While we were happy to see the HTC One on Verizon compatible with HTCdev’s bootloader unlock tool at launch, we also knew that the party would be a short one. Early adopters of the phone (read: those who purchased it early on day 1) were able to take advantage of the tool before Verizon and HTC eventually shut it down. It was indeed a brief window of opportunity. And since it was such a brief window, there are more than a handful of owners of the One who want the same freedoms that those early adopters enjoy. That want has led to a bounty. (more…)
Last week, Punit Soni (Motorola’s VP of Product Management) told us that we were “days” away from the arrival of Developer Editions and other carrier models of the Moto X. Yesterday, Motorola updated their Moto X “ways to buy” page, showing off the new Developer Edition, which will sport a black front panel coupled with a white woven rear back plate. The render of the phone also shows the words “DEVELOPER EDITION” engraved on the bottom. (more…)
We all knew it was coming, it was more of a question of when rather than if. Verizon was not to pleased that their new HTC One could be bootloader unlocked through HTCDev.com. The phone and story just hit our hands yesterday, but according to a slew of people pouring into XDA, the ability has already been turned off. If you were one of the early adopters of the One yesterday and managed to get yours unlocked, consider yourself lucky. The rest of us will have to wait and see if our developer community can crack it without HTCDev.
Cheers Chris and Jose!
According to at least
two three members over at XDA, the bootloader on Verizon’s version of the HTC One is currently unlockable through HTCdev. I say “currently” because we have seen this happen with Verizon HTC phones in the past on launch day, but before long, they are removed and locked up tighter from the world than babies named North West. For now though, you can head over to HTCdev.com with your brand new HTC One, follow the steps that accompany their bootloader unlock tool, and begin to enjoy your phone the way it was meant to be enjoyed.
Now, it is my understanding that HTCdev only partially unlocks the bootloader. We aren’t talking full S-OFF here, but you can still flash ROMs and get dirty with it through a couple of work arounds that you wouldn’t see with it fully unlocked. Still, this is major, assuming it stays open.
Cheers @Dibears and @BloodiedWraith!
Bootloaders and the Moto X, what is really going on here? Yesterday, we were told that the bootloader on the phone is “not unlocked,” but with so many variants, did that statement mean from all of them? Apparently not. According to Punit Soni, Motorola’s VP Product Management, the bootloader status all hinges on the carrier, assuming it’s not a developer edition. Let me explain. (more…)
As of this moment, the bootloader on the Moto X is “not unlocked,” according to Motorola. I know that this news is going to disappoint many of you, but with the phone being tied to carriers, I can’t say that I’m exactly surprised by this move.
There is also no word on a developer edition, however, we were told that an unlocked (as in SIM unlocked) version of the phone is in the works, however, it will be specific to AT&T’s LTE.
Motorola’s Punit Soni has clarified the bootloader status of each variant. Hint, it’s good news.
It’s no secret that the most recent update to many of the Samsung Galaxy S4 variants in the U.S. patched up the previous bootloader and root exploits that were discovered by Dan Rosenberg. The Verizon variant is one in particular that is no longer a free device (Dobby is a free elf), so as has been the case with locked down devices over the years, we have a growing bounty on our hands that in only 8 days has eclipsed the $3000 mark. (more…)
Normally, we like to see software updates to our favorite phones because they tend to fix bugs and bring other enhancements that make them more stable or usable. Unfortunately, that doesn’t appear to be the case this time around with the new updates for the RAZR HD and RAZR M that were approved yesterday by Verizon. While they do improve GPS and eliminate random power cycles, they also aim to patch the kernel exploit that Dan Rosenberg used to unlock the bootloaders of each. In fact, in the changelog, there is a line that reads “ARM Trust Zone Security fix (Kernel exploit allows bootloader unlock).” (more…)