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HTC May Change Their Mind On BootLoader Policy; We Won't Hold Our Breath

Discussion in 'Android News' started by dgstorm, May 25, 2011.

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    Late yesterday one of our staffers, Malvado, brought you a story that the HTC EVO 3D was coming with a locked bootloader. Even though the EVO 3D is not a Verizon phone, his article was really just pointing out that locked bootloaders may be a trend within HTC, and perhaps within the industry as a whole. furthermore, he pointed out how tough to crack HTC's new bootloader was, but that developers will inevitably find work-arounds.

    As a follow-up to his story, there is a new article floating around the interwebs that HTC has actually heard the many complaints about this and are considering revising their policy. Here is their Facebook post on the subject,
    That isn't exactly a glaring endorsement that they may change anything, and in fact, it is rather vague. Perhaps it is a baby-step in the right direction, though.
    I doubt any of us will hold our breath, but we can cross our fingers. :)

    Source: AndroidCentral
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    It could also be looked at as they are revising their policy of open bootloaders and are going to locked bootloaders.
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    In any case, this puts the final nail in the coffin of people thinking Moto & Verizon are the only ones who lock/encrypt bootloaders.

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    If its the case I won't be making the switch to HTC when my renewal comes up.
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    Htc will see that they can keep beat motto in sales if they leave a open bootloader they would be dumb if they chose to lock the bootloader i am actually going to get the thunderbolt for the reason we have the source code for the kernel
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    They better make up their minds quick what with all the thunder bricks popping up since the update.
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    Not to be a skeptic but Motorola said something similar when people complained about their bootloader issue and yet Motorola is still locking them. I would hope they come up with a better solution but ill believe it when I see the next couple of phones they release.

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    Motorola never promised to ship phones with unlocked bootloaders, they simply stated they would provide the tools for you to unlock your own.
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    Not exactly, they said phones will be unlockable where carriers allow it, but all phones will be shipped locked.

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    That's a minor distinction as far as I can tell. The Xoom and the Droid 1 were locked, but unlockable (and relockable). As long as they are unlockable, we'll be happy.

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    The droid 1 was not locked. The Xoom was only unlockable because it was a google experience device

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    I know, right? When did HTC ever have a bootloader policy? They just now started locking down phones this tight within the last few months.
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    Again, minor distinction. I don't even know what you're arguing. These are Motorola's words:

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    I won't hold my breath, but I sure hope they stop locking these phones down so hard.
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    "There has been... | Facebook

    No source link to the quote as of yet. We will see if it comes up.

    AndroidCentral picked up on it as well: HTC: No more locked bootloaders | Android Central

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    It is looking like this is true. We still have to see what happens as far as the carriers in the middle of all of this. Definitely big news.
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    Hopefully this is like a snowball and keeps picking up momentum. First it was Sony Ericsson, which isn't a huge impact because they only sell unlocked phones. Then Moto hinted at some things, and now HTC has come straight out (hopefully) and said no more locked bootloaders. IF that catches Moto's attention and IF it has any impact (however small) on sales, it may force their hand as well.

    Either way, this is a positive step.

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    Carriers, people, carriers. That is where the final piece of this lies. The phone companies can offer unlocked bootloaders all day long but end up giving the carriers the ability to lock them themselves. That is a very real possibility.
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    Verizon tweeted something about how they don't have a problem with unlocked phones on their network, it's mainly GSM networks that don't like unlocking.

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