Ask and you might receive: ZTE will unlock the bootloader for U.S. versions of Axon 7 and Axon Pro


ZTE announced that they will be unlocking the bootloader for U.S. versions of the Axon 7 and Axon Pro, but only after a user submits a request to do so.

In a post on their community blog, ZTE says that based on feedback and requests from their users they have created a Developer’s Lounge sub-space on the Axon forum where those “with a high level of technical expertise and have had experience flashing custom ROMs” can submit a request to have their bootloader unlocked. It is not clear if that statement is simply to act as a warning to inexperienced users or if ZTE will somehow verify each request to determine if they meet those requirements. Unlocking the bootloader will also void your warranty that comes with the purchase of either device, however that is a very common step for a company to take in this regard.

One of the more popular features with Android is the ability to install custom ROMs on your device that can change the operating system from the ground up with features and settings not found in the default software. A big hurdle for doing this involves unlocking the device’s bootloader, which the manufacturer or carrier usually has completely locked down on the majority of Android smartphones. As more and more people desire the flexibility and freedom to tinker with their devices, this move by ZTE will certainly be warmly welcomed. It will be interesting to see how many Axon users will act on this new ability, and if other ZTE devices or OEMs will follow suit.

Source: ZTE

About the Author: Kevin Arnold

Kevin has been obsessed with technology ever since the days of playing with commands in MS-DOS. As a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology where he studied a combination of New Media Programming and Photography, Kevin lives in New York City where he works as a photo retoucher. His first "smartphone" was the good old LG Voyager with its slide-out physical keyboard. The first Android device Kevin owned was the now-infamous HTC Thunderbolt, which he still has in a drawer somewhere. Currently rocking both the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, Kevin has a (un)healthy obsession with phones and has owned more than he can remember. When he's not shopping for a new phone, Kevin enjoys lots of food and wine, video games, astronomy, and the Big Apple.

  • catfanatic1979

    This is quite possibly the best phone of 2016. The audio is amazing!