May 26 AT 8:48 PM Alberto Vildosola 40 Comments

Victory: HTC will no longer lock the bootloader on their devices

Congratulations, Android community, you’ve done it. After the huge backlash that HTC got from locking the EVO 3D’s bootloader, the company seems to have gotten the message. HTC’s CEO, Peter Chou, took to Facebook to let us know that they’re truly sorry and that they won’t do it again. Specifically, Chou said:

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.Peter ChouCEO of HTC

It’s okay, HTC, we forgive you. How do you guys feel about this news? Will you consider buying an HTC device even more now? We’d like to know. Meanwhile, Hip hip hooray! Score one for the Android community. [1]


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  • http://Website William Thomson

    WE WIN!!!!!!!!1111111

  • http://Website CallMeMisterr

    So before the Evo 3D and HTC Sensation come out? will they unlock the bootloaders? or will they begin doing open boatloaders with the newer handsets?

    • Anonymous

      I’m pretty sure the phones are already manufactured & packaged up with the locked/signed bootloaders.

      However, an software/HTC update may be pushed to the phone at a later date, but that depends on Sprint & T-Mobile & if they have no major objections to it.

      Or perhaps the Devs might find a way to crack the new version of HTC bootloader.

      Only time (or Devs, &/or HTC) will tell.

  • Anonymous

    HTC has come through for their customers/users again!

    This is the way it should be for all manufacturers…
    Bottom line, keep the bootloaders unlocked & you keep your users happier & keeps the sales up.

    If HTC had kept their anti-bootloader (anti-ROM, anti-Dev), they would have suffered a decent blow to their sales.

    But, thank you HTC for doing the right thing. :-)

  • toothpaste

    it’s off topic i know,

    i want to get a new phone, tmobile is my carrier, my old phone is a mytouch 3g. what would you suggest?

    • Grim Reeper S16

      well either sensation 4g or wait for the GS2 or other duel core phones just take your pick

  • Grim Reeper S16

    this is great news even though i don’t root my phone “yet” :)

  • http://Website Raymond

    YAY! This makes HTC devices even more likely to end up with CyanogenMod. Woot Woot!

    • http://Website @neidlinger

      HTC should just hire TeamDouche (the guys @ Cyanogen(mod) and have them develop their ROMs.

  • themetatron

    I’ll hold my praise/ judgement til I see the decision on current bootloaders. If they provide the keys/signature needed to unlock previous phones, then I’ll seriously impressed. Specifically, Sensation and S series devices.

  • http://Website Micah

    My policy has always been to support the company who supports me. Yes this will put htc back onto the ranks of me considering to buy them. I don’t buy phones that are locked down!

  • http://Website Jorge

    What my next phone needs, easy customization and a quad core cpu, HTC just got major points and if the other manufacturers keep locking their bootloaders HTC will be my only option.

  • http://Website Miguel


  • http://Website garrett

    i plan to only support manufacturers who sell with unlocked bootloaders. thank you HTC

  • http://Website ross

    What I’m wondering is if the Sensation will have an unlocked bootloader at launch on June 8? Also what that means for the Sensation I have sitting in my hands right now? Will I get an update or something of the sort?

    Hmmm I guess we will see.

    • shadowxof

      somthing i was actually wondering myself. The sensation was definitely something i saw worth picking up with or without unlocked bootloaders. This makes the sensation so much better and has a lot of potential

  • Rubrewskey

    So awesome! Keeping my fingers crossed hoping that this means the Sensation will have the bootloader unlocked.

  • http://Website Joe

    Starting when ?

  • http://Website Hans

    Google should make it mandatory for manufacturers to keep their bootloaders unlocked. :) Just like they’re doing with their 18 month update cycle.

  • http://Website yo

    THANKS HTC !!!
    My next phone will be HTC, now I know it for sure !!!

  • http://Website Solos

    Great. Now can I have the unlock key for the Sensation in my pocket please?

  • pechano

    Well, this settles it. I love my Desire, but was considering getting my next Android phone from another manufacturer because I have also come to love Cyanogenmod.
    My next phone will no doubt be from HTC. Whenever the phone gets outdated, load it up with the latest Cyanogen and you are good to go.

