Breaking: HTC confirms bootloaders of Android phones will be unlocked

Summary:HTC has confirmed to ZDNet that it will no longer lock the bootloaders on its devices.

I reported earlier this week that HTC was looking at the practice of unlocking its bootloaders on Android smartphones. The practice of locking them has been aimed at blocking the ability to root phones for customization. I just received this statement from HTC:

"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.

There you have it, straight from the head horse's mouth. HTC will no longer lock the bootloaders on its Android phones. Google likely will continue to give rooters fits, however.

Topics: Mobility, Telcos


James Kendrick has been using mobile devices since they weighed 30 pounds, and has been sharing his insights on mobile technology for almost that long. Prior to joining ZDNet, James was the Founding Editor of jkOnTheRun, a CNET Top 100 Tech Blog that was acquired by GigaOM in 2008 and is now part of that prestigious tech network. James' w... Full Bio

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