One of the things to love about Android is its customizability and flexibility. For example, users can create custom recovery partitions on their devices where they can use it to flash custom ROMs, root their devices, make backups, and so on, in more robust and alternate ways apart from the official Google method.
If you’ve ever been interested in rooting an Android device then you certainly would have heard about Chainfire. That’s what the developer who reated popular root apps like SuperSU and FlashFire calls himself. Chainfire has now announced that all of his root apps have reached end of life which means that he will no longer work on any further development for these apps.Chainfire confirmed in a Google+ post that all […]
The other day we reported that it seems that some developers have figured out a way to unlock the bootloader belonging on the Verizon Pixel phones, and they teased whether or not they would release it to the public. The good news is that it looks like they have decided to, so if you own a Pixel phone bought via Verizon, you might want to check it out.
Ahead of the release of the Google Pixel phones, it was revealed that the Pixel phones bought from Verizon would have their bootloaders locked, whereas those bought directly from Google would not. This is a big deal for those who prefer to tinker around with their phones, and a locked bootloader will obviously stop that from happening.
For Android users who love tinkering with their devices and customizing it on a deeper level, chances are you have unlocked your phone’s bootloader. This is pretty much the only way to go about it if you want deeper customization and to install apps/tweaks that might require this level of access.
A couple of weeks ago we reported that if you were thinking of purchasing the Pixel phones from Verizon, you might be in for a rude surprise to learn that the bootloaders on the phones will be locked. So what can you do about it? We’re not sure if Verizon ever plans on changing their policy, but if you want a Pixel phone with an unlocked bootloader, you’ll have to […]
If one of the main reasons you love Android is the fact that it allows for much deeper customization compared to other platforms, you might want to stay away from Verizon’s version of the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. This is according to a tweet by Evan Blass who claims that Verizon’s version of the phones will have their bootloaders locked.
Amazon recently introduced two subsidized smartphones for Prime members. The Moto G4 Prime Exclusive and Blu R1 HD Prime Exclusive are sold at a significant discount compared to their normal retail value, the catch being that customers have to put up with ads on the lock screen and notification tray. Both subsidized smartphones have been hacked, meaning that users can root them and even install a custom recovery.
AT&T and T-Mobile don’t get along but it appears that the root method does. A root method has been developed for the AT&T Galaxy S7 and it’s said that the root method also works with the T-Mobile Galaxy S7. The process can be a bit daunting for someone who has never tinkered with their Android device at this level so if you’re not sure about rooting it would be best […]
If you’re looking to tinker around under the hood of your smartphone, it usually helps if the bootloader is unlocked. Over the years, OEMs have been kind of back and forth regarding unlocking bootloaders for customers, with some companies refusing to do so and saying it will void your phone’s warranty if you do so.
If you were hoping to root or tinker around with your Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge, you might be disappointed to learn that T-Mobile’s version of the handset apparently comes with its bootloaders locked, but the good news is that T-Mobile is working with Samsung to address it and hopefully unlock it for customers.
Rooting and Android handsets almost seemingly go hand-in-hand. This is usually because there are quite a few number of Android users out there who simply want to be able to have more control over their device and the things they do with it. Unfortunately for BlackBerry PRIV owners, rooting will be a huge no-no for you guys.
According to a report earlier this month, it was revealed that if you plan on using third-party lockscreens, don’t expect that you will be able to use Android Pay as well. This is apparently due to security concerns, and given that Android Pay basically handles your money, we suppose it makes sense.Now if you own a rooted handset, it looks like you’d be out of luck too as Android Pay […]
Usually OEMs aren’t too thrilled if customers were to root their devices or unlock its bootloader, and depending on the OEM, doing those actions can result in your handset’s warranty being voided. However that won’t be the case with the OnePlus 2, according to a report from The Android Soul.It seems that someone on the XDA forums had gotten in touch with OnePlus with regards to rooting or unlocking of […]