HTC Preparing Software Update To Unlock Sensation 4G Bootloader?

If this “stock” answer from a customer support representative comes true the HTC Sensation 4G will be receiving a software update that will unlock the bootloader for the device giving a clear path for custom ROM’s. Several members of XDA forum have reported receiving the same response from HTC supper reps in response to inquires about the Sensation 4G bootloader policy moving forward.

“We are currently developing new bootloader unlocked software for your phone. HTC is still committed to allowing our customers to unlock the bootloaders if they wish, however we are still implementing the policy and many updates were already finalized prior to our change in policy. We apologize for the inconvenience, but be assured that we are working on a solution for our customers and our commitment has not changed. Please stay tuned to our official channels for ongoing updates on how we will be implementing this policy. Thank you for your patience.”

While HTC has already publicly acknowledged a change in bootloader policy there hasn’t been any indication as to what would happen with existing or currently shipping devices. For the moment this is a stock response and should be taken as such as it’s not a guaranteed lock in response yet so we’ll be skeptical and hopeful at the same time.

via AndroidCentral, XDA Forums

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  • Phil

    I hope Steve Kondik reads this blog.

  • trife

    Hmmmm….this is REALLY looking like it’ll be my next device.  Love the G2, but I’ve got the itch for something new.  An update for an unlocked bootloader would almost certainly persuade me to pull the trigger.  

    • Phil

      Same deal with me man, if HTC keeps this policy, and quality they will never lose me as a customer.

  • Anonymous

    Word

  • http://tmonews.com David

    Shoot, totally meant to, going right in!

  • Martinchav

    @xnifex:disqus  your are seriously on top of this … ive seen you on xda and other forum 

  • http://twitter.com/GDHussak GDHussak

    Was also reading on XDA about people calling around to T-Mobile stores about availability before the 15th – most common (and seemingly reliable) comment was that stores reported receiving devices (and would have been able to sell them on the 8th), but they had to send them back (unknown reason).

    For what it’s worth…

    • LA Boi 93

      i was one of the people who called… idk why they sent them back, but i called because the press release said that tmobile said by june 15th, aka all stores would get it by june 15th, but the ‘by’ indicates that some get it early. :D

      • Ferminmartin2003

        Why wait till the 15th when u can get it on the 12th from walmart

    • mmeyer4663

      Would be nice if the reason for the return was to install the unlocked bootloadre update.  I would be more than willing to wait another week, until the 15th, to get that out of the gate.
      I know. I’m being overly optimistic again!

  • Oreo

    One thing I have a question about this. Will I see CM7 on this, I heard he wasn’t interested in locked bootloaders, but since now its getting unlocked will he work on it. I hope so. No let me rephrase that I pray so, cuz this might make me purchase a Sensation 4G

    • Anonymous

      Yes, you will see all kinds of custom roms if the bootloader is unlocked.  HTC phones get a ton of support.

  • Anonymous

    I say screw the manufacturers and carriers with software updates…..Every phone should ship with vanilla android…..Let the devs provide us with new software. How is it that I’ve had a fully functional version of Gingerbread for several months courtesy of the dev community, yet htc and tmo have yet to push out a ota?

    • jarjon76

      The average consumer, who these phones are targeted at, doesn’t like vanilla android. They need eye candy like Sense, Touch Wiz, or Motorblur. They are unlocking the bootloader soon on the Sensation–you’ll be able to hack it all you want.

    • http://profiles.google.com/afnaples john leary

      I think it would be awesome to do both. Have a dual boot system setup where it normally boots into sence or touchwiz or such, but is also able to boot into vanilla gingerbread or whatever the dessert of the day is. Allow the consumer the option to remove the second boot if they choose to regain the space also. It would mean more work on the company end but would provide a crap ton of freedom of choice on the consumer end.

      • Rpare

        Instead of dual booting, they really could just launch all devices with vanilla android and the manufacturer could sell their UI as a home replacement application much like ADW does today. That way, the consumer can choose which UI and when to use it, as well as allowing the company to gain profits from not only those with a certain manufactured phone, but also competitors models as well. So you like the hardware build of the galaxy S II but like HTC Sense? No problem, just pay $4.99 and it’s yours lol Just my 2 cents.

  • Not4sakn

    After playing around with the phone today, I’m not that impressed. First off, the battery cover is awkward to get off. I noticed some lagging between switching screens and inconsistencies when launching an app from the home screen. For instance, on the home screen if I hit the “watch” app, it would open the browser app which was beside it. It was one space off sometimes. This was interment but still a bug that needs to be investigated.

    • Zifnab2k

      Well clearly the battery cover is an issue, you’ll be taking it off constantly. Cleary this is a bad phone…… o.O

      • Not4sakn

        Clearly you missed my main points because you clearly didn’t read it clearly.

        • Taylor

          That was one of your points. You started with “first off, the battery cover is awkward to get off”. How is that not one of your points? What phone doesn’t have an awkward battery cover these days? At least it’s not a piece of plastic like samsung and LG. 

