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It’s easier to unlock your Nexus 5 bootloader than it is to decide if you want to do it
If you’re receiving your shiny new Nexus 5 in the near future, you’ll want to think about unlocking the boot loader. It’s a bigger undertaking than the folks on the Internet make it out to be, and doing it later is a huge pain in the kiester, so it’s worth talking about.
First things first. Since it’s a Nexus device, it was designed to be easily unlocked. There is no extra encryption layer, no signing your life and warranty away at the website of the people who made your phone, and no software hacks to try to bust your way around things. You only need the SDK and be able to use the command line — which are things you need to know about before you ever decide to unlock your phone anyway.
Sony bootloader unlock site warns of camera woes for those who unlock the new handset
If you’ve just picked up a shiny new Sony Xperia Z1 and want to get hacking away at the device, you may want to hold off for awhile. A new message on the Sony Mobile bootloader unlock site warns that —
“Warning! At the moment, unlocking the Xperia™ Z1 boot loader will stop the camera functionality.”
So presumably if you go ahead with the unlock process, that fancy 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS camera will turn into a pumpkin. It’s likely this is a temporary glitch — and given Sony’s track record with allowing devices to be unlocked we’d expect a fix to arrive in due course. Nevertheless, if you want to actually take photos on your Z1 it seems you’ll need to keep your hands off the bootloader for now.
We’ve got an email out to Sony, and we’ll update this post with any further info they provide.
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After locking down the bootloader of its devices in 2011, HTC faced strong community backlash. This led to the company to release a web-based bootloader unlocking tool in an effort to appease users. Since then, the bootloader of any Android device from HTC (except for some of the carrier variants sold in the United States) can [...]
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[Updated: Q&A] Dan Rosenberg Has Unlocked AT&T Galaxy S4′s Bootloader, But We Won’t Get To See How For A While – Here Is Why
It was only yesterday that Cyanogen definitively confirmed AT&T’s treacherous move to lock down the Galaxy S4′s bootloader, but there is light at the end of that tunnel. No thanks to AT&T but to security researcher extraordinaire and a person I admire Dan Rosenberg, a.k.a. the magician, a.k.a. the root whisperer.
Dan, who is responsible for numerous root and unlock exploits, tweeted this photo of his Galaxy S4 earlier today:
There are no instructions or blog posts explaining the unlock at Dan’s blog yet – these should be coming in the future. When, you might ask? This part is not decided just yet, for a good reason (put down your pitchforks).
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[Updated: Q&A] Dan Rosenberg Has Unlocked AT&T Galaxy S4′s Bootloader, But We Won’t Get To See How For A While – Here Is Why was written by the awesome team at Android Police.