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HTC Amaze 4G Owners Petition HTC for TI WLAN Source Code
Sometimes OEMs need a swift kick to remind them that things need to be done. Such instances include the worldwide outcry for unlocked bootloaders and the HTC One X hardware fault. While HTC may not always listen to their customers, when it really matters they have a history of stepping up.
This is a problem that HTC Amaze 4G owners are looking to avoid. XDA Recognized Developer hasoon2000, who’s responsible for many popular toolkits and easier S-Off methods is stepping up to help get the source code released. As he wrote in his email to HTC:
HTC has made a promise to help to development community by releasing the source code as well as unlocking the bootloader for their devices. However, the TI WLAN source code has been withheld from the community. This slows development and can even cease development for the device completely. Without the source code, developers will have to develop blindly and hoping not to break anything in the process. The Amaze 4G has great potential due to his hardware and power that it harnesses. Android is an Open Source OS, but HTC is sounding more like Apple, holding their source from the public. People purchased the device to experience the “Real Feel” of Android by customizing it, installing Custom ROMs, tweaking it, etc. Without the WLAN source code, we, as a community, have starting to lose faith in HTC and some of us have even pledged to never purchase an HTC device again due to HTC’s policies. The community will like for HTC to rethink their strategy and be “Open” with the community. The best form of advertisement is by “The Word-of-Mouth”. When our community, the tech savvy and the owners of a smartphone, see how HTC listens to their customers requests, they will become more profitable and retain/gain new and loyal customers.
Concerned users can send HTC emails and tweets showing their desire for WLAN source code release. Hasoon2000 is assisting users with how to write a proper email—to decrease senseless, inflammatory and vulgar statements—and where to send them. Twitter users are encouraged to use the #ForTheCustomer hashtag. Using these tools, Hasoon2000 and other HTC Amaze 4G owners are hoping that HTC gets the point and aids the community expediently.
For the full discussion, head to the petition thread.
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