        • Not4sakn

          Obviously it wasn’t the only one. It just so happened to be the only one he wanted to mention which is the least of my concerns when the 1.2ghz processor lags and the screen opens up the app beside it instead of the one you actually want to launch. Intermittent or not, a device shouldn’t be launched prematurely with these types of issues.

        • Anonymous

          The battery cover issue should be the least of anyones concern. The lag should be number one and its because of Sense and HTCs sub standard drivers. There are many issues with this device over in the XDA forums. If I were planning on buying this phone, I would wait to see if HTC fixes these issues. By the way. Aluminum scratches much easier than plastic. It also effects signal strength as seen with the iPhone and this phone.

        • Anonymous

          GTFO troll

        • Anonymous

          Just because the Sensation isn’t sensational it doesn’t mean you need to get your HTC fanboy panties in a bunch. I’m so glad I don’t love one particular phone manufacturer. If I did, I would be blind to the fact, the Sensation has a lot of problems. Everyone over in the XDA forums is saying the browser is choppy and the UI is lag heaven. If this wasn’t the case, I would have probably bought it to hold me over for the SGSII variant.

        • Anonymous

          Oh no wonder you act like such a girl. Your a Squirrel. You jolly vollies will never get anything. 

        • Anonymous

          The battery cover issue should be the least of anyones concern. The lag should be number one and its because of Sense and HTCs sub standard drivers. There are many issues with this device over in the XDA forums. If I were planning on buying this phone, I would wait to see if HTC fixes these issues. By the way. Aluminum scratches much easier than plastic. It also effects signal strength as seen with the iPhone and this phone.

    • jarjon76

      I haven’t had any hands on with it (yet), but based on the video reviews I’ve seen, it does seem to lag in spots. It’s not that bad, but wit ha dual core processor you’d expect zero lag. It’s not a deal breaker for me, but something to keep in mind. 

    • Batterycovertakeroffer

      How often do you take the battery cover off your current phone?

      • Not4sakn

        My current phone is MT4G, rooted running Cyan 7. I’ve had to remove it a few times when the phone was stock and would freeze up on me. Same goes for the G2X. At my store I’ve had our demo phone completely lock up and would not respond to anything. Since it was our display phone I had to remove the security bracket mounted to it in order to pull the battery then set it all back up again. Keep in mind these are demo phones that are lightly used compared to being someones personal phone and yet they still have software issues at time requiring either hard resets or battery pulls.

  • LA Boi 93

    ugh…. does this mean i have to wait more than just one more week? (can someone answer that?) thanks

    • 510bod

      How come people can’t be a little fucking patient instead you want everything now.

      • Ravingnoodle

        because we live in America!

      • Now is the time

        Cause some of us need to know! My current mobile is hanging on by a thread, been keeping it alive for at least this release. I’m tired of being patient. I want it NOW! I need it NOW!

        • jarjon76

          No, you don’t “need” it, you only WANT it. It won’t kill you to wait a week.

        • Anonymous

          Considering my BB Curve is dead for the past week and a half, I actually “NEED” the phone.  While it has been refreshing to be off the grid (and my fiance’s grid), another week of this is going to kill me.

          But thanks for speaking on behalf of everyone.

        • Guest

          he is right…it won’t kill you.
          If you need a phone that bad go to a grocery store and buy a $20 flip prepaid phone for Tmo.
          Then pop in your SIM….the beauty of a GSM carrier.
          That could hold you over for a bit.

        • Anonymous

          Buy something else like I did. 10 dollar, cheap ass nokia to tide me over. He’s right. No need. Only want.

        • jarjon76

          No, you can buy a cheap prepaid phone to tide you over. Again, you don’t “need” the phone, you “want” it. You’re not going to die if you have to wait a week.

      • LA Boi 93

        idk, it could be cause ive waited since january, and my phone has been dead for 2 weeks… you think you have issues, try going without a phone for 2 weeks, dont have a landline either due to budgets… my wifi? what wifi? so shut up

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if they HTC will get this update out before LG updates the G2x. That would be pretty embarrassing for LG.

  • tw3akistry

    g2 has entered its EOL or end of life, tmobile isnt selling anymore

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GRIFVUHCR7SCF2J4ACDIVSVGJM Hilton T.Y

    I don’t care.  I want the white iPhone.  :)  #sarcasm

    • Truenow

      Give your hand to David…ipboys
      and don’t forget about the “G2x true”

    • None

      I want one too #NOT SARCASM

  • suxxpha

    don’t dream about it. it is just some lie so you all buy the phone and then get stuck like they where announcing the G2x update days before it went out and here is nothing has happened, and the mytouch 4G and G2 updates that months ago where on its way, but apparently got lost. this phone is great but you will never see a single update come because of the sense and all that pre-installed stuff it has. so don’t get so excited about this and commit. my advice is to wait for the next one. They all are committed to only make money and fake promises. its reality FACE IT.  

