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New Fire HD 8 bootloader unlock method doesn’t require opening the case

It’s been possible to unlock the bootloader and root the latest Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet since January. But up until recently the only known method for doing that involved prying open the tablet’s case, identifying points on the motherboard, and shorting them to enter bootrom mode. But now there’s an easier way. Xda-developers forum […]

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2nd-gen Amazon Fire TV Stick hack: Unlock the bootloader, install custom recovery

Amazon’s 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick (the 1080p model that has a list price of $40) is powered by a MediaTek processor, much like Amazon’s Fire tablets. So it should come as no surprise that the same exploit that hackers have been using to unlock the bootloaders and root the latest 7 inch and 8 inch […]

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Unlock Verizon Moto X (2014) botloader to install Android 6.0 yourself

Motorola’s 2014 Moto X smartphone may not be cutting edge anymore, but the 5.2 inch full HD smartphone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 802.11ac WiFi is still a pretty usable device. And if you have a carrier unlocked model, Motorola has been rolling out Android 6.0 updates for the phone. […]

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Lilbits 310: Google protects Cardboard

Google Cardboard is a platform for turning your smartphone into a virtual reality headset using a folded piece of cardboard and a few lenses to adjust the focal distance. It’s probably the cheapest way to experience VR, assuming you’ve already got a phone. A growing number of mobile apps let you do everything from explore […]

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Moto G (2015): Root, Bootloader unlock, and custom recovery

Less than a week after the Motorola Moto G 2015 model went on sale, folks have already figured out how to root the phone and install a custom recovery. This opens the door for running apps that require superuser permissions, making complete backups of your device, and installing custom updates, firmware, or even replacement operating […]

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Amazon Fire HD 6 and 7 get (unofficial) bootloader unlock, custom recovery, and root

Amazon’s Fire HD 6 and Fire HD 7 are low-cost tablets featuring Amazon’s custom version of Android. They’re designed to let you run apps and games from the Amazon Appstore, listen to music from Amazon MP3, watch movies and TV shows from Amazon Instant Video, and read Kindle eBooks. But Amazon’s Fire tablets run a […]

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LG releases bootloader unlock tool (for only one phone so far)

Have an LG smartphone and want to unlock the bootloader so you can install a custom recovery, custom ROM, or other firmware? Now you can do that… maybe. LG’s last few flagship phones have shipped with locked bootloaders, and while there have been unofficial tools for getting around that, LG didn’t officially support unlocking your […]

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Lilbits (9-22-2014): SunShine for the Moto X (unlock the bootloader)

Just a few days after updating the SunShine tool for unlocking the bootloaders on smartphones to support the Motorola Moto G, developer Justin Case has announced that SunShine now works with the Moto X, Motorola Droid Maxx, Mini, and Ultra smartphones running Android 4.4.3 or earlier. Some devices may also work even if they’re running […]