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post #11 of 35
For ease of loading custom roms.
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post #12 of 35
Aw what the heck, i'll join in as well. Even though I didn't have much trouble unlocking my atrix's bootloader, it would have been nice to not have to in the first place.

EDIT: wait, what is this mention of Verizon? I have ATT...
On my atrix for this one...

Edited by qwertymac93 - 1/9/12 at 12:09am
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post #13 of 35
I went from a rooted/rom'ed droid x to a fully unlocked gnex. All of the loops that I was forced to jump through with Motorola were nonexistent with my Samsung phone.

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post #14 of 35
The solution is to not buy locked phones and recommend non-locked phones to your less technical friends and family. That is the only thing they will understand.

I just bought the Galaxy Nexus. Love it.
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post #15 of 35
Locked bootloaders you can't use a custom kernel on the phone and be able to lower the voltage it uses and make battery last longer. You can even overclock it to certain speed or lower the clock speeds. Also waiting for fixes from Motorola is not needed since the developers who create roms for the phone can create a fix and make the phone more stable. Unlocking the bootloader is the best thing a company can do
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post #16 of 35
Quote:
Originally Posted by Frankzro View Post

What the hell are you guys talking about? Locked Bootloader? Why does that even matter at all? I don't get it ... all I wanna do with my phone is have unlimited data plan and go online when away from home and my Motorola Photon 4G does everything I want it to do. I don't get why this is even important at all. So explain to me in a summary why it is. smile.gif

Having a locked bootloader means you cant flash a custom kernel and to my knowledge, creates problems aosp roms. this means stock kernel, and no/very crappy cm7. not fun at all frown.gif
i suggest you start looking into the root scene as it is a lot of fun. but the photon may not be the best phone for it....
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post #17 of 35
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I wish my Xperia Play R800x would have a unlocked boot loader. frown.gif

you are aware that Sony allows the unlocking of bootloaders on all 2011 Xperia phones, right?
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I'm curious--I've never rooted/installed a custom OS on one of my android devices, but I've jailbroken my ipod touch, and I saw no real convincing reasons for it, other than to just say you did. Seems like 99% of the people who jailbreak, do so to have access to apps on the gray/black market.

What's the use of an unlocked boot loader for android devices, other than to root and remove various brand bloatware? Perhaps to enable wifi tethering on various handsets for providers, maybe. But what else? I've been trying to figure out the motivation behind it since I've been thinking of rooting my phone, but i see it very much like after I jailbroke my ipod touch, and I end up going, "okay, that's neat, now what?"

I can understand, custom modd'ers that want to write their own apps, but...I'm at a loss regarding what you can realistically do with your unlocked/rooted device vs. stock.
    
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post #19 of 35
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I'm curious--I've never rooted/installed a custom OS on one of my android devices, but I've jailbroken my ipod touch, and I saw no real convincing reasons for it, other than to just say you did. Seems like 99% of the people who jailbreak, do so to have access to apps on the gray/black market.
What's the use of an unlocked boot loader for android devices, other than to root and remove various brand bloatware? Perhaps to enable wifi tethering on various handsets for providers, maybe. But what else? I've been trying to figure out the motivation behind it since I've been thinking of rooting my phone, but i see it very much like after I jailbroke my ipod touch, and I end up going, "okay, that's neat, now what?"
I can understand, custom modd'ers that want to write their own apps, but...I'm at a loss regarding what you can realistically do with your unlocked/rooted device vs. stock.


Custom kernels are my first thought. They can DRAMATICALLY improve performance, and battery life in most cases. Also with root you're able to edit the Android hosts file to enable system-wide adblocking.

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Quote:
Originally Posted by guyladouche View Post

I'm curious--I've never rooted/installed a custom OS on one of my android devices, but I've jailbroken my ipod touch, and I saw no real convincing reasons for it, other than to just say you did. Seems like 99% of the people who jailbreak, do so to have access to apps on the gray/black market.
What's the use of an unlocked boot loader for android devices, other than to root and remove various brand bloatware? Perhaps to enable wifi tethering on various handsets for providers, maybe. But what else? I've been trying to figure out the motivation behind it since I've been thinking of rooting my phone, but i see it very much like after I jailbroke my ipod touch, and I end up going, "okay, that's neat, now what?"
I can understand, custom modd'ers that want to write their own apps, but...I'm at a loss regarding what you can realistically do with your unlocked/rooted device vs. stock.

To answer your question, an unlocked bootloader opens the possibilities of custom ROMs and kernels for any Android device. Developers can create their own personalized flavor of Android that's compatible to the phone, which are always miles better than any stock ROM in terms of features. You probably have heard of CyanogenMod and MIUI before; those ROMs exist because the devices have unlocked bootloaders. These boast anything from performance tweaks to low-level system editing and custom themes.

These are especially useful for Android phones which have horrible bloatware-ridden software such as Motorola with its BLUR/MAP UI and the Kindle Fire/Nook Color. You can load clean, efficient builds of Android if their bootladers are unlocked.
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