Android Q will make it easier for operators to simlock

ByLinky Johnson 2019-06-06 248

Changes in the source code of the next major Android release, the Q, indicate new features that are not necessarily positive. The developer would make it easier for operators to simlock smartphones.

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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