Unlocking the bootloader is opening up a process during the boot operation on a smartphone or tablet that the factory restrictions prevent us from doing. However, if you want to experience the full performance of the OS away from the restrictions first you must unlock the bootloader thus unchaining the operating system and allowing for things such as root access, custom ROMs and custom firmware.

Reports say that unlocking the new flagship from Sony — the Xperia z3 — will result in a shaky camera that doesn’t have the same performance of what it did coming out of the box. It won’t happen that way for every handset, but reports suggest that Sony has done this on purpose to stop people wanting to tinker with the handsets. We know most OEMs hate rooting because it opens doors for additional money spent on applications and ROMs away from the standard stock markets built by them. Nonetheless, the right thing is always to let people do what they want with a machine after they pay for it and that will never change no matter how much a company wants to prevent us from having those privileges.

Xperia Z3

The Sony Z3 isn’t as easy to research since we have several other phones under the same name such as the Blackberry Z3, Motorola Rizr, Acer Liquid, the compact tablet, the compact and the Z3X all under the same label. Those who bought into what they are selling should understand that this phone comes with a 20.7 megapixel camera with an additional 2.2 megapixels available from the front-facing snapper. That’s a lot of camera power even though we are now witnessing new ‘selfie’ cameras that are upping the ante on the front megapixel by a wide margin. That said, the 20 available from the rear is still way ahead of most of the competition from other flagship smartphones including the newly released iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy S5, HTc One M8 and others alike.

The known bug comes from the camera algorithms embedded inside of the DRM. By unlocking the bootloader, the keys are wiped and thus creating an adverse effect on the camera’s operation. Furthermore, the Xperia Z1 comes with a BIONZ image processor that affects its performance that is also DRM protected. The same is likely happening here yet again.

Nobody knows is this is a new beginning of a game of cat and mouse between hackers and OEMs putting up barriers to protect their work. We do know that hackers always have the upper hand, however, the manufacturers can wreak havoc for temporary plans.