HTC has announced that it will no longer be locking the bootloader on its Android handsets.
The short announcement was made by HTC CEO Peter Chou on the social network site Facebook:
"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
What does this mean for the user? Well, for all those Android modders out there, it means that the HTC handsets will be a lot easier to hack and modify (it means the end of custom bootstrap utilities to bypass the locked bootloader). It also means that it'll be easier to recover bricked handsets.