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Hacker Cracks Lumia Bootloader, Offers Tool For Root Access and Custom ROMs (hothardware.com) 72

MojoKid writes: Microsoft and Nokia have worked hard making Lumia smartphones difficult to break into at a low-level, but software hacker Heathcliff has just proven that it's not impossible. He's just released a solid-looking tool called Windows Phone Internals, and it can do everything from unlocking the bootloader to replacing the phone's ROM. WP Internals is a completely free download, though Heathcliff welcomes donations by those who've found the tool useful. According to the "Getting Started" section of the tool, supported models include Lumia 520, 521, 525, 620, 625, 720, 820, 920, 925, 928, 1020, and 1320. If your model is not on the list, the developer has said that he hopes to add more models in the near future.
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Hacker Cracks Lumia Bootloader, Offers Tool For Root Access and Custom ROMs

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  • by drinkypoo ( 153816 ) <martin.espinoza@gmail.com> on Saturday November 28, 2015 @09:31AM (#51017125) Homepage Journal

    Hopefully this will lead to other operating systems being ported to these devices, which could make them useful for a variety of applications. A Lumia 520 is currently at a low of $25 used on eBay, and perhaps you can get them even cheaper if you lurk.

    • Re: (Score:2, Troll)

      Yeah if someone could get Android installed on them, they might actually be usable devices.

      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        by pereric ( 528017 )

        Or imagine them running an updated Maemo (from the N900), or some similiar full-sized and well-designed operative system.

        • I owned a Nokia Maemo N series device and it really doesn't compare with iOS and Android devices.

          I definitely wouldn't want to go back to that.

        • by Pax681 ( 1002592 )

          Or imagine them running an updated Maemo (from the N900), or some similiar full-sized and well-designed operative system.

          I had an N900.. fucking great idea.. terrible execution of that idea.

      • by Billly Gates ( 198444 ) on Saturday November 28, 2015 @09:56AM (#51017193) Journal

        Funny I was thinking the same thing with my crappy slow and buggy samsung galaxy thats stuck with Android.

        WindowsPhone is the best mobile OS I ever used with a superior UI that never crashes, freezes, or glitches and runs 400 to 500% faster. My 820 which inferior hardware to my Galaxy S 5 was so much faster. To this day cut and pasting calander events with conference calls with pins is not possible with Android. You need to write down the pin with paper and a pen.

        The same sheep who choose Windows 98 over linux are the same choosing Android over Windows Phone.

        • That's awesome bro.

        • by serviscope_minor ( 664417 ) on Saturday November 28, 2015 @10:10AM (#51017225) Journal

          The same sheep who choose Windows 98 over linux are the same choosing Android over Windows Phone.

          I think I speak for everyone reading this post when I say: u wot m8?

        • WindowsPhone is the best mobile OS I ever used with a superior UI that never crashes, freezes, or glitches and runs 400 to 500% faster. My 820 which inferior hardware to my Galaxy S 5 was so much faster. To this day cut and pasting calander events with conference calls with pins is not possible with Android. You need to write down the pin with paper and a pen.

          Windows phone is the most oppressive piece of spyware Microsoft has ever released.

          • Right because Google always has your best interests at heart

            • Right because Google always has your best interests at heart

              Google released Android as Open Source, so I could look out for my own best interests. And I do; I load an alternate ROM on every device I own. Even if this tool lets you do that with Windows on Lumia phones, you still won't have the sources to what you're running, so you'll still be worse off in the best case... which ought to be Microsoft's slogan by now. "Microsoft: Worse off in the Best Case". Of course, Truth won't sell their crap.

        • I was about to call you out on how stupid you were, until I noticed your username, you magnificent troll.
      • by jbssm ( 961115 )

        Windows runs way better in such a low spec mobile phone compared to Android.

        Running Android 5 in my Moto G with 1GB RAM was hell, slow to a crawl after opening some apps or some browser tabs. Now imagine doing that in a 512MB phone like the Lumia 520.

      • Been using a Windows phone for more than a year now. Won't go back to Android.

        • Microsoft would sell more if they came with Android, market it as the "Microsoft HumblePhone". Surefire way to hold off irrelevance just that little bit longer.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 28, 2015 @09:34AM (#51017135)

    n/t

  • I needed a new phone and these Lumia models were dirt cheap. What stopped me was the ability to block ads either via browser or hosts file. I ended up buying an Android phone from Leagoo.

  • by Opportunist ( 166417 ) on Saturday November 28, 2015 @12:09PM (#51017525)

    MS doesn't really like people tampering with their OSs. And doing a background check on everyone who bought a phone should be trivial, considering the annual meeting of the windows phone users happens in the phone booth next to the Android convention...

  • by Stan92057 ( 737634 ) on Saturday November 28, 2015 @01:38PM (#51017967)
    And whats to stop MS from uninstalling the program? They started uninstalling programs on Win 10 without permission what to stop them from doing this?
    • If this leads to users installing custom ROMs I think the device lacking an MS OS on it would do a good job at preventing that.
    • by rvw ( 755107 )

      And whats to stop MS from uninstalling the program? They started uninstalling programs on Win 10 without permission what to stop them from doing this?

      Root access!

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