Will the Incredible S & Desire S ever be rooted?


  1. ajh94

    ajh94 Well-Known Member

    Hello lovely people...

    I have heard a lot about the 'signed bootloader' of the new HTC devices such as the Incredible S and Desire S, as many of you know this means it cannot be rooted... This is annoying because these new phones are nicer that the Desire and other older HTCs that can be rooted due to the unsigned bootloader but what puts me off the new ones is that you cannot root them!

    Have they made the bootloader signed now just so you canot root and modify the phone?
    Also I know there is not an excellent dev community like there is with the Desire but that can begin to happen once it can be rooted... So my question is will these devices ever be able to be rooted by someone finding out how to get past the bootloader?
    Also I know Sony Ericsson devices also have signed bootloaders but they offer a tool to unlock it if you wish to modify and root it. Will HTC ever do that? Because the inability to root really puts me off these new phones that are oherwise very nice.

    What does everybody think? :)

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  2. SUroot

    SUroot Well-Known Member Developer

    Where there is a will, there is a way.
  3. ajh94

    ajh94 Well-Known Member

    true... Lets just hope its soon :)
  4. anoniemouse

    anoniemouse Well-Known Member

    The most they have got so far is temporary root, but as soon as the phone is restarted then it just resets its self to normal. As SU root said where theres a will theres a way.
  5. Rastaman-FB

    Rastaman-FB Well-Known Member

    what htc have done is what killed dev production for the x10
    it will backfire when sales flood to the likes of SE and Samsung. sammys have been notoriously easy to root and SE have learned from their mistake and watching how big the desire/n1 has got due to rooting.

    HTC's loss, ill go where the noise is and the best devs are at the time.
    its the community that makes this device worthwhile not so much the people that made it.

    theyll learn and within a year of devices that under-perform to their expectations and suddenly make it "a little" easier to root
  6. SUroot

    SUroot Well-Known Member Developer

    Thing is, even Mr-corporate-lockdown-motorola-you-cant-do-that has even turncoated it to unlocking their bootloaders (going forward) after seeing HTC's success and many petitions.

    HTC are backwards.
  7. williamj1

    williamj1 Well-Known Member

    As I say, I'm seriously considering the SG2 as my next phone. When I bought my Desire, Sense was by far superior to the others like touchwiz and stock. But now, I love Gingerbread. TouchWiz 4 seems pretty stalk now anyway, and if it got CM7 etc it would be sweeeeeet.
  8. Kibbster

    Kibbster Well-Known Member

    Anyone would think HTC have a roadmap of releasing regular updated phones that run on newer software and forcing people to upgrade their handset rather than running new software.

    Although they have been nice with the Desire in giving updates up to 2.3 but who knows if they'll do the same with updates for the locked phones.
    If they are locked people will just have to like it or go out and buy a newer handset.
  9. anoniemouse

    anoniemouse Well-Known Member

    On the other hand HTC may find people won't but thier newer handsets, but instead settle on the original desire.
    Two fold avantage there cheaper to buy & easy to get root
  10. Kibbster

    Kibbster Well-Known Member

    People are more than willing to go out and buy a new overpriced handset for a few extra features every year.
    Just look at the iPhone.
  11. Rastaman-FB

    Rastaman-FB Well-Known Member

    this is true, thats why they wont bother with htc (atleast the dev community will lose faith in them) and move to other manufactures like SE, LG, Moto, Samsung. hell, ZTE will love this shizzle
  12. Hadron

    Hadron Well-Known Member Contributor

    They can solve that one by stopping production of the Desire...

    No, I don't get it either - they don't offer warranty support for rooted phones, so it doesn't cost them anything if we mess our phones up modding them. But making the handsets less attractive can only cost sales.

    The only motivation I've been able to think of is that it might serve their biggest customers, i.e. the networks, if they make it harder to remove their crapware or add features the networks don't want (of course you can debrand a Desire without rooting, but I guess if you can sell a story to the execs that would serve the purpose).

    But yeah, a handset's dev community is more important to me than the brand, so let's see how long it takes them to realise their mistake...
  13. Rastaman-FB

    Rastaman-FB Well-Known Member

    i actually think you might be on to something there. maybe it is to keep branding. i know people are pushing manufacturers to put an end to rooting/bootloader cracking because its easier to rip apps
  14. Hadron

    Hadron Well-Known Member Contributor

    I believe that the SE bootloader unlocking is only supposed to be on unbranded hansets (fine by me, as that's the only sort I buy).
  15. ajh94

    ajh94 Well-Known Member

    You are all right... They want to stop you from doing it but they don't realise that for so many people thats what keeps the phone interesting and makes it good!! As said before rooting is what made them popular and they are making a mistake with this, all the other brands are going to do better now i think and have the better dev communities. Lets just hope HTC realise third mistake soon and do something about it because HTC devices to me are much less attractive now whereas the Desire was and still is perfect for me. Its clear everyone agrees with me, they need to realise their mistake and do something about it before too many people switch to other brands.
  16. williamj1

    williamj1 Well-Known Member

    Correct. Unbranded sim-free only.

    But surely HTC of all know that Android and HTC themselves are now popular enough for them to set the rules. Apple insist on networks not being allowed to clog up the iPhone with all their network rubbish. It is understandable why the networks give in to this even though they don't want to - because the iPhone is key to their success. They can't afford to lose it.

    But things are different now and Android is now huge too. The likes of O2 and Vodafone probably couldn't afford to lose HTC devices either. In other words, I don't know what HTC have to lose. They are the ones in control really.

