LG Optimus G will have a locked bootloader after all

by: Andrew GrushOctober 23, 2012

LG Optimus G

Looking forward to the LG Optimus G? If so, we have a bit of potentially bad news for you. An LG representative has now confirmed that the Optimus G will not have an unlocked bootloader.

Is this confirmation all doom and gloom? It is hard to say. Sometimes developers can find a workaround that makes flashing custom ROMs and other tweaks possible, but it certainly isn’t as easy as it would be if an unlocked bootloader was present.

Even if the developer community figures out a way around the locked bootloader, that’s not really the point. Part of the lure of Android is that it is an open operating system and we aren’t forced into a restrictive ecosystem that tells us what we can and can’t do with our phones. A locked bootloader kind of defeats the purpose here.

In the past, LG was generally pretty open with their Android devices, but their most recent efforts show a very clear change in direction for the company. What do you think, does this turn you off from buying the Optimus G or not?

  • al

    its okay .no problem for me… i still love this beast phone.

  • mickey4mice

    No custom ROM no dice. Not going to put up with OEM/carrier bloats, rooting alone is not good enough. Sorry LG, looks like my holiday money won’t be going your way afterall.

  • John A

    I was excited about this phone after reading the many reviews so far but this news has tempered this excitement. At least the Nexus 4 is coming……….

  • LG is idiot?
    if they cant be popular , they cant stay in Markets. and this damned BL certainly turn Customers off from buying the Optimus G..!
    Damn You LG!
    You break your fan’s hearts!

  • teddy campbell

    Sorry lg wont be getting my money

  • Scorpineo

    LG = Low (up)Gradeability

  • dammit man, i was going to add this as a possible choice between note 2 and optimus g

  • Ben

    I have been excited about this phone for months. Not going to waste my time with it anymore though…Maybe if I LG wasnt so notorious for abandoning upgrades I wouldn’t feel like I have to root it to stay current.

  • Pat

    Hey all. Like some of you have stated we are all (were) excited by reviews etc. But this Bootloader issue seems to be a deal breaker for people who know what that is… I was wondering if someone could shed some light for me on what a bootloader is and why does this make it a deal breaker?

    • sliders7

      Locked Bootloader: meaning= can’t be rooted, meaning= when LG decide to stop supports for the device you will end up with one version of OS for the rest of your life, meaning= no newer OS able to settled in this device, meaning= you can’t have fun with hundreds of root supported apps, meaning= no one can help you not even xda folks, meaning= you’re f***ed up.

  • Bill

    I concur. A locked bootload means shop elsewhere.

  • blub

    Uhh… fyi The korean version if this phone is already rooted. Just google around…

    • Rooting can still happen with a locked bootloader, but doing fun stuff like custom recoveries and roms will not be possible.