LG users can start breathing normal again as we got the news that LG is working on an official long term solution for its bootloader unlock.
The topic ‘bootloader unlock’ has always been one with much debate surrounding it. Custom ROM users want absolute control over their Android devices and have argued that bootloaders should be unlockable. However, carriers such AT&T and Verizon have insisted manufacturers ship their products with a bootloader that cannot be officially unlocked.
Before I continue, what exactly is bootloader? A locked or unlocked bootloader is what gives you access to “root.” “Root” is another big word in the Android community. If you “root” a device, it means you have “super user” access or “administrator” access to the operating system that runs on your phone.
Even though carriers have put their foot down on the matter, manufacturers like HTC and Samsung have started to move the other way. HTC has looked to have an official bootloader unlocking tool while Samsung has launched releasing developer-positioned variants of its flagships on big carriers to allow developers to unlock bootloaders.
It looks like LG is looking to follow the footsteps of these two tech giants. The company is looking to please the crack-flashers but at the same time keep the carriers happy.
An email was sent to a senior XDA member which pointed towards a permanent solution to this matter. The email stated that:
Thank you for your feedback regarding bootloader unlock and we are sorry for any inconvenience and disappointment that have been caused by lack of support for bootloader unlock on the latest LG smartphones. We are already aware of many developers’ requests and opinions on bootloader unlock. So we have been preparing a server to provide safer bootloader unlock. Also, we are internally discussing the target model and the time of providing bootloader unlock. However, it will take some more time due to the technical restrictions, security issues, and the policy of mobile carriers. We deeply apologize that we are unable to support bootloader unlock right now and would like to ask for your kind understanding. We will let you know more specific information when the support policy for bootloader unlock is decided.
So, LG is planning something. Details are still scarce but once we get a heads up, we’ll make sure you’re the first to know!