    • Truenow

      Wow,definitely someone smart! You got brother is all about profits!!! I agree and also I think the phone is slow compared with other dual c/ devices.

  • AJ

    Serious question…I can’t seem to find the answer anywhere…what exactly is a bootloader? 

    • Schnoogle

      Ok, not trying to be a wise-ass, but I just googled “bootloader”, and the results were concise and obvious.  Have you tried that??

      • AJ

        Yeah, while it may be concise, it sure is not obvious.

  • EJD

    Has anyone gone to any Walmart and inquired when they will get the Sensation in the store? I have and been to a few none of them have heard anything about getting any in on the 12th. I guess that`s what they meant when said available at “select walmart” locations on the 12th. Does anyone have any insight on this?

    • Y2c313

      All the wal marts that Ive called have said it will be available online only.

      • Mchap87

        just got back from walmart.they had them in store and was willing to sell me one for $148 with full upgrade

        • EJD

          What I`m wondering is if all Walmarts will carry the Sensation early. I guess I`ll call some Walmarts today and see if they`ve received their stock yet. And the $148 with upgrade sounds good to me :)

    • http://twitter.com/eb101 mynameseli

      ours has one tht i saw yesterday! and there selling them

      • Anonymous

        link?

      • EJD

        How could they be selling them yesterday??  Where is that walmart?

      • Anonymous

        Omg! Liar.

    • None

      My WalMart does not carry TMO at all.

  • http://anyessays.com/ Essay help

    Hi, nice post. I have been pondering this topic,so thanks for sharing.

  • http://ashn.myopenid.com/ Ash

    Good companies listens to the customer.
    Bad companies tell their customer they are holding it wrong.

  • Robert Snyder

    Now only if Moto would follow in HTC and free the bootloader.

  • Anonymous

    LOL @ all the people waiting for Gingerbread…. It isn’t even that big of a deal.  The update is a marginal one and you are just going to complain about it when you get it.   Worry about your hardware right now because Froyo, Gingerbread, whatever they ain’t that big of a difference.

    • Mew

      Um. Gingerbread 2.3.3 is nothing, its obvious you havent seen the masterful 2.3.4 :D

  • EJD

    I don`t know about the rest of you but I`m not getting a warm fuzzy about this June 15th date. I`ve called a number of tmobile stores in state and out and none of them will confirm the 15th. What they say is it will be arriving “sometime” in June… Ya definitely not all warm and fuzzy about that. What has anyone else heard?

    • Anonymous

      Your stores suck then

      • EJD

        Well aren`t you helpful.

        • Anonymous

          You’re getting a not so warm feeling just because some store reps are misinformed? What are you new here? Let me clue you in. Store reps usually never know anything. Most are there to get paid and read off scripts and memos. It’s no surprising that you’re getting uninformed answers. Many times reps don’t know that they are going to sell a certain item until the day of. I know this because I’ve worked for tmobile. I’ve sold phones. Out of the 17 sales people out of my store only 2 of us kept up on news and the latest phone releases. Everyone else didn’t care one bit. Call CS if you want more solid or slightly better information. As I said up there, the stores you’ve called, suck. Too bad. You’ll eventually find one that has information pertaining to the sensation.

      • EJD

        And just for the record I was inquiring what other people had heard at their local tmo stores NOT do my stores suck.

        • Mchap87

          just came back from tmo store. guy said will be available on the 15th

  • The Architect (of the Matrix)

    I had some brief hands on time(3-5 mins tops) with the sensation today. I walked away very impressed.

    I’m still undecided on whether I’ll get this or the mt4gs.

    I am eagerly awaiting some/any news from that purported htc/tmobile event being held today. *cough* David *cough*

    • Anonymous

      Same here. Except I spent about 30 min. I was very pleased

      • The Architect (of the Matrix)

        I hear you. The sensation is a very solid device. I believe it will sell well.

        There’s certain things that draw me to the mt4gs though. I have big hands so the keyboard is the biggest draw.

        Also the optical track pad comes in handy. As well as the hard nav buttons and dedicated camera button.

        If the mt4gs featured a 4inch qhd display(not a deal breaker) I would have been all in. though I must amit that the sensation is one sexy temptress.

  • Anonymous

    FYI – Many Walmart stores have the Sensation in stock and ready to purchase.  Only ~$148 on a 2 year upgrade.  Have called the Skokie, IL Walmart for confirmation and will reluctantly head into Walmart this evening.

  • AJ

    thank you! makes sense now.

  • Anonymous

    Aww..Did I make you mad? Yea, that’s right. I probably fight more fire in 1 shift than you fight all year. 

  • Jacosta

    Went into a T-Mobile store today…they just received today several Sensations in ready for the 15th!  He did say that the reason why they (HTC) decided to wait till the 15th as opposed to the 8th is that they are in fact unlocking the bootloader on these!

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