Items tagged with Bootloader

Leave it to the creative cooks working in the kitchen at XDA Developers' forums to come up with a way to serve Android 4.0 'Ice Cream Sandwich' (ICS) on Barnes & Noble's Nook Tablet device. A locked bootloader made things more challenging than they had to be, but as with similar recipes, installing ICS on the Nook Tablet is simply a matter sidestepping the locked bootloader altogether. They've figured out how to do that. "So now that we have found the leaking crack in the bootloader and proved its usefullness... others are going to start work on a couple of key projects that I could use a little... Read more...
We've seen that companies who actively listen and respond positively to their customers always end up winning. It's the companies that ignore the obvious feedback that end up having to worry. HTC is one of those companies who have gone out of their way in order to address some of the loudest concerns of their users. Most recently, that has involved the bootloader. Basically, a bootloader unlock will allow users to install any other ROMs and themes on their Android phone without screwing with anything else. Loads of companies forbid this, largely because they don't have time to deal with potential... Read more...
It's not often that major electronics companies really listen to consumer complains and suggestions. Far too often, customers are left to feel as if they're just being ignored, even when addressing things like warranty work. But it's pretty obvious that HTC isn't one of those companies. The phone maker made a surprise move this week, announcing that they will be removing the "locked bootloader" policy that currently keeps HTC Sense strapped tightly onto Android smartphones. This probably won't matter or mean much to casual users. To them, Sense is probably just fine. But for the DIY crowd, those... Read more...
Times are getting tougher for those attempting to root Android phones. While originally thinking that rooting the HTC Thunderbolt (Verizon's first LTE smartphone) would be a snap, it didn't turn out that way: HTC locked it down with a signed kernel, signed recovery image and a signed bootloader. It's reminiscent of what Motorola has been doing of late with its smartphones. That doesn't mean that the developers involved were unable to root the devices, but it does mean that, at least for now, there's no chance of custom ROMs. On the other hand, if all you want is access to SetCPU and Titanium Backup,... Read more...