Lock the bootloader on Android It is something that has given headaches to the community for many years. Users have always fought to have official tracks, or not, to gain access and thus having complete control of your terminal. Years ago this fight was very intense but since the mobile operators selling are free interest by unlock it it has been reduced. Even so, there is still a good number of people chasing after that this possibility is in all the terminals in the market.
Each manufacturer It saves the problem as you think best suitable: some do not give their arm twisting and observe how the community breaks it on their own, others provide tools to do this with a notice of liability… Xiaomi very recently even had allowed its users unlock it and facilities but by 2015 the situation changed and the current scenario is a cumbersome bureaucratic process where some get it and others don’t.
Solution slowly and little intuitive if not talking about Chinese
If you have purchased a Xiaomi my Note Pro, a my 4 c or a Redmi Note 3 import, your mobile phone will come with the locked bootloader. The Chinese company is tired of that some stores will take the opportunity to modify the software for smartphones and enter malicious applications. At least that’s according to the official version although it is not the first time that we hear about Xiaomi terminals with pre-installed malware.
For the majority of users have the bootloader locked or not tends to be an issue without greater importance. Now, if we want to unlock the phone and not go through the process of the operator, simplest thing is skipping this protection and installing the ROM which give us wins it. In the case of Xiaomi concern comes to install other versions of the operating system such as, for example, one that comes with Spanish, available language thanks to the work of local communities like MIUI Spain.
Agree, has been clear that the last mobile which has launched Xiaomi come with the locked bootloader. What options we have users? Officially there is a route similar to that offered by Motorola: download a software on the phone and on the computer to connect both devices and validate the hardware of our Android MIUI Server.
The most obvious problem with this system is that it is necessary to understand some Chinese to understand the process. No, Xiaomi does not offer a version in English but fortunately there are step by step guides that explain what we should do. So far so good but the biggest difficulty is to overcome the bureaucratic process in which we enter when we send our request.
When we asked to free us the bootloader you have to give any reason for this. The most obvious is a “because it is my device and I do what makes me want with it” but as some users reported requests can take up to three weeks to be answered, and eye, to answer it does not mean that they give us the okay, can also be a negative.
It seems to be a system just, Although very frustrating, but there is something else that is bothering to holders of a mobile Xiaomi: users with best assessment in the MIUI (called Diamond) Forum have preferential treatment which gives them access to a faster release software and you do not have to wait that long to get to unlock your bootloader. The Chinese company has always pampered much to their community by what actually no surprise both the movement.
Trying to deal with a difficult problem
The position of Xiaomi It is complicated. They have always advocated for not put gates to the field and let users do what they want with their terminals. They are aware that their terminals are desired beyond the borders of where are on sale officially and you know that online stores are not always the most reliable partner.
To avoid the malware in order to control the user experience and the user is satisfied is a commendable and difficult to achieve purpose. Now, you should be aware of do undergo a process so difficult and slow release users is not a good option for those who really want to have access to these functions.
Another more negative view of the matter is that Xiaomi wants to avoid as far as possible, that its terminals are sold beyond Asia. Very difficult task since prohibit retail sale would be sticking a shot in the foot, especially if you want to meet sales targets as ambitious as that were marked by 2015 and finally failed.