Curious as to why the AT&T-bound HTC One X will have a locked bootloader? Blame “restrictions” most likely imposed by the carrier. The international quad-core version, which won’t be prohibited, is sounding better by the day.
When outlet MoDaCo recently tried to free the One X’s bootloader, they quickly found that the device was locked down. Now a statement from HTC has appeared online, and the prognosis isn’t good.
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.
Many Android developers will no doubt be gutted by this news. One of the hottest and most powerful devices in recent months is being shackled because of “restrictions?” Awful. Come on. Hey, HTC, remember saying you “will no longer be locking the bootloaders?” I guess not.