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Android 4.4′s verified boot has device modders worried

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by 8 months ago
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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 bootloader will be unlockable on T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular, Verizon getting developer edition

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by 11 months ago
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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.

How to unlock or relock the Nexus 10 bootloader

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by 1 year ago
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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…

Motorola’s Electrify M joins the unlocked bootloader circle

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by 1 year ago
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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.