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  (Source: Androidcentral.com)
"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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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.




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