Locked bootloader & Tethering
I am wondering since AT&T will most likely lock this down like the Aria (no side loading of apps, no wifi hotspot/tethering) and the locked bootloader it will most likely have: will there be any way of getting these working? If not, I will not be upgrading my aging Nexus 1.
This is the kind of thing that worries me. I can't imagine buying a computer and not being able to remove things, or use parts of the OS.
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A locked bootloader makes it much more difficult to load up and create custom ROMs on the device. Essentially, you need access to it. This isn't to say there is no way around it (The Droid X is a prime example of this), but some things like Cyanogen Mod won't be available (at least not yet, anyway).
Sideloading apps is downloading an app outside of the Android Market. We're not sure about the Atrix yet, but AT&T disabled this functionality in Android on the Captivate.
- 01-17-2011, 01:59 PM #13
I still find this inconceivable that carriers still think people care about the crap they put on the phones before locking them. Ever since I can remember in regards to technology, the more you lock something down, the more people will try and succeed in unlocking it. Feels like such a waste of time and energy is put into locking these devices and for what? So that it can be branded and host a bunch of useless crap apps that 98% of the users won't even use?!
Carriers too me are just a bunch of scared little school girls that are afraid of what the big kids and can do to them so they prefer to stay in their little world wrapped in a cocoon of safety.
Something huge needs to happen to shake them up and realize there is tons of money to be made if you let the users do what they want with their devices.
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I just want root access for tethering, maybe hotspot. I simply like my options open so a locked bootloader makes things more difficult for me to truly make my handset my own. I feel this freedom and customization is one of the core features at the heart of Android, but that may just be me.
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That also means that carriers can cherry-pick features of Android that they want to lock/unlock on their subsidized phones.
That said, even if the bootloader is locked, I don't think there's been a single Android device out there that couldn't be rooted and customized. That includes bloatware removal and hotspot/tethering ability.
- 01-17-2011, 08:27 PM #18
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We won't know if the bootloader will be as locked down on the Bionic and Atrix as they were on the Droid X and Droid 2.
However, the eFuse chip has only appeared on IBM-fabbed chips (the 360 CPU, Cell processor, TI OMAP3, etc)- it's a proprietary IBM technology. The Tegra2 chip is designed by Nvidia and fabricated at Taiwan Semiconductor (TSMC).
So it's unlikely we'll be seeing this ugly thing show up on these devices.
That said, we'll definitely have a locked bootloader that will probably be different than the mechanism that the DroidX/2 used. Whether it's stronger or weaker will have to wait until the community can get their hands on these devices.
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