The bootloader is the code that’s responsible for initiating the operating system and its kernel on the device. Normally, the bootloader only loads boot images that are signed by the device manufacturer. With an unlocked bootloader, you can install boot images signed by the device maker.
Through an unlocked bootloader, you can install boot images that aren’t signed by the device maker, which includes custom images to boot Android Open Source Platform (AOSP) ROMs, boot images patched to support Magisk root, and more.
If you have a device-specific bootloader unlock before you can unlock the bootloader. Usually, requesting a bootloader unlock code requires a user to fill a form with your IMEI, account information, and other details.
Other Smartphone makers including Google, OnePlus, and others simplified this process. On the other hand, Huawei also had such services to unlock the device but a few years ago, Huawei stopped providing unlock codes for smartphones and tablets.
This reads that Huawei no longer provides you an official way to get a bootloader code for your Huawei or Honor smartphone. Since these smartphone owners have not found any working method to unlock their smartphone’s bootloader.
However, recently a new open-source software – PotatoNV has entered the arena. According to the developer hackintosh5 from XDAforum, this is an open-source bootloader unlocker for select Huawei/Honor smartphones that are powered by Kirin 960/659/655 processors.
The tool, which makes use of the VCOM_DOWNLOAD mode, requires users to open up the target device and access the test points and on the motherboard.
Device Support by this method:
- Honor 7X – BND – Kirin 659 (A)
- Honor 8 Pro/V9 – DUK – Kirin 960
- Honor 9 Lite – LLD – Kirin 659 (A)
- Honor 9 – STF – Kirin 960
- Huawei Mate 9 – MHA – Kirin 960 (A)
- Huawei Mate 9 Pro – LON – Kirin 960 (A)
- Huawei MediaPad M5 lite – BAH2 – Kirin 659 (B)
- Huawei MediaPad M5 – CMR – Kirin 960
- Huawei MediaPad T5 – AGS2 – Kirin 659 (A)
- Huawei Nova 2 – PIC – Kirin 659 (A)
- Huawei Nova 2i/Mate 10 Lite – RNE – Kirin 659 (B)
- Huawei Nova 2s – HWI – Kirin 960
- Huawei P Smart 2018 – FIG – Kirin 659 (B)
- Huawei P10 – VTR – Kirin 960
- Huawei P20 Lite/Nova 3e – ANE – Kirin 659 (A)
- Huawei P8 Lite (2017) – PRA – Kirin 659 (A)
- Huawei P9 Lite – VNS – Kirin 659 (A)
- Huawei Y9 (2018) – FLA – Kirin 659 (A)
How to unlock the bootloader of these devices using the PotatoNV software:
- Install ADB and HUAWEI USB COM drivers
- Remove the cover from the device: heat it with a hairdryer and carefully peel cover around the perimeter using a plastic card
- Find where the testpoint is located. Sample request: Honor 9 STF testpoint
- Turn off the device and unplug the USB cable
- Short testpoint and iron shield on the motherboard
- Connect the device to the computer, after a couple of seconds jumper can be removed
- Make sure there’s nothing on the device’s screen if a charging animation appears go to step 4
- Launch PotatoNV and select HUAWEI USB COM 1.0 in the device list
- Select bootloader – table to help you make a choice. If the device is not in the table, then just try different bootloaders (this is safe).
- Fields SN and BOARDID are optional, just leave them blank
- Unlock code – this is the future bootloader code, you can change it to any string, the code must contain 16 characters
- Press the Start button, if everything goes well, the phone will reboot and show the following text: Your device has been unlocked.
Huawei released ‘MeeTime Space’ feature
The smartphone-maker Huawei offers a bunch of system apps for its devices including MeeTime. This is one of the most popular applications among them. It has a bunch of exciting features with HarmonyOS capabilities that made the video calling more fun.
Meanwhile, the Chinese phone maker continuously improving this app and provide more features. In the latest edition, it has released the latest 220.127.116.116 version update for Huawei MeeTime users that has brought a new feature called “MeeTime Space”.
