HTC to Unlock the Bootloader on Future Android Devices

HTC has announced a small but critical change in direction. Until now, Android based phones from HTC have a locked bootloader. For the average person, this doesn’t really matter. However, for the hacking community (and that’s hacking in the good sense), this can make things very difficult. A locked bootloader will prevent you from mod’ing the software on the device. Going forward, HTC’s CEO, Peter Chou, has confirmed on the company’s Facebook page that they will no longer be locking the bootloader on devices.

“There has been overwhelmingly customer feedback that people want access to open bootloaders on HTC phones. I want you to know that we’ve listened. Today, I’m confirming we will no longer be locking the bootloaders on our devices. Thanks for your passion, support and patience,” Peter Chou, CEO of HTC

HTC’s Facebook post announcing this change is currently liked by 7,000+ people, and has 2,000+ comments – all of which praise the company for listening to the customer. There’s no question this small change has had a positive impact in the eye’s of many consumers. And they’ll tell two friends… and they’ll tell two friends… :)

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Mike Temporale grew up fascinated by computers since an early age. His first hands on with a computer came when he was 7 years old and a travelling lab of Commodore PET computers made a stop at his school. Hooked on the new world these devices offered, he took any chance possible to get in front of a computer. When Compaq launched the iPaq 3600, he was hooked again. This time on a whole new world of mobile computing. Today, Mike spends his day helping clients deploy and manage their mobile device around the world. From installing custom software, to locking and securing data, and everything in between. He is also the Editor in Chief at Mobile Jaw - a site focused on today's mobile world.