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HTC to Unlock Bootloaders on Future Android Phones

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May 26, 2011, 8:59 PM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated May 26, 2011, 9:01 PM

HTC today announced via a post on its Facebook page that it will no longer lock the bootloaders on its Android devices. Unlocking the bootloaders will make it easier for customers to root their devices and install custom system software. HTC CEO Peter Chou said, "There has been overwhelming 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." HTC didn't provide specifics on which phones will ship with unlocked bootloaders, nor if the policy will apply to devices already in customer hands.

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May 31, 2011, 11:46 AM

Nice, but...

Nice, but will the carriers just lock 'em back before giving us the phones?

May 26, 2011, 9:54 PM

Wonder how warranties will come into play now

This is huge. Motorola has the death grip on their devices and here HTC does this....i'm just wondering how they're gonna change their policies regarding the warranty on their products. Definitely gonna turn more heads with this
Stupid qustion for you. Does having an unlocked bootloader make rooting easier?

Thw evil controlling ass carriers probably won't allow this.
The only reason the license says anything about voiding the warranty is because the devlopers are trying to cover their asses, they are worried that if someone roots their phone, and something goes wrong, they will blame the developers.

My best guess will be that they will have a huge disclaimer that says that any irreparable damage done to the device because of rooting, flashing custom ROMs, over/underclocking the processor, etc. will completely void the warranty. It is easy to do ...

May 26, 2011, 11:51 PM

I'm thanking Eric Lin.....

...... Even if he had nothing to do with it 😎
The ceo got a call that chuck norris was on his way

May 27, 2011, 3:56 PM


Why announce this AFTER I get a motorola phone? **** on a shingle...
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