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Verizon locks the bootloader on its Galaxy S3 model

by: LucianJuly 7, 2012

If there’s a good phone out there that doesn’t have too many flaws, and it arrives in the US, you can usually count on Verizon to ruin it.

It happened with the One series from HTC, which they made unrecognizable by turning it into the less pretty and underpowered Droid Incredible 4G LTE, which also comes a name to match its looks. The same thing is now happening with the Samsung Galaxy S3, which Verizon decided to release with a locked bootloader.

Verizon is known for consistently locking bootloaders on Motorola and HTC phones, but until recently, we weren’t sure if it’s the manufacturers or the carriers who are to blame for the policy. [...]

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Our way or the highway: Microsoft’s lockdown on ARM devices

by: MohseenMarch 12, 2012

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Do you enjoy dual or even triple booting your computer devices? Fancy having more than a single OS on your mobile phone? Well, you might have to give up on any dreams of using multiple operating systems on any ARM-based device that is shipping with Windows 8 as its default operating system.

According to a report by XDA Developers, Microsoft introduced a clause in the Windows 8 Hardware Certification Requirements that specifically forbids the enabling of  custom mode in the ARM’s UEFI boot. The certification states that “on an ARM system, it is forbidden to enable Custom Mode. Only Standard Mode may be [...]

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ASUS Follows Motorola, Gives Transformer Prime a Locked Bootloader

by: AlexanderJanuary 2, 2012

Wasn’t there enough upset people with the news of the Motorola Droid RAZR having a locked bootloader that ASUS had to go and follow Motorola’s footsteps and do it with their Transformer Prime? Some XDA Developers are asking for a nuisance campaign after discovering the very much anticipated Transformer Prime tablet comes with a bootloader locked with 128-bit encryption, making custom Kernels and most community based and built ROM’s impossible to run on this advanced quad core tablet.

We love some Transformer Prime goodness just as much as anyone else out there, but a locked bootloader, seriously? I thought Android was all about openness? I guess ASUS [...]

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