This is going to be really bad news for fans of Android smartphones that are waiting with anticipation for the HTC Sensation to hit. A new system dump has been unearthed, and the dump shows that the Sensation has a locked bootloader. That means that it will be very difficult if not impossible for owners of the phone to use custom ROMs and other programming on the device. The really strange part about this is that the recent trend in the Android market is towards phone makers offering unlocked bootloaders.
Sony Ericsson, for example, will allow anyone to sign up to unlock the bootloader for the Xperia Arc smartphone and several other popular Android phones it makes. The HTC Sensation is one of the more anticipated smartphones that will be coming to the makret and I am sure that many Android fans had visions of tweaking and making custom installations to enjoy. Apparently, all hope isn't lost.
The Thunderbolt also had a signed bootloader and hackers were able to unlock the device to allow for custom ROMs and other fun stuff. Whether or not the same will be possible for the HTC Sensation remains to be seen. I wonder how many people that have been planning to buy the Sensation will still purchase it now that a locked bootloader has been confirmed. Will this keep you from buying the Sensation?
[via Android Community]