The AT&T HTC One bootloader is unlocked ahead of the official release, bringing the promise of customizations and ROMs for user who opted to purchase the AT&T HTC one rather than spending $650 on the HTC One Developer edition.
After unlocking the bootloader on the HTC One, a user was able to flash a custom recovery and root the AT&T HTC One using the same instructions as the international version.
The news comes from DISTRAUGHTKLOWNZ on the xda-developers board, who posts photos to show the process and proof of a successful bootloader unlock and root.
In the post, the user shows the multiple steps in the bootloader unlock process, including the screenshot from HTCDev, which is the website he used to unlock the HTC One bootloader. HTC Dev is an official HTC site that offers bootloader unlocks for many models of HTC smartphones.
This is an official HTC site which includes the ability to unlock the bootloader on all HTC phones 2011 and newer. By using HTC Dev to unlock the HTC One bootloader users agree to HTC’s terms including the warning,
It is our responsibility to caution you that not all claims resulting or caused by or from the unlocking of the bootloader may be covered under warranty
The user does not clarify exactly which steps he followed to unlock the HTC One bootloader. While the phone is not listed in the drop down, HTC offers a catch all for “All Other Supported Models”, which is likely what he used.
After unlocking the bootloader the user reports the flashlight, ringtone trimmer, sound recorder and calculator apps are no longer on the phone. These apps disappear from the international version of the HTC One after its bootloader is unlocked. It is also reported that the device failed an OTA update verification, so users should approach with caution.
After unlocking the bootloader, users can perform an HTC One root, which delivers more access to the Android system and allows for greater control and customizations — with a photo of the HTC One root success.
The HTC One is due in the hands of AT&T shoppers any day now. The HTC One features a 4.7-inch 1080P display with a 4MP Ultrapixel camera on the rear of the device.