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"These boots are made for walkin'"

HTC has announced that it will no longer lock the boot loader on its devices, although it is unclear whether that will apply only to future devices from the handset manufacturer or if it will be retroactive. 

HTC recently broke the news on its official Facebook Page:

‎"There has been overwhelmingly [sic] 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

The Facebook post has already garnered nearly 2,000 comments and 6,500 "Likes" after being up for about 10 hours (at the time of this writing). 

An unlocked boot loader allows for greater customization on a smartphone or tablet device. Loading an alternate operating system, for example, is much easier to do on an unlocked device. You can expect HTC devices to be the subject of a plethora of custom ROMs as a result.

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And there was...
By bplewis24 on 5/27/2011 8:45:36 AM , Rating: 5
Much dancing and rejoicing in the streets. A victory for the people was won tonight.

RE: And there was...
By therealnickdanger on 5/27/2011 9:07:30 AM , Rating: 2
Prior to my current LG Optimus, my past 3 phones were HTC and I really liked them. Packed with features, very well built, and (relatively) inexpensive. My wife's Hero is still more than she needs.

Of course, I can't honestly say that it was every all that difficult to load custom ROMs anyway. However, this just proves that HTC listens to their customers. Next time we upgrade phones, you can bet we'll be getting HTCs.

RE: And there was...
By fldude2k1 on 5/27/2011 12:42:47 PM , Rating: 2
It was easy to load custom ROM's because someone was able to unlock the phone for flashing. Otherwise you'd only be able to flash official ROM's from HTC.

RE: And there was...
By theArchMichael on 5/27/2011 1:44:57 PM , Rating: 3
And also they had just recently developed a new signed boot loader that makes it very difficult to crack. I hope upcoming HTC evo 3d is not affected! Or maybe the private key will be leaked, wink wink HTC!
This is really good news for Android maintaining an alternate approach to managing customer experience than say... Apple.

RE: And there was...
By Jeffk464 on 5/29/2011 10:37:30 AM , Rating: 2
This move will really make HTC stand out as all the other phone manufacturers keep locking their phones down even more. My current phone is an HTC incredible, and it looks like my next phone will be an HTC.

RE: And there was...
By Lazarus Dark on 5/29/2011 10:22:49 AM , Rating: 2
Now cmon Motorola! (seriously, I love my OG Droid, now with Cyanogenmod 7, but if Moto continues to lock the bl, I'll be going with HTC when I upgrade next year.)

Leading by Example
By AstroCreep on 5/27/2011 10:06:58 AM , Rating: 4
I applaud HTC for this move. In light of crap that Sony did with Geohotz and Apple has done in the past with bricking phones, this just goes to show that HTC is a little more "in-touch" with what their customers want. Plus it is a little more in-tune with Google's original vision of Android.

Speaking of Android, do we know if this will only be for Android devices or will this also include future Windows Phone-based devices? While MS doesn't have to provide direct support to users of HTC's equipment, I'm sure they would be less than thrilled about this.

didnt last long
By omnicronx on 5/27/2011 11:20:03 AM , Rating: 2
Didnt they just start locking the bootloader within the last year?

RE: didnt last long
By fldude2k1 on 5/27/2011 12:44:35 PM , Rating: 2
HTC was locking their bootloaders back in the Windows Mobile days. I seem to remember the HTC Touch/Vogue being locked. I know for sure the HTC Touch Pro was locked and required a custom bootloader to be flashed prior to flashing any non-official ROM's.

Apple next?
By PrinceGaz on 5/28/2011 1:12:54 PM , Rating: 2
Hopefully Apple will be next and allow owners of iDevices to install Android and any apps they want for whatever OS, without the current mandatory jailbreak procedure.

You go kids
By Mike Acker on 5/30/2011 6:42:11 AM , Rating: 2
it is precisely this thinking that opens the door to hackers. Have fun.

How long
By icanhascpu on 5/27/11, Rating: -1
RE: How long
By Master Kenobi on 5/27/2011 8:47:20 AM , Rating: 1
Probably a few days.

RE: How long
By roboray on 5/27/2011 8:50:24 AM , Rating: 3
About two weeks after Apple open sources the code.

RE: How long
By itlnstln on 5/27/2011 8:51:35 AM , Rating: 1
Well, there is MIUI, but the sheer kick-assness of it might not qualify it to be just an iOS wannabe. It's like Android screwed iOS' brains out and had a glorious baby.

RE: How long
By omnicronx on 5/27/2011 11:21:38 AM , Rating: 2

Do you see iOS on any other devices with unsigned bootloaders?

Even some of the devices that were locked down were cracked by the dev community pretty quickly.

RE: How long
By Jeffk464 on 5/29/2011 1:34:09 PM , Rating: 2
Why would you want iOS?

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