HTC Confirmed: No more locked bootloaders.

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  1. wesdo2gg
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    *"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 Chou, CEO of HTC







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    HTC is my new hero.

    *throws Droid X out window*
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    Forgive my ignorance here, but what exactly does this mean, and why is it good?
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    Does this mean I can now get a thunderbolt from verizon without a locked bootloader?

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    It means moving forward HTC will not lock its bootloaders. I doubt they will change what's already out.

    sent from somewhere...
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    what he said (^^^)
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    Motorola's turn now

    Sent from my Bolt!
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    major props. my next phone will be an HTC phone.
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    Well, well, well, maybe there is hope on another HTC for me again. What's the next big one due from them?
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    Hopefully Moto see the results from this and start unlocking their phones... and maybe release the key

    But amazing news!! Just another step forward

    FreeMyMoto!!!
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    I bet this announcement has Moto shuffling some papers right now. I'm also wondering how this will affect the devices that already are already out. HTC just won me as a customer for a long time.
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    This is a good sign, but don't get your hopes up yet. We've gotta see some new devices coming out without bootloaders before we know for sure.
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    HTC is not quietly brilliant anymore.

    There f-ing brilliant.
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    How hard is it to change the boot loader for an existing phone (Thunderbolt, Incredible 2, etc.)? Is this something HTC could do by releasing an updated ROM to flash on your phone? I know the TBolt has already been rooted, but it would be nice to make it an easier process.
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    I believe they could just push through a new one, because when they do updates they can change the kernal. In order to change the kernal you must have the keys which is all it takes to unlock it.

    However it would be alot easier for them to just release the keys that way anyone who wants them can use them and they don't have to worry about pushing an update through

    FreeMyMoto!!!
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