T-Mobile G-Slate 3.1 Update Brings Locked Bootloader

If you’re a T-Mobile G-Slate owner and you fancy yourself an Android modder, you may want to wait before updating your device to the official 3.1 update rolling out right now. I’ve stumbled upon some information that the update will, in fact, lock the bootloader making the flashing of custom ROMs and all the other goodies that come with it, impossible. At least for now.

Up until this update, the LG G-Slate was one of the more developer friendly tablets with fastboot OEM unlock and the Nvidia APX allowing full read/write access to the device. Anyone thinking of skipping the official update altogether only to remain at the mercy of the Android developer community? (They have cake)

[Via Reddit]

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  • thaum

    Well, does “fastboot oem unlock” still work? Might it just be another matter of running that a second time?

    • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

      Nope. Locks it up tight. Will have to go through all that trouble of finding a root method like everything else locked up =/

  • Chris Konieczny

    Great! I just got my G-Slate yesterday, and, of course, the first thing I do without even thinking about it… I update :(

  • Stephen Cox

    Uh, if APX mode worked to begin with, then it will continue to work. The only thing they can do to lock down APX mode is to create a Secure Boot Key (SBK), and even if they did that, it is done on the hardware level during manufacturing and CANNOT be changed or added (from what I understand) at a later time.

    I have the GTablet and the Transformer, both with APX modes, and the while the GTablet is wide open, the Transformer does have a SBK and was locked down from the factory. Luckily we got the code via a leak and can now do whatever we like, but ASUS has responded by changing the SBK on all new units. All units out now (up to later B70 models) will forever be open with that SBK and there is nothing ASUS can do about it.

  • http://twitter.com/fredacampos fredacampos

    Why oh why do these manufacturers do stupid stuff like this? Scratch off another sale.

  • http://twitter.com/chrisgunter94 chris gunter

    Im a noob, but will you still be able to load 3rd party apps or APK’s?

    • HalfwayCrook

      yes, you dont even need to be rooted to do that.

  • http://profiles.google.com/eckoinlasvegas Steven Skwarkowski

    These companies have way too much pride in there bloated products. They tend to forget they are selling to a market that enjoys tinketring, hence the open source nature of the devices. They will learn someday or lose sales. Simple as that!

  • No_Nickname90

    And I thought LG was cool. Tuh!! Yea right. Watch, the G2X isn’t too far behind. *sigh* What’s the point of doing this again? Are the carriers asking for this?

    Because I hear a lot of people complaining that the manufacturers are doing this, when it could actually be the carriers telling them to. Hmm…

  • Kyle Krenzer

    one of the more developer friendly? Why then is there no custom roms or even a stable CWM recovery available? XDA won’t even give it a forum…