Windows 10 Will Make Secure Boot Optional

Microsoft launched the secure boot function together with Windows 8, a thing the open source software association and many users weren’t happy about. Manufacturers had to enable this mandatory in order to get the “Designed for Windows 8” certification and logo. This looks set to change now as the Windows 10 requirements were released during the WinHEC conference held in Shenzhen. It is now optional whether manufacturers want to enable it for Windows 10 desktops, changing from the previous mandatory state.

Secure boot in itself is a great feature, preventing rootkits and rogue boot loaders to get hold of your system. But the drawback is that you can’t dual-boot Windows 8 and Linux, the mechanism prevents this.

There is still some time until Windows 10 is launched, so this might change again. But if it sticks, it could mean a lot less hassle to get dual-booting systems to run and also fits with Microsofts current scheme for more openness and cross-platform functionality.

Thanks to CNbeta for providing us with this information

Android Devices Could Dual-Boot Sailfish OS

The Jolla smartphone barely reached the market and it looks like it already wants to take a drastic approach with its Sailfish OS. Jolla’s CEO, Tomi Pienimäki, is already talking about a dual-boot capability between the Sailfish OS and Android on current and new android-powered smartphones.

Jolla wouldn’t be the first company to take this approach. Canonical’s Ubuntu Touch operating system can run on Android phones, and the company is basically treating Google’s Nexus phones and tablets as developer devices for the mobile version of Ubuntu. All in all, if you can unlock the bootloader and load custom firmware on your device, you will not have any limits in just using Android.

One of the things that sets Sailfish apart from Ubuntu though is that you can actually run Android apps in Sailfish. While native Sailfish apps will probably do a better job of tying into the operating system, there are around a million apps available for Android, which means that there should be no shortage of apps available to run on Sailfish if you decided to install the OS on your device, or even buy a phone that ships with the operating system.

Take note though that you cannot install apps directly from the Google Play store. You can however manually install them or even install third-party apps such as Amazon Appstore.

Thank you Liliputing for providing us with this information

Sony Confirms Unlocking Xperia Z1 Bootloader Stops Your Camera From Working

XperiaBlog reports that Sony has warned users against unlocking the bootloader on the Xperia Z1. Rumours about potential damage/malfunctioning to the handset after unlocking the bootloader have been circulating for a while but now Sony has finally confirmed and warned users against it.

When unlocking the bootloader users will find that the camera stops working on their Xperia Z1. Anyone looking to unlock the bootloader is recommended to back up the TA partition, responsible for Sony’s DRM keys, so that if the camera breaks they can restore the partition to fix it. This does re-lock the bootloader effectively putting you back at square one.

On their unlocking site Sony said:

“At the moment, unlocking the Xperia Z1 boot loader will stop the camera functionality.”

Sony is currently believed to be working on a minor fix for the software-level problem.

Image courtesy of Sony

Motorola Droid Maxx Developer Edition Now Available For A Hefty $649

Motorola, in partnership with Verizon, is now offering the Droid Maxx handset in a Developer Edition version. The Droid Maxx is now available for $649.99 on the Motorola store with Verizon and Developer Edition branding. The unlockable bootloader does void your warranty when activated but it gives developers and crazy phone geeks a chance to tweak and tune their handset.

The core specifications of the Motorola Droid Maxx Developer Edition are the same as the standard version of the phone. These specifications (courtesy of AndroidCentral) are as follows:

Dimensions

  • 5.41”(H) x 2.80”(W) x 0.28”(D) inches
  • Weight: 4.94 oz

Network

  • Network: LTE, CDMA/1xEVDO Rev. A (800/1900 MHz)
  • Global Network: EDGE/GSM (850/900/1800/1900), HSPA/UMTS( 850/900/1900/2100), HSDPA 42.2 Mbps (Category 20), HSUPA 5.76 Mbps

Operating System

  • Android 4.2, Jelly Bean

Memory / Processor

  • Processor: 1.7 GHz Dual Core with Quad–Core Graphics, attention hub, & 2GB of RAM
  • 4FF preinstalled SIM
  •  32GB interal memory (formatted capacity less)

Battery

  • Battery: Non–removable 3500 mAh Li–Ion
  • Usage: Up to 48 hours OR
  • Standby Time: Up to 25 days

SAR

  • SAR: Head 1.54 W/kg / Body–worn 0.32 W/kg

Camera

  • 10MP RGBC camera with quick capture

Video

  • 1080p HD Video capture, up to 60FPS
  • 2MP Full HD Recording Front Facing Camera
  • Video Formats: H.263, H.264, MPEG4, RV v10, RV v9, WMV v10, WMV v9

Bluetooth

  • Bluetooth® 4.0 LE +EDR, Bluetooth Class 2
  • Bluetooth® Profiles Supported: Stereo (A2DP), Serial Port Profile, Object Push (vCard & vCalendar only) Profiles, A2DP, AVRCP, BPP, DUN, FTP, HFP, HID, HSP, MAP, NAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP

Image courtesy of Motorola

Motorola Teases The Moto X Developer Edition

Motorola are getting ready to launch the new developer edition of the Moto X smartphone and it has been spotted by Droid-Life. The developer edition uses 32GB of storage and has an unlockable bootloader. Although the unlockable bootloader makes it easier for users to unlock the device and tinker around with it, the process is still warranty-voiding.

“Unlocking your Developer Edition’s bootloader voids all warranties and may cause serious harm to your device.” states Motorola.

The Moto X uses a 4.7 inch 720p display with 2GB of RAM and a dual core 1.7GHz Snapdragon CPU. The developer edition has the words “Developer Edition” engraved on the rear of the device and an unlockable bootloader, apart from that it remains all but identical to the consumer Moto X devices.

The Moto X is the first smartphone to try and push the agenda that “specifications do not matter” but instead they focus on value added software features provided through exclusive Motorola-developed software.

Image courtesy of Droid-Life

Ubuntu Edge Will Not Be Bootloader Or Carrier Locked

The Ubuntu Edge smartphone will reportedly not have a locked bootloader or locked carrier network. That is according to the developers from Ubuntu for the Edge smartphone, on an AMA (ask me anything) session on Reddit. The Canonical IndieGoGo project page unfortunately omitted these two crucial pieces of information which led to confusion among some potential buyers.

Given the rather niche nature of the Ubuntu Edge smartphone it is crucial that Canonical offer the maximum flexibility and number of customisations to end users as possible. The feature should allow users to install as many mobile operating systems on the Ubuntu Edge as they want. This is going to be important for the kind of target market the Ubuntu Edge is aiming for.

The Ubuntu Edge has currently generated $9.5 million of its $32 million target and has around 11 days left to run before its deadline passes. Canonical recently chopped $80 off the asking price of the Ubuntu Edge in an effort to help reach the funding target.

Image courtesy of Canonical (IndieGoGo)