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Sony simplifies bootloader unlock process for Xperia devices

Sony has made it easier for developers and enthusiast users to unlock the bootloader on Xperia devices. The Unlock Boot Loader service received a much-needed facelift that makes it easier for users to go through the unlocking process.

While the older version of the service provided similar functionality, the facelift provides detailed step-by-step instructions to guide users through the process. It doesn't hurt that the page has also received a visual overhaul, giving it a more modern look.

In addition, Sony has added support for its latest hardware, which includes the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet. Users looking to unlock the bootloader on either device had to look for unofficial alternatives until now. With the addition of the new hardware, Sony continues to be one of few manufacturers that offers an official unlock option to users.

Head on over to the Unlock Boot Loader page to take a look at the redesign.

Source: Sony

Harish Jonnalagadda
Harish Jonnalagadda

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor covering Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone manufacturers, and writes about the semiconductor industry, storage servers, and audio products. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

  • Good guy Sony. No Knox. (And I mean it).
  • So as HTC Posted via Android Central App
  • Yup. Sony, HTC and others like Moto are on my nice list.
  • Unlocking the bootloader is still gonna void the warranty? I got myself the Tablet Z last month and am stuck on stock-laggy KK release due to this. :(
  • All I want is for Sony to come to T-Mobile in the USA. Posted via Android Central App
  • They did with the Z1S Posted via Android Central App
  • You mean like the Z1s and Z1 Compact?
  • No, like the Z2 and Z 3 Posted via Android Central App
  • "Fastboot oem unlock" is all I want to use! Posted via Android Central App
  • Will this work on the Verizon Z2 tablet?
  • Not so simple, carriers all around ask Sony to make the phones with the permission "Bootloader unlock allowed" set to "NO", making virtually impossible to unlock it. I'm talking from my own experience, last year I chose to buy a Sony Xperia U (ST25) just because of this feature, i did so from the carrier Movistar in Argentina, not only I can't unlock the bootloader.
    But there is something even worst, I'm still stuck with Android 2.3.7 as Movistar refuses to update it even though Sony released the 4.0.4 version of Android for this phone almost 2 years ago. So beware, THIS ONLY WORKS ON FACTORY UNLOCKED PHONES!!! AC should clarify this (and Sony too) Neither Movistar or Sony gave me a solution, and they both point each other as the only one who could and should solve this, so I wasted my money, I'll never buy a phone from Sony, Samsung (another story) or have it with Movistar as a service provider again