HTC Kills Bootloader Lock Policy

It's not often that major electronics companies really listen to consumer complains and suggestions. Far too often, customers are left to feel as if they're just being ignored, even when addressing things like warranty work. But it's pretty obvious that HTC isn't one of those companies. The phone maker made a surprise move this week, announcing that they will be removing the "locked bootloader" policy that currently keeps HTC Sense strapped tightly onto Android smartphones.

This probably won't matter or mean much to casual users. To them, Sense is probably just fine. But for the DIY crowd, those who prefer to load custom ROMs onto their phones, this is pure gold. By removing this policy, it'll let users do whatever they pleased once they receive the device. Load up a stock version of Android without sense? Now it's possible. Load a Motorola build? Possible. HTC's CEO Peter Chou had this to say about the reveal:
"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."
Pretty impressive move for a company to really take their hands off of the wheel like this and let consumers do as they please. We can only hope that other companies in the same boat follow suit.