Printed from http://www.electronista.com

HTC Sensation to carry locked bootloader

updated 11:55 am EDT, Fri May 13, 2011

HTC Sensation system dump shows signed ROM

HTC's upcoming Sensation smartphone will continue the company's tradition of having a locked bootloader, AndroidPolice found. This means the Android phone won't easily support custom ROMs or recovery software, if at all. This is a disappointment to the developer/hacker community, as the Sensation will be one of the most powerful handsets with both a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor and HSPA+ 3G.

In comparison, The Samsung Galaxy S II is easy to modify as its bootloader isn't locked. The phone won't reject firmware that doesn't have an authentic signature.

The revelation regarding the Sensation comes from a system dump that can be downloaded in its entirety.

Google has drawn increasing flak for a policy letting companies lock bootloaders. It often insists Android is open, but the absence of locked hardware has left many end users with little choice but to use the software the carrier and phone maker decided to include.






By Electronista Staff
toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

IDrive cloud backup and sync service

There are a lot of cloud services out there, and nearly all of them can be used for backing up key files and folders. A few dedicated ...

Asus Chromebook C300

When Chromebooks hit the market back in 2011, consumers didn't know what to do with them. The low-cost laptops, powered by Google's Ch ...

Plantronics BackBeat Pro Bluetooth headphones

Looking for a pair of headphones that can do everything a user requires is a task that can take some study. Trying to decide on in-ear ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News