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Pixel 6A is getting an immediate update to make sure it can be modified

Pixel 6A is getting an immediate update to make sure it can be modified

According to a report by Android Police, just days after the launch of the Pixel 6A, Google has released an update to fix an issue that prevented users from performing and unlocking the bootloader. This change is included in the first update for the Pixel 6A, which Google started rolling out last week.

In short, bootloader is a piece of software that loads the operating system (OS) on the device when it is running. Gaining access to the bootloader on Android gives you complete control over your OS in a process called rooting. It allows you to install modified versions of Android, called ROMs. While some phone manufacturers and carriers won't let you unlock your device's bootloader, Google does things differently. This lets you go straight to Pixels that aren't tied to a specific carrier (also confusingly known as "unlocked" devices).

Last week, Android Police received several reports from Pixel 6A users who were disappointed to find that they were unable to access the bootloader, and later confirmed the issue on their own Pixel 6A review unit. A Google spokesperson told Android Police that the latest Pixel 6A update includes a fix, though it doesn't explicitly mention it in its patch notes.

Google says the update will roll out over the course of next week "depending on the carrier network." So if you want to rev up your brand new Pixel 6A, you shouldn't have to wait too long.

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