Last Updated: June 1st, 2011

Update: If you've somehow ended up on this page, please note: HTC has since changed its bootloader policy - all future phones will be unlocked.

Once a great example of how open Android phone manufacturers could be, HTC has taken a lot of heat from its fan base over recent decisions to lock its devices' bootloaders (such as with the Sensation and EVO 3D), endangering the possibility that these devices will be able to support custom ROMs. Fortunately, there is a chance that could be changing, as HTC announced on its Facebook page that the company is reviewing its bootloader policy:

Thanks so much for providing feedback, we hear your concerns. Your satisfaction is a top priority for us and we're working hard to ensure you have great experiences with our phones. We're reviewing the issue and our policy around bootloaders and will provide more information soon. Thank you for your interest, support and willingness to share your feedback.

Remember, this should definitely be taken with a grain of salt - just because HTC is reviewing the current policy doesn't mean it has any plans to change it. And if it does change, there is always the possibility of those pesky carriers getting in the way.

Source: HTC Facebook

  • http://silverfang77.tumblr.com Silver Fang

    We'll believe it when we see it.

  • Mads

    It would be ace to see! I don't see why the carriers could affect it.

    They obviously don't have a problem with the Samsung phones being unlocked, so why have a problem with the HTC phones being unlocked!

    I just hope and pray that HTC do the proper thing, and unlock all their phones. And obviously allow people who already own the new devices, to be able to unlock them via an RUU from their website!

  • SlimDan22

    Leave feedback on there page, the more the better

    • Mads

      Have done so already :D

  • Simon Belmont

    Left feedback for HTC in many places. Also signed the Groubal petition which is over 4000 signatures now.

    Frankly, I am surprised HTC responded at all. Their Facebook page is getting wrecked though.

  • MichaelGGreene

    LMAO, petition? Nobody pays attention to those things. 57,000 signatures for one and it still wasn't fulfilled.

  • pax

    Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah Hey Hey Hey HTC Goodbye

  • pax

    Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah Hey Hey Hey goodbye (HTC...LOL)

  • Topgun

    I bet they expected some backlash but not this much this quick. Their facebook page is getting slammed (by me included). I also sent emails to their ceo, exec board etc. Everyone chip in and flood their emails!!

    [email][email protected][/email] Board Member of HTC

    [email][email protected][/email] CEO

    [email][email protected][/email] VP HTC

    [email][email protected][/email] Chief Innovation Officer

    Brent Groome, Chief Executive-Customer Operations, at 843-369-8393 or [email][email protected][/email]

    • ruben

      Will put this info to good use. To others that will be the same, if you want this feature than you must have some smarts if you root and modify. Do noy be rude or nasty.that will not help, be well spoken voice your concerns, hell threaten to never buy their products, but do no alienate. E want then to work with us not hate us or ignore us. Thanks.

    • ruben

      Will put this info to good use. To others that will do the same, if you want this feature, than you must have some smarts, if you root and modify. Do not be rude or nasty. That will not help, be well spoken voice your concerns, heck threaten to never buy their products, but do not alienate. We want then to work with us not hate us or ignore us. Thanks.

      • Asphyx

        Excellent Point Ruben...If you say the wrong thing you will probably convince them to keep it locked!

        If you tell them you want the unlocked bootloader so you can flash root and get free tethering well thats one of the reasons why the carriers are insisting on locked bootloaders.

  • http://www.ericcamil.com Eric

    Here's to hoping if they do anything they don't make things anymore difficult.

  • Asphyx

    Well I believe they are probably reviewing it, Just not sure I believe anything will change after they do!

    But something to consider here is the recent agreement between Google and the Manufacturers regarding regular updates and fragmentation.

    Bottom line is if HTC does review and change the bootloader policy they will probably do what Moto said regarding the same issue.
    They may not lock the bootloader of future devices but have said nothing about unlocking the devices that already are.

  • randy khoo

    Samsung Super Amoled Plus screen.
    What's a locked bootloader?
    Never heard of it on a Samsung phone.

  • http://xda tyetus

    Heck, even SE served it on a silver platter.

  • http://androidized.com Lucian Armasu

    If you're going to send them an e-mail, tell them to start using other chips as well, like Samsung, Motorola and LG are doing, not just the ones from Qualcomm. Are they going to keep this out even when Qualcomm chips will remain behind? Their customers should be their #1 priority, not their partners.

  • mjones

    One of the huge advantages that HTC had is slipping away. This would be a colossal mistake if they did this.

  • Topgun

    I got an email from HTC from my complaint. They said they will email me when they decide. I bet there talking to the carriers begging them to not force them to do this.

  • Nigel

    "We'll believe it when we see it."

    As will we all, obviously, but we simply WON'T SEE IT unless HTC knows people actually care. Just give them a (polite) shout-out, or at the very least sign the petition to increase the chances. It takes literally seconds, but every single vote counts more than you know. http://wakeuphtc.com

  • Skeptical

    Sounds to me like they are buying time.
    LG will get my 3D bucks.

  • Luke

    I'm positive it's not just the carriers that want our phones locked down. I own a FreeAgent Theater+ home theater box from Seagate and you used to be able to download the firmware source, since it's linux based, then mod it and reflash with your own custom firmware. When they added Netflix to the firmware (around this time last year) they locked the device down like this through an automatic firmware update (even if you had auto updates disabled like I did). Their excuse was that Netflix required it for them to be able to include it in their firmware. So Netflix and the like can have a healthy dose of FU from me as well. The companies making the hardware need to be reminded who their customers really are.