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HTC To Stop Locking Phones

David Gilbert


HTC Reverses Decision On Bootloaders

HTC has decided to reverse a decision to lock down its handsets and will now allow those interested in tinkering with their HTC handsets access to the bootloaders.

HTC’s phones were always known as been friendly towards those people who like to modify their handsets but, of late, most HTC devices have been locked down, making it tough – though not impossible – to customise with custom operating systems. HTC’s locking down of its bootloader code lead to the modding and developer communites to get up in arms and in a rather noisy fashion, demanding HTC return to its previous way of thinking. Today, in a rather strange move for a technology company, the CEO actually listened to his customers and reversed the decision. "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 posted on the company’s Facebook page.

HTC Facebook

This decision was greeted with an immediate out-pouring of love from the fans of HTC, most proclaiming their undying love for the Taiwanese company and promising to buy new phones as soon as they possibly could. When these unlocked bootloaders will be available is unclear from the statement but it is certainly promising to see a company take note of the comments from the people who pay its wages. Now if only all companies would listen to what we, as customers, want rather than telling us what we want – but that’s just too much to hope for we guess.


May 27, 2011, 8:46 pm

Firstly, let me be positive and welcome this with my outpouring of undying love for HTC and its unlocked phones.

However, there has to be a catch to this.

And, it's not just a marketing thing.

Also, Sony et al are you paying attention to Amazon and now HTC way of doing business.

Oh, bloody Phillips too £168 for ruddy BD Player? On your bike.


May 27, 2011, 11:14 pm

Refreshing to see a company that's lead by brains rather than balls.

The reason I'm hesitating on the Samsung Galaxy S II is that they're useless with updates and XDA won't give it the same kind of love as they do HTC devices. XDA is one of HTC's biggest assets.


May 28, 2011, 3:00 am

Great news as far as I'm concerned. I wasn't looking forward to moving away from HTC but their attitude to modding was ridiculous. Why should they care what we do to our handsets once they've got their cash? Am now looking forward to ice cream so I can buy a nice new mobile.


May 30, 2011, 3:18 am

Agreed with Bugblatter! I have a HTC HD2 which was running Windows Mobile 6.5 and is now running Android 2.3.4 thanks to XDA. Yes, there are some little glitches but it's nearly there, and it's 3 times the phone it was!

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