Now, it’s time to explore this new feature-
New Huawei MeeTime Space Feature:
After installing the 18.104.22.1686 update users can spot this new feature on their respective devices. It will allow them to share mood dynamics with their associates. It’s a similar feature the can be found on WeChat Moments.
At the same time, users can also build exclusive group spaces gathering at one place with the allies who have the same kinds of things to share with you.
About Huawei MeeTime:
Huawei’s MeeTime is a video calling application that comes pre-installed on Huawei devices in the supported regions. It supports HD voice and video calls on various screen sizes that include smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, and smart screens.
In addition, it offers a bunch of handy features such as call diversion, lo-light enhancement, beauty mode, screen sharing, and 360-degree background switching, and more. However, it’s only active in few counties at present, but the company will add support for the remaining regions soon.
Huawei strengthens cooperation with Indonesia cyber security
Huawei is deepening its collaboration with Indonesia cyber security and provide its knowledge and resources to empower local security arrangements. On 28th September, Huawei Indonesia, BSSN (National Cyber Security Agency), and IT Del Information Technology Institute carried out the signing ceremony in Jakarta.
Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, CEO of Huawei Indonesia Mr. Chen Min, President of Huawei Asia Pacific Liu Hongyun, and Minister of Indonesian Maritime Affairs and Investment Coordination Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan marked the collaboration agreement.
Since 2019, the Chinese giant and Indonesian cyber security have jointly conducted a number of activities including training, web seminars, and some collective project. To date, more than 7,000 employees of government and civil sectors have attended and receive benefits from it.
During the signing ceremony, Indonesian Minister emphasizes that Huawei’s powerful and advanced technologies are quite popular in the country. Simultaneously, it’s working to contribute to the country’s digital infrastructure, and talents to welcome the green and smart future.
On the other hand, Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei deems that Indonesia has a great potential for promoting “intelligentization” in everyday operations. Furthermore, the 5G, AI, wireless, and radar technologies are applicable in filed such as coal mines to higher safety standards. Moreover, the Chinese tech firm acknowledges the country’s long-term support for the team.
About Huawei Indonesia Branch:
Huawei took 21 years in reaching from five employees to 2000 plus in Indonesia. At present, 90% of its employees are Indonesian which is the main reason behind its popularity in the country. The company has opened an “I Do” project series focused on different aspects. It mainly includes,
- Society Welfare Project- I Do Care
- Public-Private Project- I Do Collaborate
- Digital Talent Project- I Do Contribute
- AI Technology Project– I Do Create
In particular, the I Do Contribute project aims to refine about 100,000 local digital talents by 2025. It’ll empower and made a solid framework for Indonesia in terms of skills, talents, and resources in advanced ICT technologies.
French Mathematician Laurent Lafforgue joins Huawei team
Laurent Lafforgue, a famous French mathematician and winner of the mathematics Fields Medal has joined the Huawei team, making it stronger in terms of research. In recent years, Lafforgue’s work on topos theory has led him to develop a collaboration with the research teams of Huawei France.
Discussions between Lafforgue and Huawei researchers, which began in 2017, first led to a two-year project, focused on topos theory and funded by Huawei, and then, in 2019, to the creation of the Huawei Chair in algebraic geometry at IHES, of which Professor Lafforgue was the first holder.
IHES reports, as of September 1, 2021, Laurent Lafforgue joined Huawei France to continue this work further in conjunction with the company’s research teams with whom he has worked so far.
About Laurent Lafforgue:
Laurent Lafforgue is a French mathematician who is known for making contributions to Langlands Conjectures. He received the Fields Medal in 2002 at the 24th International Congress of Mathematicians in Beijing and Clay Research Award in 2000 at Paris Millennium Meeting.
Huawei not only respects talents but also welcomes them for polishing their skills to jointly bring more convenience for the people. The company has always invested in scientific research and development of which is also counted first among the Chinese firms.
In this line, China has published the top 500 research and development Chinese companies that invest the most in research and development. Huawei is the first ranked research and development investor with an R&D investment of 141.893 billion yuan for 2020.
(Via – IHES)