HTC and others are either unlocking their Bootloaders and are at least considering it, in response to customer feedback.
So you have heard that HTC is going to unlock their Bootloaders but have no idea what they are to start with? Basically what Bootloaders let you change the software on your smartphone and by having a locked Bootloaders, the only software and updates you can have are the ones digitally signed by the company. Having a locked Bootloader has its advantages since you know that whatever update you have is authentic and has nothing in it t hat will hurt your smartphone.
HTC CEO Peter Chou said, “There has been overwhelming 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.”
So, what would make a company lock their Bootloader? One reason is what I mentioned earlier, since having customer who accidentally uploaded something they shouldn’t, does take their time away from other things they consider important. Sony Ericsson and Samsung are jumping on the Bootloader unlocking bandwagon and that is obviously good news for everyone.