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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.

New Kindle Fire devices are locked up tight, root methods may be difficult

Last week, Amazon announced a slew of new Kindle devices, including the all new Ice Cream Sandwich-equipped Kindle Fire HD. A lot of folks are really excited to get their hands on one, but developers and rooters alike may not be too happy when they set their eyes on the new device. It turns out that Amazon locked up the bootloaders of their 2nd-generation Kindle Fires using the same techniques that are used on most "high-security" devices.

Motorola finally unlocking bootloaders – for real this time

Great news! And yes it's actually true although we've heard Motorola sing this tune before. Today they've announced that starting with their new Motorola PHOTON Q they'll be unlocking bootloaders. On a very brief Blog post Motorola outlines that they'll also offer this to other devices in the future too -- but who knows how long that will take. We can probably all thank Google for this too.

DROID RAZR locked bootloader gets an early work-around

Hands-down the biggest dissapointment of the Motorola DROID RAZR launch announcement was the fact that despite Moto's commitment to more open bootloaders, the flagship phone would be locked down just like previous Motorola-Verizon devices. Even after considerable customer backlash and unlocking the bootloader on the international GSM RAZR, not to mention the fact that both Samsung and HTC have provided unlocked bootloaders for their own Verizon phones, Motorola has stood frustratingly firm. Now a pair of modders have found away around the locked bootloader, opening up the possibility for true custom ROMs.

Verizon tells the FCC that locked bootloaders are awesome

If there's one thing that's sure to tick off an advanced Android user... well, it's probably an iPhone user who thinks Siri is "innovative". But if there's another thing, it's a needlessly locked bootloader making root access and custom ROMs on an otherwise excellent device. Case in point: Verizon's stance on the DROID RAZR, and pretty much all of Motorola's devices and anything else they can get away with to boot. In a recent and seemingly unsolicited letter to the FCC, Verizon explained its position and reasoning behind requiring its OEM partners to lock their bootloader (in some cases). The reason? Why, it's all for you, of course!