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LG V20 gets official bootloader unlock support ‘for the US open market’

By Adrian Diaconescu November 25, 2016, 8:09 am

Verizon has been selling its network-locked configuration of the successful LG V20 smartphone on a tempting buy-one-get-one-half-off plan for a few weeks now. And T-Mobile’s “kinda crazy” Black Friday deals even include the 5.7-incher as free… under certain conditions.

Meanwhile, the SIM-free, factory unlocked handheld is still rather expensive stateside, at a recommended retail price of $800, which at least covers a number of gifts through B&H, namely a G Pad 7.0 tablet, Asus ZenPower Pro battery pack, and JBL Synchros Bluetooth on-ear headphones.

Shelling out the extra cash upfront for a carrier-free LG V20 this holiday season may start to seem like a good idea for semi-professional and amateur software developers too after hearing of the latest bootloader unlock program expansion.

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LG officially supports OS tinkering on the V20 now, but unlike the V10, G5 and G4, which are open to otherwise unauthorized ROM modifications on the old continent, the “next-gen” phablet only joins the party for the “US open market.”

We’re guessing that means US996 models sold on Amazon, B&H or Newegg as opposed to mobile operators, and of course, you should never rule out an eventual European love-spreading effort.

It’s very important to highlight LG V20 phones with unlocked bootloaders will surrender their manufacturer warranty rights, so take a moment and think about the risks before embracing a custom ROM. Remember, this thing already runs Android 7.0 Nougat, and the OEM’s proprietary skin is not that intrusive.

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