HTC to Start Unlocking Bootloaders in August
Back in May, HTC announced that it would no longer lock the bootloaders on its devices and that it would unlock the bootloaders of several older phones including the HTC Sensation, HTC Sensation 4G and the HTC EVO 3D with software updates. Today, HTC has announced when it will make good on its promise saying the unlocking will begin in August with the global HTC Sensation.
On its Facebook page, HTC has put up a lengthy post addressed to owners of the HTC Sensation, Sensation 4G and HTC EVO 3D and it reads like this:
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!
Awesome, awesome, awesome, especially if you own one of these phones. August and September are still a ways away but I have a feeling that a little waiting won’t bother all of you out there who have been waiting for this day to arrive.
Unfortunately, HTC didn’t announce if any other phones (like the HTC EVO 4G) would get unlocked but we have a feeling that we’ll know more once we get closer to these roll outs.
Who’s excited to finally be able to customize their device without having to use workarounds?