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Bootloader is the code that contains instructions required to boot any operating system's kernel. Basically, the code that is executed before an operating system powers up is called the bootloader. All Android devices contain their own specific bootloader version, as they're required by Android OS to boot normally. Manufacturers tend to lock bootloaders on their devices so as to make users stick to their own Android version and it also restricts the installation of custom ROMs.

T-Mobile G-Slate Android 3.1 update locks bootloader

08/18/2011, While users are usually more than excited when it comes to getting new updates for their mobile devices, it looks like T-Mobile G-Slate customers might not fall into that camp this time around. Despite the many improvements that the latest Android 3.1...

HTC bootloader unlocking web tool released

08/15/2011, It looks like HTC has managed to live up to their promise and has finally delivered the bootloader unlocking tool that they have teased us with for quite a while now. It was after a lot of requests by customers that HTC finally gave in and said that they...

HTCDev website launches with OpenSense SDK

08/08/2011, A few days ago we reported that HTC had plans to launch a web tool that would allow users to unlock their HTC device’s bootloaders. This is probably HTC’s way of getting around the carriers who probably would not have allowed the unlocked bootloader...

HTC’s unlocked bootloader tool may void warranty

08/04/2011, Remember when we mentioned that HTC would be unlocking the bootloaders of several handsets this August? It was pretty great of HTC to listen to their customers and give them what they want, although for those living in the US and who get their updates...

HTC unlocked bootloaders coming to select phones this August

07/10/2011, We all know that HTC is working on releasing unlocked bootloaders since May this year, but very little else is known about their efforts since then. Nice to know that HTC has finally issued an updated statement on the situation, promising that they will...

Motorola DROID 3 has locked bootloader

07/07/2011, OK, so the Motorola DROID 3 has gone from a leak to a confirmed smartphone, but here is a damper – the smartphone will have a locked bootloader, at least according to forums manager Matt on the Motorola Support Forums earlier this morning. According...

HTC hard at work on EVO 3D bootloader unlock

06/28/2011, The engineers over at HTC don’t seem to get much sleep, it seems, as they are hard at work to keep the company’s promise of rolling out a bootloader unlock to HTC EVO 3D owners (who by the way, have been waiting patiently for a mere 3 days)....

HTC backtracks on locked bootloader policy

05/26/2011, We did cover news that HTC might just review the locked bootloader policy after HTC fans who are involved in the homebrew scene used the power of social networking to get the attention of the top brass at HTC to consider their request. Not too long after...

HTC to review bootloader policy?

05/24/2011, HTC, a company that has been known for creating Android devices that were easy to unlock for hacking purposes did a 180 turn with the release of their last two devices – the ThunderBolt and Incredible 2. While the ThunderBolt’s locked bootloader...

Motorola promises unlocked bootloaders this year?

04/26/2011, It seems that the power of a collective group of consumers cannot be understated – otherwise, how would Motorola actually listen to a bunch of Android users, with the mobile phone manufacturer touted to promise unlocked bootloaders as 2011...

Sony Ericsson bootloader unlocker launched

04/13/2011, Sony Ericsson has kept to their promise of providing an easy way to unlock their Android phones, and today marks the launch of the official bootloader unlocker website. The website that provides official instructions on how SE Android phone users can...

Sony Ericsson paves the way for official bootloader unlock

03/29/2011, Sony Ericsson has gone against the grain with their latest announcement, which will see the smartphone maker offering advance developers the opportunity to unlock the boot loader in a secure and legal way later this spring, although this isn’t a...

Motorola Xoom will have an unlockable bootloader

02/23/2011, Motorola has just announced in a tweet that their upcoming Xoom Android 3.0 tablet will have an unlockable bootloader – just like the Nexus S and the Nexus One before it. What this means for most people isn’t much, but to developers and the folks...