HTC Promises Unlocked Bootloader for Sensation 4G

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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.

HTC, via PhoneDog

Statement by HTC

**UPDATE 7/10**

 

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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  • Deff

    yayyyy… but someone beat ya to it already HTC. lol funny that the guys at XDA can unlock the bootloaders faster than the actual company who made it themselves.

    • JustMe

      Link? When I looked around Friday, it was just temporary root.

    • Matlock

      Actually XDA hasnt unlocked the bootloader on the Sensation, they have only provided a temp root solution! So therefore the bootloader isnt unlocked. 

    • The ATL Guy

      Ya moron imagine that a company that wants to make sure there are no issues.
      Unlocking the bootloader isn’t HTC’S main focus.
      Of course they can do it quicker when one doesn’t have to put out a problem free product.
      Your post illustrates your ignorance on these matters.

  • Dontcontactme

    This is good news. I haven’t bought this phone because of the bootloader being locked. I’m glad I can continue to support HTC by purchasing their phones in the future, so long as this policy remains in place.

    • Matlock

      It doesnt matter that the bootloader isnt unlocked yet, this is an incredible piece of hardware! And I am glad I got my hands on it! Pick one up, you wont be disapointed!

      • http://twitter.com/flaw ♥ Eleni

        I personally am disappointed in it.  I was on the bandwagon since the Pyramid rumors came out, and now that I’ve used it in person quite a bit I can say that I don’t really like it.  I don’t like how it feels in hand, and I don’t like the curved screen either.  With customs ROMs my opinion could change, but out of the box I just don’t like it.  I prefer vanilla Android though, so maybe that’s why? 

        Not trying to start an argument, this is just my honest opinion.  I’m truly sad that I don’t love it as much as I originally thought I would.

      • http://twitter.com/flaw ♥ Eleni

        I personally am disappointed in it.  I was on the bandwagon since the Pyramid rumors came out, and now that I’ve used it in person quite a bit I can say that I don’t really like it.  I don’t like how it feels in hand, and I don’t like the curved screen either.  With customs ROMs my opinion could change, but out of the box I just don’t like it.  I prefer vanilla Android though, so maybe that’s why? 

        Not trying to start an argument, this is just my honest opinion.  I’m truly sad that I don’t love it as much as I originally thought I would.

        • Anonymous

          So you fault the company because of your own faults when deciding whether or but to purchase a product. Even tho you already had all the facts at your disposal.

        • Anonymous

          So you fault the company because of your own faults when deciding whether or but to purchase a product. Even tho you already had all the facts at your disposal.

        • jarjon76

          Sounds like your expectations were way too high for a phone. You hyped this phone up in your mind to the point where if it wasn’t perfect you weren’t going to like it.

        • jarjon76

          Sounds like your expectations were way too high for a phone. You hyped this phone up in your mind to the point where if it wasn’t perfect you weren’t going to like it.

  • Dontcontactme

    This is good news. I haven’t bought this phone because of the bootloader being locked. I’m glad I can continue to support HTC by purchasing their phones in the future, so long as this policy remains in place.

  • Dontcontactme

    This is good news. I haven’t bought this phone because of the bootloader being locked. I’m glad I can continue to support HTC by purchasing their phones in the future, so long as this policy remains in place.

  • Matlock

    BEST NEWS EEEVVAARRR!!!!!! WHOO HOO!!!!!

  • Tmobile

    Can someone explain bootloader?

  • Tmobile

    Can someone explain bootloader?

    • Anonymous

      Follow the PhoneDog link in the last line of Andrew’s paragraph: “tune to PhoneDog…”

    • Anonymous

      Follow the PhoneDog link in the last line of Andrew’s paragraph: “tune to PhoneDog…”

  • http://twitter.com/fuzzmanmatt matt

    Where did the full text RSS feed go? 

  • http://twitter.com/fuzzmanmatt matt

    Where did the full text RSS feed go? 

  • Anonymous

    how about Tmobile G2?

    • Tmoemployee

      What about it? Its been able to root since it came out haha

      • Kylez64

        More like a month

      • Kylez64

        More like a month

    • Thereugo67

      Yeah that’s what I’m talking about, where’s the update for the G2? Its supposed to get the update as soon as the other stock android Google phones, dam.

    • Thereugo67

      Yeah that’s what I’m talking about, where’s the update for the G2? Its supposed to get the update as soon as the other stock android Google phones, dam.

    • Craibailey

      Everyone want the latest and the Greatest. :-) so by the time the update comes for the G2 3-4 new phones would be out running who knows what and we will be just getting Gingerbread. Lol! They make money off people like me and you, so I think its best to learn how to root your phone.

    • Craibailey

      Everyone want the latest and the Greatest. :-) so by the time the update comes for the G2 3-4 new phones would be out running who knows what and we will be just getting Gingerbread. Lol! They make money off people like me and you, so I think its best to learn how to root your phone.

    • http://twitter.com/flaw ♥ Eleni

      The G2 Gingerbread update has been leaked for awhile.  I’m not sure if you have to be rooted or not to manually update though, as my phone is rooted.

  • whereisdavid

    This is so 2hrs ago… is David back? He would’ve posted 2 hrs prior to HTC even thinking about releasing this… 

    • http://ashn.myopenid.com/ Ash

      About t-mo news, yes.
      About HTC news, maybe not.

  • Jarvis Billena

    This is great news..Ill be waiting for this update..Can’t wait to flash this phone and get it overclocked!!Though i;m still enjoying stock sense 3.0..Lol..

