HTC CEO open up handsets to hackers with their blessing

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HTC have announced that they are to relax restrictions on modders, unlocking the bootloaders of the company’s handsets making it far easier to root HTC Android devices.

The Taiwanese manufacturers had initially feared the wrath of networks who felt the extended tethering options rooting allows would damage their data deals, but following an outcry from the HTC userbase, CEO Peter Chou has promised to return the bootloaders to their previously unlocked state.

“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,” said the CEO on a Facebook post.

Those preparing to tinker with their handset’s rooting options should be aware that while it offers a greater amount of control and customisation potential for Android, it also comes with a number of drawbacks including stability issues and no further over-the-air updates. You have been warned.

Gerald Lynch