HTC has revealed on their Facebook Page that it is considering changing the bootloader restrictions on its Android handsets. HTC CEO Peter Chou has confirmed that the company will not lock the bootloader on the company’s future Android devices.
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.
The Facebook status update has already received over 1,000 likes and nearly 600 comments in just under seven hours. Users was greeted with exclamations of relief and gratitude from those who posted replies to the statement.
For all those who don’t know here is the reason why Bootloader is locked on Android Devices:
A bootloader is usually locked on an Android device because although it’s an open source OS, still the manufacturers want you to stick to their Android OS version specifically designed for the device. In order to apply this concept, manufacturers lock the bootloader. With a locked bootloader on Android devices, it is virtually impossible to flash a Custom ROM and forced attempts void warranty as well as usually end up in bricks.