from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. Present participle of brick.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Brickwork.
- n. An imitation of brickwork made on a plastered surface.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
It seems that a lot of the problems are from a) firmware not being updated; and/or b) firmware update problems (units "bricking" - I guess circuits overloading and frying) when the units download firmware updates direct from the internet.
There are warnings about "bricking" your phone, which renders a device unbootable, and this commonly happens after installing a custom build of Android.
Like with most firmware updates, there have been several cases of the process causing problems, with some 'bricking' reports, but nothing out of the ordinary and, seemingly, on a very small scale.
You do not need to use any firmware hacks and risk "bricking" the phone.
One such issue is called "bricking" your iPhone - which basically means that the device becomes frozen and unresponsive.
You also run the risk of wonky performance or even "bricking" your iPhone permanently.
Ware dismissed several other claims, including one that accused Apple of intentionally "bricking," or disabling, iPhones that had been "jail broken" by customers who hacked their phones to make them work on competing wireless networks.
This is called "bricking" the router, recovery is possible most of the time and I've included a link below for how to unbrick the router.
For once the answer is very simple indeed: rather than waste time and effort trying to hack your phone with hardware or software, which can all-too-easily end by "bricking" the device, just ask O2 to unlock it for you!
While the Dev-Team has generally done an adequate job of testing its tools prior to release, cases of users "bricking" their iPhones in the jailbreak process have been known to occur.
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