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HTC CEO Officially Confirms The Unlocking Of Their Bootloaders

We have done it! HTC’s CEO, Peter Chou has confirmed in a quote from the HTC facebook page that they will no longer be locking the bootloaders on their devices. This could be the first step to other companies following suit. We can only hope. Here’s the quote from Mr. Chou.

“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”

So there you have it. Expect a lot more news stemming from this shortly. Congratulations everyone who wanted this so badly.

Via: HTC’s Facebook

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  • James_Ever

    Did anyone read the recent tweet from Verizon about how they will support unlocked bootloaders like the HTC Thunderbolt, are you aware of this Kellex? If this stays true then Motorola you are out of excuses and can no longer name Verizon for locked bootloaders. Better get to cracking Motorola while you have the chance…

  • Now give us a way to unlock our existing devices.

  • Now give us a way to unlock our existing devices.

  • bye bye OGD, hello HTC

  • Rizzidy


    F Motorola.

  • texashorns88

    “Free at last!  Free at last!  Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

  • NICE! So how will that effect my Dinc2 though? Will there be some magic update that will unlock my bootloader; God, I hope so…

  • now for a LTE device for VZ equivalent to the Sensation.

    (I can dream, Can’t I?) 

  • it appears people have short memories. 🙂

    Motorola said earlier that later this year their phones would have a lockable unlockable bootloader like the xooms.  just wasnt as big of a as of now announcement.  Not that im sticking up for motorola just see a lot of well motorola your turn and in fact they were actaully first.   now there was some stuff regarding verzion saying that unlocked bootloaders couldnt be activated on their network but this has been corrected now.


    • BrianT

      Moto won’t be unlocking anything anytime soon. They have corporate agreements for bloatware. They won’t give up that revenue stream. And when they do unlock, it’ll be on their lower level devices that no one tinkers with anyway. Just waaaaiiiit. Moto is still in business despite the exec team running that company, not because they make any good decisions.

  • Anonymous

    … take that, moto! no false promises!

  • In related News:  HTC will no longer be releasing phones on Verizon

  • In related News:  HTC will no longer be releasing phones on Verizon

  • Anonymous

    Don’t get ahead of yourself. Verizon Support confirmed via twitter that phones with unlocked bootloaders would not be allowed on their network.

  • BrianT

    C’mon on NOW!!!! I’m a DX lover, pre-ordered it and have enjoyed it everyday since I ROOTED IT!  I bought the phone because I really thought they would either figure out how to unlock it, or Moto would come around. Neither’s going to happen.

    So, I’m putting MOTO in the penalty box. When I get my new phone this summer, it will not be a Moto product. And if everyone does as I’m doing, MOTO WILL CAVE in 6 mo.’s tops.  So c’mon everyone who reads this blog. Join the revolution. Buy an HTC product. Think of it as an investment in your longterm mobile technology experience. Say it with me!  THEY WILL CAVE THEY WILL CAVE THEY WILL CAVE THEY WILL CAVE THEY WILL CAVE THEY WILL CAVE THEY WILL CAVE THEY WILL CAVE THEY WILL CAVE THEY WILL CAVE.

    We just gotta stand strong. This IS the moment to be heard. Spread the word to everyone you know, DO NOT BUY ANYTHING MOTO. Let’s all watch their sales drop this summer and into the 4th quarter.  That bootloader will open faster than you can say abracadabra.

  • J Dub

    With more and more programs checking to see if you have root access and not functioning properly, the days of root will become numbered.

  • Trombone Dixie

    Will there be an update for the Thunderbolt to unlock the bootloader, or does this only concern future releases?

    • you unlock it when your root

      • No, a locked bootloader is different. My Droid X has a locked bootloader – but I’m rooted and even running a custom ROM, sort of.

  • My next phone is definitely an HTC.

  • Anonymous

    Dear Moto

    I guess by know you’ve  heard the news from your major competitor HTC, and  how they are removing their locked bootloaders off of their devices because (like we here on DL warned you) WE DON”T WANT LOCKED DEVICES!!!!  Please LISTEN to your customers.

    Android Nation will know be heading over to HTC, See we told you 😛 

  • Anonymous

    You thank them by rewarding them with your business. If you continue to support Motorola and there locked boot loaders then your priorities are really screwed up. Just say no to Bionic!

  • Now just release the Evo 3D on VZW with LTE and FFC and Ill pay full retail.

