Back in July we wrote about how Huawei / Honor decided to stop honoring (pun intended) bootloader unlock requests, officially ceasing the bootloader unlock program for all Huawei and Honor devices. It seems that they’re slightly compromising with the development community, however, as Honor has decided to provide bootloader unlock codes exclusively to the XDA Developer community, on a first-come-first-serve basis via this online form.
We’re not sure how many unlock codes are available, but it may take several weeks for developers to receive their unlock codes – this is positive news for Honor developers, though we’re unsure yet if this is positive yet for the Honor modding community as a whole, since the developers who receive codes won’t exactly be able to share their modifications with the users who don’t have bootloaders unlocked.
Honor gave a statement on their reason for this compromise in offering bootloader unlock codes exclusively to XDA developers:
“The unlock code application service was closed on May 24th for all Huawei/ Honor products as a security measure and to avoid issues caused by ROM flashing. The decision to close the page ensured Huawei/ Honor could continue to provide an excellent user experience for all global fans.
XDA Developers are actively engaged in software development and they constantly provide valuable suggestions to optimize Honor products. Based on their feedback, that unlocked bootloaders make it easier for them to develop and create, Honor has decided to re-open bootloader unlock on an exclusive number of codes to the XDA Developer community.
Honor phones and systems have gone through rigorous testing and improvements, which is why Honor is able to offer great products at good prices for global digital natives.”
This is of course only a very small compromise, and won’t really benefit the Honor modding community as a whole, only the select developers who receive unlock codes – or people who previously had their Honor devices unlocked. Of course, the Honor OS is rather fragile at the moment and easy to soft-brick with modifications to the /system partition – so perhaps this is a trial period for Honor to limit the amount of third-party ROMs that are developed (and may potentially brick other users devices) while fixing the Honor OS on their own end.
In any case, if you are an XDA user, you can fill out the Honor bootloader unlock request form and see how lucky you get – though we’re willing to bet that Honor will be very selective about who receives the bootloader unlock codes, giving them away only to veteran developers / XDA users.