Sony Ericsson has just made a smart move which will make many happy and even draw some more customers to its smartphone brand as the company announced today that it will be opening up the bootloader on its current, 2011 Xperia smartphone line-up.
This is to facilitate advanced users to “unlock the bootloader in a secure and legal way” and the feature will come to certain models starting this spring. The new smartphones for this year, the Xperia Arc, Xperia Neo, Xperia Play and Xperia Pro will have to fulfill certain requirements in order for the bootloader to be opened up (like your device has to be SIM unlocked).
There will also be some requirements which need to be met in order to unlock the smartphone depending on model and region but the best way to check if it is possible on your handset will be to connect to “Fastboot tool in the Android SDK. If your phone can connect to Fastboot, the boot loader can be unlocked”.
There’s also a downside, like with every story: unlocking the bootloader could lead to loosing the warranty. The post also mentions custom ROMs which lack testing of the manufacturer and could render the device unusable. For more details, check out the source link below and let us know whether you think other manufacturers should do the same too, like Motorola for instance, HTC.