Wait, is this for real? The company that striketh console jailbreakers with smite and other things that sound Biblical now actually launches a site specifically for unlocking its Android phones? Yes, Sony Ericsson just launched a website where owners of the company’s latest Android phones can go to to unlock their devices. It’s unreal – but a very welcome move, and hopefully a sign of things to come for other companies.
In a world where you never actually really own any device you buy, a world in which your devices are locked down, it’s actually incredibly refreshing to see a phone maker supporting enthusiasts this way. Of course, the company does clearly state that rooting your device – unlocking your bootloader – to run custom ROMs may void your warranty, and that it’s unsupported. They even cover their bums by stating it could damage your phone or even cause injuries due to overheating.
“Therefore, you should only unlock the boot loader of your phone if you are an advanced user with good knowledge of the technology and risks involved,” the site reads, “We 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.”
The actual unlocking is a 14-step process which requires the Android SDK, but overall, it doesn’t look particularly difficult of complicated. It currently only works for or will work for phones from 2011, such as the Xperia arc, Xperia neo, Xperia pro and Xperia PLAY, and then only of they are unbranded.
This is a great move by Sony Ericsson, and I’m hoping this will set a trend. It would be awesome if other phone makers set up similar websites, finally opening up to us enthousiasts. It’s about time these companies realise that locking down devices is fruitless, because they will be hacked anyway. Now all we need to do is kick some carrier butt and we’re all set.
“Son Don’t be a bully !”
But you can bully THAT kid.
Damn Hypocrites !
Massive thumbs up!
Too bad I am on an old X10 – at least we get gingerbread anyway.
Suddenly, it has occurred to me that I may think about buying a phone from Sony.
Been waiting patiently for Rogers to get a phone with a hardware keyboard. They’re bringing in every other SE phone (Arc, Neo, Play, etc). No mention anywhere of Pro. Okay, so it’s not slated for delivery until the end of June (end Q2), but Rogers announced the others way before you could actually buy them.
It’s getting harder and harder to stick with Rogers. Bell isn’t much better, but at least they have the HTC Desire Z. And Telus doesn’t have any keyboard phones worth using.
All the SE forums and whatnot are full of people asking for the Pro to come to North America…
Here’s hoping …
Was leery of SE Android phones due to the cockup they made of the X10 (poor hardware, slow updates, broken updates, etc). But these … look good … and having an “official” way to root them / install ROMs? Icing on the cake.
Just bring the damned thing to Canada already!!!
Personally, I don’t care how many steps it is, just as long as it is feasible.
I’d reckon the fact that it is a 14 step process is a good way to wean out those that probably would not benefit or could not root by themselves.
To unlock sony is getting a list of everyone who is.
Nice way of having a list of who has unlocked and saying warranty void on any hardware failure.
Now of course this is also a god send to projects like meego. Since it gives them more devices to test their code base on.
Also it is good for the customers as well. Ie phone goes end if life you can still update it.
Note that Sony Computer Entertainment (the ones behind the PS3) is mostly a different entity to Sony Ericcson.