It’s always nice to see when a manufacturer actually listens to their customers, instead of telling them what they should be thinking. Just a few hours ago, HTC CEO Peter Chou took to their Facebook page, and made the following announcement:
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
This is a very opportunistic move (and one that Sony made with their recent batch of Android phones) that makes Motorola look even worse after telling their customers to look elsewhere if they want to tinker with their phones.
With an unlocked bootloader, users will gain absolute full access to their phones, including the ability to change the kernel itself. This opens it up to far more (or at least easier) customization, and is nothing but fantastic news for everyone.