It looks like many smartphone manufactures are slowly restricting bootloader access on their respective devices, further limiting enthusiastic Android users from experiment with their built-in operating systems. One of them to join the bandwagon is Xiaomi, as a recent post on the XDA Developer forum suggests that the smartphone manufacturer has now increased the waiting time for unlocking the bootloader on its smartphones to a month.
According to the report, pretty much all of Xiaomi’s smartphones have bootloader unlock waiting time of a month now. After receiving complaints about it from multiple users however, Xiaomi claimed to reduce the wait time to 3 days only for its newly launched Poco F1 smartphone. Other Android One based devices such as the Mi A1, Mi A2, and Mi A2 Lite are also said to have short unlocking bootloader times. However, users with rest of the Xiaomi smartphones have to wait for a month, if they want to flash an AOSP ROM or root their device.
Xiaomi states that it is restricting access to bootloader because it believes that many unofficial retailers install malicious and buggy software on its devices and sell them in other markets. In hindsight, this makes sense, as Xiaomi’s actions help in keeping its user base secure. However, it also affects its enthusiastic and loyal community, who range in the millions, from tweaking the experience on their smartphones.
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While long waiting periods for unlocking the bootloader do seem like a practical solution for now, XDA Developer forum hopes that the company will develop new ways to inform customers in other markets about the tweaked software on Xiaomi devices. The report also states that if Xiaomi can bring down the waiting time for the Poco F1 then it could surely do that for its other phones as well.