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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!

  • Rocktoonz

    And this is why I did not buy a Moto Droid when I went looking for my first smartphone.  I knew HTC made quality devices, and this simply confirms that they actually listen to their customers and care what they think.  Looks like I made the right decision with my DInc!

  • http://twitter.com/RabidDroid Threepwood

    Now if only HTC will make a phone with a hardware keyboard I can upgrade from my OG.

    • Knightcrusader

      They did – The Merge. However VZW seemed to not give a crap about it and are only letting 3rd party sellers carry it. Odd…

  • Djstar2k2

    i wonder if we can get moto not slurr up the droid 3

  • http://twitter.com/robitj11 Thomas Robinson

    Gotta give HTC some love for this!

  • d-roids

    i reaaaalllllyyyyy like this move by HTC. essentially they’ve just attracted alotta new customers with this move. i jus hope this wont create any security risks in the future

  • d-roids

    i reaaaalllllyyyyy like this move by HTC. essentially they’ve just attracted alotta new customers with this move. i jus hope this wont create any security risks in the future

  • Anonymous

    Tthunderbolt is sounding nice right now for real

    • Knightcrusader

      I know, I have two upgrades on my plan and I am also thinking about a TB now, even though I had no interest before hand.

  • http://twitter.com/timberwolfkw Kyle Wilkins

    Thank god HTC is the one in a million company that listens to their consumers. This is one hell of a milestone. Me being more technologically inclined then any of my friends or anyone I talk to regularly I will now highly suggest anyone I know to get an HTC phone, even though I am the only rooted user among my friends and family. They won over more then just one customer then myself. HTC will be my next phone for sure, good thing I didn’t use my upgrade yet! Kudos HTC. Once you see your profits at the end of 2011 you will know you made the right decision.

  • Anonymous

    your move motorola

  • Anonymous

    HTC just took the lead in the battle of the OEM’s!!!  Yeah I am looking at you MOTO  Stop looking like some one just kicked your puppy,  And pick that jaw up off the ground Moto We told you to unlock your bootloaders, know your standing looking all stupid.

    You know HTC just made the move of the decade today!!  Yeah beat down again Moto, when will you learn and listen to your customer base??

  • Rolo72

    Looks like my next phone will be an HTC. Moto, you could have been so much more!

  • Tergiversator_Maximus

    This is awesome.  I hope this pressures Motorola into making a similar announcement or my next phone might be an HTC.

  • Tergiversator_Maximus

    This is awesome.  I hope this pressures Motorola into making a similar announcement or my next phone might be an HTC.

  • Anonymous

    Awesome! Unless Moto follows suit, it looks like I’ll be switching to HTC next time I upgrade.

  • Coaster36

    Wait! WHAT??? They listened? Kellex you funny guy, you…

  • EC8CH

    Who wants to bet J*bs thinks this is the stupidest thing HTC could possibly do…

    Listen to your customers AND make your products more open… crazy

  • Anonymous

    More importantly than sending them your anger when you caught wind of them locking their devices, we ALL need to send them praise for this announcement.  Rooted, or bone stock, this means a LOT to the Android community.  Please understand this.  

  • http://twitter.com/FormerlyUncool Ferri

    *duplicate comment fail*

  • http://twitter.com/FormerlyUncool Ferri

    Felt like showing HTC a little love http://yfrog.com/h0s3xep

  • Mosskingpin

    Bye bye moto ……..

  • Stephen Daniels

    Is this going to be done as a s/w update to the existing phones like DInc2?

  • Tyler Cunning

    Motorola will you take this as HINT!

  • http://profiles.google.com/wjnewman17 William Newman

    T-bolt looking more appealing over the Targa every day….

  • james

    HTC here I come. I really want to have stock android on my next phone but an unlocked bootloader is a must and this is great news. Sorry motorola the Droid X had potential but you just aren’t listening. To be honest though I just might consider leaving verizon to get what I want in a phone especially if they turn their noses up at the continued use of unlocked bootloaders from HTC. Motorola gives verizon WAY too much control over the final product.

  • james

    HTC here I come. I really want to have stock android on my next phone but an unlocked bootloader is a must and this is great news. Sorry motorola the Droid X had potential but you just aren’t listening. To be honest though I just might consider leaving verizon to get what I want in a phone especially if they turn their noses up at the continued use of unlocked bootloaders from HTC. Motorola gives verizon WAY too much control over the final product.

