Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 27th May 2011 09:48 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Well, this is some good news on this fine morning. After Sony Ericsson announcing official support for bootloader unlocking on their Android phones, HTC has just stepped it up a notch: the company's CEO (no less) has announced on Facebook that going forward, HTC will no longer lock down any of their phones' bootloaders.
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RE[2]: Great news
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 27th May 2011 16:26 UTC in reply to "RE: Great news"
Thom_Holwerda
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2005-06-29

Agreed - I would've thought about buying an HTC Android phone if they didn't ship sense. Blugh.

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RE[3]: Great news
by Lennie on Sat 28th May 2011 09:03 in reply to "RE[2]: Great news"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

Isn't this the whole idea about unlocking ? To allow you to install vanilla ? Or even something else.

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RE[4]: Great news
by WorknMan on Sat 28th May 2011 22:31 in reply to "RE[3]: Great news"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Isn't this the whole idea about unlocking ? To allow you to install vanilla ? Or even something else.


Yeah, but for whatever reason, once a new vanilla version of Android comes out, it takes hackers awhile to get it working and stable on phones that don't run vanilla. For example, when Froyo came out, it was many months before they had all the glitches worked out with vanilla on Froyo, and even then, with the most stable vanilla ROM I could find, my LED notification light didn't work right.

I'm not sure why it takes them so long, but I'm guessing it is because of driver issues. Whatever the case, consumers shouldn't be at the mercy of hackers on XDA working in their spare time to get updates.

Note: I don't mean to sound like I'm bitter towards the hackers - I very much appreciate the work they do. God bless them ;)

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