HTC phone owners will be able to continue to install custom ROMs to their heart’s content, after the handset-maker bowed to a Facebook campaign to persuade it to unlock bootloaders on its smarties.
Earlier this week, HTC disclosed plans to lock the bootloader on the Evo 3D. This would prevent owners from installing customised, tweaked versions of the Android OS – in an Apple-esque move that irked HTC fans, who reasoned that since they’ve paid for the hardware they should be able to do what they wilt with it.
In response a Facebook petition was launched, as users deluged HTC’s official page to vent their ire. And the good news is that HTC has heeded their remarks and has today confirmed that the Evo 3D’s bootloader will be unlocked, as will its future handset models from hereon in.
Peter Chou, CEO at HTC, 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.”
Custom ROMs, of the sort that get XDA Forum users in an excitable tizz, have become increasingly popular of late, amid tortuous waits for official Android phone platform updates due to lengthy delays while they pass through network testing.