Android Q will make it easier for operators to simlock
By Linky Johnson 2019-06-06 186 0
If Android updates are done much faster, and Android 9.0 Pie is still being deployed, nothing prevents work on the next major version of Android from starting. As always, Google is a visible part of it, and another one internally to reserve some surprises for us.
Most of the Android Q features we've seen so far are positive, from a dark global theme to a new system management that allows for quick updates. However, the negative appears today: it is 9to5Google that shows us.
Four new commits have been identified on the source code of the next major version of Android. They all concern improving the simlockage process - which allows operators to block a phone on their network only.
It would be possible with the new version to define a list of "authorized" and "excluded" operators. This would be powerful enough to detect even MVNOs using a telecom network under another brand. Moreover, these restrictions could also be deployed on the dual SIM: operators could block the second card if a first approved card is not inserted.
All these restrictions are applied directly to the launch of the phone, and a reset would not change that.
This is a very sad feature that should not really concern French buyers. In our country, the general trend is to subscribe to a non-binding package and to buy phones from operators on credit.
Thus, simlockage has naturally become a past practice for most sellers. Let's hope that this new feature doesn't put it back in the spotlight.
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