If you were banking on hacking a new Kindle Fire to take advantage of cheap hardware without Amazon's modded Android OS, you perhaps better think again. Developers over at XDA are speculating that they expect the new range of Fires to be too sophisticated to hack.
If there's one thing the nerd community hates, it's locked bootloaders. They make installing custom ROMs or second operating systems impossible, and that's just not cool. But when it comes to phones, we have carriers to thank for restrictions, not just OEMs.
HTC's promise to release unlocked bootloaders (for easy installation of custom software) is going to be delivered upon in August. The company says the first wave will hit the Sensation, with the Sensation 4G and Evo 3D up next. [Engadget]
HTC finally gets it. The Taiwanese company will no longer lock the bootloaders on its Android devices. Rooting and flashing will be available to all. This news comes straight from CEO Peter Chou who made the following statement,
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.
So Motorola spoke up on the Droid X's eFuse issue: if you install unapproved ROMs on your Droid X, your phone won't break. It'll just go into recovery mode and be unusable until you install Motorola approved software. Gee, thanks Moto.