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Sony releases video to show you how to unlock the bootloader on Xperia handsets

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Sony releases video to show you how to unlock the bootloader on Xperia handsets
Unlocking the bootloader on your Android phone opens up a new world of customization. With the bootloader unlocked, you can root your phone and flash custom ROMs on your device. While some manufacturers lock down the bootloader and won't give you the option to unlock it, others will ship their handsets with an unlockable bootloader that gives you the opportunity to open up your phone.

Among the manufacturers that will allow you to unlock the bootloader on your Android phone is Sony. Back when the company was known as Sony Ericsson, this would have seemed unfathomable. Now, Sony is actually posting a video on YouTube, showing Xperia owners how they can unlock their device.

In the video, the Sony Xperia Z2 is being used as an example. A Windows computer is also employed. As you can see, it basically is a matter of following the steps that are fairly easy to understand. Keep in mind that even though Sony seems to condone unlocking the bootloader by posting this video, if you go ahead and do it to your phone, you will lose the warranty on the device. Even worse, if you don't know what you are doing, you could brick your phone.



source: SonyXperiaDev via XDA

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posted on 13 Dec 2014, 00:13 11

1. Planterz (Posts: 2086; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Unlocking the bootloader will also destroy the DRM keys, which means your pictures won't look as good and your video/audio media won't look or sound as good. DRM keys can't be restored either.

posted on 13 Dec 2014, 00:24

3. trung_ero (Posts: 38; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Yeah! That sucks!!

posted on 13 Dec 2014, 02:05 4

6. kamyd (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Dec 2014)


That's not true
You can backup from your DRM keys and restore it when you want lock bootloader again
Its instructions are on the web you can search for it

posted on 13 Dec 2014, 11:15

11. Planterz (Posts: 2086; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Wrong. Do not spread misinformation.

posted on 13 Dec 2014, 03:14

7. sharks (Posts: 236; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


Exactly! That's why i had to unfortunately stay away from Xperia phones... Even though i don't regret my M8 at all but being a custom-ROM addict, i can't risk losing DRM keys... I hope XDA devs find a way to backup and fully restore the DRM keys after flashing custom ROMs.

posted on 13 Dec 2014, 00:18 2

2. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Hopefully this is a sign that the Z4 will not use DRM keys to safeguard camera and sound functionality. Sony knows it isn't good business to punish developers and power users who love their phones.

posted on 13 Dec 2014, 00:30 2

4. hboy857 (Posts: 349; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)


This is a great video for novice xperia users who want to unlock the bootloader. Good job Sony.

posted on 13 Dec 2014, 06:51

9. afraaa (Posts: 138; Member since: 23 Oct 2014)


sony threatened user if they root their z3 and z2 they will lose camera quality !!! what a great company . alos root will lose DRM keys and they will know u root your phone ,, sure you don't know anything about sony policy to say such a thing

posted on 13 Dec 2014, 01:10

5. phichart (Posts: 285; Member since: 03 May 2014)


Sony is not really good.. LG, Samsung are easy to do anything.. and they can change fonts easily without rooting... but Sony.. Boooooooo

posted on 13 Dec 2014, 06:06

8. afraaa (Posts: 138; Member since: 23 Oct 2014)


sony is not really good flash counter will be triggered and as xda member said it will not turn off !!! they put a trap to sell more phone

posted on 13 Dec 2014, 09:30

10. Predator1701 (Posts: 108; Member since: 28 Oct 2014)


Thats why I bought a Nexus device. You can easily change ROM-s on it if you want. I had xperia P before, sold it bought a Nexus 4 at the time and never looked back.

posted on 13 Dec 2014, 22:03

12. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


I had no idea about DRM an Sony, wow dirty.

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