Locked boot-loaders are a means of mobile phones manufacturers stopping third parties from interfering with the way in which the devices work. They stop hackers tinkering with the workings, which enable them to install custom roms, run apps that would otherwise not be accessible on that device and stop prevent the removal of various manufacturer or network software.
There has been intense interest in the removal of boot-loaders from smartphones in recent months; this has prompted HTC to sit up and take notice of their customer-base, who have been keen on getting the devices unlocked.
HTC tweeted their fans, saying: “Thanks for the feedback, we’re listening! We’re reviewing our boot-loader policy. Stay tuned here for more updates.” This was also accompanied by a link to their Facebook page, which left many fans hopeful of a u-turn in the outlined boot-loading policy. This hope was not in vain, as HTC’s CEO, Peter Chou, took the time to tweet to fans that the company would be reversing the policy.
“There has been overwhelmingly customer feedback that people want access to open boot-loaders on HTC phones. I want you to know that we’ve listened. Today, I’m confirming we will no longer be locking the boot-loaders on our devices. Thanks for your passion, support and patience.”
The news is seen as a triumph for the developing and ‘modding community worldwide; it is also though to spark a trend amongst other leading smartphone manufacturers, who may be forced to spend time analysing their own policies concerning boot-loaders – for now, at least, it appears as if HTC can do no wrong in the eyes of their customer-base.
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