Last we heard, HTC had said that they were looking into unlocking the bootloader of the HTC Sensation 4G, and we celebrated. Now, the news is even better. HTC has publicly acknowledged that they are currently working on developing a new software update, to unlock the bootloader of the Sensation, that should be ready by September. Now, we can truly raise our glasses and feast. Unlocked bootloaders are the dream of many Android developers and hackers alike, and truly make Android the open operating system that we really want. If you have questions about unlocked bootloaders, and what that means to you, then tune to PhoneDog for some answers.
Statement by HTC
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!