  • Anonymous

    Super excited, and considering most people I know have had much better luck with their HTC phones I am pretty much hooked.

    Only thing that scares me now is that this leaves the carrier and the apps to do their own “locking”. If HTC would have left a locked boot loader that is fairly easily unlocked maybe the carrier and apps would have said it was good enough. Now this just lets Verizon step in where HTC left off… 🙁

  • because of this i will now buy an HTC phone. thank you everyone who wanted this and to HTC as well.

  • Rives

    What a brilliant PR move by HTC. “Hey, lets just open all our phones up from here on out”. Marketing gets ahold of the idea and spins it a bit. “Lets release a statement SAYING we are locking everything moving forward, absorb the outcry from the community, then release a statement saying “Hey, we listen to our customers…open bootloaders for all”. Response from the community “WE LOVE YOU HTC!!!” MasterTroll HTC…well played

  • Anonymous

    Holy… crap. I am SO happy with this!

    I have a feeling that HTC will have a very big part to play in the future of Droid now. And Motorola will continue to Blur… er… shoot themselves in the feet. Many times… With an AK-47.

  • Jyouhas

    Give us keys to inc2!

  • Anonymous


  • Jerry Bush

    Looks like I will be getting me an HTC device really soon and leaving my Motorola far behind me with fond but locked bootloader memories. I completely support the HTC move here way to lead from the front.

  • kiley481

    Does you suppose this mean new HTC phones?  Or do you think newly-manufactured Thunderbolts in the next few months might be unlocked?

    Can something like that be changed post-launch?

  • Beka

    My comment on the Moto FB page:

    HTC is unlocking their bootloaders.  What do you have to say about that Motorola?  Your hardware is fantastic, but you are officially “behind-the-game”.  I want my next phone to be Moto… but you’ll have to earn my loyalty.

  • Xeno43

    Byah! Now go release a dual core LTE phone for verizon so I can support you 😛

  • Why on earth companies feel that they can lock down products that people pay to own and then wonder why people get pissed off when they cant do something they want to the device is beyond me.

    Sony & Motorola are the worst. This HAS to become a thing of the past or else people will go, excuse my language, Ape S***! 

  • Anonymous

    Sweet… Knew I made a good choice with hTc!!

  • Now its time to take this back to Moto and Samsung!    We need a William Wallace to arise and lead us!!

    • Anonymous

      Samsung never locked its bootloaders to begin with.

      • Urugami

        I thought I remembered them saying that a month or two ago.  Thanks for saving me a search.

  • CB

    The real question is, does that mean the end of their phones on Big Red?  With LG / Sammy / Moto I don’t know if they’d be heartbroken to ditch HTC altogether…  Even so, I’d have to consider it at this point.  Awesome job HTC, hope you stick to it.

    • Gee

      Most likely not as BIG RED tend to put stipulations on phone that go to their network. It’s not always the manufacture that makes the final decision on locking hardware… 

      • Anonymous

        I’d imagine that vzw prefers them locked, although Samsung’s phones aren’t and vzw doesn’t seem to be forcing them.

        • Gee

          Well when you have an update schedule of every three years you have to offer something 

  • Dmiller2007

    So I’ll be sticking to HTC until we get confirmation from motorola on that unlockable bootloader. I hope they come through because I prefer their build quality, but if not, htc is an easy alternative.

  • If their new phone doesn’t require me to get an extended battery, I’ll think about it.

  • RoomTenONine

    If moto doesn’t follow suit, my next phone will be HTC on Verizon.  Plain and simple.  Shame because I really like moto’s hardware.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry to post such a noob question, but what exactly does an unlocked bootloader mean? What can I do with an unlocked bootloader that a locked one doesn’t let me do?

    • Oteroa8

      You can apply unstable ROMs made by some dude in a basement that do things like void warranties and risk bricking your phone. Oh, they provide minor customization features that would otherwise be inaccessible. You can use them and barely notice a difference in your phones performance. But you will most likely notice the increased frequency of crashes and the painstaking procedure of applying the rom in the first place. Allows you to remove “Bloatware” which really doesn’t matter. Most of the procedures are not noob friendly. Fans of romming will argue and say the releases are more stable and that it’s easy. Question their motives.

      Also allows you to brag about how you customized your phone ad nauseum. Allows the degrading of companies like Motorola for not unlocking theirs.

