I have great news for HTC fans! A few days ago, Peter Chou, HTC’s CEO, announced via Facebook that the Taiwanese giant will no longer lock the bootloaders of their devices. We can only guess (and hope) that they will start with HTC Evo 3D and the HTC Sensation ( at least in US and the regions it hasn’t been launched already ). If this thing will happen, the users of these new phones won’t need luck or skilled hackers to crack them.
But that is how Mr Chou said it: “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.”
This statement is not very clear and it raises a few questions: What will happen with current models that have been shipped with bootloader restrictions? or How the new bootloaders will be unlocked?
As soon as we will get more info about this subject we will keep you posted! Until then tell us what you think about the subject?
Let’s hope that both HTC Evo 3D and HTC Sensation will be launched with unlocked bootloaders and that the manufacturer will apply the same politic to the devices already out there, in the wild ( HTC can be purchased “unlocked” from various retailers around Europe and is also offered by Vodafone UK and SFR France ).
[Update] The HTC Sensation has been launched in US, just like in Europe, with a locked bootloader. However, the manufacturer promises that it will soon release a software update that will unlock it.
We’ll keep you posted.