Why most of the devices supported by CyanogenMod are from HTC?

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Because, for the most part, HTC doesn't try to lock down their phones. Compare this to Motorola: all their phones have locked bootloaders except for the original Droid. However, Motorola has been showing signs that they might be changing this behavior in the future. A lot of the HTC phones can use the Unrevoked method to root their phones (except for maybe the Thunderbolt?).

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    And compare to Samsung: Their phones are very accessible, but have a ton of custom drivers. They're pretty hard to integrate into a AOSP-ish ROM. May 18, 2011 at 12:57
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    Add to this that HTC publish his source code relatively soon after launching a device and the fact that their phones are pretty popular...you'll have the perfect ecosystem for hackers to play with this phones.
    – Doliveras
    May 18, 2011 at 14:06

In the past, HTC phones have been the easiest to unlock, which directly translates to their hackability and therefore support from community developers.

Allegedly, newer HTC devices are a lot more restricted, which will put a damper on custom ROM availability. I believe Samsung will soon take the lead in the "most hackable" category, and we'll start seeing more of their handsets on the CM's "supported" list.

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