>HTC “No Longer” Locking Bootloaders, Hackers Rejoice

>Yesterday, it was made official that HTC would be shipping the HTC EVO 3D with a locked bootloader, following the steps of quite a few Motorola devices to make hacking it so much harder. The hacker community was in uproar over this, flooding HTC’s inbox and Facebook with outrage. HTC listened, and just posted this on their Facebook page:

“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

That didn’t take long. It’s a huge step from a manufacturer, and a very welcome one. As of this writing, the news was posted 19 minutes ago. In that time, it has gotten 1000 likes and over 400 comments, almost unanimously positive. HTC didn’t say if this policy will be retroactive or not, but hopefully they’ll give us more details soon. Either way, good on ya, HTC!

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