HTC Kills Bootloader Lock Policy

It's not often that major electronics companies really listen to consumer complains and suggestions. Far too often, customers are left to feel as if they're just being ignored, even when addressing things like warranty work. But it's pretty obvious that HTC isn't one of those companies. The phone maker made a surprise move this week, announcing that they will be removing the "locked bootloader" policy that currently keeps HTC Sense strapped tightly onto Android smartphones.

This probably won't matter or mean much to casual users. To them, Sense is probably just fine. But for the DIY crowd, those who prefer to load custom ROMs onto their phones, this is pure gold. By removing this policy, it'll let users do whatever they pleased once they receive the device. Load up a stock version of Android without sense? Now it's possible. Load a Motorola build? Possible. HTC's CEO Peter Chou had this to say about the reveal:
"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."
Pretty impressive move for a company to really take their hands off of the wheel like this and let consumers do as they please. We can only hope that other companies in the same boat follow suit.
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rapid1 3 years ago

One big thing not mentioned here is this was only done because of XDA @ , I think it is a smart move by HTC personally. One thing many do not also understand that is at stake with this kind of thing for a general consumer who may have no use for rooting there phone is this, if a phone is not able to be rooted, and developers or enthusiasts see it more of them will leave it alone unless it is just to good (IE: first release hardware, memory, other capabilities etc). This is rare today because many times a first release of a specific platform such as dual core CPU phones first run units are often unlocked, and hardware is at least specific to a type of phones often by a singular OEM.

One thing that still sucks is both the EVO 3D, and the Sensation will at least currently still come locked on June 4th and 8th respectively. Although this may be remedied by HTC and XDA by that time (most likely not off the shelf) with a custom Sense build (the phones are basically the same unit plus or minus the 3D cameras) that will be available by or shortly after release.

This is an issue I have been watching very closely as the Sensation, EVO 3D, or Samsung Galaxy S II will most likely be my next phone as I returned my LG GX2 due to hardware difficulties. One thing with the GSII is that although Samsung has also supposedly learned there lesson on this with locked bootloaders. From what I understand you still have to go through a custom on site (Samsung) installation method rather than a standard download from anywhere app grab as well as install. This still means Samsung basically gets to pass judgement on everything they allow by having them only available on there site with links. So I am still kind of wondering about that as approved apps are still approved rather than just made and posted somewhere by the huge developer market.

Either way as I said this sounds good for HTC to me as well as regarding some nice units I may consider for my new phone in a week or two. One of the big things for me is the actual hardware construction on the Sensation which is the only phone I think to have a full aluminum body/pocket type setup. Where except the antennae which are partially in the aluminum shell. It is basically a protective back/case and where the other hardware is in a single unit that sockets into with a very strong and direct connection system for it as well as guards for the camera and flashes. The phone that plugs into this socket case also has a recessed screen and a 540x960 resolution.

One negative I saw was the viewing angel's seem to be a bit off (IE: viewing it non directly) but personally I don't ever recall looking at my phone non directly or at an angle. The screen is only 4.3" as it stands but looking at any screen 3-5 inches period indirectly? As far as I can remember I have never looked at a screen on my phone at a 45 degree angle etc. I generally am holding it in my hand or if it has a kickstand in that way where none of this would have any impact at all. So it is basically a non issue to me.

omegadraco 3 years ago

two thumbs up to HTC for deciding to let the consumers do what they want with the devices they own.

coolice 3 years ago

Damn.... I've jumped from an HTC G1, to a Motorola Milestone, to a Desire HD and now a Samsung Focus.... I've suffered from locked bootloaders... but i've come to realize... after using all the roms, etc, customizing etc. Bleh!! you dont need to do all that... all you need is Root and a overclocker, Voila.

Most of the custom roms have soo many issues.

i agree with one aspect, if a company drops support for a phone, then Hell yeaa!! Custom roms are god send, but other than that, w/e.

i''ve played around with android enough to know that, i actually prefer the stock rom with overclocking and Launcher Pro.

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