- Jul 31, 2012
Then buy HK device because its not possible to flash the firmware.@afaneh92,
Since unlocking of V5 bootloader on S10 (Snapdragon, Canada) is not yet possible, I'm wondering if there is an indirect path to get what I need.
Note: I'm not interested in preserving Knox or warranty; I am intending to eventually flash Lineage OS and root the phone.
It is my understanding that some other markets also use Snapdragon but do not lock the bootloader (China/Hong Kong?). Could there be a path to first flash one of those firmwares, followed by OEM unlock then the firmware of my choosing?
I have tried this with several firmwares but Odin could not flash any of them due to the locked bootloader. I am hoping I only downloaded the wrong fw and it may still be possible.
I see that you are a new age addition to the development and understanding of my comment, so i will be kind in reply.
1. "Parts" doesn't have to mean hardware. Software files can cost money tooFinally, I can respond to your feedback.
I understand what you are saying. however it doesn't seem to be that there is any special hardware required. I admit I do not know their full process, but to me, it looks nothing different that an htc token identifier that allows bootloader unlock. If this is the case with this, I don't see a value in paying for it when a manufacturer had the same service offered for free.
I can tell you now that there is no "inside source", this is all profit for these 2 developers. It's stated by the 2 developers, and for perfectly understandable, yet unethical reasons that their source is a guy in China (a country of over 1.5 billion people), who has a connection to Samsung and is selling to these 2 developers exclusively, who are then in turn "doing us a favor" by being the middle-man in a transaction with this anonymous guy.
What if they told everyone: "Hey we have figured out the bootloader unlock, but instead of following XDA tradition and sharing a guide, we are going to charge everyone else a hefty fee during these turbulent times while everyone is struggling and stuck at home.".
Everyone would go wild and they'd be hated, because they're charging a Developer's Tax, and impeding a whole load of other talented Developers from gaining the motivation to develop for a phone that most people won't unlock the bootloader for; probably due to the shortage of funds and lack of jobs from the virus.
It's a sad thing honestly, and I for one can live with a locked bootloader until I've found a way to unlock it myself. Anyone who pays for the unlock is supporting a transition to a new era of XDA that steers far away from what we all came to know and love.
Most importantly, it's a slap in the face to the world of free and opensource technology, and a disgrace to those who have worked so hard to maintain the transparency these two are taking the lead in destroying; something which money can do very, very fast. There is a chance one of them will reply to this, and all I have to say is that once again, it's just to cover their ass so that they can be loved, and still line their pockets with the cash of those they're lying to. Anyways, I doubt XDA would even allow it unless the lie was present, because this isn't a marketplace.