HTC Announces Bootloader Unlock Schedule

HTC Announces Bootloader Unlock Schedule

We've seen that companies who actively listen and respond positively to their customers always end up winning. It's the companies that ignore the obvious feedback that end up having to worry. HTC is one of those companies who have gone out of their way in order to address some of the loudest concerns of their users. Most recently, that has involved the bootloader. Basically, a bootloader unlock will allow users to install any other ROMs and themes on their Android phone without screwing with anything else. Loads of companies forbid this, largely because they don't have time to deal with potential tech support calls that arise due to mods gone wrong.

But HTC's giving users the power. Starting next month, HTC will be bringing bootloader unlock capabilities to their newest phones. The company has claimed that the goal is to end up getting this onto all of their phones, but it's a complex process that requires a good bit of effort to get right. That said, the HTC Sensation, Sensation 4G and EVO 3D are first in line, with others to follow in the fall. Below is the full letter published by the handset maker:

We wanted to provide an update on HTC’s progress with bringing bootloader unlocking to our newest phones. We know how excited some of you are for this capability, and we’ve put significant resources behind making this change as soon as possible. While we wish we could flip a simple switch and unlock all bootloaders across our device portfolio, this is actually a complex challenge that requires a new software build and extensive testing to deliver the best possible customer experience.

We’re thrilled to announce today that software updates to support bootloader unlocking will begin rolling out in August for the global HTC Sensation, followed by the HTC Sensation 4G on T-Mobile USA and the HTC EVO 3D on Sprint. We’re in the testing phase for the unlocking capability now, and we expect it to be fully operational by early September for devices that have received the software updates. We'll continue rolling out the unlocking capability over time to other devices as part of maintenance releases and new shipments.

 HTC continues its commitment to unlocking bootloaders and supporting the developer community. Because of the importance of this community to us, please expect an update on this about every few weeks as we make progress toward launch. Thank you for your patience and continued support!
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Yet another reason why HTC continues to be one of my favorite companies. Instead of restricting their consumer base they give them a helping hand in acquiring the software they want for their phones.

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I am glad to hear this. I have a Sensation 4g, and what is available now even on XTC is only a partial unlock/root capability. The deal is you can do it but the next time your phone resets or is turned off and back on the original OS on it is restored. So you can only get temporary ROOT. The only reason I really want it is so I can get rid of things both HTC and T-Mobile have on it that use available resources. I deal with them now using Advanced Task Manager which is a free APP. The thing is things like a stock market monitor which I don't use, and a couple other APPS (a Facebook/multi platform social media app etc) always come back in a few minutes. They are for now uninstallable so they are always in the background. I actually like Sense 3.0 just fine, and the phone also works great, I just think it would work even better getting rid of a few things so I have more available resources.

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Loving this hopefully they will get this update out to existing EVO 4G. It is really nice to see HTC treat there customers like this.

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If only others will learn tot be like them and things would be so much easier on us consumers. i mean we are paying for the stuff so we should be getting what we want, guess now :)

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