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Sony simplifies bootloader unlock program for Xperia smartphones

ByinAnnouncements | July 15, 2014

You may start unlocking your device.Some users stick to their feature phones as they are afraid to even touch a smartphone. For others smartphones are their best friends. The relationship between a smartphone and its user can be so intimate that the latter feels perfectly at easy to dig into the phone’s bootloader. If you are one of such users and happen to own an Xperia handset, you will owe Sony a huge “thanks.” On its developers page, the company recently announced that it has simplified bootloader unlock program for Xperia devices this way making a whole bunch of Android fans very happy.

Bootloader unlock program for Xperia devices

Sony Xperia ZThe vast majority of manufacturers are reluctant to allow users to mess with the bootloader. Sony, however, has adopted a more open approach. In fact, the company not only is not against unlocking the bootloader, but is actively encouraging developers to do so by providing detailed instructions on its website. Sony’s “unlock your bootloader” page went live earlier this year, but its first version was pretty hard to follow, especially for beginners. After the much needed overhaul, the instructions are clearer and the whole process of unlocking the bootloader appears as easy as pie. In addition to general lifting in terms of design, Sony has also added an extensive FAQ section which should dissolve whatever doubts you may have.

To begin, you should select your device from the list provided on the “unlock your bootloader” page. The next step is to submit a valid email address. You also will be asked to submit the IMEI number of your devices. Once it is done, you will receive an unlock code and will be able to begin the process of actual unlocking. Simple, isn’t it?

If you are a developer, you probably have a huge grin on your face right now. If you are an ordinary smartphone user, you are probably wondering what anyone would do that for. There are a number of reasons, the most important of which is that gaining access to the bootloader opens doors for a lot of potential improvements. For example, it is possible to flash firmware, load a faster kernel, use a third-party recovery and much more. The only problem with playing around with the bootloader is that you will loose your warranty after unlocking, but that’s another story.

more info: Sony Mobile

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