Well, we didn't see this one coming. Hackers over at XDA-Developers have discovered that there is a hardware chip limiting the hackability of the G2, undermining the owner's ability to customize the Android OS. The chip acts as a rootkit and over-writes modifications to the /system partition after rebooting.
This is a very unsettling development. Heck, I thought we had a nice dynamic working in the Android manufacturer sphere: Motorola tried to lock down everything and HTC just made sweet devices. Guess that was too naive a viewpoint to take, as with this HTC have shown themselves capable of being just as stifling as Moto.
The reasoning of this move is also confusing- this whole lock-down trend reminds me of the DRM scene where measures taken are largely ineffective and only serve to generate bad blood between manufacturers and their most outspoken and savvy potential customers. It's inevitable that a workaround will be created for this latest obstacle, but it begs the question, Why have HTC done this in the first place? Are they really that subservient to carriers' wishes, or is this something they decided to implement themselves?
It's unclear what the legality of this lock-down is, but either way it's sure to leave a sour taste in the mouths of G2 owners, knowing that even though they've paid for their device it's not completely theirs to do with as they please.
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