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Bootloader Bypass Tool Released for Verizon and AT&T Galaxy S4, DROID DNA Sees S-OFF Too

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Bootloaders in general had a tough day today – or should I say the security departments behind them. Dan Rosenberg went ahead and published “Loki,” his tool for helping developers flash custom kernels and recoveries on the Galaxy S4 variants of Verizon and AT&T. It’s not a full bootloader unlock tool (“bootloader itself is untouched”) like we saw with a handful of Motorola devices, but it is a positive sign for the dev crowd. There isn’t a tool that can be used to do anything at this time – you’ll instead have to wait for your favorite ROM dev to use Loki in their next release. 

On a related note, the long-standing S-OFF battle for the DROID DNA has apparently come to an end. Devs beaups and Fuses posted the image below, which is a DNA with S-OFF that was not acquired by using JTAG or any of the other unattainable methods previously mentioned over the last few months. They haven’t released their method yet, so we are all waiting in limbo for the magic to be presented. Congrats, though, DNA owners.

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Via:  XDA [2]

Cheers Maximus and David!

  • nx8

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  • terrorist96

    S-off has been available for the DNA running 1.15 software version but not 2.04 and 2.06 updates. Is this S-off for the 2.06 version? I already got S-off on mine when it was still on 1.15 then flashed it to 2.06 (since s-off was required in order to update)

  • disastrousrainbow

    Excellent. I just got my S4. Madly in love with having my 64GB card in tow and a spare battery on hand when I go a little cray with my usage. Nova Launcher and the Tersus icon pack look absolutely gorgeous. Miss my DNA a little, but that’s only because it’s one of the best phones on Verizon to this day. Honestly, would have kept that sucker if not for the lack of storage and removable memory.

  • TJWaterskier

    Many DNA users have had S-OFF without JTAG for some time now using this method. -> http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2109862

    HTC did block the first method with an OTA but this Moonshine method will be great news for those who accepted the update or recently purchased the phone.

  • Rafy286

    Excuse my ignorance but didn’t the Droid DNA already have it’s bootloader unlocked with SOff? I know for sure because I have my DNA’s Bootloader unlocked with Facepalm. Is there something wrong with facepalm?

  • sgtguthrie

    Oh, so Rosenberg’s Loki tool just bypasses the bootloader and never unlocks it. The advantage is its easy to restore to stock, but the disadvantage is you can’t flash radios except with an update presumably, and that will likely patch the exploit. Now I’m rethinking whether I want to wait for the developer edition. I think I may…

    • DanSan

      curious to see if somebody actually unlocks and when that might happen

  • ex HTC CFO

    that is huge for the DNA. CM10 will probably run great on that device.

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  • Miltos

    I got the DNA in December and wanted to love it, but I didn’t so I returned it. Got my S4 in the mail yesterday and am loving it … Better battery life, SD card and removable battery FTW!

  • Spencer

    OMG SERIOUSLY?! I just got the DNA using the free coupon and I am totally in love with it, other than HTC Sense of course. So happy to hear that I may be able to get rid of the one thing that I don’t like about this amazing free phone 😀

    • gregmr

      Install Nova Launcher and under the Look and Feel menu set it to “Stock Jellybean” – should help cover up some of those Sense woes. Also, most of the Sense bloat and widgets can be disabled under Settings > Apps > All. I’d list what I was able to disable safely for me, but it’d be a long post

  • KleenDroid

    Now this is what I like to see!

  • gregmr

    This is great news for DNA owners since it’s been (arguably) the best device on Verizon since it’s release…

    …in November!!

    Wow, that’s a sad realization. I love my DNA, but really, no HTC One? And the GS4 a month late?

    • Nick Klenchik

      It’s only a month late for the GS4 because the developer with the bootloader unlock decided it would be best not to release it before Verizon released their GS4, in which time they could easily patch with a software update.

      • I think he means on Verizon…

        • Nick Klenchik

          Blonde moment (grabbing a snickers)

          • gregmr

            We forgive you

    • Bryce Mrozinski

      Same guys posted S-OFF for the One also. Still waiting for release.

      • Butters619

        Beaups was also part of the team that achieved S-OFF for the One X. Remember, if you like their work then donate. A few dollars goes a long way to continue dev support.

    • rodney11ride

      ummm best device on verizon? maybe the 1080 screen thats it. razr hd and s3 have benn better devises on verizon thus far…

      • JoshGroff

        S4 pro. Need I say more?

      • gregmr

        Notice I included the word “arguably?”

        Also, it has twice the processor and half the bloat… errr… ‘features’

  • And the t-mobile bootloader COMES with unlocked right?

    • Not sure why i got downvoted on this and then thought maybe it could be read as sarcastic?
      Cause im serious, i cant figure that out and i might buy an s4 at t-mobile.

  • i saw the new yestrday on the forms , and been waiting and going a bit crazy for s-ff for the droid dna

  • Anonymous

    Not just the HTC Droid DNA but the HTC One as well: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2291087

    • Bryce Mrozinski

      Everyone seems to be chomping at the bit to know how they accomplished this.. I’m interested at least!