HTC One S has fallen in the elite ranks with the HTC One X as one of the Android devices that managed to have superuser/root capabilities ahead of its actual availability on the market.
Using the Superboot implementation from Paul O’Brien of MoDaCo, the One S and One X received root accessibility in a straightforward method but required to overcome one big hurdle – an unlocked bootloader.
O’Brien dealt with the locked bootloader by using his resources and access to unlocked developer devices when implementing Superboot.
Most smartphone makers usually ship devices with S-OFF disabled, and HTC has sole free will when it wants users to gain access to the bootloader.
In May of last year, HTC decided to unlock bootloaders of new releases after it received terrible backlashes/repercussions from developers and users alike for locking its bootloaders.
The Taiwanese phone maker caved into the demands, quickly lifted the imposed rule and has since become friendlier to developers.
With Android developers now boldly rooting unreleased HTC devices, especially the new One family of flagship smartphones, will the company close its doors on bootloader access again?