The European LG V50 ThinQ’s bootloader can now be unlocked
Alongside the LG G8 ThinQ with its wacky gestures, LG unveiled the 5G LG V50 ThinQ at Mobile World Congress earlier this year. It’s basically an LG V40 ThinQ but with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Snapdragon X50 5G modem, and a larger 4,000mAh battery. The LG V50 is already available in the United States through Sprint and Verizon, but it’s also available in the UK through EE. Two months ago, LG released the kernel source code for the Sprint model, but there’s no hope for the bootloader being unlockable on that model due to carrier interference. That’s not the case for the UK/European model, though.
As first spotted by The Android Soul, LG has updated its bootloader unlocking page to add the European V50 ThinQ as a supported device. If you own the device with model name LMV500EM, then you can now unlock its bootloader using LG’s tool. LG also published the kernel source code for that model, so developers can start porting TWRP and building AOSP-based custom ROMs. LG isn’t the most popular brand on our forums, but there’s still a dedicated community behind them thanks to LG’s prowess in areas like smartphone audio.