HTC announces timeframe for unlocked bootloader updates

By on July 11, 2011, 8:00 AM

Keeping up with their promise to make smartphones more root-friendly, HTC has now provided a general timeframe for bringing bootloader unlocking to its newest Android phones. Apparently the process will be two-fold: the company will issue a "maintenance release" for the HTC Sensation in Europe this August, followed by the HTC Sensation 4G on T-Mobile and the HTC EVO 3D on Sprint, with the actual unlocking tool being released for these devices in early September.

According to HTC's Facebook page, it will "continue rolling out the unlocking capability over time to other devices as part of maintenance releases and new shipments." They didn't specify which handsets will receive the capability or when we can expect to see it, but the company promises to keep us updated "every few weeks."

While people have been able to root their Android devices and flash custom ROMs even with locked bootloaders, providing an official way for unlocking the bootloader makes the process that much easier.

The initiative is not unique to HTC; Sony Ericsson has started providing the necessary tools to unlock their smart phones, while Motorola said it plans to enable the unlockable/relockable bootloader currently found on Motorola XOOM across its portfolio of devices starting in late 2011, "where carriers and operators will allow it."




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chaboi390 said:

Wow, that was unexpected. Most Companies won't think twice of their decision. That's really cool HTC !

Inarius03 said:

Basic business tip: give the people what they want, and they will buy it. Excellent move, HTC.

bimboy56 said:

Another reason why I want to go HTC. just fearing the qHD compatibility :S

MilwaukeeMike said:

Call me a noob, but this means my HTC sprint phone can be made to work on a Verizon network or or AT&T if I want to change cell providers, right? I just hope 'other devices' includes my EVO.

jobeard jobeard, TS Ambassador, said:

Call me a noob, but this means my HTC sprint phone can be made to work on a Verizon network or or AT&T if I want to change cell providers, right? I just hope 'other devices' includes my EVO.
not really buddy.

Verizon uses CDMA technology and AT&T uses GSM - - incompatible devices.

Rumor on the street is Verizon will soon support a branded iPhone that has both - -

Guest said:

Already happened my uncle had at&t before he switched to Verizon he just called them up and they sent him a sim card to use with Verizon

jobeard jobeard, TS Ambassador, said:

can you identify the make/model of his phone?

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