Third-party ROMs allow smartphone owners to customize and mod their device in just about any way feasible. As if Android was not customizable enough, some Android OEMs elect to support bootloader unlocking. Huawei is one of them and to keep its devices open to heavy customization, the Chinese OEM has always had a bootloader unlock program. In disappointing news for some of you, the program is shutting down.
By allowing owners of its smartphones to unlock their phone’s bootloader, Huawei made installing ROMs an easy process. Many appreciated the freedom, but moving ahead, Huawei devices won’t be as easy to customize. That’s because the bootloader unlock program is being shut down for good. Newer devices are seeing a stoppage in support as early as today with older models becoming ineligible over the next few weeks.
Why you might ask? According to Huawei’s Honor subsidiary, this is to prevent severe issues associated with users flashing some custom ROMs. As of the time this post was composed, that’s the only word from the company to consumers, and it happened over on Twitter. It sucks this is happening so soon and seemingly out of nowhere. Now it’ll be up to remaining manufacturers to keep the ability around in the Android Ecosystem. If you’re into this stuff, switching away from Huawei might be your only option.
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