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Sony updates bootloader unlock program

There are apparently two ways to swing when it comes to device manufacturers and the “tweaking” element of Android – a facet of the open source environment that has grown inevitably parallel to the OS. One is to lock your features and make it more difficult for hackers to tweak the OS to their liking. Or you could go Sony’s way and swing toward the freedom of the open source community, as they have done with their now updated bootloader unlock program.

Verizon Galaxy S5 Developer Edition goes live

Tweakers and enthusiasts eager for Samsung's latest flagship need no longer pine, provided they are willing to be or are already under Verizon's flag. The carrier has added the Samsung Galaxy S5 Developer Edition to its catalog precisely for these people, but it's going to cost them quite a bit more than usual.

Sony Xperia Z1 unlocked bootloader camera issue confirmed

It is quite rare for smartphone manufacturers to officially and directly support procedures that could potentially damage a device, so it is only fitting to applaud those that do, such as Sony with its Xperia phones. Unfortunately, things aren't so peachy and Sony has confirmed an issue when unlocking the bootloader of the newly announced Xperia Z1.

AT&T and Verizon LG G2 now supported by Loki flashing tool

In yet another episode of circumventing the restrictions imposed by manufacturers and carriers, developer Dan Rosenberg pushed an update to his Loki tool that adds support for the LG G2 from AT&T and Verizon. This allows Loki to bypass the locked bootloader and flash custom kernels and recoveries, which should eventually pave the way for the creation of custom ROMs for the device.

Verizon HTC One bootloader locked down tight, again

After months of waiting yesterday Verizon finally released their own version of the extremely popular HTC One smartphone. For whatever reason they made us all wait months for it, and once it finally arrived we were happy to find out it could be unlocked on HTCDev, which is HTC's way of letting developers have access to their smartphones, should they choose. However, this wasn't supposed to happen.

Moto X will have an unlockable bootloader on all but Verizon

Yesterday as Google and Motorola announced the new Moto X smartphone, somehow there was some confusion regarding the bootloader being locked down tight. We indeed heard the same thing from Moto, and they made sure to mention unlocked developer editions would be on sale from Motorola.com. However, today Moto's VP of product management is clearing the air once and for all.
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