The Blackhat 2014 conference is taking place this week in Las Vegas, a conference which Dan Rosenberg, the man responsible for exposing numerous security exploits on Android devices, is speaking at. You may recall his previous work that unlocked the bootloader of a number of Motorola DROID devices, something that developers had attempted for years to try and accomplish without success.
When Rosenberg (@djrbliss) first popped up on the list of Blackhat conference speakers with a topic that was to conclude by discussing an unpublished security exploit “including a live demonstration of using it to permanently unlock the bootloader of a major Android phone,” we were certainly interested. His talk happened last night, and according to those at the conference, he successfully unlocked the bootloader of the Moto X on stage. (more…)
Thanks to this weekend’s new root exploit/method/pile-of-awesomeness from geohot, we are hearing from a number of readers who own older Motorola phones (like the RAZR HD and RAZR M), that once rooted using towelroot, the previous bootloader unlock tool from djrbliss is working again. You may remember “Motopocalypse” from April of last year, an .apk file that really did finally end Motorola’s run at keeping their bootloaders locked. It was a glorious time, that’s for sure. (more…)
Every time a new device is released and then rooted or unlocked, it’s probably safe to assume that the carriers and manufacturers are simply learning from those exploits, patching them, and then making it even harder the next time around for developers to get busy. Thus is more than likely the case with the new Samsung Galaxy S5. We have seen some international units receive root, but a couple of the carrier variants, including the model from Verizon, hasn’t been as lucky. So what happens when a phone hasn’t been rooted and the tinkering community gets antsy? A bounty is born, of course. (more…)
Whenever we get a new Nexus device, like the Nexus 5, our mind thinks two things immediately. The first is to unbox the device (Nexus 5 unboxing) and let you all see which product is up next for us to review. Once we are finished there, we immediately go and unlock the bootloader. Why? Well, because unlocking the bootloader of a phone puts the device through a factory reset. Rather than setting the phone up and making it all personal, we like to unlock the bootloader so that we don’t have to worry about it ever again. Once done, we can then get on about our business reviewing the phone and turning it into our daily driver. Plus, if we decide we want to flash a ROM, root it, or put on a custom recovery, we are all set to do that without issue.
The Developer Editions of the Moto X are now available for both Verizon and GSM networks. Priced at $649, these two devices feature a custom look with black face and white back, along with the words “DEVELOPER EDITION” so that you don’t forget how much of a tinkering boss you are. Should you choose the dev-style, you’ll also get 32GB of storage and an unlockable bootloader. (more…)
Some carriers in the US are nice enough to allow companies to unlock bootloaders of their flagship devices when they launch on their networks. Unfortunately for most of us here, Verizon is not one of those nice carriers. Locked bootloaders and the struggle to get root is nothing new for Verizon customers, but there is now a ray of hope for fans who enjoy rooting their phones. Temporary root has been achieved on the Moto X, and the better news is that this exploit should work on the 2013 DROID line as well. (more…)
With the T-Mobile version of the Moto X going up for sale this morning, Motorola has gone ahead and added it to their bootloader unlock program. We knew it would be a part of it, but are still surprised to see it happen so quickly. Good job, Motorola.
The T-Mo version joins Sprint and US Cellular models in terms of the U.S. contingent. We’ll still see developer editions on this list as well, assuming they ever arrive. Remember, their arrival in “days” has already turned into weeks. (more…)
The Sprint Moto X is available as of, well, today. If for some reason you decide to leave your carry and join Sprint, you can pick it up for as little as $99 on-contract. If you are already a Sprint customer, you aren’t quite as important and will have to pay the typical $199. Either way, if you picked up (or plan to) a Moto X from Sprint, understand that your model comes equipped with an unlockable bootloader. Like the T-Mobile version (whenever it becomes available) and the developer editions (who have already moved out of the “days” away category and are now on 2 weeks), you can unlock to your heart’s desire with Motorola’s bootloader unlock process.
Motorola added the device to their supported devices list this morning, along with the Latin American variant. All you need to do to unlock is hit up the link below, and follow the few easy steps which include an adb command or two to find your device ID. It’s pretty simple, assuming you have the Android SDK and adb all setup.
Keep in mind that unlocking the bootloader of your device will void its warranty.