HTC Begins Locking Down Android Phones.

  • March 24, 2011 6:22 am

Fans of HTC’s longtime developer friendly handsets are getting an abrupt end to their party. Starting with the HTC Thunderbolt on Verizon and again witnessed with the upcoming HTC Incredible S, HTC has begun making use of signature checks. These checks spring into action when a custom recovery image is flashed, and lock things down if a stock HTC key isn’t found. Basically, HTC has turned their back on the developer community.

There are a couple reasons for this. One scenario could be HTC (and carriers) getting tired of people bricking their phones with failed rooting attempts and as such are trying to stem the flow of returned handsets. Another according to HTC is simply “carrier interests”. However, the latter doesn’t quite pass the BS test as the Incredible S is an unlocked GSM device.

Whatever the cause may be for HTC’s new heavy handed approach to rooting, it’s not a good one. Previously, HTC was the defacto standard Android manufacturer to support if you were into rooting/custom ROMs. Now that they’re no better than the other big competitors who also have used signature checks and anti-rooting measures (Samsung and Motorola), why choose them?

Hopefully HTC reverts back to their previous ways, because we aren’t fond of this new way of doing business at all.

Via: AndroidPolice


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