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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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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.

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