Not long ago we told you about the efforts users were going to in order to convince Motorola to unlock the bootloaders of their devices such as the Atrix.
Motorola aren’t alone in providing locked bootloaders. Long the champion of open, hackable hardware, HTC have more recently been releasing devices with locked bootloaders as well, meaning those buying brand new shiny HTC phones are not able to install custom ROMs or features on their handsets – something users of earlier HTC devices were able to do.
There has been growing noise in the user community about HTC’s locked bootloaders, including a user petition which has reached 4218 signatures. This has been accompanied by action on HTC’s Facebook page, which has culminated in an announcement this morning that HTC are aware of the issue and are considering their policy of locking bootloaders. It’s a far cry from a commitment to resolve the issue, but it is a start.
HTC’s announcement – here – is repeated below:
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.