Developers with a slightly cheeky slant will be pretty disappointed to know that the new HTC Incredible S will ship with a failsafe system that is similar to that as the HTC Thunderbolt. Basically, by locking down the phone, developers are unable to change the device OS in any way. It is also interesting to note that the failsafe was installed by the good people at HTC instead of Verizon, where it will also include a check for the signature of the recovery image. If you fail to find it, you won’t be able to access the recovery partition. It seems that HTC decided to take this route since they want to lower down the costs of replacing or fixing bricked handsets from users who did not manage to successfully install a custom ROM. Developers will most probably keep their fingers crossed that future devices from HTC will not take the same route, although the chances of that happening will be pretty slim. You can read our HTC Thunderbolt review if you want to know more about the phone in order to make a more informed purchase decision.

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