The bootloader is started shortly after the device's basic checks and is responsible for loading the Android OS. It can be used to boot different rooms besides the stock firmware, if the bootloader is unlocked.

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Will bootloader unlocking provide access to all the apps in the Play Store?

My flyer doesn't allow few apps to be installed from the Play Store as it shows "This app is not compatible with your device" and this incompatibility is not due to OS. If I get the apk of this app ...
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Can I get back to root-able HBoot version by doing a factory reset

I have a HTC Wildfire (Buzz) that originally came with Eclair. I now have Froyo on it and the Unrevoked tool doesn't work as the HBoot version is not supported (too new for Unrevoked). At this point, ...
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Is it possible to s-off without wiping out phone memory? [closed]

Is it? I don't want to wipe out my apps.
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What is S-OFF? Why would I want to do it?

I always root my android devices, but there's something called obtaining S-OFF for certain devices, and I have no idea what that means. What exactly does the term S-OFF relate to? Why would I want ...
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Does a nandroid backup contain the hboot?

If I restore a nandroid backup will it restore the hboot and the corresponding partition tables? I'm on bravo-stock hboot now and I want to try the CM7 hboot. Will I be able to switch back to stock ...
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Upgrading hboot fails: signature verify fail

My Goal http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1762790 Putting jelly bean on nexus one My Problem Upgrading hboot I'm just following everything step by step (link) $ fastboot flash ...
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Why does unlocking the bootloader wipe phone?

I understand that unlocking the bootloader will wipe my Android phone, but have been looking around for why. Seems to be by design, but what is the reasoning for that design? Is it some security ...
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Is the setting OFF/ON of the security flag different from enabling/disabling of fastboot?

I am following the book XDA Developers Android Hackers Toolkit 2012. In the beginning chapters , it says that : The second-stage bootloader checks to see if the security flag is on (S-ON) or off ...
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fastboot not working on my Nexus 4

I'm trying to root my N4, and fastboot doesn't seem to work. Running it on linux, and the fastboot binary seems to run. 'Fastboot devices' produces info on my device, but 'fastboot oem unlock' just ...
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Atrix 4G update via OTA with unlocked bootloader?

I am running 4.5.91 currently on a rooted and unlocked Atrix. Will I brick my phone by updating to 4.5.141 from OTA source? Can I re-lock the boot-loader if that is the issue?
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How can I go back to ICS after JB OTA updates?

My phone is HTC One S VelliC2 and received the JB OTA updates. However, I could not get used to it. So how can I return to ICS? Can I use the HTC Android 4.03 RUU file? Now the Hboot version has ...
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Device always boots in recovery mode, but apparently there is no recovery partition

We have a BSNL Penta IS709c (cheapest tablet currently available / Oct 2012) running Android 4.0. Feeling adventurous, I issued reboot recovery through adb and the device tried to reboot in recovery ...
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How to Install our android image in laptop ? How to make android boot-able image for laptop?

I have Android Source Code image and i want to install it on Laptop . I want to know how we made bootable image for laptop with android image. What I have to do so that laptop detect the android ...
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Strange (unfamilar screen) on my Galaxy Tab?

I have a Galaxy Tab 10.1. It was powered off and charging when my nephew picked it up and turned in on. When he handed it to me on the screen was a graphic of an open box, the android logo with the ...
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Flashed my phone without rooting and now it doesn't work

I have an international Samsung Galaxy SIII i.e. GT-I9300. Few days after the official upgrade to v4.1, it started freezing. So I removed the battery and inserted again and it did not boot and was ...
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Problem with unlocking the HTC Wildfire bootloader with HTC unlocker

I tried to unlock HTC bootloader by the official tool but I get to the stage when I issue the command: fastboot oem get_identifier_token Unfortunatly I get error ... (bootloader) [ERR] Command ...
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What exactly are DRM keys?

I was thinking of unlocking my ST17i's bootloader but I saw on the Sony Mobile website that unlocking the bootloader will result to the deletion of DRM keys from my phone. What exactly are they? And ...
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Is there currently an easy way to root Sony Xperia S with stock ICS 4.0.4 ROM?

I'm looking for an easy way, which doesn't need Unlocking bootloader or flashing Roms, just like root solution for SE 2011 devices (one click). It's because I currently use my Xperia S for development ...
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Android debugging-Boot Loops: Is there any way to get a log of information without ADB? Can the emulator even help? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Android boot-up messages for debugging? Related to this post I created: Does the Android emulator generate some sort of log file I can access if it crashes? I have ...
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Extract boot.img issues

I have been having a lot of trouble trying to extract a boot.img. Its one of Samsung's with the funky headers so none of the scripts work. I tried HEX editing it so it is a gzip (1f 8b 08) and ...
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Xperia play bootloader locked?

Hi guys i've been trying for quite a while to unlock the bootloader of the phone i've bought. It's from hong kong and branded to vodafone it's not sim locked as I tried an optus sim and it worked. I ...
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Unlocked bootloader, encryption

galaxy nexus unlocked bootloader no adb enabled rooted device encryption on with 10+ characters (Cryptfs Password - Google play) PIN screen lock with 6 characters Am I safe if someone wants to ...
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Flash Nexus 7 without USB Debugging

My Nexus 7 32gb WiFi, running stock 4.2.1, is stuck on the Nexus 'X' symbol loading screen after boot. It stays there until the battery goes flat. The issue is that I have not enabled developer or ...
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What happens to the battery during bootloader/recovery?

