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.  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.

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?