Like your regular Linux bootloader, it lets you boot off of different partitions. I see these components discussed all the time on xda-developers. It is now a valuable resource for people who want to make the most of their mobile devices, from customizing the look and feel to adding new functionality. From the recovery image, you can also access the sdcard which is useful for fetching update. Initial menu after holding vol-down when booting:

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Thanks, but kinda obsolete don’t ya think? Hence, each of these areas can be independently flashed.

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Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered. Do you know what partition s the skateboard screen loads from? It doesn’t load dalvik, zygote, or the rest of the Android ecosystem. Unlocking bootloader voids your warranty and also completely wipes out the internal memory including contacts, messages, applications, etc.

[Q] How to flash an hboot with fastboot/adb

Android Apps and Games. It’s handy for recovery purposes, but also useful for development and generally hacking around depending on what you’re doing. This is typically re-flashed so as to follow further modifications.


Recovery is a partition you can boot into. Like your regular Linux bootloader, it lets you boot off of different partitions.

[Official Unlocking Bootloader] HBOOT HTC Desire

Where does the kernel sit? I tried this last night but when I tried to flash the unlock binary file it just sat there then came up androir. Android Apps and Games. To use most fastboot commands you need an unlocked bootloader, or the engineering bootloader.

Typically a manufacturer will ship their devices with their own “stock” recovery, but there are many custom ones available which are more robust. Sign up using Facebook.

Post as a guest Name. I say it’s not really a “mode” because it doesn’t really allow for any interaction, it just loads and waits for you to choose something else from the menu with one exception, see below.

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of serviceprivacy policy and cookie policyand that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies. It supports almost any Android device and version. Avoid asking multiple distinct questions at once. HTC, as we know, has provided an official tool that will unlock the bootloaders on its devices.


I thought I might see it as an option on the skateboard screen. Nothing else goes in here. Other manufacturers have done or try to do the same thing. They do exist separately, though, as devices without an HBoot menu can still have a fastboot mode. I anrdoid have an “engineering” version of HBoot, but I don’t know if that would add extra menu items or not.

You can read a bit about the details of fastboot here.

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Andy Joiner 2 4 Not the same thing, but it works for my purposes. Notably, you can flash unsigned partition images when in fastboot. Initial menu after holding vol-down when booting: