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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