizon didn’t, and the current Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL shouldn’t either. ... Read More »
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The Nexus line is dead, but it seems that the mod-friendly nature of Google devices isn’t. Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones purchased from the Google Store will have unlockable bootloaders, so you can mod them ... Read More »
In its early years, Android was known for being the mobile OS for tinkerers and curious developers. With so much freedom granted, the ROM flashing scene became enormously popular, particularly as a result of stock Android’s fledgling status at the time. Fast forward a few years and you’ll find that stock Android is great on ... Read More »
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.
It’s not all bad. The rep says ... Read More »
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.
There are currently ... Read More »
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.
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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 »