HTC DROID DNA to come with a locked bootloader, devs still working on a root

HTC DROID DNA to come with a locked bootloader, devs still working on a root
It seems like the DROID DNA won't be as hackable as some thought at first. The handset is going to come with a locked bootloader and, at least as of right now, there is no solution for this. Still, developers aren't that worried, as their efforts to create a rooting method are continuing, and there are already some potential ideas being explored.

Working with a leaked ROM before even the handset had hit the market (which it does today), devs have managed to root it using the HTCDev bootloader tool. However, it seems HTC is locking things down now that it is time for the DNA to appear on store shelves. Devs' new efforts are now focused on trying to get the DNA rooted through the S-OFF tool.

Locked bootloader or not, we're sure this won't be that much of a problem for most users, as the DROID DNA is already a star in the Android world, mainly thanks to its large, extremely high-resolution display.

via: AndroidAuthority

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DROID DNA
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 2020 mAh

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24 Comments

1. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Who cares about the DNA, give me international variant!!

15. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Well the HTC Droid DNA is exclusive to Verizon wireless so who cares for an international variant! Anyways...... The HTCDev unlock was working as of YESTERDAY morning. It seems like Verizon is at it again. It's not HTC fault on this one, Verizon is meddling in things that they shouldn't. Why do OEM's give carriers ESPECIALLY in the US so much power? Verizon would be nothing without phones. What good is a carrier with the BEST service without mobile devices to use? Why do companies like Samsung, HTC, Motorola, & everyone else that sells Android always give in to the carriers? Look Verizon is the best mobile carrier in the US. I get that, but why can't they just be that & let us the people who buy the phones do whatever we want with them? If we choose to root then that is our prerogative. I have rooted every Android I have ever owned & I have never been disruptive to Sprint & Verizon. I have always been seamless. Sure I know rooting voids my warranty & I accept that, so what more can Verizon possibly want me to do? I pay my bill on time & I am loyal to them. The HTC Droid DNA will be unlocked eventually by HTC, so what gets me is why even go there in the first place? To me this is just needless & plain STUPID. I am going to get my HTC Droid DNA & wait until the bootloader can be unlocked. I am kinda bummed that Verizon slowed my fun down, but from what I am reading there looks to be ways around it. Verizon I really don't get this move by you. BUT I do respect your service & coverage. I couldn't go to anyone ELSE because I depend on your service, but this needs to stop. HTCDev website needs to start ASAP so we who can root, can get to what we do best, REMOVING ALL YOUR F*CKING BLOAT & BULLSH*T you put on our phones. I want Verizon for their service NOT their BLOATWARE! The only company that stands up to the carriers is Apple. I hate Apple as a company & their philosophy to me is crazy, BUT I do respect them when it comes to standing up to the carrier. It’s their WAY & only their way. HTC, Samsung, Motorola, & all the other Android OEM’s should emulate Apple in this regard & ONLY in this regard.

18. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Here is a GREAT video on why to me ROOT is so important. I hope this helps anyone who really doesn't get what root is. ENJOY, school is in session: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czTkHe7-lXw&feature=player_embedded

24. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

US isnt the centre of the world, everyone BUT US people have the DNA so I do think that international variant is much more important. And I dont get what you are trying to say, why are you talking about Verizon and its stupid locked stuff to me? And ofc i know what root is -.- im a power android user

2. Derekjeter

Posts: 1440; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

In the two days that I've used it I can say that there's nothing but the screen that's good on this phone. The battery dies after 4 hours of use. The galaxy note 2 has some cool features that I think will catch people's eye more than this phone for example the Picture in picture or the double screen or split screen.The camera is not as good in taking pictures as the iPhone 4S or the S3. With specs like this HTC really didn't do much. It's just a Rezound with an HD screen and faster processor. Nothing that stands out other then the screen.

6. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

i thought Rezound has the HD screen and this is the FullHD screen?

9. JC557

Posts: 1915; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

It's got a 5" LCD3 Full HD display, S4 Pro Quad, thinner body and more than that 4hr figure you gave. Anyhow, HTC will probably make the bootloader unlockable in the near future like they have done for previous phones. It's also probably not encrypted like Motorola phones.

10. SherlockHolmes

Posts: 125; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

^^ This Guy is trying to promote Note 2 as he got 5 bucks form Sammy !! Most of your points are not true Buddy !! Comparing Camera with 4S and S3 !!

13. SherlockHolmes

Posts: 125; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

You can see the New Post about the Battery Performance of DROID DNA which lasts way more then 4 hours !! I think you have used the China version of Droid Dna !! And why do you lie and misguide people if you have not used the phone and spreading wrong information about such a beautiful product !!

16. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Here is an article just for you. http://www.phonearena.com/news/HTC-Droid-DNA-battery-tests-out-prove-that-the-Full-HD-screen-isnt-a-power-hog_id36867 Please STOP the HATE. The HTC Droid DNA is a GREAT phone. Better than most. It's on par with the BEST of the BEST.

20. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

Wait... So you're telling us that you've been using a phone, that didn't release until today, for two days already? Interesting... -_-

3. Mr_Hyde

Posts: 20; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Sighs, a locked bootloader is what made it difficult to root my HTC Aria, and that phone was really short on storage space & didn't manage the battery that well. After I unlocked the bootloader and rooted it, problem solved. Freed a lot of much needed space & the battery lasted a lil' longer. HTC doesn't like to play nice.

4. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

well that completely killed any possibility of me getting this phone which yeah, there was a slim, slim chance that i would've tried this thing out.

17. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

The HTC Droid DNA has lots of work being done already on xda. HTC ALWAYS unlocks the bootloader so it's merely just a matter of time. I am getting it at 9:00 a.m. eastern time. The phone is EPIC. You have to admit that! Don't let this bit of bad news sway you.

23. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

it's a nice phone but it's no Droid Razr MAXX HD. ;)

5. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

Gosh, why OEMs locking up the phones like this? we pay for the freaking device, it should be fully ours!

7. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

One word... Verizon!

12. Ray.S

Posts: 436; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

As far as I understand, devices are more secure with locked bootloaders. And since most users don't care about stuff like unlocking and rooting, it makes sense for device manufacturers and carriers to be locking things up.

14. Owlet

Posts: 450; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

But they should also unlock them for those that want it. And this phone probably will be unlockable through htcdev.com.

19. Ray.S

Posts: 436; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

Yeah, some kind of an easy solution for those who're interested probably wouldn't hurt.

22. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

Yes, I know that it is more secured.. But even HTCDev unlock method still leaves it S-On, they should just fully unlock it for those who know the risk and willing to go for it..

8. Shubham412302

Posts: 545; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

no geek bother about locked bootloader if he wants costom rom he will unlock the bootloader and there is nothing news in this as all htc mobiles comes with locked bootloader

11. kpfirefighter

Posts: 160; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

I heard that the processor on this phone is ridiculously fast though. And the note2 can't even stay close with it. I'm not a camera guy so I don't care about that part. But I like a fast phone and from what I have read so far no phone can hang with it. Can anybody confirm that?

21. SherlockHolmes

Posts: 125; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Ya I went through all the Reviews !! And no one is in par with it even the Note 2 !! Also the Optimus G having the Same processor comes behind it in all the Benchmarks !! Seriously its a hell of Smartphone !!

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