Android owners of the past present and future, it’s time to celebrate, because HTC has just announced that it will no longer be locking bootloaders on any of its devices just a couple of days after the company said it would reconsider its position on the matter.
In a statement on Facebook, HTC CEO Peter Chou delivered the news that will delight Android enthusiasts around the world:
There has been overwhelmingly [sic] 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.
It’s likely that this policy will start with the HTC Sensation 4G and the HTC EVO 3D and means that from now on, those who buy new HTC devices won’t be impeded when trying to install custom ROMs, kernels and recoveries.
So, now the ball is in Motorola’s court and it will be interesting to see what moves it makes, if any, in response to HTC’s commitment to releasing devices with unlocked bootloaders.
Bravo, HTC, bravo.