      • Anonymous

        Sounds like you should just get an iphone.

        • Oteroa8

          No I’ve got a DX and it’s freaking great. I love the android platform. I’ve gone the rooting route. I’ve tried all the Roms. I’ve removed bloatware I’ve done it all. I’m actually running a gingerbread release right now.

          All I’ve found is that ROMs aren’t worth the headaches. It’s just a way for people to feel special. It really adds little extra to the phone.

          • Maybe you just have no idea what it is you are doing and it pisses you off.  I’ve rarely had issues with rooting my phone, rom changing, themeing, even building my own themes.  It allows me to enjoy my phone as much as I can because I like to change things up pretty much every week.  Some people like it, some people don’t.  Don’t cram your dislike down other peoples throats.  Droid Life was always about having freedom and doing what you want, not bitching about not needing the freedom.

          • Oteroa8

            i know exactly what I’m doing. and I found that the time taken in performing all that rewards enough to make it worth it.
            I didn’t cram anything. I just stated my dislike. Is my talking about not needing the freedom more than all of you bitching about needing it? no.

            It seems to me you are doing the exact same thing you are accusing me of.

            And you’ve never had any problems with themes and roms? Please you’ve had your fair share of crashes and you know it. you’re telling me all your modifications go off without a hitch? That’s BS. and please. Someone please list to me IN DETAIL the awesome modifications to your phone that allow you to “enjoy your phone to the fullest”

            I believe it’s more a love of tinkering rather than actually being able to pull anything major out of  the phone. Coupled with a little bit of “They don’t let us have it so we want it more”

          • i can gladly say that i’ve flashed plenty of ROM’s on my Incredible, and had no crashes. cheers! 🙂

          • Bgtony

            Bootloader envy? not even a little. There is nothing to do with the phone that I can’t do unrooted.
            I rock the gingerbread and launcher pro and I’m happy. add a little circle launcher and fancy widget. Good to go.

          • Bkcharter

            To start with, you have a droid x which is a pain in the butt to Rom because of Motorola. I had an original droid and if I ever had a problem which wasn’t often all I had to do was boot in to clockwork recovery and restore my backup or load a different rom. Never did it require a computer aided sbf to fix a problem or load a new Rom. Own an unlocked phone b4 you blather on

          • Bkcharter

            And while I’m at it, your post is offensive as it presumes that everyone must like what you like. just because it was too much of a headache for you and you didn’t really see the doesn’t mean it’s like that for everyone. For many of us our phone is like an extension of who we are. I take great pleasure having something unique and thtat looks like me in my hands. I also like having access to the latestOS way b4 the manufacturer gives it to us. Sorry for the rant

          • Oteroa8

            My post is offensive? Someone is a little sensitive.

            i didn’t presume anything. I stated MY reasons why I think the whole bootloader issue is a waste of time. You are more than welcome to share your opposing view.

            If your phone is an extension of who you are…. may want to find some hobbies pal.

          • evileclipse

            Hahaha! I know you’re kidding right?

      • hater.

      • Anonymous


      • James Kernicky

        and you probably own an i*hone…

      • Rizzidy

        I completely agree.  There is no reason to trust the immature children that make most of the ROMs out there.  People will start listening when their bank account balances start to shrink.

      • Rizzidy

        I completely agree.  There is no reason to trust the immature children that make most of the ROMs out there.  People will start listening when their bank account balances start to shrink.

  • Oteroa8

    sweet! Now they can corner the very tiny market of people who actually care to root their phones.

  • Jake Hurtado

    He just confirmed my next phone is an HTC unless Moto changes as well.

  • Anonymous

    Makes me wonder how true the ” carrier pressure” excuse was in the first place. Because if true, you just won’t see HTC devices on VZW, much like you almost certainly won’t see a Nexus device.

  • Granted

    Well, looks like my next phone will be one of those brick phones that come in a bag.

    Oooh this is so exciting, I’m gonna put my bootloader in a heated up rotten cantaloupe and make it call me uncle Jeffey! My loader is so hard right now!

  • garrett

    wait a minute you spelled motorola wrong. 

  • Teng247

    looks like my next phones will be HTC’s until Moto can get their s#it together

  • GotSka81

    Man, and I was looking forward to the D3…now I have to wait for the next HTC device with a keyboard!

    • Knightcrusader

      I’m in the same boat.