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Monday, August 8, 2011

Hello all :-)

wow, it has been MONTHS since I last found time to update this blog and to drop you new information about the works at ITAgents. I am really very sorry for that, I will try to post more frequently from now on.

The reason I post today is a very good one. I am sure you've heard that several Android phone vendors gave up their strict bootloader locking policy which will help each and every Theft Aware user out there. Sony Ericsson already published their bootloader unlocker (http://bit.ly/esVQLL), HTC just today announced an unlock tool for their bootloader (http://on.fb.me/io2VT6), Motorola announced an unlock tool for late 2011 (http://bit.ly/egBYRD), rumours spread that Samsung will also follow this trend (http://bit.ly/pR6Xk3) and the Google Nexus S comes with an unlocked bootloader out of the box.

What does this mean for Theft Aware users?

Unlocked bootloaders mean that you will not have to root your phone in order to use Theft Aware's unique root features.

By using the UPDATE.ZIP installation method, you can install Theft Aware hard reset proof on any bootloader-unlocked Android smartphone, even if it is NOT rooted. You'll just have to install a custom recovery using the unlocked bootloader, and then you'll be able to install Theft Aware hard-reset proof by using the UPDATE.ZIP installation method!

Once installed into the system partition, Theft Aware is able to do all the cool root features that you already know, like disabling USB debugging on theft event or enabling GPS automatically once it is needed.

Isn't that good news? I'll follow up with more info as it comes up.

Best regards
Reinhard

6 comments:

  1. great news! thank you!

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  2. I want to make TA hard reset proof too w/o rooting :)
    Please keep us posted! Will you post instructions how to do that for SGS2?
    One question...what is UPDATE.ZIP???

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  3. Hi t00dy!

    to install Theft Aware hard reset proof you need to unlock your bootloader and install a custom recovery image. see here for more information on this: http://indiaandroid.com/2010/11/android-romcustom-romrecovery-images-basics/

    since we dont want to root we can't use tools like the ROM Manager. therefor you download the theft aware installer from www.theftaware.com or the market, start it and choose update.zip method. this won't install Theft Aware but creates a file on your SD-card called UPDATE.ZIP.

    an update.zip file is used to update the android system but can also be used to install software into otherwise protected folders.

    that's what we do now:
    switch off your phone and reboot into recovery mode. how to boot into recoverymode? google :-)

    for my nexus S I just keep pressed both "louder" and the on/off switch until the bootloader appears. In the bootloader the volume button switches between options up and down and the on/off button selects.

    We select recovery (a triangle and a droid appear for a while or until you press button combinations...I dont know).

    now we select "apply update from /sdcard" and choose the update.zip we generated before.

    that's it folks!

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  4. Hi mate, just to rephrase the question asked by Toody again. If i follow the instructions you told him as above, i'll be able to utilise the root integration feature of Theft Aware without rooting my phone correct?

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  5. hi sky.. yes you're right it should work!

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