Just when we thought manufacturers have made peace with devs and others who want to have the freedom to create their own smartphone experience with the Android OS on their phones, it is sadly appearing that HTC’s One X on AT&T is exempted from it, as the bootloader of the phone is locked and HTC’s official unlocking tool reportedly not working.
The Verge got in touch with a representative of the company, and here’s what HTC has to say on the matter:
“HTC is committed to listening to users and delivering customer satisfaction. Since announcing our commitment to unlockable bootloaders, HTC has worked to enable our customers to unlock the bootloader on more than 45 devices over the past six months. In some cases, however, restrictions prevent certain devices from participating in our bootloader unlocking program. Rest assured, HTC is committed to assisting developers in unlocking bootloaders for HTC devices and we’ll continue to unlock additional devices in the future.”
From the explanation above, it’s hard not to jump into the conclusion that AT&T is part of the “restrictions” that prevent the bootloader on the HTC One X from being unlockable. Seeing that these are hard times for HTC, as the manufacturer tries to reverse several quarters of missteps and misfortunes, we’re guessing their hands are rather tied for the time being and have to succumb to the demand of the carrier partner.
Though this means you can’t officially unlock the bootloader on your AT&T’s HTC One X, we’re sure an alternative solution or two will be provided by the development community sooner rather than later. After all, one unlocking solution for the international version of HTC One X has already been found.
Any thoughts on this? What will it take for carriers and manufacturers to get the message?