• Petitioned Acer

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Unlock A100 tablet bootloader

    1. kevin c
    2. Petition by

      kevin c

      Yonkers, NY

Dear Acer/Nvidia,

We are owners and prospective owners of the Acer A100 Tablet. However, we were very disappointed to discover that the device's bootloader will only allow packages signed by Acer to be installed, and thus also does not allow us root access to the tablet's operating system.

While we trust that the A100 will be well-supported with official updates, this tablet has the potential to be an excellent platform for development by enthusiasts as well, and we consider the ability to modify the software running on the tablet to be a valuable (or even essential) feature. The current inability of the A100 to accept custom firmware is already dissuading some from buying this tablet, and even causing others to consider returning devices that they have recently bought.

We understand that custom firmware cannot be supported by Acer, but we consider that it is our right to customise our devices in any way we wish: once bought, the A100 is our property alone to modify if we choose. HTC implemented locked bootloaders on their devices last year, but have since seen that giving users this freedom is the right thing to do, and are enabling users to unlock their devices if they so choose. This has been considered very welcome in the Android community, and we hope that Acer will do the same.

Please consider giving us the ability to unlock our tablets. We assure you that fostering a vibrant development community around the will promote sales and establish Acer's reputation in the community as an excellent and receptive supplier of mobile devices.

Yours faithfully,

The Undersigned

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    • Kevin Scoggins THE COLONY, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      There are applications which I need for using this device. Out of the box, this is an impressive device. However, some of my needs for a tablet device are not met by the stock software, and require aftermarket/custom kernel modules.

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    • Andy Fontaine JACKSONVILLE, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      because you have failed to repair the issue with the headphones for U.S. customers. So i would like the ability to get it fixed on my own. Please do what will make this tablet sell more by opening up the boot loader. there is only room for one locked down device manufacturer and Apple is the top dog right now. But if you open it like the windows world it will draw devs to your devices and with that better roms. That will increase your sales 10 fold at least

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    • John Godolfin Mascardo SUTTON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      As a consumer I would like to keep the device I have bought and invested in for as long as the duration of its life, up to date and compatible with all the other things around me. Updating will prolong my interest in such device and further products of the provider; This is a well proven fact with all people and other products. The fact that I have invested my money to own this product should give me rights to customize it, without any interest to undermine the provider. Without the flexibility of the product the brand will not generate interest or build up fans for the future. I would have thought ACER have developed knowledge to do so, and learn from souring the expectations of its consumers... ex ACER tech

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    • John Godolfin Mascardo SUTTON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      I would have thought that Acer have learnt from past mistakes in souring peoples' expectation in their products and have learnt from other big names who have turned away from totalitarian hold in respects to software customisation. I do not want an item that is obsolete with coming of new devices, but something that I know will be a good investment for the future.

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    • James More BRUNSWICK, GA
      • over 2 years ago

      Because I want more control over the device that I purchased.

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