Over the past couple of weeks, there's been a bit of a kerfuffle surrounding HTC and its shut down of HTCRUU.com. The general consensus across the Android community has been quite understanding in some respects – after all, HTC has every right to protect its intellectual property. The problem was, however, that in the original takedown request, it also demanded that all hosted RUUs and Sense-based ROMs be indefinitely removed, as well. This, of course, didn't sit well with the dev community.

As a result, HTC took to its official blog, vowing its "continued support for the developer community." Since actions speak louder than words and HTC's lawyers were demanding that all RUUs and Sense-based ROMS be removed, there was a clear disconnect between what HTC was doing and what company spokespeople were saying. Just to make this very, very clear: HTC had, and still has, every right to put a stop to the hosting of RUUs and Sense-based ROMs, as both are property of the company. However, the Android community understandably wanted a clear, direct answer: is it OK to host these types of files, or will any site that redistributes them be getting a C&D from the company? It looks like we finally have our answer.

According to RootzWiki, HTC has confirmed with James Taylor – the former owner of the now defunct HTCRUU.com – that hosting RUUs and Sense ROMs is OK, so long as the site in question doesn't infringe on HTC's trademark by using its name or logos. Therefore, sites like XDA, RootzWiki, and the like are all safe to continue operations as normal, and HTC fans can continue to flash modified Sense ROMs onto their devices. That's good news.

Moving forward, all RUUs will be hosted at ruu.androidfiles.org – which HTC has apparently said is acceptable, as the site doesn't infringe in any way.

With this action, HTC has, in fact, verified its support of the development community. Despite hitting a few bumps along the way – which were perhaps misunderstandings all along – the company has restored its good name with even the most hardcore Android users.

Good on you, HTC.


Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

    That's good to hear it's been resolved and that the RUU ROMs are still available with HTC's consent.

    However I stay by my comment in the last post: http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/01/24/htc-forces-owner-of-htcruu-com-to-shut-down-hand-over-the-roms-and-domain/

    I will only get an HTC device if it's a Nexus.

    • Stian French

      Only if it's a nexus and NOT from HTC.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

        Actually I don't mind if it's a Nexus and it's from HTC because most (not all, but most) of my HTC grief is from the software design and lockdown, something a HTC Nexus wouldn't suffer from.

  • IvanP

    So, everyone's watching AP "netcast". That's nice.

  • jatoma

    "the company has restored its good name with even the most hardcore Android users."
    Nope. As their updates are still way too slow, they suddenly stop delivering new updates for even their flagships, still add bloatware, update their flagships after half a year (one x to x+), etc.

    • s44

      HTC skirts open source violations by dropping kernel source up to *months* late... really indefensible and pointless.

      • http://flavors.me/sabret00the sabret00the

        That's exactly what I was gonna say. It's simply wrong. There's still no 3.x kernel source for the One X and that was meant to be "the phone we at HTC believe the members of XDA should have".

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  • banana

    Well, this is a step in the right direction. Good news too, since getting RUUs from HTC's awful servers takes forever.

    As for the company, I remain unenthusiastic. Wow me like it's 2010 again, and we'll see.

  • cmsjr123

    So my ruu domain name can actually be used. ..

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    You know, I'm actually glad this happened because now we have a precedent and a more clear indication of what's allowed and what's not allowed. I'm very happy with the resolution.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

      I think that's a fair view on the situation.

  • paxmos

    HTC had one good phone and that was Nexus 1...after that, all bunch of crappy, same looking phones with an awful senseless "sense" UI...go ahead, give them the crappy HTC domain name back. I would be less inclined to look at a website that has htc included in its name.

  • Andrew Ruffolo

    I'm sorry, but if they wanted HTCRUU.com, they should have offered to pay for it or thought of it originally. Since they didn't, they sicked the lawyers to get it for the cost of the lawyers??? I think the domain could have been had for cheaper than their lawyers. Something doesn't sit right here, still.

    • John O’Connor

      it's a knee-jerk reaction to save some face. I don't think many people are buying it (pun intended)

    • marcusmaximus04

      They *didn't* want htcruu.com. They just didn't want somebody else to have it. Using the HTC name and logo could make some people believe the site was run by HTC, and blame HTC for any problems the roms hosted there caused(this is the primary purpose for the existence of trademarks). Further, if a company fails to protect its trademark, it loses it permanently(see: Xerox).

  • guest

    Imagine that...... people freaked out over nothing

  • http://twitter.com/HerXtheSlayer Mario

    dammit now i have to buy one x+ (as long as google won't sell nexus in my country)