Today, we’re learning that people that have purchased the Verizon versions of the Pixel and Pixel XL can now unlock the bootloader on their smartphones. Using a tool called dePixel8, the process to unlock the bootloader on Verizon Pixels has been automated. With an unlocked bootloader, you are then free to root the device and install your own custom ROMs on it.
The developer explains:
Our software works by forcefully enabling bootloader unlocking, it does not automatically unlock the bootloader. After using dePixel8, your device will reboot into bootloader mode. You then need to run the "fastboot oem unlock" command. This action will unlock the bootloader and wipe your user data.
While the dePixel8 tool is aimed at making the bootloader unlocking process as easy as possible, any mistakes that are made during the process could potentially brick your device — so proceed with caution. Also keep in mind that unlocking the bootloader will void your warranty and prevent your device from receiving pertinent security updates in the future.
For those that need a refresher, the Pixel and Pixel XL both feature Snapdragon 821 processors, 4GB RAM, 32GB or 128GB of storage, and a 12.3MP camera with unlimited storage space for full-resolution images and videos to Google Photos. The Pixel has a 5-inch 1080p display and a 2770 mAh battery, while the Pixel XL has a 5.5-inch QHD display and a 3450 mAh battery.
Pricing for the Pixel and Pixel XL starts at $649 and $769 respectively for 32GB storage capacities.