One of the new security features in Android 4.4 KitKat is verified boot which is designed to detect persistent rootkits that can hold onto root privileges and compromise a device’s security. However it as a side effect, it could stop the installation of custom ROMs.
Moto X units sold by Sprint, U.S. Cellular, Rogers and Latin American carriers can have their bootloaders unlocked on Moto’s website.
Following the Moto X event last week, the development community was saddened to learn that the bootloader of the Moto X was locked. The next day, Motorola’s VP of Product Management, Punit Soni, took to Google+ to clarify the status of the Moto X bootloader. According to Punit, some variants of the Moto X will be have a locked bootloader and others will ship with a more friendly unlockable bootloader. If you haven’t figured it out yet, it boils down to carrier restrictions.
Folks over at XDA have managed to flash the Google Play Edition HTC One’s bootloader and recovery to a regular HTC One, bringing the handset one step closer to a full GPE conversion.
During the recent Facebook Home event, a HTC spokesperson revealed that the HTC One Developer Edition will be available for pre-order in the next few days and that it will go on sale from April 19th.
HTC just introduced the Developer Edition of the One, which ships with an unlocked bootloader and 64GB of storage. Some limitations apply.
The Google Nexus 10 is one of the top Android tablets that Google has released. It runs on Android 4.2, the upgraded version of Jelly Bean. One of the benefits of having a Nexus 10 is the ability to easily unlock its bootloader. In fact, it’s one of the benefits of having any Nexus device. It’s important to note that unlocking your Nexus 10′s bootloader does have some risks, including the risk of making your tablet unusable. So, you should be aware of such risks before proceeding and you should follow instructions closely. Despite the risks you take, an unlocked…
While some seem to have learned their lesson and are extending a helping hand to the growing independent developer community, others are still stubbornly locking bootloaders and going out of their way to stop us from poking our noses into our phones’ internals.
Motorola introduced its bootloader unlocking program a few months ago, one that’s designed to let power users tinker with their devices more easily. While the majority of the supported handsets are those that come with the “Developer Edition” label, sold at an unsubsidized price, Moto has added the soon-to-be-released Electrify M to the club.
The Intel-powered Razr i and the international version of the Razr HD will have their bootloaders unlocked, according to Motorola’s website. This includes the Canadian version of the device, carried by Rogers.