    And if they must lock them, do a Sony Ericsson. Most rooters tend to buy unlocked anyway I would say, and the networks are pretty much all useless at sending out updates anyway. They could at least unlock the sim free devices surely?

    I really don't get it. HTC have never been that big a company. They didn't really become huge with windows phones. Then Android came along, and in the short 2 year period they supported the platform, they achieved something incredible. As announced last month... "HTC is the world's third most valuable smartphone maker". Their best selling phone ever, the desire, was a success for many reasons, one of which is undoubtedly the strong dev community and option to root.

    They achieve all that, and then they do a complete U-turn. This, at a time when competition amongst Android devices is at an all time high?

    :(

    PS: You are in with HTC... can't you give them a little nudge ;)
  17. Eris Ed

    Eris Ed Well-Known Member

    I was so looking forward to the HTC Sensation as my new phone this summer. Needless to say I'm a bit gutted that HTC seem to be taking a big step backwards by locking things up. While the custom ROM users are fairly small in numbers compared to the overall userbase of a handset, the rooting community tends to have a loud voice and a phone that's root-friendly gets a lot of attention on tech websites and message boards. Non-root users see the phone more as a result of the root community, which ultimately increases brand awareness and makes it popular.

    HTC were the leaders last year and the original Desire benefited from an active ROM developer community. Samsung seem to have filled the gap by not making rooting too hard, and backing it up with some really good hardware. Sony Ericsson, in my opinion, looks like it could be on it's way up after the mistakes made with updating the X10, and I'm excited to see how their root-friendly attitude will be realised.

    So for me, my summer phone will be either a Samsung GSII or an Xperia Arc. I so wanted HTC to carry on where the Desire left off......
  18. Rastaman-FB

    Rastaman-FB Well-Known Member

    while i agree with some of your points i dont agree with others
    HTC was huge, who do you think made the original XDA?
    before blackberry came along and along time afterwards it was a coporate signature to own one as PDA's were massively important to the financial industry.
    HTC fronted that with many of their devices and opened the doors to touch screen technology in a way that other manufacturers were not able to do successfully.

    HTC had a different approach to apple and always allowed branding. HTC have multiple products which aim and target many groups where as apple has one.
    its in HTC's interest to listen to the carriers as essentially that carrier might bid on a different handset to go on their portfolio.

    carriers do not put all devices on portfolio. when iphone was o2 exclusive did you see any htc devices on their network? no, even though HTC brought the XDA which was o2's flagship pda in 2001

    basically its a catch 22 as they cannot really win. they will lose customers imo for locking it down too tight and therefore sales on newer devices will force carriers to put other manufacturers devices on portfolio and htc will lose out.
    but then if they dont then carriers will threaten to not use them and put other devices on portfolio again.


    this is only my opinion but i cant afford to buy outright so my phones are branded. ill go where i can root, end of story. i like to have my phone how I want it and not how HTC or my carrier wants it


    PS im not in with HTC as i wouldnt be writing this. im not in with anything to do with them, its all personal opinion from my part and i dont want any connection with them
  19. Eris Ed

    Eris Ed Well-Known Member

    Agreed. I've made the decision to save and get a SIM free phone next time, but rooting is important to me and will be a major factor in which handset I choose.
  20. williamj1

    williamj1 Well-Known Member

    But surely that isn't the case anymore? If you look at O2's Android portfolio, the big contenders are HTC, Samsung and Sony Ericsson. Samsung remain unlockable. Sony Ericsson are beginning to do so. All the other devices are doing it, so what is left for O2 to switch to instead of HTC?

    +1.
  21. Rastaman-FB

    Rastaman-FB Well-Known Member

    LG, moto, ZTE to name a few.

    imo if HTC offer more flexibility to the carriers then they are more likely to get more devices on a carriers portfolio
    it makes business sense but in android i think its dangerous.

    HTC are very good at making comebacks though, they will learn from it and become best once again i believe
  22. williamj1

    williamj1 Well-Known Member

    True, but frustrating for the loyal users. I think many of us on here were expecting the Desire S to be our likely successor. When it turned out to be a big let down, I think we all turned to the Sensation for hope. But now, it looks like the GS2 may take over. Once we switch, they may struggle to get us all back :)
  23. ajh94

    ajh94 Well-Known Member

    Reading what you have all written I really wish HTC continued on the success of the Desire but its true they are going downhill and its a shame because if they were just as rootable as the others are i would choose HTC hands down cos i love HTC phones. I also always buy unbranded but what they are doing is very disappointing as i am one of the many people who think rooting and the strong dev community is incredibly important. I'm not sure any phone will ever get the truly amazing dev community the Desire has... But lets hope so and lets hope its a HTC and they realise what we all think and change their ways pretty soon. Buy whatever happens I am very happy with my Desire for now and if i could have say a Desire S I wouldnt, I know they are better but rooting means alot to me and to all of you by the looks of things :)
  24. Eris Ed

    Eris Ed Well-Known Member

    Over the last few weeks I've seen that people are far more willing to switch than I thought - die-hard Desire fans switching to samsung, for example. If HTC come up with something attractive in the future I see no reason why people wont go back.
  25. ajh94

    ajh94 Well-Known Member

    I strongly agree! you are dead right. HTC set a new standard with smartphones and got all of us loving HTC devices but now they are stopping us from rooting which is a disappointing and also the new phones announced at MWC the Desire S and Incredible S were very disappointing spec in comparison to all the newer phones out these days such as the SGSII, They are making more than 1 bad move and i think they need to sort it because as you said they are gonna loose all of us and it may be difficult to get us back.
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