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.