locked and unlocked Bootloader???

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  1. cheech4

    cheech4 Well-Known Member

    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.

  2. ardchoille

    ardchoille Well-Known Member

    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.

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  3. novox77

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  4. cheech4

    cheech4 Well-Known Member

    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?
  5. dan330

    dan330 Well-Known Member

    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.
  6. ardchoille

    ardchoille Well-Known Member

    dab330 is correct, without root access you simply see empty folders.
  7. DroidDroan

    DroidDroan Member

    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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