Wednesday, 30 May 2018 11:49

Huawei drops support for other bootloaders on its phones

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Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies has ended support for alternative bootloaders on its smartphones, with the company saying support had ended on 25 May.

Any devices that were launched prior to this date will see the feature disappear in 60 days.

Huawei has thus far provided codes so that developers of custom ROMs could unlock the bootloaders on its devices.

This made its smartphone very popular with developers as it was one of the few manufacturers to offer this feature.

In a statement, the company said it had taken this action, "in order to deliver the best user experience and prevent users from experiencing possible issues that could arise from ROM flashing, including system failure, stuttering, deteriorating battery performance, and risk of data being compromised".

A spokesperson said: "Huawei will cease providing bootloader unlock codes for devices launched after 25 May 2018.

"For devices launched prior to the aforementioned date, the termination of the bootloader code application service will come into effect 60 days after [the] announcement.

"Huawei remains committed to providing quality services and experiences to its customers."


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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