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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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How long
By icanhascpu on 5/27/2011 8:21:09 AM , Rating: -1
till iOS is running on one of these?

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?

“So far we have not seen a single Android device that does not infringe on our patents." -- Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith

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