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Introduction
Android phones, particularly the developer-friendly Nexus models from Google, are especially suited for unlocking and tinkering with. The OS, based upon Linux, is modular enough to allow replacement and upgrading of particular components of the firmware: bootloader, recovery, boot, radio, etc. [ … ] How often these are udpated, and how accessible to the user, will vary from one manufacturer to another, and from one model to another. [ … ] == Warning == [ … ] Unlocking, flashing, rooting your phone may void the warranty. You are also at risk for "bricking" (rendering inoperable and unrepairable) your phone. You assume full liability and responsibility for attempting to follow any of these steps. [ … ] == Further Information == [ … ] [http://developer.android.com/tools/device.html Google[http://developer.android.com/tools/device.html|Google Nexus: Using Hardware Devices] [ … ] [https://source.android.com/source/running.html#booting-into-fastboot-mode Google[https://source.android.com/source/running.html#booting-into-fastboot-mode|Google Nexus: Booting into fastboot (bootloader)]
Android phones, particularly the developer-friendly Nexus models from Google, are especially suited for unlocking and tinkering with. The OS, based upon Linux, is modular enough to allow replacement and upgrading of particular components of the firmware: bootloader, recovery, boot, radio, etc. [ … ] How often these are udpated, and how accessible to the user, will vary from one manufacturer to another, and from one model to another. [ … ] == Warning == [ … ] Unlocking, flashing, rooting your phone may void the warranty. You are also at risk for "bricking" (rendering inoperable and unrepairable) your phone. You assume full liability and responsibility for attempting to follow any of these steps. [ … ] == Further Information == [ … ] [http://developer.android.com/tools/device.html Google[http://developer.android.com/tools/device.html|Google Nexus: Using Hardware Devices] [ … ] [https://source.android.com/source/running.html#booting-into-fastboot-mode Google[https://source.android.com/source/running.html#booting-into-fastboot-mode|Google Nexus: Booting into fastboot (bootloader)]
Conclusion
To reassembleCongratuations! You now know at least a little more about how to remedy problems with your device, follow these instructions in reverse order. phone.
To reassembleCongratuations! You now know at least a little more about how to remedy problems with your device, follow these instructions in reverse order. phone.

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