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Sony Ericsson unlocking bootloader for some 2011 Android phones

Sony Ericsson has announced that it will be taking a more flexible approach to unlocking the bootloader on its Android smartphones, though the functionality won't be available until later in the year. According to Karl-Johan Dahlström, Senior Program Architect at Sony Ericsson, certain models of the company's 2011 range - including the XPERIA Play, Arc, Pro and Neo - will offer an open-bootloader option for flashing third-party firmware. Only SIM-unlocked versions of the handsets will be eligible for the official bootloader unlock, which Sony Ericsson says is because its carrier and other partners are cautious about files and apps being pulled from the secure storage of the devices they offer. Certain markets and configurations of handset will also be ineligible. Basically, Dahlström says, if you can connect your phone to the Fastboot tool in the Android SDK, you'll be able to unlock it. The original X10 will not be eligible. The company also cautions about the potential impact on owners' warranties, with the possibility of a "handling fee" should Sony Ericsson repair your device after it has been flashed with unofficial firmware. Still, this is good news for the Android community, which has grown used to being able to use its ROM of choice on its preferred device. More news about the functionality in the spring.

Nexus S Boots and Runs Ubuntu

Oh my goodness! How would you like your Nexus S, which recently of course booted up MeeGo, to boot you up some lovely Ubuntu? It's totally possible, and it's done by the same dude as did the MeeGo boot! XDA developer forum member, stroughtonsmith — or Steven Troughton-Smith brings us all we need to get started.

Motorola locking DROID X and DROID 2 bootloaders

Motorola has disappointed ROM-tinkerers with the news that, unlike the Motorola DROID, future Android smartphones from the company won't be supplied with open bootloaders.  Instead, Motorola will be "securing" the software on handsets like the DROID X and DROID 2, making loading custom ROMs significantly more difficult. The company says their justification is "driven by a number of different business factors" and that is common practice; the DROID having an open bootloader, in fact, is described as being done for "a specific business reason" though that is not detailed.  "The use of open source software, such as the Linux kernel or the Android platform, in a consumer device does notrequire the handset running such software to be open for re-flashing" the company points out, highlighting that Motorola does "comply with the licenses, including GPLv2, for each of the open source packages in our handsets." [Thanks Toby!]

Cincinnati Bell Blaze Has Been Rooted!!

The Cincinnati Bell Blaze has been rooted by AC’s own SeanFromIT. This is a great accomplishment given the fact that he had little to no help in the project. The Blaze is a regional carrier Android device and up until now it had almost no support by the dev community. Now that it’s rooted, custom ROM’s and recover images should follow. If you have Commtiva Z71, Vibo A688 or Orange Boston, these same instructions should work for your handset. Instructions on how to root your phone is after the break.

How To Manually Update to Froyo – Smorgasbord

With the release of Froyo today I see there are a few of you that don’t understand how to get it. Well there is three different ways you can get Froyo now other than waiting for the official OTA and I will guide you through all of them.

Manually Update Your Droid to Android 2.1

The long awaited 2.1 update for the Droid is finally. The first batch of OTA's has been pushed out to a fraction of Droid users, all users should receive this update by the weekend but why wait when you can have it now? You don’t even need to be rooted to update your device manually.
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