  • Davros

    Been wanting to get away from my DX for quite a while now. HTC, you will have a new customer very shortly.

  • Anonymous

    this is just fantactic. moto i love my OG DROID and will probably have it forever. you have lost me to HTC if you cant step your game up…period

  • Anonymous

    MEANWHILE IN MOTO LAND……

    http://i.imgur.com/6oFtx.gif

    • Anonymous

      “I don’t know if you heard me counting, I did like one thousand”

  • Anonymous

    I love how the outrage and customer response was even greater towards Motorola…but not even that has been enough to get them to do anything. I doubt we’ll ever see the so called “solution” that Moto has for the locked bootloader issue.

  • EC8CH

    To celebrate I liked every single comment on this post.

    • Anonymous

      =) Good plan.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

    All this BS about people thrashing their phones beyond repair because of unlocked bootloaders has been just that.. a BS excuse. As long as you can’t thrash the bootloader itself, the phone is recoverable. All the manufacturers/carriers need to do is release a 1-click method to flash the phone back to stock by plugging it into a computer, then they can have their tech support lackies read a script on how to fix a “bricked” phone with a fresh flash. In fact, they can use that lame work around for anyone that has messed up their phone, even if not quite bricked. So the extra time they waste having to tell a person now and then that “bricked” their device how to reflash can be made up by telling the “not-so-bricked” problem phones the same thing. Evens out on their end, huge benefit on our end.

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

      They should make it available to the public outside of having to search online for it, to give a half intelligent user the chance to recover the phone themselves without having to go to a store. And then give the techs the ability to flash the phones if the customer can’t. But in the real world, you go to the store, and get the phone replaced with another one while then they have to pay to ship it to their repair facility where they flash it and then send it to wherever the refurb units go and sit until the process restarts, all of which costing money.

      Like they used to be able to flash the older phones, why can’t you train them to flash the smart phones now too? It’s really not that hard……

  • http://twitter.com/HenriDevious Henri Devious

    HTC is awesome! I’m a loyal HTC buyer for life. (or until they lock the bootloaders again.. but hopefully they stick to it to the end..)

  • Craigg

    This is a step in the right direction. It’s just too bad that HTC doesn’t have any 4G LTE Global devices releasing soon….

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

      If they had one that was LTE and dual-core, I’d be buying one tomorrow. Wish one had a keyboard too, though.

  • Kierralj

    Good for you guys :)

  • Anonymous

    I’m lookin at you Motorola.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

    Motorola? Hello? Hello?

    After this Droid X2 screen fiasco, I may just have to check out an HTC phone next. I swore by HTC when I was a Windows Mobile guy, even before their phones were known as HTC and were simply carrier-branded.

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

    Well Moto’s facebook page has definitely blown up lmao

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

      Funny how they locked down their wall from new posts. Didn’t lock down their own posts from comments though! >:-D

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

        Oh snap, they just did that too!! LOLOLOLOL

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

          not locked from what i see, i can still post on their fb if i want to and it looks like other people still are also.

  • Elvisofaces

    Looks like my next phone is going to be a HTC!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=665781964 Eric Gottlieb

    Well… At this point it looks like my next phone will be an HTC :P

  • ShaneBoddie

    So does this mean they will release the keys to the Inc2 and the Thunderbolt now? Or is it just new phones?

    • Anonymous

      They released the source code to the Inc2 the day after launch

  • Anonymous

    Thank you Jesus!

  • alamoBear

    Goodbye Moto!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Forte/542650247 Michael Forte

    Everybody flood Motorola on Facebook and and Twitter!

  • Anonymous

    We just hope they don’t announce tomorrow that their Facebook page was hacked…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/William-Morris/551355755 William Morris

    WIN!

  • Timmah

    HTC is the new Apple. Only this time, the company was done right, AND listens to its customers.

  • Anonymous

    Check.  Your move, Moto.  

  • Trophynuts

    lol like P3 said. Basically HTC by saying this is pointing the finger at Carriers. HTC said they would leave the phones unlocked…..doesn’t mean the carrier can’t lock them

  • Anonymous

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  • carbon28

    I will get negged for this comment I know but someone cliffnotes what the big deal is? Bootloader what is it?

    • SteveTango

      The difference between rooted and unrooted phones, between installing custom roms and having htc sense, between 1 GHz snapdragon and 1.4+ GHz overclocked snapdragon. The difference between a great phone, and a bitchin’ phone.