Nexus One rooted with locked bootloader

Yes, you read it right., the Nexus One has been rooted.  Again. What's new about this is that the phone was rooted the old fashioned way, and the bootloader remains locked.  Let me take a minute and explain.  The Nexus One is sold as a developer phone, so you can manually unlock the phone's bootloader.  This lets you flash any software you want to the phone, for testing, hacking, developing, etc.  It also marks an un-editable file (the one that shows as the splash screen when you boot the phone) with a big ugly unlocked icon. (Ant technically is what breaks the warranty.)   HTC can then tell at a glance if the phone's bootloader has been unlocked and decide the fate of any warranty issues from there.  This bothers a lot of people, as they are forced to choose between voiding their warranty or keeping their Nexi (Nexuses) unlocked.

A bright hacker named Booker-T has used the method for the Incredible to root the phone without unlocking the bootloader and flashing a rooted ROM.  No details yet, Booker-T says he needs some sleep (he's earned it!) and will get the files and method up shortly.  In the meantime, you can hit the jump and check out the video for yourself. [xda-developers] Thanks MarkH!


There are 15 comments

bdizzel1982 says:

that a boy root and the warranty is still in tack that's a match made in heaven if you ask me

Raudic says:

Can you breath more heavily into the mic?

icebike says:

Phil said he needed sleep, he's just snoring...

arkarkwin says:

I know who he is. Its dark vader, listen to his breathing, I am moving to dark side if or when he post instruction.

_JKK_ says:

'Dark Vader'?




I think you mean Darth Vader.

fwgrizzwald says:

So I guess I gotta be the first to ask: can this remove the unlock icon and fastboot message?

clickwir says:

Awesome. Can't wait to hear what options this does and does not have over unlocking the bootloader.

mcook1670 says:

so will this root method work with other phones with a locked eris 2.1v3 leak? Not holding my breath

xorg says:

It's really disappointing that Android phones literally have to be 'hacked' to get to root, even the Nexus. You'd think carriers might want them locked down but Pre/webOS phones aren't locked down at all, on any carrier. You just put into a simple mode and you are in. The carriers aren't requiring them to lock it down, even ATT, which is locking down Android even more.

The phone makers need to just open it up and see how carriers respond. Given that the Google phone is even locked down, you gotta wonder if it's part of the OS.

dacp283 says:

Sigh... android phone with a Mac behind it. Booo I hate apple.

icebike says:

What in the linux world constitutes an un-editable file?
I've never found one I couldn't whack.

umbrella man says:

Nice ! Ata boi!

coldheater says:

What lock screen is he using in the video?

cesarb says:

The one that Android comes stock with...

cesarb says:

Awesome now i can unlock my N1...