I want to know what happens to the battery (does it charge/discharge/stay constant?) when the device is in bootloader or recovery mode. In both of these modes, a USB may or may not be connected. If ...
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Is it possible to get multi-user support on Android with help from the boot manager?

I know that a common problem with Android tablets is that they lack multi-user support. I wonder if there isn't already a solution that allows me to select the user on boot by linking/moving/changing ...
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Where is the code for the Bootloader stored in an Android phone?

Where is the bootloader program on an Android phone stored ?
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Android boot-up messages for debugging?

I am trying to figure out if Android (i.e. Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, and/or Motorola Xoom) come with some sort of capability to produce a "boot-up" log. (kind of like Linux boot-up screen) It would be ...
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HTC ONE X: Rooting and boot loader [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to root the new version of the ONE X How to root HTC ONE X from AT&T? What exactly does rooting a phone mean? What is the boot loader? Is installing boot ...
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Is there a way to tell if a boot loader can be unlocked before purchase?

For example are boot loaders unlockable only if the phone is branded and comes with a contract? If I bought a phone of Amazon.com would I likely be able to unlock the boot loader or is it really just ...
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How to get setting information before booting Android devices like in BIOS?

Is there any method by which we could get the system information before booting android OS. Like wise in PC/laptop, we can get into BIOS setting before booting and get the system information. Do ...
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Alternative ways to factory reset?

My Android 2.3 system my PMP3384 tablet somehow crashed so seriously that I cannot even do a factory hard reset, because I cannot get to settings, only the following message appears again and again: ...
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Asus Eee Pc with android 4.0 doesn't show internal disk in file system [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Internal hard disk partitions (sda2) not showing in android system Hi i have Asus EeePc with android 4.0 operating system . There is about 250 GB of total space (seen in ...
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How can I see bootloader stdout debugging messages?

I'm trying to understand the mechanisms of the Android bootloader. The source code for this is here: ...
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Is it possible to load only an .apk file on boot?

It is possible to override a step in the boot process (after all underlying dependencies have been met) to load an .apk file automatically? The optimal solution would be without something such as ...
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remove apps with htc bootloader unlocked

Will just unlocking the bootloader per HTC website allow me to remove apps like Blockbuster, Nova, etc on an EVO 4G?
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How does the typical Android boot process work? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can somebody explain the boot process of an Android device? Windows follow some specific way to boot: Start System > BIOS > Load Boot loader > Load WIN Kernel > Load WIN ...
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How is it that Rooting is always possible?

Having spent some time researching what actually goes behind rooting an Android phone, the main reason that leads to the ability root is an inherent vulnerability on the Linux kernel that leads to the ...
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Android Jelly Bean 4.1.1 on Galaxy Nexus showing droid

I've been testing the Galaxy Nexus with JB 4.1.1 and this is what happened yesterday. Has anyone seen this screen?
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What are the technical differences between bootloader, recovery, kernel and ROM? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the difference between: Rooting, Jailbreak, ROM, Mod, etc.? I'd love a reference (or an explanation if anyone has the time) on what characterizes these different ...
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How can I stop the bootloader unlock process?

My 4 year old turned on my phone (Nexus S, 2.3.4 I think) while pressing the volume button. Apparently, this triggers the bootloader unlock process, which I don't want. The phone is now stuck on the ...
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Root hboot 2.18.0001 without computer (HTC EVO 4G)

My EVO 4G's charging port is broken and I am trying to gain root access on my device. Is there anyway to do so without using the USB port to connect to the computer?
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How to install fastboot drivers?

I have a cheap clone android (benss b3) that I managed to connect to win 7 by editing the .inf file in usb drivers. Now I want to load different ROMs via fastboot. However, when I boot to fastboot ...
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Why is my Kyocera Echo taking 6 minutes to boot?

I have a Kyocera Echo that now takes about 6 minutes to boot. I haven't rooted it or tried to perform any 'hacks' on it. I've had it for a few months now. It's running Android 2.3 if that helps. I am ...
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Nexus One stuck in loading screen - How to save application data? (ROOTED)

I have my N1 rooted and after I installed BlackRose and change the partitions with password protection I wasn't able to start Android ever again. It show this screen: I can access to the adb shell, ...
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Do custom ROMs like CyanogenMod modify your bootloader?

Does a custom ROM like CyanogenMod come with their own bootloader or does it just overwrite the /boot kernel and /system? Does the bootloader take responsibility to lock your SIM card on a carrier? ...
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How do I unlock the bootloader on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus?

I have a LTE (Verizon) Samsung Galaxy Nexus. How do I go about unlocking the bootloader such that I can root the device?
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How do I unlock the bootloader on my Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro?

I own a "Sony Ericcson Xperia Mini Pro" (model number SK17i) running Android 2.3.3 (Kernel 2.6.32.8-perf, build number 4.0.A.2.335). It's branded by Orange Austria. I'm looking for a way to root it, ...
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Unlocking the Bootloader on a Nexus One with S-On

I'm interested in rooting my (Very recently bought) nexus one, and installing Cyanogenmod over Fastboot. However, on the boot screen of my device I've noticed the first line tells me that security is ...
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How to unlock Nexus S 2.3.3 bootloader without having to wipe all device data?

The usual way is to execute: fastboot oem unlock But this will erase all my private data.
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Does the Samsung Galaxy S II come with an unlocked bootloader?

Does the Samsung Galaxy S II come with an unlocked bootloader as earlier promised by Samsung?