Huawei recently stopped allowing bootloader unlocks.
Unlocking the bootloader is becoming increasingly rare.
To be honest, ignoring the back and forth between the discussions here, am the only one that doesn't get WHY the firebase library isn't open source? It could just be GPL right? Most of the interesting stuff happens in the backend anyway, so what's the issue.
Am I also the only one that thinks this gives google the chance to lock out/cripple third parties like huawei or other non certified android vendors from distributing Android apps that were built for the play store.
This is a bit of "you get what you buy" territory. Google's devices have official bootloader unlock capability and always have, with instructions here: https://source.android.com/setup/build/running - already updated for the Pixel 3a & 3a XL even. You take your risks when you buy something that doesn't advertise that.
> Most of the interesting stuff happens in the backend anyway, so what's the issue.
I think most of the interesting stuff on the device is even in Google Play Services and not in the firebase library. I have no idea why the client SDK can't be open source, but how much does that even matter?
This was not mentioned at any time during the purchase and they would not take my phone back.
Buying unlocked phones from the start can be an expensive downside, but being free from contracts and carrier bullshit can be a huge upside.