Just days after the launch of the Pixel 6A, Google is rolling out an update to fix an issue that prevents users from unlocking the bootloader and running mods, according to a report from android police. The change is bundled in the first update of the Pixel 6A, which Google started releasing last week.
Basically, a bootloader is a piece of software that loads the operating system (OS) on a device when it is turned on. Accessing the bootloader on Android can give you full control over your operating system in a process known as rooting. It also allows you to install modified versions of Android called ROMs. While some phone makers and carriers don’t allow you to unlock your device’s bootloader, Google does things differently. This lets you dive right into Pixels that aren’t tied to a specific carrier (which, confusingly, are also known as “unlocked” devices).
Last week, android police found several reports from Pixel 6A users who were disappointed that they couldn’t access the bootloader, and later confirmed the issue on their own Pixel 6A review unit. A Google spokesperson told android Law enforcement that a fix is included in the latest Pixel 6A update, although it doesn’t explicitly mention it in the patch notes.
Google says the update will roll out over the next week “depending on carrier networks”. So if you’ve been looking forward to modifying your brand new Pixel 6A, you won’t have to wait too long.