Over on the official HTC Facebook page, Peter Chou has officially announced that HTC will now open up bootloaders on HTC phones. The company will no longer lock bootloaders and in turn, allow easier access to each device.
At the moment it isn't clear if HTC will apply this to all past devices. We are waiting for more details on this, but we suspect that HTC might, where possible, also unlock bootloaders of older devices.
"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," Peter Chou, CEO of HTC
What this means is that hackers will have easier access to installing custom ROMs on Android devices that HTC creates. Prior to this change, hackers had to work at gaining access via security holes found in the system. Custom ROMs tend to get rid of a lot of bloatware and can often enhance the smartphone they are installed on.
We expect to hear more details soon on exactly how HTC will roll this out. It could be that it's for new devices only, but we hope this will be pushed on to older devices too via an OTA update.