HTC to unlock bootloader on its smartphones27 May 2011 17:52:13
Smartphones from HTC will now be open to user modifications, it has been announced.
The Taiwanese company has announced that it is to unlock the bootloader on its devices, making it easier for users to customise their handsets.
A smartphone with an unlocked bootloader can be altered to run an alternative operating system.
This can be a useful way to free up storage space on memory cards and internal memory or install additional features.
However, doing so can also risk voiding the warranty.
HTC announced it was to unlock the bootloader on its smartphones following pressure from customers.
Via the company's Facebook page, Peter Chou, chief executive of HTC, said: "Today, I'm confirming we will no longer be locking the bootloaders on our devices. Thanks for your passion, support and patience.
"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."
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