    Thank you, HTC!

  • http://Website n00b

    You may call me a noob, but what exactly is the advantage of this? In my unterstanding, it means installing Custom Firmwares and get root access without garantee loss. Is this correct?

  • http://Website Tone

    Although I want the EVO 3D, I think I will wait for awhile anyway. I want to see if the carriers follow through with HTC’s lead. Yeah everyone is happy HTC is unlocking th BL, but the carriers may keep them locked anyway. So …”twittlin thumbs & whistling”

  • http://Website ajb1970

    Right that’s enough for me, my last three phones have been HTC and I have loved them all but from now on I won’t even consider another manufacturer.

    • http://Website @neidlinger

      i can take you further I’ve owned an HTC Dual Touch Pro, an HTC Diamond, a Magic and now my Glacier.

      I love the way HTC designs are constructs their phones. This just made me a fan for life.

      I wonder if Junkorola will follow suit or if they’ll lose business.

  • http://Website Chris

    It’s pretty obvious that HTC did that only to crate a very positive publicity for themselves. They figured that since there are so many pissed off customers at the locked bootloader they may as well do the same thing for a short time, wait for people to stir up and make a “grand announcement” that they “care”. Why would they suddenly lock the bootloader if all this time their phones were pretty much the definition of a tinkerer friendly devices? They clearly used this to take customers away from Motorola and to take the publicity away from Sony who just made a good attempt at a hacker friendly phone.

    I myself have a Droid X. When my contract expires I’m not even going to consider a phone with a locked bootloader. I’m tired of being reliant on the carrier or phone manufacturer to release the updates. As it stands it’s going to be either HTC or Samsung for me since I’m not very fond of Sony.

  • http://Website snowbdr89

    A locked phone is as useless as a dick yarrell post!!

    • Anonymous

      Wow, you really like to tempt fate don’t you?
      I will knock on wood for you just for saying that!

      I’m surprised the infamous Dick Yarrell hasn’t been here spouting off about his “beloved Evo” line of phones already.

      Now if only we could get T-Mobile/FCC to announce some good news…
      along the tunes of “AT&T fails to acquire T-Mobile for $39 Billion!”

  • http://Website Michael

    HELLOO ACER!!!!!


  • http://Website Dick yarrell


    Just kigging!

  • http://Website t1

    This was a huge drawn back from getting the HTC Sensation, therofore I opt out and purchased an LG g2x. Though somewhere deep down I felt like I was cheating on my htc love affair since the Grand daddy g1 days. Now all is right in the stars and I may lay my head happily with joyous tears in my eyes as I get my pillow ready for this phones coming to fill the void that parting from my nexus one left. ( Gave lg g2x to mother, not a bad phone at all but nothing like that htc quality!!!) ill kill sense ui with help from Cyanogen

  • http://Website Joshua

    This is good, but at same time, based on your other article about Microsoft profiting from every HTC phone sold…

    One battle at a time I guess.

  • http://Website Ichigo

    Ive always loved HTC before, but I love them even more now. Sensation 4g baby!!!! pyramid!!!!!!

  • http://Website Richard Yarrell

    Wow…what bunch of PECKER HEADS that USELESS @snowbdr89…HTC always rules. These USELESS BANDWAGON PEOPLE don’t have clue. HTC placed android on the map from day one always remember that..It’s EVO 3D time losers

  • http://Website Snowbdr89

    What htc phone placedb android on the map DICK?

  • http://Website Dj

    Seems they fired that HTC employee who suggested that they should lock their bootloader.
    They must have fired him after kicking him in his balls.
    HTC almost got their ass kicked real hard. I bet Sammy was smiling when they heard HTC started to lock their bootloaders.
    HTC, welcome back to business.

  • http://Website Brandon

    You know, I’ve stuck with Motorola’s Droid line since the original droid was released. I like the quality of their phones (using metal instead of plastic, etc)…..but I like to install roms. It takes a while to crack, and going through the process to root and install a new rom can be a pain.

    Right now, I own a Droid X and I’m up for renewal. I hate to ditch Motorola, but having a phone without a locked boot loader will save me a tons of time.

    Looks like my next phone is going to be from HTC.