SE Developer head hints at more relaxed view on rooting

by XB on 22nd February 2011

in Firmware


LockdownThe Sony Ericsson Xperia range of Android handsets have been notoriously difficult to crack. Yes, the wizards at xda-developers have done a great job of creating custom ROMs on the existing kernel, but the bootloader of the handset remains intact.

However, Simon Walker, Head of the Developer Program for Sony Ericsson, has offered a ray of light for the opening up of future Xperia handsets. In a tweet he said that he is actually in favour of rooting “if we do it right”. He goes on to say that he needs to “take the discussion inside Sony Ericsson”. Whilst it is nothing concrete at this stage, it is the first sign that the company may ease the lockdown it places on future handsets.

SE Developer head hints at more relaxed view on rooting

  • Hatese

    i wont belive in this just from past experience there was quite few anoucement which was fake This mean more update they wont open other way nobody will buy any other phone for wha

    However this is quite interesting because this may bring back customers which hate se because lake of update

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  • It’s great news, but I would like to see open bootloader on X10 while I still have it :)

  • Untitled No4

    My eyes are bleeding!
    When a Head of the Developer Program for SE, who’s, judging by his name and location, a native English speaker cannot spell the word “hear”, it just goes to show that sometimes smart phones are smarter than their developers.

    I could hardly stop myself from replying to his tweet asking if he can also “reed” what we’re writing.

    (P.S. Typos do happen, to all of us, the problems are:
    1. When you represent a company and not yourself, you should always be more careful.
    2. When it is possible to edit or delete the tweet and repost it, there are no excuses for not doing that.

    If you don’t do either, you’re a Twatter.)

    I really had to get it off my chest.

  • H0ruza

    I think the amount of control over the use of the phones is over the top these days. Ok if you buy a phone via a carrier then by all means restrict its use based on your third party partnerships and revenue channels but if I go and buy a phone out right then if I choose to cover it in custard, replace the innards with pebbles or simply try a different rom then I should be able to because I’ve paid for the device…

    Its mine.

  • wow how sadistic can you get writing a whole paragraph on somebody’s spelling skills. clearly an obnoxious tw*t :)

    On another note SE are under no obligation to open up the bootloader, i mean the pinch and zoom function that the seethers so desperately wanted is not even that necessary. Basically most of the people who moan about SE are like kids, the see something someone else has and they dont have it they scream about it till they get it, never ending cycle.

  • Thats cool but the problem is lots of people will try homecooked roms, brick the phone and demand a replacement.

  • Micheal Archer

    You’re right about this. But part of the Warranty should cover that probability. If a user tries to use unapproved software, the warranty is void. End of story. No need to replace. If that fact were clearly stated in the warranty in the box when you buy a phone outright, people would have no defense.

    I think that it should be the same as buying a computer (since that’s exactly what a smartphone is). If I go buy a computer I’m allowed to put any software I want on it and if I kill it, I kill it. Best reason not to intentionally install viruses and to avoid installing software from sources you don’t trust. So if I want to install bad software on my smartphone, I know that I run the risk of killing it too. Compare that to my corporate laptop – I’m not allowed to install most software on it. Things that I have installed either got there with permission or through some creative installation techniques. The same *could* be said for phones on a carrier, but I don’t really agree even then. The carrier offers a discount on the handset because I am contractually obligated to continue paying them for my 1-, 2-, or 3-year contract. There may be some software that they don’t want running on their network…but the whole net neutrality thing is also important here. If I’m willing to pay extra for streaming movies through the mobile network, then I should be allowed to do that. My carrier doesn’t own the phone after I pay them for it, even if I only paid 40% (or 0.002%) of the original retail price.

  • NoXiouS

    @M.A.: Spot on mate!
    “The carrier offers a discount on the handset because I am contractually obligated to continue paying them for my 1-, 2-, or 3-year contract.” My Carrier in Canada is Rogers (Cantel when I joined 19 years ago). They are now seeing my point that I have a device that does not allow me to enjoy my 3 yr contract to anywhere near it’s full potential of 6GB/Mo. We are going to discuss options as soon as I hit 6 month mark in a couple more weeks. Roms exist, but will void my 1 yr warranty on my still almost brand new phone. If I get new hardware and still keep the 2 X10’s, I will test them with everything I can get from XDA and then compare them to new gear. An X10 stuck on 2.1 is like a Ferrari with a Vespa engine!

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