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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 is locked

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by 11 months ago
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For those who were curious, the Moto X comes with a locked bootloader. Not a surprise, as it’s a carrier device right now, but worth noting.

Verizon locks down another Samsung phones’ bootloader

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by 1 year ago
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Surprised? We aren’t. The confirmed details are in: Verizon has locked the Galaxy Note 2 bootloader just as it did with the release of the SGS3 on its network. Want to try out a custom ROM on your screaming fast Note 2? Sorry, Big Red subscriber. You’re definitely out of luck.

Motorola talks unlocking bootloaders; starts with Motorola Photon Q

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by 1 year ago
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Motorola Mobility is notorious for locking the bootloaders on a large majority of their devices.  We’ve seen them release device after devices with locked bootloaders and even promises of said bootloaders being unlocked in the future without following through. In fact, the development and modding sectors of the Android community have even sought changes to Motorola’s bootloader policies via online petitions. Sadly, the outcries of the community did nothing back then. However, times they are a changin’. Today, Motorola Mobility announced that their latest device, the PHOTON Q 4G LTE will have an unlockable bootloader. Motorola stated that for quite some time,…

Samsung’s sales page for Verizon’s Galaxy S3 Developer Edition is now live

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by 2 years ago
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Both Verizon and Samsung are seemingly unwilling to shoulder the blame for the Galaxy S3’s bootloader lockdown on Big Red. But if you’re looking for some incriminating evidence, you only need to look at how all the other U.S. carriers are selling the device with an unlocked bootloader. With the damage to its rap already done, Verizon is reportedly planning to release a software update that will somehow loosen its stranglehold on the Samsung Galaxy S3. It’s still unclear when Verizon will roll out the patch that will unlock the bootloader, though, and there’s always the chance that it might have a…

Verizon Galaxy S3 locked bootlocker to be fixed by software update “soon”

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by 2 years ago
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It’s no secret anymore that the Verizon Galaxy S3 version, although otherwise similar to other U.S. Galaxy S3 variants, comes with a locked bootloader. While there are ways around it, and while Samsung did announce that it will launch a Galaxy S3 Developer Edition version that will come with an unlocked bootloader – but which will cost users the full $599 price – it looks like devs that have already purchased a subsidized Verizon unit have reasons to be happy today. Droid-Life reports that both Verizon and Samsung customer care departments say that a software update, that’s coming at some point…

Motorola Atrix HD will have a locked and signed bootloader

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by 2 years ago
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I don’t think this will surprise anyone at this point, giving Motorola’s recent history with locked bootloaders, but it’s still a big disappointment. The bootloader of the new Motorola Atrix HD will be not only locked, but also signed with an encryption key, which makes it all but impossible for the ROM developers to go around it. Steve Kondik himself, the founder of CyanogenMod, has recently said that Motorola’s locked bootloaders are the worst, at least from the point of view of someone who wants to put a custom ROM on their phones. Maybe the locked bootloader wouldn’t upset people…

Verizon blames Samsung for locked bootloader, Samsung unveils Galaxy S3 Developer Edition in response

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by 2 years ago
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As the Internet backlash started building against Verizon for locking the bootloader of its Galaxy S3 model, Big Red tried to get out of it by suggesting it’s actually all Samsung’s fault. The allegation seems suspicious to anyone who’s followed Verizon’s history with locked bootloaders, and to anyone who knows that the Galaxy S3 bootloader is unlocked on every carrier in the world – except for Verizon. That’s kind of a strange coincidence, isn’t it? Later, when they realized nobody’s buying it, Verizon came up with their same old excuse (which also nobody buys) that an unlocked device could hurt…