For those who are unfamiliar with the term rooting, it is simply a way of jail breaking a phone for the Android OS allowing the user root access to the Linux operating system that Android runs off of. This allows for the installation of various MODs and custom operating systems. Furthermore, it enables the installation and use of non-market applications which most Android phones and Carriers do not allow out of the box.
What has happened with the G2 is that HTC has found a way to get the phone to revert back to stock system settings after a phone has been rooted. Once the changes had been applied and the users restarted to apply those changes they found that the phones had rolled right back to stock settings not allowing their settings to effectively take hold. While we aren’t sure whether or not this roadblock will last long, we are sure that users wanting the best Android smartphone out there with a Keyboard are not thrilled to find out their phone cannot be rooted. Most users will likely never root their devices within the time period that they own their phones, but for the small percentages that do want to run their own versions of the Android operating system it might be tough luck.
This incident may start a future trend of HTC devices that may have similar roadblocks to being rooted. While we are sure that someone will find a way around it, there is a good chance it may take some more time than anticipated. All we can say is that we hope they find a crack for it and that HTC abandon their attempts to lock the devices that they manufacture. Considering how many Android devices are manufactured by HTC, that’s quite a large pool. The famed Evo, Incredible, Nexus One, and G2 are just a few of the HTC phones that feature the Android OS. HTC does risk alienating their core users if they do this as they threatened to do with Windows Mobile users and then retracted their intentions. In this case, though, it seems like HTC just went ahead and didn’t tell anyone and just implemented it.