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HTC Unlocks Its Own Phones 145

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itwbennett writes "Having just announced that it would continue to run Android on its best phones, HTC is now 'needling' Google by making good on 'promises it made earlier in the year to deliver bootloader unlock tools for many of its most popular Android phones,' writes blogger Kevin Fogarty. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, HTC CEO Peter Chou said that HTC views unlocked OSes as a way to encourage both ISVs and owners to get more involved developing apps and mods for the phones. Google, which has been trying to lock Android down more, probably doesn't see it that way."
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HTC Unlocks Its Own Phones

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  • What (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 19, 2011 @04:20PM (#37147582)

    Can we get a citation on "Google, which has been trying to lock Android down more,". Google has released two phones ever, both of which are easily rootable. Or does Google somehow take the heat for Motorola's actions prior to the buyout? Or is this just more FUD?

  • Wait...what? Huh?? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by GweeDo (127172) on Friday August 19, 2011 @04:21PM (#37147598) Homepage

    "Google, which has been trying to lock Android down more, probably doesn't see it that way."

    The only phones that Google "produces" are the Nexus line. These have unlockable bootloaders already. Don't get me wrong, I am happy HTC is doing this, but that statement about Google is just silly and wrong.

  • by andymadigan (792996) <amadigan.gmail@com> on Friday August 19, 2011 @04:33PM (#37147746)
    The purchase hasn't gone through yet, so referring to Motorola Mobility as 'Google' is not (yet) accurate. Who knows what Google will do with Moto once they have control? They might decide efuse was a bad idea and release an unlock app.
  • by afidel (530433) on Friday August 19, 2011 @04:34PM (#37147748)
    They just bought Motorolla Mobile, by FAR the worst offender when it comes to locking devices.
  • by gorzek (647352) <gorzekNO@SPAMgmail.com> on Friday August 19, 2011 @04:42PM (#37147854) Homepage Journal

    I'm with everyone else: what the hell is the submitter talking about??

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 19, 2011 @04:43PM (#37147868)
    I thought that was Apple.
  • Re:What (Score:5, Insightful)

    by GooberToo (74388) on Friday August 19, 2011 @04:49PM (#37147938)

    Agreed. More of the endless flood of trollish, completely dishonest reporting which is constantly being pushed on /. these days.

    Google is pushing for an ever more open Android. They are, of course, balanced by carriers who want a more closed ecosystem - the status quo.

    Bluntly, HTC's desire for openness is only SURPASSED by Google's.

    This perhaps hint at an article for hire by Microsoft or Apple - both of whom have been caught doing this type of unethical FUDing before. Both Microsoft and Apple have a strong desire to unseat Android, seemingly no matter how low they need to go.

    Perhaps the courts and patent battles are not going nearly as well as Microsoft and Apple had originally hoped?

  • Re:What (Score:4, Insightful)

    by GooberToo (74388) on Friday August 19, 2011 @05:10PM (#37148156)

    Obviously you don't know what the words, "locked down" and/or "open" mean in this context.

  • Re:What (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Reapman (740286) on Friday August 19, 2011 @05:47PM (#37148516)

    Force a standardized UI? I didn't realize they were removing ADW Launcher or GO Launcher or Launcher Pro from the Market. Or do you mean after listening to the ENDLESS Complaints about MotoBlur and other 3rd party crap handset makers throwing on their phone and actually wanting to do something about it then yes, yes they are.

    If you want an "open" phone (Aka do whatever you want) you buy a Nexus Phone made by Google. And that is probably the most accurate definition of Open in this conversation.

  • by molnarcs (675885) <molnarcs@NOspAm.gmail.com> on Friday August 19, 2011 @06:11PM (#37148724) Homepage Journal

    Um, hello? Google has infamously withheld Android source and tried to make more restrictive compatibility requirements for vendors. All of these things have been covered on Slashdot.

    Google absolutely, most definitely has been trying to lock Android down more. No offense, but you have an Android app link in your signature, so you have a vested financial interest in Android.

    Bonch, stop trolling. You confuse quality control with preventing users do whatever they want with their phones. Your tirade is about the former, and I think you're alone in seeing that as a bad thing. HTC's announcement is about the latter - something Google has been pushing with their Nexus line since the Nexus One. Get yourself some brains please.

  • by DrYak (748999) on Friday August 19, 2011 @08:18PM (#37149634) Homepage

    Agreed. More of the endless flood of trollish, completely dishonest reporting which is constantly being pushed on /. these days.

    And same goes, in my opinion, for their comment about security:

    Unlocked phones and user-installed software pose much higher risk of infection by malware or corruption of system software.

    Uh... no... sorry. An unlocked phone isn't suddenly more susceptible to malware, just because it's unlocked. That might have been true in some case with iPhones due to 2 separate reasons (A. a blunder which left all phones with the same default password for SSH, making it easy to remotely log into iphone of user not savvy enough to change the password after installing SSH. B. due to the closed nature of iPhones, some hole might have to be left open so after each reboot the iPhone can still be forced to run homebrew apps). But in practice, unlocked phones tend to be more secure, simply for the fact that they can still get updates (like the cyanogenmods) which are likely to contain the latest security patch, even long after the manufacturer and/or the carrier have dropped support. Not to mention that some 3rd party ROMs might contain additional security features.

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