When it comes to new Android phones, the number one thing that the development/modding community looks for is an open bootloader. These days, more and more companies are shipping their phones with locked bootloaders that prevent true custom ROMs from being loaded onto the phones.
For everyone that is upset about the news of the EVO 3D’s bootloader being locked, HTC hears you. They took to their Facebook to announce that they heard our concerns and that they were reviewing their bootloader policy. Here is what they had to say on Facebook:
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.
So what exactly does this mean? At the moment, it means absolutely nothing. It’s good to see that they made a public statement about the issue though. We’ll just have to wait and see how things play out. Maybe they will offer a solution to unlock bootloaders like Sony Ericsson.
HTC isn’t the first company to make a public statement about its locked bootloaders. Motorola, earlier this year, announced that they were planning on offering an lockable/unlockable bootloaders just like on the Motorola Xoom.