Locked bootloaders suck. For those of you who don’t know what a bootloader is or why it would be locked let me put it simply. An Android device with a locked or signed bootloader makes rooting the device more difficult. All of you who have read my articles know that I despise closed systems on mobile devices and a locked bootloader tries to lock things down without locking them down totally and that, as I previously mentioned, sucks.
Motorola is famous for implementing such tactics as lock/signed bootloaders and other things to keep custom ROMs off of their handsets and until recently HTC had been toying with the idea as well.
In a comment from HTC’s CEO Peter Chou he says, “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.”
While devices like the Thunderbolt, Incredible S, Sensation and EVO 3D are either proven or have been said to have locked bootloaders we can only hope that this policy will flow down to older devices and open all of HTC’s handsets. Good job HTC. This is why I buy your handsets.