If you’ve been patiently waiting for AT&T to start selling the One X, today is your day. In fact, a true fan would be reading this particular article on the device right now. As mentioned in earlier posts, the American 4G LTE version does NOT have a quad-core processor but everything else in feature/specs is the same as promised. At $199.99 on a 2 year contract, this is a great device to pick up for Mother’s Day, graduation or whatever reason you want. For developers however, there is a slight snag: a locked bootloader.
A bootloader is a comand that essentially turns on the phone and, well, loads it. What this means is if you want to develop a ROM or “skin” for the phone’s UI, you would need access to its bootloader. This is a surprise as HTC and their development community has prided itself on unlocking a number of bootloaders for devs and promised that future HTC devices would already come with an unlocked bootloader. This is what they had to say:
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.”
Restrictions. Aren’t they the ones who put the restrictions in place? Is it because of ICS or a new version of Sense? It doesn’t look like HTC has any plans to unlock the One X’s bootloader but hopefully they’ll proceed as planned with future launches.