Developer Brandon Bennet (aka Nemith) has managed to get an early version of the Android 4.0-based CyanogenMod 9 up and running on the device, thanks to the previously broken bootloader.Other devs are able to boot the tablet off -a microSD card and some are even working on Ubuntu builds for it. Xda-Devolopers is very active in the android development portion of the Nook Tablet with such activities .
Companies have often been targeted for locked boot-loaders of Android devices. HTC is one such case who then decided to unlock boot loaders in exchange for end of warranties. The modding community of Android which is quite large is now lashing out at ASUS for locking the bootloader of the Wifi Only Transformer Prime tablet. In most such cases companies will give in to demands of the consumer, but we are not sure if ASUS is going to go in that direction.
Read the full flames at xda-developers.
HTC has updated their bootloader unlock utility to serve to the needs of the buyers of the latest HTC lineup. This includes all handsets released after September and follows the same principles as earlier bootloader unlock utilities. The complete list of supported devices will be available soon, hopefully the XL and XE join the pack of modders.
The Kindle fire is already been rooted and in an easy process at that. The smart folks at XDA-Developers have found a way to root the Barnes and Noble tablet. The root is permanent and will stay even if you reboot the device. The boot loader still remains locked but the process allows you to side load apps and possibly custom rome and kernels to boost performance.
Sony Ericsson has handed its support to the FreeXperia dev team, which is dedicated to bringing CyanogenMod 7.1 .The company has donated 20 phones to the cause, realizing that “not all Android phones are alike”.
Even though Sony Ericsson do not promote the unlocking of the bootloader and developing Android software on the Xperia devices, They certainly allow you to do it and also give you a step by step.
[Sony Ericsson Developer World]
HTC in a brief message on their Facebook account stated:
“There has been overwhelmingly customer feedback that people want access to open bootloaders on HTC phones. I want you to know that we’ve listened. Today, I’m confirming we will no longer be locking the bootloaders on our devices. Thanks for your passion, support and patience,” Peter Chou, CEO of HTC
This is great news for especially those who like to play around with different roms and customizations, hopefully the Sensation will belong to this [...]