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  1. bouchigo

    bouchigo Android Expert
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  2. Nightwind Hawk

    Nightwind Hawk Well-Known Member


    Here I come HTC!
  3. bouchigo

    bouchigo Android Expert
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    That's what I was thinking when I saw that. I hope they come out with a really nice phone for VZW (with good battery life).
  4. z0mb13m4n

    z0mb13m4n Android Enthusiast

    Yeah, right now the HTC's on Verizon aren't what I'm wanting, but Motorola really needs to follow HTC's lead on this an just unlock our damn phones already.
  5. ThaiBoy02

    ThaiBoy02 Well-Known Member

    I feel HTC as well as Moto need to step up their hardware on the VZW network, all their recent phones are just underwhelming.....
  6. Airmaxx23

    Airmaxx23 Android Expert

    Now all they need to do is make a phone that doesn't feel like cheap plastic.
  7. nsa_sailor

    nsa_sailor Android Enthusiast

    But they are cheap plastic.
    I actually like my HTC Imagio.
  8. Kevmueller

    Kevmueller Android Expert

    Of all the bands of phones I have owned, which is most (outside of Apple) Motorola builds the strongest feeling phone. I would be willing to say IF Motorola ever decides to unlock the bootloaders I may never buy a different brand of phone. The two HTC phones I had looked used after 4 to 5 months, my 10 month old X still looks like it came out of the box last week.
  9. trophynuts

    trophynuts Extreme Android User

    First of all...i've never heard anyone use HTC and Good Battery life in the same sentence until now...lol

    Second of all....isn't this just a way possibly for HTC to point the finger at Carriers. Just because HTC doesn't lock phones could the carrier still lock them?
  10. PACAnesFan

    PACAnesFan Well-Known Member

    Didn't Moto say they would unlock bootloaders when/if the carriers sign on to the idea? I would imagine Verizon would not be too happy if HTC did this of their own accord.
  11. anabsa

    anabsa Member

    It appears that you are right...

    @VZWSupport will @VerizonWireless allow @htc phones with the unlocked bootloader on there network?

    @andrewwalberg No, a device with an unlocked bootloader cannot be activated on the Verizon Wireless network. *RB
  12. Metroidman

    Metroidman Member

    Um what? Incredible had unlocked Bootloader as I recall. So did the original Droid. I don't think the inc 2 or TBolt have locked Bootloaders.
  13. PACAnesFan

    PACAnesFan Well-Known Member

    The Inc2 and TBolt DO have locked bootloaders. HTC provided the keys to the dev. community. The Inc did have an unlocked bootloader, if I recall correctly.

    That tweet is very interesting. Very interesting indeed.
  14. andonakis

    andonakis Well-Known Member

    What in the world is a bootloader?? And why is it such a deal breaker for so many? I just don't understand this bootloader thing. I googled it and I still don't understand the benefit of having an "UNLOCKED BOOTLOADER":thinking:
  15. trophynuts

    trophynuts Extreme Android User

    let the carrier/manufacturer finger pointing begin
  16. hahaha what

    hahaha what Android Enthusiast


    @VZWSupport VZW Support
    Correction>> You CAN activate your HTC device with an unlocked bootloader on our network, we apologize for the confusion.

    also moto talked about bootloader unlocking months ago, this thread should be named htc paid attention and followed motorola's lead.
  17. VoidedSaint

    VoidedSaint Resident Ninja

    lol, it should actually be named
    HTC followed Moto's lead but realized that was dumb
  18. JrzDroid

    JrzDroid Android Expert

    talked but never did anything. HTC said it and then did it. Motorola's was a public stunt. Said it from the beginning
  19. scary alien

    scary alien not really so scary
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    A bootloader is the software that a computer (or whatever smart device is using a CPU) uses to initially load the remaining operating system software (Android, in our phone's case). The term is coined from the word "bootstrap" or "bootstrapping" (i.e., to pull oneself up by your own bootstraps (think cowboy boots with the straps on the side)). See Bootstrapping - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    A locked bootloader prevents you from loading (booting) software that does not have the signature that said locked bootloader expects (i.e., Motorola, in this case, prevents only Moto-signed ROMs / software from being loaded and flashed).

    Unlocking the bootloader, or allowing the bootloader to load things other than the "approved" / signed software, opens-up the possibilities of installing custom kernels, true custom recoveries, and ROMs that may (do!) provide many features and alternatives that the original software did / does not provide.

    Hope that helps.

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  20. Piiman

    Piiman Android Expert

    The tweet is basic VZW support....Clueless.
  21. Piiman

    Piiman Android Expert

    except Moto hasn't actually unlocked any yet.
  22. bouchigo

    bouchigo Android Expert
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    Exactly, Moto is nothing but talk and no action.

    Not only has Moto not unlocked anything, but I haven't seen their CEO come out and say they will unlock their bootloaders like HTC's CEO has done.
  23. novox77

    novox77 Leeeroy Jennnkinnns!

    While HTC has announced that they will unlock their bootloaders, it's unclear what "unlock" refers to. I suspect they will remove the encrypted signature (which is really what people were protesting, btw, whether they knew it or not). But NAND protection will still be on at the time of activation. It's up to the user to then find the means to unlock the bootloader. Business as usual.

    I doubt HTC would have made this very public announcement about unlocking the bootloader if the carriers would never agree to it. Because the end user doesn't know/care who is enforcing the lock. If the end result is not an unlocked bootloader, HTC will take the hit. Which is why I think either the carriers don't care, or they don't have the leverage to prevent HTC's decision.

    It's also likely that the decision to lock the bootloader never had anything to do with the carriers.

    I'd love to see Motorola follow suit and announce a change in their bootloader policy. Sony, Samsung, and now HTC are moving toward lax bootloader security. So Moto is really starting to stick out like a sore thumb.

    If you're interested in learning more about what all the hoopla is about, take a look here for some basic definitions of locked, signed, and encrypted, as they relate to the bootloader. It was written for an HTC audience, but it's still very applicable to Moto.

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  24. scary alien

    scary alien not really so scary
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    Yes, at least so far, it is ;).

    HTC's announcement can only help put a little pressure on Motorola.

    The link you provided that came out in late April certainly was a good start (a small olive branch, if you will), but as many have indicated above, Moto has certainly not yet gotten fully on-board.

    Cross your fingers, though :).


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