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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

Cheers Everyone!

  • SteveTango

    Dear Motorola,
         Please pass this website along to your HR department,
         http://www.droid-life.com/2011/05/26/htc-ceo-confirms-the-unlocking-of-their-bootloaders-officially/#disqus_thread
         and see that the right course of action is taken. Thank you.
    – The Android Community

  • SteveTango

    Dear Motorola,
         Please pass this website along to your HR department,
         http://www.droid-life.com/2011/05/26/htc-ceo-confirms-the-unlocking-of-their-bootloaders-officially/#disqus_thread
         and see that the right course of action is taken. Thank you.
    – The Android Community

  • Anonymous

    *checks to make sure it’s not April 1st*

    Woohoo! 

  • EC8CH

    Droid Life give away week and now this…

    Its a good day to be an android user.

  • http://twitter.com/lbds137 Vladimir Costescu

    As much as I like my OG Droid, my next phone will be an HTC if the company follows through on this promise.

    • Kaufkin

      +1 100%.  if they come out with an unlockable, dual core, vanilla w/ front camera, moto will loose their shirt.  now if only we could get Verizon to not lock it down again… *sigh*

  • EC8CH

    Today HTC isn’t quietly brilliant…

    It’s f*cking brilliant

    • Anonymous

      Nominated for post of the month.

    • ChrisI

      My name is Chris, and I have been following DL for about 6 months now, trying to keep up-to-date with phone tech. I currently have a VM Samsung Intercept, and have been keeping a close eye on the HTC Sensation and Samsung Galaxy S2….reading as much as I can about both so when they come out I can decide which one I will move over to. SO, I’m not a developer, I know nothing of what a bootloader is or unlocking or flashing or any of that technical stuff. I was pretty set on the S2, but this HTC news is big. Not big for me, but for people like you guys. This seems like a large issue for HTC to give up, and it’s because you guys made it happen by speaking your voices and telling a major corporation what YOU want as customers. And HTC actually listened.That is a monumental accomplishment, and because HTC is a company that actually listens to the consumers of its products, I will now be getting the Sensation. Congrats to HTC for doing what was right, and congrats to you guys who challenged HTC to listen and respond to consumers. Consumers have the power when they realize they can band together and demand a change.   

      • Muddy B00ts

        you my friend, have made a wise decision.  I was exactly like you a little over a year ago, I had the original droid and heard the word “root” get thrown around a few times.  I visited a forum or two and I have been 100% addicted ever since.  This is the site where I got ALL my help because there are some seriously awesome/helpful people here.  If you need anything, don’t hesitate to ask, and don’t let the jerks get you down or call you a “noob”.

        • Anonymous

          I was the same way. It’s never cool to call someone a n00b. Unless they’re your friend and it’s to their face and you’re joking. Then next thing you say is… “Let’s get to it!”.

          Everyone starts somewhere. For me? It was here at DL.

      • Cb2000a

        Rooted and added GPA 15 to my OG and it breathed new life into it. Way to go HTC!  Now Moto are you going to do the right thing or lose customers? 

      • ramifications

        I would understand if you were changing from Motorola to HTC… But the galaxy S2 and all samsung phones have ALWAYS had unlocked bootloaders. So I don’t see why you would change to the Sensation for this reason.

        If for other reasons, then great, I support your decision! But this would be a lame reason to change from Samsung to HTC… 

        Just my two cents :)

        • ChrisI

          I did know that Sammie’s are unlocked, and that HTC’s weren’t. BUT, to me it shows that HTC as a company is willing to listen and respond to its customers when they say they want their products a certain way. Could you imagine the change we could affect if companies like Wal-Mart, McDonald’s, Lockheed Martin, Exxon Mobil, the federal government decided they would start listening to the masses? That is a sign that HTC is understanding and appealing to its base, and that IS important to me. The unlocked bootloader isn’t really the point for me, it’s the adaptation of a mega-corporation enacting consumer-based changes for the BETTER. And for that, I will support them with a purchase. Also, I understand that Samsung has a pretty awful track record of system updates, and not many people seem to be too fond of TouchWiz.  

  • Jorge22f

    Moto who?

  • http://profiles.google.com/gorgio1 Alex G

    LIKE!

  • The350zWolf

    10^6 + for HTC!  Unless some radical news comes from Moto, my next set of phones will be from HTC!

  • David

    Hope your listening Moto

  • David

    Hope your listening Moto

  • Floyd

    If they make this retroactive to the Inc2. I can finally use my upgrade!

  • John

    Well I know who my next phone will be with

    • jason w.s.

