The ZenFone 2 came out and made plenty of buzz due to its great package for a great prize, but the one thing that made XDA users hesitate with the purchase more than anything was its locked bootloader. We only had mere promises of an unlocking tool, and it seems that our impatient users found, once again, a way to get us the goods ahead of time and bypass the wait.
XDA member shakalaca played around with ADB as many XDA users do in their spare time and managed to find an (allegedly risky) bootloader unlock method which only requires root and does not need any communication with ASUS. You can find his method on the linked post, but XDA Senior Member ravian29 made a thread detailing and expanding upon the guide that also serves as a discussion hub. The process reportedly works with the latest update, and while it is a fast procedure, there are risks involved so read the thread and opening post very carefully, and execute steps with precision.
The ZenFone 2 packs a big punch for its price, and now that the bootloader is unlocked, we can expect a lot of goodies to hit the phone. If you were hesitating on purchasing a ZenFone 2, make sure to read our in-depth review and spin around the subforum to learn about other users’ experiences and what current and upcoming developments the phone has under its belt.
Enjoy your unlocked bootloader! I personally look forward to seeing what this development will bring for my unit. Speaking of which, I’ve got some commands to punch in…
How do you think this will affect the ZenFone 2? Does it change your mind about it? Let us know below.