Sony's finally yielding to pressure from Android enthusiasts to make their phones a little more hackable out of the box, by releasing a series of special bootloaders that let owners reboot their phones from the recovery partition -- an essential first step in being able to easily switch ROMs for a laugh whenever your current icon set begins to bore you.
The changes come as part of the Open Devices initiative, and will make it massively easier for owners and coders to use Sony Mobile devices to install and run recovery images based on stock Android AOSP projects. The first wave of unlocked bootloaders are already live despite no official word from Sony, with owners of the Xperia T2 Ultra, Xperia T3, Xperia M2 and Xperia E3 Android models able to install the revised bootloaders.
Owners of any of the above can now use Sony Mobile's own flash-tool to select the alternative bootloader, as long as the phone is already unlocked, after which the "Open devices" bootloader can be utilised to grant future access to fastboot mode -- making it a simple case of entering a command to install any custom ROM you've stuck on the phone's internal storage system. [FXP via Engadget]