Breaking: HTC confirms bootloaders of Android phones will be unlocked

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.

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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: HTC, Mobility, Telcos

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  • RE: Breaking: HTC confirms bootloaders of Android phones will be unlocked

    yay! :D
    Imrhien
  • RE: Breaking: HTC confirms bootloaders of Android phones will be unlocked

    I'm not sure I understand what this means. Does it mean I can remove bloatware and HTC Sense from my EVO and run pure Android?
    surf76
    • RE: Breaking: HTC confirms bootloaders of Android phones will be unlocked

      @surf76 No exactly, what a unlocked bootloader gives you, is the ability to root. This is something that has been available for the Evo for some time now.
      Bulgaro
  • RE: Breaking: HTC confirms bootloaders of Android phones will be unlocked

    It seems Google is fighting a loosing battle.
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
  • RE: Breaking: HTC confirms bootloaders of Android phones will be unlocked

    I do believe the carriers have more say over locked bootloaders than Google does. Having said that Google is not too keen on the whole practice. Making new and future features inaccessible by root users. What this shows me is that a community of users can come together and bring about change, and that's awesome regardless of community. I commend HTC on their reversal.
    Bulgaro
  • Will this include old phones too?

    I'm really hoping they push some updates to their older models and unlock their boot loaders as well. I have a Wildfire and although I will be buying a newer phone soon, I don't want to just throw this away. I'd like to play around with custom roms and get gingerbread on it. I really hope HTC looks into this as well.
    ashwith
    • RE: Breaking: HTC confirms bootloaders of Android phones will be unlocked

      @ashwith There is a way to root the Wildfire http://goo.gl/bLvt Google is your friend. ;) but is the link doesn't show just Google Rooting the Wildfire, best of luck.
      Bulgaro
  • Twitter was alive with this last night...

    ...after HTC posted that comment on Facebook and I'm happy to see it! <img border="0" src="http://www.cnet.com/i/mb/emoticons/happy.gif" alt="happy"><br><br>One concern though is that Google seem to be blocking more and more of their services from rooted users...
    DevJonny
  • RE: Breaking: HTC confirms bootloaders of Android phones will be unlocked

    I'm happy for the HTC users... great news and good going HTC!
    athynz
  • next phone

    Now to find my next HTC phone to upgrade to...
    techtastic83
  • RE: Breaking: HTC confirms bootloaders of Android phones will be unlocked

    Blocking the useless Blockbuster app from rooters isn't giving ANYONE fits.
    Droid101
    • RE: Breaking: HTC confirms bootloaders of Android phones will be unlocked

      @Droid101 lol until that article crossed the wire, I forgot they were still around. Heck getting rid of that app is reason enough to root ;)
      Bulgaro