Sony makes unlocking the Xperia bootloader a "1-2-3-Go!" process

Sony makes unlocking the Xperia bootloader a
On its developers page, Sony announced the re-launch of its Unlock boot loader service. Marking its "improved usability" as "yet another step in our strive for openness", the process of unlocking Xperia devices should be easier than ever. It's organized in three main steps - users must select their device and enter an e-mail address, submit their IMEI numbers, receive an unlock code and get to the actual unlocking.

Instructions for the whole process have been revised. During the ordeal, the unlocking service will display only the information relevant for a particular device, instead of stuff that's applicable to other products. Sony has also added a reasonably elaborate FAQ section, which happily informs you that the company "does not offer any official support when unlocking the boot loader". You are on your own, kids.

Alas, Sony and other Android manufacturers are powerless when it comes to dealing with the one thing that will truly make users happy - removing the voiding of your warranty after unlocking. While messing with the Xperia bootloader just got easier, it didn't get less riskier. Still, we have nothing but appreciation about Sony's software effort and direct acknowledgment that many users, shockingly, love to try new things with their phones once in a while.

Sony makes unlocking the Xperia bootloader a "1-2-3-Go!" process

source: Sony

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24 Comments

1. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Wtg Sony, that's great for some end users.

2. Settings

Posts: 2942; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Coz Sony is too lazy making updates they just want devs to port ROM on Sony devices. Talking about experience here.

3. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Haters are going to hate~ If you cannot enjoy the ease they give you, you find something to complain and criticise. Just FYI, Sony's 4.4.4 updates came out right after the Nexus line. Even before the GPEs. There is definitely something you are going to say to this too, so be it!

4. Settings

Posts: 2942; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

I own a S, Sola, SP and Z. Im talking about my experience here. The flagship S never got the 2 year update Sony was to do. Same as Sola and SP. They were capable of JB and 4.4 respectively yet ditched.

6. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

But really, which OEM has not done similar in their past too? Only Apple gets by, but only in part to stripped an watered down updates. WP still has visible fires in the distance from bridges they've burned in the past, so, no room to talk. Current promises are as good as dirt til proven.

9. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

Another Androtaku-typical comment. OS=/=Application. Presence of features like Siri don't change a thing for third parties. As long as the API remains consistent throughout different iPhones under the same OS version, it's a 100% valid update. That's what an OS is all about - infra structure. And Android sucks so bad at such a trivial purpose. What do the 100 new APIs on Android L matter when they hardly get utilized due to the fragmentation in the coming 5 years, LONG after all current phones are trashed? No blabla excuses here please. Things that suck just suck. Reasons don't matter.

15. Tsoliades

Posts: 228; Member since: Dec 22, 2012

HTC, Sony, and Moto are especially great with updates. The G2 got 4.4 really fast, too. Samsung's allegedly doing better, but I still hate them so I'm not counting them. Nexus devices get updated about instantly, and those have already formed a massive fanbase. I think you're talking straight out of your ass.

16. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

You ONLY have to wait 8 months or so, and you can be glad IF you get the update at all. Very generous.

19. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

There are devs to support. Custom Roms. In Apples world it doesn't exzist

20. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Apple is your master. You must not obey them.

14. romeo1

Posts: 804; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

The xperia s didn't get updated after jb because qualcomm stopped supporting the s3. The sola didn't had enough ram to operate fluid and would do damage on the user experience. Same goes for the p/u/go and a couple more wich used the same chipset. But the sp is running jb and kk was under investigation. Also imho if you buy mid range phones you should get the updates slower than flagships. The z/z1/z1c/z2/z ultra are running 4.4 And even 4.4.4. On some. I have it on my ultra and my mom on her z1. But tbh im not noticing allot of difference except with calls.

18. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

So it's not Sony's or Google's fault? And there are - of course - reasons. Does it matter? It always comes down to this when talking with Androtakus. Does it suck or not? It of course sucks. Why should consumers care about whose fault it is or what the reasons for their phones not getting updates? Things that suck just suck. Reasons don't matter.

22. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

but on the other hand you can buy an android phone for around $150 not even an iphone 3gs can get near that price and i tried IOS 7 on an iphone 4 not only does it lack IOS 7 lags features and it lags from time to time google is doing the best when it comes to update because if apple was google fragmentation would be for real !

24. romeo1

Posts: 804; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Ofcourse it matters cause you're blaming the wrong company It depends is it sucks. For me the xperia s had full functionality. There was nothing i was missing on it conpared to the newer phones with kk. I think its important that the phone works without problems and it didn't had any on mine. The only thing was the screen size and thats why i sold it same reason i sold the z. Others really want updates as fast as possible to have the newest features or sometimes even just to say they got the newest update.

7. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I think it is doesn't matter for what reason Sony decide to unlock bootloader it is still advantage for users!

5. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Sasuga Sony !

8. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Can someone tell me - did this wipe any data?

12. kdealltheway

Posts: 94; Member since: Oct 21, 2012

No, it wont...

13. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Are you sure? Did you try it?

21. dil2abu

Posts: 315; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Unlocking Bootloader may loose Bravia Engine (X Reality).. Backup your TA partition and DRM keys..

23. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I don't care about that I just want my data and app data intact.

10. Cyberchum

Posts: 1011; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Simple, stop locking the bootloader. It'll make life easier.

11. stO_obs

Posts: 10; Member since: May 22, 2014

*tears streaming from the Z1S*

17. true1984

Posts: 862; Member since: May 23, 2012

htc is still the easiest.

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