It’s Friday, January 22, 2016, and let’s talk about what happened this week over at XDA-developers.com.
Just going to throw it out there, I did another general tech news video over on my channel, if you’d like to check that out, that’ll be the first link in the description.
As I mentioned previously, Sony is bringing the Xperia Z5 and Z5C to the US, but what wasn’t mentioned before was that, for some reason, they’re removing the fingerprint sensor. It’s still a great device, even without the sensor, but I’d say that omission is going to drive quite a few potential buyers away.
Elephone has made the P9000 Edge official, announcing a buttload of specs and that it will ship with Marshmallow, but not actually providing any pricing or availability information.
In an interesting turn of events, Xiaomi has apparently reverted to locking bootloaders again. According to an announcement on their forum, the Redmi Note 3’s bootloader is locked, and they’ll be locking the 4c and Note Pro as well moving forward, and eventually other devices. Beyond that, the unlocking process apparently is going to take up to 21 days, because they have to manually approve every single one, and that’s only if they decide you’re worthy. That’s… well, that’s confusing. Obviously as a development community, I’m curious what your thoughts are on this one… let us know down in the comments.
In some more development-friendly news, XDA had a call with Jide this week, and they are now officially GPL and Apache licensing compliant, with source code available through Github, so if you’d like to check any of that out, links in the portal post.