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This is a big deal: HTC won’t lock its Android bootloaders, any more. Quotes from the post:
- HTC has thrown down the gauntlet with carriers. [...] Carriers
use [...] exclusives as key opportunities to push their brand and
establish and protect revenue streams, and a big part of that involves
locking you into a branded ROM. In light of this announcement, HTC can
no longer promise its carrier partners that it’ll play ball on that
- They’re taking on some additional warranty liability (and bringing carriers along for the ride, whether they like it or not).
- It’s a tacit admission that Sense isn’t for everyone.
What does this mean for users? If you are not a technical user, not
much. If you are, though, it is a big deal: You’ll be able to easily
root all HTC devices and, among other things, to get a pure Android
experience. The announcement
on Facebook has already lead to many comments.
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