      I know! Just imagine that first Dual-Core, UN-FRIGGIN-LOCKED Beast that HTC releases….Its gonna be a stunner……

      Givin me chills just thinkin about it. :-P

  • Anonymous

    Your move, Moto.

  • http://www.anishvshah.com Anish

    Hope Moto guys are trading this.

  • Anonymous

    Seriously, this has absolutely blown my mind.  Really, Motorola has no excuses now if a company as big as htc  can do this.  There is of course room for shenanigans (ie htc can lock the bootloader at carrier request but offer unbranded phones for off contract prices) but it looks good.  Motorola needs to just admit they are going to bow to carrier demands unless Google forces them not to or actually do what they say they are going to do.

    Hopefully this takes effect before the Sensation or Evo 3D come out, because those were on my short upgrade list until this bootloader nonsense started.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ken.obrien3 Ken O’Brien

    A company that truly appreciates their end customer more than their distribution partners.  I have more respect for HTC for this decision than I have had for any major manufacturer in a long time.

  • http://twitter.com/iiAmColour Sakina Solomon

    *Chucks dueces to Motorola*

  • http://twitter.com/iiAmColour Sakina Solomon

    *Chucks dueces to Motorola*

  • http://twitter.com/iiAmColour Sakina Solomon

    *Chucks dueces to Motorola*

  • Muddy B00ts

    In the word of Lil’ John

    YEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Aaron-Rose/100000483772011 Aaron Rose

      HOO KAAAYYY!

      • Muddy B00ts

        Haha you may have the greatest avatar pic ever!  Spaceman Spiff got me through a lot of hard times growing up.

        • trumpet444

          and all the way into high school. love calvin and hobbes

    • EC8CH

      Honestly when I first saw this tweet I was like….

      Hawwwwwhat

  • Anonymous

    Goodbye Moto

  • tjhrulz

    Is the end of the permanently locked bootloader phase finally upon us?

  • allan

    NNever been so glad to switch to a htc phones!!!!!!!!!!! I’ll be buyimg more htc phone and just because of this. They have me a loyal customer!

    Now we just need a few people to stop abusing the warranty return and help htc out and don’t make them regret this decision. It’s our turn now.

  • Luckyr1981

    And the heavens rejoice!!!!

  • James Zino

    I posted this on the Moto facebook page! XD

    • Sonicmax2k2

      Nice! http://www.facebook.com/motorola/posts/175442339175583

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Emaw-Kennedy/504157652 Michael Emaw Kennedy

        they hide everything we post!

      • Anonymous

        i’m a FB rookie. why doesn’t it show on the main FB profile / wall thing? without Sonic’s link, i never would have seen it.

    • http://profiles.google.com/potentialender james netzer

      if only they follow in their footsteps.

  • Anonymous
  • http://twitter.com/djduquet Jared Duquette

    This is great news.  It feels like being handed the keys to a brand new car.  While drunk.  

  • http://twitter.com/moids Omid Mirshafiei

    Great job, every one! Motorola next? Or do they want to be unpopular forever? Hmm.

  • Anonymous

    WHAT THE HELL WE’VE BEEN SCREAMING ABOUT THIS FOR OVER A YEAR!!! HTC CUSTOMERS GET A COMPLETE REVERSE IN POLICY AFTER A FEW MONTHS!!!

  • Anonymous

    WHAT THE HELL WE’VE BEEN SCREAMING ABOUT THIS FOR OVER A YEAR!!! HTC CUSTOMERS GET A COMPLETE REVERSE IN POLICY AFTER A FEW MONTHS!!!

  • Matt2783

    Never thought I’d hear this. I hope this really puts pressure on Moto to do the same… Until then, no Moto phones in my future.

  • Anonymous

    GLORY HALLELUJAH.

    Also, your move, Moto.

    • Azndan3

      Who cares about motorola. The company that doesn’t listen to its customers loses all of its fan base.  I’m glad HTC wised up.

  • jason w.s.

    Guys, this a beautiful thing. Its so nice to see a big company listen to its customers for once. We can now only hope that Moto and the rest follow their lead. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matt-Cropley/668531301 Matt Cropley

    You would think more companies would turn to this. This is a big selling point for a large number of consumers. HTC is going to make bank off of this.. What are the negatives to an open bootloader? their are none…. HTC!

    • Lionel Y.

      by the way, what are the argument of motorola regarding the boot loader?
      some kind of security issue?

      • http://profiles.google.com/gonnadie4thegov Jeremy Wray

        Moto hasn’t really put an arguement out there, they’ve been quiet about it.

        But whats likely is since Moto and Verizon have such a close relationship it was likely Verizon that pushed them to do it. Verizon doesn’t like it cause they have to pay for when you try to flash a rom and end up bricking your phone and returning to the store for them to replace it.

