Ever since HTC released the Froyo 2.2 update to their Android device line, they also started locking down the bootloaders on them. This meant that the Android hacking community could not longer “root” the device and as such had no way to run custom made ROM’s. The move by HTC caused a rather noticeable outpouring of negativity from their customers in the way of heated emails, Twiiter and Facebook posts and the creation of an online petition.
All this noise seems to have payed off as today on HTC’s own Facebook page, CEO Peter Chou sent this message to his customers:
”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”
HTC’s reasons for locking the bootloaders where to ensure that devices could remain secure enough for average users. This however, goes against the fundamental idea about owning a device based on the “open source” Android operating system. I for one, with my locked HTC Wildfire, am very excited about this news even if it’s only for the ability to remove the telco branding and bloatware. Let’s just hope HTC make it available for existing and older handsets and not just for new ones yet to be released.