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Old June 7th, 2011, 05:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Sorry for the newbie question here, but can someone explain the difference between a locked and unlocked Bootloader in android devices. i here some devices are locked and some or unlocked what does that mean.

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Sorry for the newbie question here, but can someone explain the difference between a locked and unlocked Bootloader in android devices. i here some devices are locked and some or unlocked what does that mean.
From what I understand all android phones ship with locked bootloaders. An unlocked bootloader is one that has been altered to allow 3rd party ROMs. Even the Nexus bootloaders are locked - though they can be unlocked with a single command. The issue that has a lot of android users up in arms is when a manufacturer cryptographically signs a bootloader so it cannot be unlocked. This is an attempt by the manufacturer to disallow root and that means no custom ROMs.

novox77 posted an explanation here.
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In addition to the link ardchoille posted, Please see this thread for a concise explanation of the various states of boodloader security. Feel free to follow up here if you have questions about anything I wrote.

http://androidforums.com/evo-3d-all-things-root/342046-encrypted-bootloader-properly-defined.html
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ok i got it. i pretty much know the answer to this but i will ask anyways. is there a way except for rooting the device to delete bloatware on the Droid XPRT/PRO?
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not that i know of...

you must have root access (rooted)
in order to get permission to get to the folders..
and then to delete the files.
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dab330 is correct, without root access you simply see empty folders.
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AT&T is horrible for bloatware and the apps are either not useful or you have to ay a fee to use them! wtf AT&T i have very little internal ram on my phone as it is and then you load it up wit a bunch of pointless apps! is anyone else annoyed by this?
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