By now many of you are aware of the rumor floating around suggesting that the T-Mobile G2 has a security measure built in that will unroot the device and restore it to its original code upon rebooting. Well it’s no longer a rumor and has been confirmed by T-Mobile to our friends over at Androinica…
As pioneers in Android-powered mobile devices, T-Mobile and HTC strive to support innovation. The T-Mobile G2 is a powerful and highly customizable Android-powered smartphone, which customers can personalize and make their own, from the look of their home screen to adding their favorite applications and more.
The HTC software implementation on the G2 stores some components in read-only memory as a security measure to prevent key operating system software from becoming corrupted and rendering the device inoperable. There is a small subset of highly technical users who may want to modify and re-engineer their devices at the code level, known as “rooting,” but a side effect of HTC’s security measure is that these modifications are temporary and cannot be saved to permanent memory. As a result the original code is restored.
The openness that we all love about Android seems to be slowly fading away because of phone manufacturers and carriers. First Motorola and their locked bootloaders and now HTC and this. Very disappointing news on a Friday morning.