Karl-Johan Dahlström of Sony Ericsson announced today that starting this spring unlocking the bootloader on Xperia phones in a “secure and legal way” will be allowed.
It will be possible to unlock the boot loader for certain releases of our 2011 Xperia™ phones, such as Xperia™ arc, Xperia™ neo, Xperia™ pro and Xperia™ PLAY.
This is a great news for Android world. Until now only Nexus One, Nexus S and Motorola Xoom officially supported unlocking of the bootloader with the “fastboot oem unlock” command. Let’s hope Sony Ericsson will set a trend to be followed by other Android manufacturers.
There will be some restrictions, e.g. SIM lock protected phones won’t support bootloader unlocking. This probably means that only phones not subsidized by the carriers will support unlocking, which is not an ideal scenario for the US market. Nevertheless, this is a great move both for Sony Ericsson and Android ecosystem.