HTC took to Facebook to say they're looking into allowing bootloading (the installation of OSes and custom ROMs) on its EVO 3D, Sensation, Incredible S and Thunderbolt phones. With Android meant to be "open source," their decision has angered many.
They'd previously turned a blind eye to the practise before, but with the aforementioned phones shipping with locked-down bootloaders, they have taken a firm stance on the phone-voiding installation. HTC's full statement on the matter:
Thanks so much for providing feedback, we hear your concerns. Your satisfaction is a top priority for us and we're working hard to ensure you have great experiences with our phones. We're reviewing the issue and our policy around bootloaders and will provide more information soon. Thank you for your interest, support and willingness to share your feedback.
Does HTC locking the ability to root your phone change your decision to buy one of their products? As one commenter on their Facebook page says, "If you guys are highly influenced by the rotten fruit seller then continue with the locking. But if you decide to stand apart and stay true to the essence of Android then please UNLOCK THE BOOTLOADER." [Facebook via AndroidCommunity]