HTC to Offer Unlocked Bootloaders on Android Devices

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 01:15 -- Penelope Wang

Sounds like Android smartphone maker HTC will join Motorola in offering unlocked bootloaders on its future Android devices. The change is a welcome one in the Android developer community, as it allows hardware owners to modify their devices. Many users complained to HTC about their practice of locking and encrypting bootloaders.

HTC unlocked bootloaders Android

Amid the chorus of comments HTC offered to review its new policy, and made an official announcement regarding the policy review only a day later. HTC plans to stop the practice of locking bootloaders to allow users to install custom ROMs and perform other customizations.

HTC CEO Peter Chou made the following statement:

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.

Both the Sensation and EVO 3D are on the way, and it's not clear whether or not these Android handsets will be unlocked when they hit shelves. It could be that the change in policy will come too late for these two devices, however the news of less restrictions in the future is sure to gain HTC many fans in the Android community.

One company that will likely not be a fan of the policy is Google. Even though manufacturers allow rooting of Android devices, Google has been clear that it disapproves of the practice. The latest signal is the fact that movie rentals on Android Market are disabled for those with rooted phones. Instead of streaming the content an error will be displayed thanks to the modified phone. Google claims the restriction is in place due to copyright concerns.