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Cyanogenmod’s CM11 now ported for the Amazon Fire Phone

I’ve heard lots of people talk about the Amazon Fire Phone as a “pretty good phone if you consider the hardware”. And that it is – you can’t look at the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, HD display, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 (front and back) and say the hardware sucks – it most definitely does not. But everybody, and I mean everybody, will reach that point where Amazon’s proprietary Fire OS will trip them up. It’s simply that much far behind the stock Android experience that it renders itself pretty much as a bad experience. To counter that, the guys at XDA have ported CM11 for the Fire Phone.

Enabling ‘My Xperia Theft Protection’ may brick your Sony Xperia device

“My Xperia Theft Protection” (MXTP) is one of the new features found in the more recent devices of the Sony Xperia line – namely the Xperia Z4/Z3+, the Xperia Z4 Tablet, and the Xperia C4 and Xperia M4 Aqua. MXTP is unique in such a way that it offers bootloader level security to your device – in layman’s terms, this will not allow a thief to just wipe your device clean or flash a new ROM without knowing your Google login.

ASUS ZenFone 2 bootloader unlocked, customize to your heart’s content

The ASUS ZenFone 2 has been one of the major smartphone players in the “great deals” territory of the market. The phone represents a more than serviceable set of specs, especially with the Intel Atom multi-thread processors, at a price point that many will find very agreeable. A lot of the people who bought this phone will probably be happy to hear that there is now a way to safely unlock the bootloader of the device so you can start installing after-market software.

LG to start unlocking bootloaders, coming first to EU LG G4s

If you like to tweak your Android devices and you happen to own an LG device, you would most likely be familiar with the situation – it’s highly possible that you will encounter a locked bootloader when trying to gain root access and install custom recovery. The South Korean manufacturer has been making noises about allowing for unlocked bootloaders, but we haven’t seen it – until today.

Sony now allows custom recovery on select Xperia devices

Sony has always been a standard apart when it comes to helping their smartphone users customize their devices to the way they want it. Sure, they may have locked bootloaders, but Sony will unlock those for you. They’re even moving more into AOSP (Android Open Source Project) territory when the announcement came out that they will be officially allowing custom recovery installation on select Sony Xperia devices.

Special bootloaders from Sony to allow recovery access

If there’s probably just one thing you’d hate about owning a Sony Xperia device, it’s probably the bootloaders that prohibit booting into a recovery partition. Make no mistake about it, Sony Xperia devices are known for their aesthetic and chic minimalist design, and their premium hardware. But tweaking the software to run the custom ROM you want is always a huge headache.

Bootloader unlock for Kindle Fire HDX tablet now available

The Kindle Fire HDX Tablet is just one of those tablets, you know – the ones that you love so much for the robust specs but hate so much because of the software embedded in it. In this case it is Amazon’s proprietary Fire OS. Nothing against the concept of tweaked Android stuff, because we love that. It’s just the locked bootloader on the tablet – which means you can’t easily change software – that tick us off.

Achievement unlocked: Root for Sony Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact

In another pleasant display of showing the big corporations that, in the world of Android, nothing stays locked down for too long, clever minds have finally broken through the locks Sony has put on the bootloaders of the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact, making it possible for you to finally gain root access to these devices. In their defense, Sony has been one of the more lenient manufacturers when it comes to tweaking their devices for AOSP (Android Open Source Project). Well, there are just some locks that are meant to be broken down.

LG G3 locked bootloader workaround now available

The LG G3 is truly a flagship device in all senses of the term. It’s stylish and elegant, and the Korean manufacturer spared no cost on the specs and hardware. That is why we like it so much. And the software – well, we think LG does one of the best versions of tweaked Android out there, bar none. One small issue may be that the LG G3 comes with a locked bootloader, hence custom ROMs used to be close to impossible to install. Not anymore.

Unlocked Xperia Z3 Bootloader affects camera quality

Sony is one of the few Android OEMs that officially advertise support for unlocking their devices' bootloaders, with the usual warnings, of course. It is, however, to be expected that there would be some kinks here and there. The latest issue is reported to affect the Xperia Z3, which loses its impressive camera quality, as well as access to some pre-loaded content, when users decide to unlock the smartphone's bootloader.
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