You can now unlock the bootloader on the Realme 2 and Realme C1
Realme has been giving strong competition in the budget and mid-range value segments to Xiaomi, finally giving consumers a choice if they still wanted a high-value smartphone but did not want to purchase a smartphone from Xiaomi. But much like Xiaomi which has its own heavily-modified flavor of Android called MIUI on its devices, Realme too makes use of ColorOS borrowed from its parent company, OPPO. If you have been looking to free yourself from the clutches of these heavily modified skin, you would be glad to know that the bootloader on the Realme 2 and the Realme C1 can now be unlocked.
Realme’s current smartphone lineup runs ColorOS from OPPO. While Realme has brought in some minor changes to appease to the younger audience that it is targeting, users have still been yearning for a cleaner user experience. The company had claimed that work was in progress on RealmeOS, its own custom Android skin, but we haven’t heard more on this yet. For users of the Realme 2 and the Realme C1, the company had begun rolling out an Android Pie beta with ColorOS 6; but unfortunately for users of the Realme 2 and the Realme C1, the phones do not feature in the company’s software update program timeline for Android 10, which suggests that this might be the last major jump that these phones would see. If you really wanted to try out Android 10 on either of these devices, there is a glimmer of hope though, as a recent update has brought with itself the ability to unlock the bootloader of the devices.
Unlocking the bootloader on the Realme 2 and the Realme C1 is a rather straightforward process, involving enabling USB debugging and OEM unlock options within Developer Settings on the phone, and then entering the command fastboot flashing unlock through a connected computer with fastboot installed. Unlocking the bootloader will wipe your phone completely, including the internal storage, so ensure that you have backed up everything before proceeding.
As of right now, there is limited use of unlocking the bootloader on these phones. We could not spot any custom recovery builds for the phone, which is logically expected since the ability to unlock the bootloader has just arrived. However, the Realme 2 is a phone with a lower-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 SoC and one of Realme’s earlier devices from when the brand was just starting to build its name. As such, it is unlikely that this one-year-old phone will attract fresh development prospects at this stage of its life, especially with Realme aggressively launching smartphone after smartphone. We still hope that the phone gets a working TWRP or another custom recovery at least so that users can explore Android 10 through GSIs.