Why should I care about a locked bootloader?

Posted Apr 27, 2012 at 5:06 pm in Threads > Opinions

I write this from the perspective of the average smartphone user. One cannot go on a carrier’s or manufacturer’s Facebook or Twitter feed without seeing several random postings demanding that they unlock their bootloader, without any explanation on why they should do this.
I understand why a small minority wants an unlocked bootloader, but why should the average user care. Do their protests just end up hurting the Android brand? Does this reinforce the belief that Android phones are too complex and just for techies; does it ultimately drive some potential Android users to the iPhone because it has the reputation of “it just works”.

  • Billiam

    First, if the iphone “just worked”people wouldn’t be jailbreaking them. Now, as for ordinary customers caring about unlocked bootloaders, I don’t know if they should care. If they are happy with their phone it shouldn’t matter. Has a study been done about what people think of fragmentation? I would think the ordinary users wouldn’t even know about it, much less care. I know my wife doesn’t care. Her phone does what she wants and that’s all she cares about.

  • orangestrat

    Only techies are going to be affected dirrectly by locked bootloaders, but the attitude of control and needless security and dictation affects everyone.