Sony Ericsson bootloader unlock

Good news, everyone! Remember how Sony Ericsson promised it would have a website set up to help unlock its bootloaders "in the upcoming weeks"? Well, we're there. With a few caveats, of course.

First off, only four phones are currently supported, and chances are you don't have any of them. Supported are the Xperia Play, Xperia Arc, Xperia Pro and Xperia Neo. Yeah. We don't have those yet, either. The site also notes that your phone needs to be SIM unlocked if you want to unlock the bootloader. Again, not something you see very often here in the states.

And then there's the process of actually unlocking the bootloader. Don't have the Android SDK? Well, get to downloadin', son. (Actually. if you don't already have the SDK, chances are you have no business unlocking a bootloader in the first place.) Then you'll need to do a little bit of fastboot trickery (aka copying and pasting a few commands). Again, nothing you shouldn't be able to do if you know what a bootloader is, and why you'd want to unlock it.

So for n00bs, this is not. But kudos to Sony Ericsson for making good on its promise. Hit the source link if you want to get to unlocking. And let's just hope we see more phones supported in the future. [Sony Ericsson via] Thanks, Rick!


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Sony Ericsson bootloader unlock site is live, old phones need not apply


Worked fine on my Xperia Play. Unfortunately, like the xperia x10, it doesn't have a recovery one could boot into, so I'm not sure how to root it, yet. I guess I'll have to leave that to more clever people. :P

I wonder how Verizon's version of the Xperia Play will be treated? Still,I'm glad SE is seeming to make an honest effort to be a major Android supporter.