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HTC Officially Unlocks Bootloaders on Phones

Score one for the “vocal minority” as I – and, apparently, @zpower – like to say. HTC has listened to its passionate fanbase and decided to officially unlock its bootloaders. I heard about it from HTC PR, but the company shouted it loud and proud from the rooftops – er, its Facebook page.

HTC recently came under fire for joining the likes of Motorola in locking down its recent phones, including the Sensation and EVO 3D, essentially preventing would-be tinkerers from loading custom ROMs and otherwise customizing their phones beyond the basic wallpaper/widget/soundset settings offered by locked Android phones.

The official quote from HTC CEO Peter Chou is as follows:

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. ┬áToday, 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.

More details – including, I imagine, whether or not the policy will apply retroactively to devices that shipped locked down – to follow from HTC. Android fanatics out there, are you rejoicing or just quietly muttering, “It’s about time” and going about your business?


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Noah Kravitz mourned the day that Star Castle was replaced in the pizza parlour he frequented as a kid. The sadness ended when he saw an older kid...Noah Kravitz mourned the day that Star Castle was replaced in the pizza parlour he frequented as a kid. The sadness ended when he saw an older kid...


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