More than $2,000 reward for the first person to manage to unlock the bootloader of AT&T and Verizon variants of the LG G4

More than $2,000 reward for the first person to manage to unlock the bootloader of AT&T and Verizon variants of the LG G4
Ah, Android – the operating system that has become synonymous with custom ROMs and all kinds of community-made modifications that were often not intended by the manufacturer. For most of them to work, however, one needs root access and often an unlocked bootloader. Unfortunately, smartphone makers are not too happy about users tinkering with the devices' innards, so with each new release, they try to put barriers in front of developers. With all the different variants for each smartphone, the locks are often different – some are easy to crack, others are tough – especially on carrier models.

So, LG's fresh flagship – the G4 – already has power users lined up, waiting for custom ROMs and whatever else pops up on developer forums. One issue, though – root access and bootloader unlock are still under development.

Some eager enthusiasts have banded together and opened a donation pot to reward the developer that brings the proper unlocks for the AT&T and / or Verizon variants of the G4. As of writing this article, the reward for “Exploiting a fully stock LMY47D build to get root and custom recoveries“ is $2,205, while “Unlocking, exploiting, or patching the bootloader on a stock LMY47D device, to get root and custom recovery as well” will get the brainiac $1,485. The requirements to claim the cash are common-sense – post a step-by-step guide of the process and wait for someone else to repeat it and confirm it's working.

So, think you can do it? Want to chip in and sweeten the pot? The link to the XDA thread where this is being discussed is just below.

source: XDA Developers via Phandroid

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1. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

XDA... Still with those "rewards"... 9 out of 10 times it's more a fiasco than anything legit. lol

2. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Root might come, but I'll be very surprised if the bootloader unlock and custom recovery happens. Maybe...the GS5 and Note 3 got root despite all odds, but recovery and bootloader unlock still hasn't happened...but LG isn't Samsung, so I guess it's possible.

5. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Also S4 got root and safestrap recovery but never got bootloader unlocked, at&t sucks, not done by manufactures.

12. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

At&t makes me physically sick sometimes. Some may say it's not that big a deal. But I bet there have been thousands of customers who thought they'd be able to root just cause they have an Android.

3. steelew

Posts: 221; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

The international version has both if I'm not mistaken. It at least has root from LG for sure.

6. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Bootloader are being locked by carriers not manufactures, so international versions are safe.

7. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

And AT&T and Verizon are the absolute worst when it comes to locking their phones down.

4. tokuzumi

Posts: 1907; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

If you want root, you shouldn't be buying carrier versions of smartphones. On Verizon and Sprint, you have no choice (except for the Nexus 6). But if you are on T-Mobile/AT&T, you have a lot of options.

9. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

Um you got that wrong. It's Sprint and T-Mobile that are easiest to root. Verizon and AT&T lock their bootloaders down.

10. hwb01

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

He's talking about buying unlocked phones

11. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

He's right. T-Mobile and Sprint practically embrace root. At&t and Verizon seem to think root is gonna make them lose money or something. I have a At&t Note 4 and I had to learn the hard way. If you think you might be interested in root, NEVER BUY A VERIZON OR AT&T DEVICE.

8. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

If it's anything like the Note 4 good luck with that.

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