Today, HTC announced that they have truly been listening to our complaints. They will no longer be locking bootloaders on their devices. HTC has received quite a bit of kickback on their last few devices, starting with the T-Mobile G2, all the way up to the HTC Thunderbolt. It always puzzled me how the founding father of the Google Nexus failed to make another open device to keep the momentum. Anyways, this is huge news for the Android community. Not to mention the people out there who are patiently waiting for the HTC Sensation to release. Here are some words from Mr. Peter Chou himself;
“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.
With that said, I am estatic to see what will be done about the current phones on the market. Hopefully HTC can find away to help out people who have already purchased locked device.
I understand that the term bootloader may be over some of your heads. A bootloader is basically what controls complete access to a mobile operating system. If it’s locked, developers are limited in what changes they can make to the phone. Why would someone want to perform such hackery on their phone? Because its “their” phone =D.