ASUS Zenfone 2 Bootloader Unlocked

High on Android Sunday Summary 5/24/15

In my recent write-up comparing the ASUS Zenfone 2 vs Alcatel Idol 3, I mentioned the lack of custom ROM development thus far for both phones. One of the main issues preventing development for the Zenfone 2 was the lack of an unlocked bootloader. Earlier today we got word that a few XDA forum members found an ADB exploit to get an unlocked bootloader with only root as a prerequisite. The method is detailed in a thread on the forums and does contain some potential risks, one of which is the inability to relock your bootloader once you perform the ADB commands.

ASUS has previously promised to provide a bootloader unlock themselves, but has yet to come through. Now that the bootloader is unlocked we will hopefully see more custom development for the Zenfone 2. If you put off getting a Zenfone 2 due to the locked bootloader, now you can take advantage of the great value offered by both the $199 and $299 variants. Make sure you read the news post on XDA and opening thread post very carefully before performing the commands on your phone. You must have root to used this method, so make sure you are rooted before grabbing the file and flashing! Hit the comments or add me on Twitter (@jspring86az) to let me know of any problems you find, I’ll report back if any issues arise when I give it a go!

Source: XDA News

XDA Thread with Instructions to Unlock Bootloader on Zenfone 2

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"I am currently a researcher and Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University. I fell in love with Android with the Nexus One release and realized that it was superior to iOS in all the ways I care about. I still use a Mac (and an iPhone for the camera), but my Apple tech products pale in comparison to my number of Android devices (watches, tablets, and phones). When I’m not rooting/modding one of my many Android phones or doing math/programming, you can find me taking in Phoenix Suns/Arizona Diamondbacks games in downtown Phoenix, and drinking good beer!"

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