Sony simplifies Xperia bootloader unlock processAlex Wagner - Editorial Director of News and Content
Sony has been pretty kind to Android fans in the past, consistently offering unlocked versions of its Xperia smartphones, rolling out updates fairly quickly and even creating an Android Open Source Project program for the Xperia Z. Now Sony has built up its goodwill with Android users even further.
Sony today announced that it has improved its bootloader unlocking service to make it easier to unlock a device. Using the new tool, Xperia owners will need to follow three simple steps to unlock their device’s bootloader:
- Select your device and enter an email address.
- Submit your IMEI number.
- Get your unlock code and perform the actual unlocking of the device.
In addition to tweaking the actual bootloader unlock process, Sony has made it easier to learn more about unlocking your bootloader before you actually go through with it. The company has revised its instructions to focus only on info that applies to your specific device, and it’s added a FAQ section as well.
Unlocking a device’s bootloader lets you to really get your hands dirty with tweaking it by allowing you do things like load custom ROMs. While this isn’t something that most consumers will ever think about, it’s good to see Sony taking care of the hardcore Android crowd by simplifying the process of unlocking the bootloader on an Xperia device.
Have you ever unlocked the bootloader on a smartphone or tablet?