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Will you be unlocking BL/Rooting your Pixel 6?


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V0latyle

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If you are saying flashing the VZ version or taking a VZ OTA on a Google unlocked phone will prevent you from unlocking the phone, that is incorrect. That isn't the case now, and has never been the case on the previous Pixels. The only difference in the image is the modem. In the next month or two you will see the different versions merge into one. These temporary splits in versions are common. Look at the factory image versions for the Pixel 5 and you will see this.
I realize this is common; however, I just looked at the build number on my wife's old VZW Pixel 3, and the build number is identical to the latest public version available on Google's site. So it does not appear that Verizon is using private firmware. Bootloader version is the same, too. So if those components are the same, what else would prevent bootloader unlock?
 

TonikJDK

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So if those components are the same, what else would prevent bootloader unlock?

I have been out of that game for awhile, but as recently as the Pixel 3's it was a phone home to Google and get unlocked. The phone would call home and OEM unlocking would no longer be grayed out. There was some solid testing and packet captures at the time that were pretty convincing. So they were recording IMEI's or something similar.

Could be different now, but my guess is it is the same.
 

V0latyle

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I have been out of that game for awhile, but as recently as the Pixel 3's it was a phone home to Google and get unlocked. The phone would call home and OEM unlocking would no longer be grayed out. There was some solid testing and packet captures at the time that were pretty convincing. So they were recording IMEI's or something similar.

Could be different now, but my guess is it is the same.
Well, this very same device has been factory reset and booted without a SIM, but OEM unlocking never becomes toggleable. Not that I particularly care, it's getting traded in on the P5A I just got for my wife as a replacement for this one.
 

Lughnasadh

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I realize this is common; however, I just looked at the build number on my wife's old VZW Pixel 3, and the build number is identical to the latest public version available on Google's site. So it does not appear that Verizon is using private firmware. Bootloader version is the same, too. So if those components are the same, what else would prevent bootloader unlock?
I think Verizon encrypts the bootloader, preventing it from being able to be unlocked. They actually may have Google do the encrypting for them. So you can have the same bootloader versions, but the ones on the Verizon models have been encrypted to prevent unlocking the bootloader.

At least that is the way I understand it.
 
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    Bootloader successfully unlocked. I will just run everything stock for now - this is just so I don't have to wipe the device later after I have completed full setup and transferred all my data.

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    BL unlocked and root before opening the box.

    Under no circumstances I will own a phone (or a computer, for the shake of it) that sends any data to servers of Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Apple, Amazon and the likes.

    Cloud is just the marketing shiite to refer to someone else's computer.

    Therefore I need root to remove all the crap, to do backups against my own computers, to have a proper firewall that blocks domains and IPs of unwanted servers, and so on.
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    On this topic, any idea if we'll be able to root and unlock the bootloader since it'll be the new tensor chip? I'm asking because on Samsung devices I remember being able to unlock only the Exynos and not Snapdragon, and I may be asking something silly here. Thanks!
    If it can be unlocked/rooted, then I plan to buy. If not, I'll have to reconsider. I realize nowadays there's smaller need to flash, but it's kinda a hobby of mine and I like being able to tinker with my device(y)
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    Rooting is part of the unpacking process. Before root the device is not truly yours, you just have a guest account on the device.
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    Root ofc, but who would need custom ROMs on a Pixel with 5 years of software updates? :D