The HTC One X is due to hit AT&T store shelves tomorrow having received almost universally rave reviews across the tech blogosphere. Unfortunately, for those of you who like to do a little “extra” to your Android device, the One X comes with one piece of bad news. Apparently, the bootloader unlock tool HTC has provided for many of their recent smartphones will not work on the AT&T One X.
Before you break out the pitchforks for HTC, it seems that AT&T may actually be able to blame. HTC has provided the tool with the knowledge that users are aware that installing custom software can and will void the warranty. Unfortunately, for future owners of the AT&T One X, this tool will not be available. HTC has provided a statement on the matter:
“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.”
HTC doesn’t even have to say it, we can read between the lines — the fault lies with AT&T. Yes, the majority of future One X buyers will never be the wiser, but for the minority who love tinkering, rooting and tweaking their Android device, this is likely a deal breaker on what is arguably, the best Android phone in America. For the record, the international version of the One X does not have this problem with the locked bootloader, lending further credence that the blame lies with the carrier and not the manufacturer.