        Moto never went so far and to be able to block us from rooting devices like HTC. But at the same time for the amount we can do to a locked Moto device they might as well unlock it since there are plenty of ways to still brick the phone.

        Though at the same time the common person doesn’t know that you can sbf the device and get it working again……..

        • Anonymous

          Wow. This is completely wrong. Verizon doesn’t care about you bricking your phone. That rarely happens when rooting. Besides, if you brick your phone rooting it you have voided your warranty and Verizon will not be replacing it, you will be buying a new one. This Verizon likes a lot. What they do care about is that by rooting you can remove bloatware that Verizon makes money off of. Some companies pay Verizon to have one of their apps pre-installed. Verizon is also losing money because if you root you can install apps that allow you to tether your device for fee, a service Verizon charges $20 a month for. Also tethering increases bandwidth consumption which makes Verizon add more bandwidth which cost money. Rooting does cost Verizon a lot of money and I understand why they want to stop it. Am I happy about it? No, but I understand.

          • WindedBison

            rooting costs Verizon a lot of money? really? wow…just wow.

          • Anonymous

            Yes rooting costs Verizon money. It isn’t causing them to go bankrupt or anything but Verizon is a business and businesses want to maximize profit. If there is something out there that is providing a service for free that you charge money for and it cost you money to provide that service of course you’re going to try to stop it. Rooting is a real problem for Verizon because it’s cutting into their profits. Don’t get me wrong, I am rooted and I can’t imagine buying a phone I couldn’t root but you have to at least understand why Verizon is fighting rooting.

          • Anonymous

            Maybe, but I think they’re just being greedy. I agree that bloatware is one of their concerns (god forbid we uninstall the totally righteous Blockbuster app!), but charging $20 for tethering is rediculous. They’re basically bleeding customers to unlock something their devices do by default. They’re not “losing” any money. Last I checked, I’m already paying (plenty) for my bandwith use.

            Its just straight up greed.

          • http://profiles.google.com/gonnadie4thegov Jeremy Wray

            Um….the only point i brought up about rooting is that HTC was able to block it via their bootloader while Moto has yet been able to. Its common sense that they don’t like you rooting the device cause they loose money. Trying to make yourself look smart by taking what i said and flipping it over to a new subject eh?

            Anyway. how the hell is one of the half retarded techs going to know when you walk in and say, “My phone won’t turn on.” that you bricked the phone and that it didn’t just take a crap for them to void your warranty. I know people that work at 2 different local Verizon stores and they have both told me that they know what rooting is and what to look for to identify it, but just don’t care cause Verizon doesn’t push them to crack down on people rooting.

            I know a whole bunch of people who bricked their non-Moto devices (as i said with a Moto, you SBF it and you’re golden again) and went to the Verizon store and got a replacement phone.

            And Verizon really doesn’t care about free wifi-tethering anymore since its blocked with Gingerbread, so once everyone is updated, its no more.

          • Cb2000a

            Wifi tethering works with GPA-15 (Gingerbread) on my OG Droid just fine.  It won’t matter at all when Verizon adopts tiered data plans this summer. 

  • http://twitter.com/MrBouche MrBouche

    HTC: Hack That Cell.  
    If they were RTC, it’d be perfect.  

  • Gabe

    WOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YESSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    HOLY COW AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I had a feeling that something was going to happen back when they were “revising” theit bootloader policy. This is amazing, and a huge step forward for the android community as a whole. If only Motorola would follow suit.
    :)

  • http://twitter.com/ajkowal Allen Kowal

    Too bad even though they won’t keep em locked, Verizon will force them too.

  • http://twitter.com/kejar31 Justin Rogers

    awesome! HTC will allays be one of my top choices when choosing phones!

  • Rangertrav

    Hopefully Moto will follow suit in time for the BIONIC.

    • Azndan3

      They won’t. 

  • Jay P

    I guess if they wanna sell phones to VERIZON they still will have to am I right.

  • http://twitter.com/MrBouche MrBouche

    BUH!   O_O

    GO HTC! :D  

  • Anonymous

    HTC is the best!!

  • http://twitter.com/DeathByCone Death By Cone

    Epic win.

  • Luther19

    This is going to be wonderful. Now I can think about ditching Motorola…. finally.

  • Bigsike

    So long Motorola!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jesus Otero

    Liberty! Freedom! HTC!

  • Anonymous

    This had better be retroactive. If they say the Incredible 2 can be unlocked, I’ll get one in seconds.

    • Anonymous

      Already got one. Unlocking would make me an HTC fan for life.

  • Anonymous

    Motorola, your turn!!

  • Anonymous

    YESSS!!!!!