OFFICIAL – Sony Ericsson opens bootloader for new Xperia range

by XB on 29/03/2011

in Android, Firmware, Xperia arc, Xperia Neo, Xperia PLAY, Xperia Pro


Android OPENSony Ericsson is on a roll. Following their decision to bring Gingerbread to the Xperia X10, they have now officially confirmed that the bootloader on the new range of Xperia smartphones will be unlocked. “Sony Ericsson will allow advanced developers to unlock the boot loader in a secure and legal way,” says the press release. All new Xperia phones will see the bootloader unlocked (Arc, PLAY, Neo and Pro). The Xperia X10 will not be unlocked due to “technical and legal reasons”.

This will only be available on certain kits (i.e. unbranded models), any phone that is SIM locked won’t get access to the bootloader. Even more of a reason to ditch the branded handsets. Other handsets may also be blocked depending on geography. One sure way of knowing if your handset is compatible is to test whether you can connect to the Fastboot tool in the Android SDK.

Sony Ericsson say that unlocking the bootloader is done with the usual caveats i.e. custom unsigned ROMs might not work properly on your phone, the warranty may be voided and that the SE repair network may not be able to properly test your phone if it gets damaged. They also say it should only be attempted by advanced users and they “strongly recommend that standard users NOT unlock the boot loader, as it is not needed. We are proud to deliver great phone experiences through our rigorously tested and official software releases.” For the rest of us however, it is great news and maximises the potential of the handset.

This is super news and further indication that Sony Ericsson is doing a great job of listening to its community. Sony Ericsson is targeting the number 1 position in the Android smartphone space – the fact that it is learning from its mistakes and delivering what consumers want, we have no doubt that it will make great inroads to get there.

Via SE Developer Blog.

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  • http://twitter.com/M__J__W M J W

    i wonder where the seethers will be after this news

  • X10useronfroyo

    oh come on
    unlock the xperia 10 also
    the first android in the xperia family gets ignored

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  • Asd

    LOL, forget the X10 now, Arc is the future

  • Anonymous

    It’s locked down to heavy in the kernel…

  • deMute

    As one of the people who actively badmouthed SE here in the past, I’d just like to say that they are really starting to change my mind. The pinch zoom update works perfectly for me. The news that I might get an official gingerbread is very welcome (though you’ll forgive me if I wait for it to actually happen before jumping over the moon).
    This latest news, although not good for the X10, definitely shows that they are trying hard to learn from their mistakes.
    Good on ye SE, all is not totally forgiven but it’s getting there.

  • Asad

    Good news. SE are winning back there loyal fans by simply listening to what they want. to be honest all the complaining about 2.2 for X10 I thought was a wait of time and they would never give us an update since the new generation of handsets are now coming but I guess I was totally wrong. Well done SE

  • Mora

    it’s good or bad i don’t know , but from the other ways i think it’s a good move , They try to save the phone , am the one who bought the x10 before one year ago really i feel the android 1.6 like something stick with me , so when updated i feel like i trying a new phone new features better performance , and when the SE present the new update for dual touch and they add new languages i prefer to keep it WHY ? what i want now ? i thank when the gingerbread arrive and the flash player working on my x10 , what i want NOW the best phone best performance , am tried some rooting the upgrade my x10 performance and i have problem with my battery life , So i think it’s my best phone i bought it , THANKS SE

  • André Veríssimo

    Thank you very much, Sony Ericsson.

    Your work would be perfect if you’ll also increase the colours in the X10 to 16 millions as at first we’ve been told that the colours limit was due to Android 1.6.

    It would be a nice way to compensate us for all the frustrations about this mobile.

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  • S&N

    Have it occurred to you that Sony Ericsson is being so nice and accommodating the same week they are the major sponsor of the ATP Tennis Open in Miami, being played since last week?

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