  • Eric

    See LG, this is what we call an UPDATE!!!

    Now that you know what one looks like, how about giving us one on the G2x Gingerbread update!

    Kudos, HTC… Kudos!

    -Eric

    • zps

      agreed.  when will we see that G2x update? it’s pathetic.

    • Anonymous

      It seemed that LG was gonna make a HUGE splash in Android with the G2X, boy was I wrong, thing has been recalled? Will never buy an LG phone in my life!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/iDiotGear Rob Daman

    it’s in writing so no backing out.

    • Mmmmaxheadroom

      Not so fas,t HTC said they would make it available, no word fron tmobile that they will implement that fix.

    • Mmmmaxheadroom

      Not so fas,t HTC said they would make it available, no word fron tmobile that they will implement that fix.

    • Mmmmaxheadroom

      Not so fas,t HTC said they would make it available, no word fron tmobile that they will implement that fix.

  • http://ashn.myopenid.com/ Ash

    Good companies listens to the customers and keep their words.
    Bad company tell the customers they are holding wrong.

    Yes, the horse is finally dead, oh wait….it’s still moving!! RUN!!!

  • http://ashn.myopenid.com/ Ash

    Good companies listens to the customers and keep their words.
    Bad company tell the customers they are holding wrong.

    Yes, the horse is finally dead, oh wait….it’s still moving!! RUN!!!

  • Neverthesheep

    just returned my sensation back to tmobile on friday. too many issues. i wonder if that software update is going to address any of them?

    • Nyuhsuk

      You mind elaborating on your issues?  Otherwise, you’re just trolling.

      • Tjbunch1228

        While I agree with you to a extent, the software issues with this phone are well known and widely published.

        • Jaedimindtrix

          Just like Nyuhsuk, can you please elaborate on the software issues? Personally, I’ve never had any problems with my HTC Sensation. No lags or anything. Then again, that’s just my own personal experience.

          I wIll say that I was a bit apprehensive getting the Sensation because I originally wanted the G2x since I prefer stock Android and I wanted the dual core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor but I must admit that I’m quite impressed with Sense 3.0.

          The only reason I might root my phone will be to free up the internal memory. Otherwise, I’m pretty satisfied with how my sensation is performing.

        • eYe

          I’ll elaborate on my issues with Sensation:  Touch screen does not respond sometimes, phone gets super hot, battery lasts 10hrs at best, major lag, Sense has to reload itself after running any other app, volume is low, camera is a hit and miss, random reboots, back cover (yes, the much talked about uni-body design) does not fit snugly, Wi-Fi is all out of whack, shall I continue? 
          I can easily trace all of it back to Sense… it does not utilize second core or hardware acceleration… HTC has really rushed this phone to the market and it shows.  The only reason I’m keeping this phone is because I ended up getting a full discount on it without signing up for data plan and because I do believe that HTC will unlock that bootloader before the phone is irrelevant. 
          Seriously though, HTC, why does Sense 3.0 run better on my last-generation phone (MT4G) then it does on your newest flagship device?

        • eYe

          I’ll elaborate on my issues with Sensation:  Touch screen does not respond sometimes, phone gets super hot, battery lasts 10hrs at best, major lag, Sense has to reload itself after running any other app, volume is low, camera is a hit and miss, random reboots, back cover (yes, the much talked about uni-body design) does not fit snugly, Wi-Fi is all out of whack, shall I continue? 
          I can easily trace all of it back to Sense… it does not utilize second core or hardware acceleration… HTC has really rushed this phone to the market and it shows.  The only reason I’m keeping this phone is because I ended up getting a full discount on it without signing up for data plan and because I do believe that HTC will unlock that bootloader before the phone is irrelevant. 
          Seriously though, HTC, why does Sense 3.0 run better on my last-generation phone (MT4G) then it does on your newest flagship device?

        • Jaedimindtrix

          Just like Nyuhsuk, can you please elaborate on the software issues? Personally, I’ve never had any problems with my HTC Sensation. No lags or anything. Then again, that’s just my own personal experience.

          I wIll say that I was a bit apprehensive getting the Sensation because I originally wanted the G2x since I prefer stock Android and I wanted the dual core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor but I must admit that I’m quite impressed with Sense 3.0.

          The only reason I might root my phone will be to free up the internal memory. Otherwise, I’m pretty satisfied with how my sensation is performing.

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  • http://www.fiftyonemarketing.com Deacon

    does this matter to anyone who isn’t fluent in rooting phones?

    • http://twitter.com/flaw ♥ Eleni

      You don’t really have to be fluent in rooting phones to appreciate that a company has decided to lend support to outside devs.  When I had my jailbroken iPhones, it was always a cat and mouse game between jailbreakers and Apple, with each update breaking whatever method the jailbreakers found.  It’s nice to see that HTC isn’t going to follow in their footsteps.

      • The ATL Guy

        Ya now since they are wasting time on the 5% that root feature updates will be delayed to the 95% who don’t root

        • http://www.fiftyonemarketing.com Deacon

          good point ATL Guy … @Eleni, so all of this outside developer thing will matter to people who don’t root?

        • http://www.fiftyonemarketing.com Deacon

          good point ATL Guy … @Eleni, so all of this outside developer thing will matter to people who don’t root?

        • Anonymous

          That may be somewhat true for this phone but it’s good that they’re making good retroactively on this phone.  I think it was configured with the bootloader and shipped before they came out with that unlocked bootloader policy.

      • The ATL Guy

        Ya now since they are wasting time on the 5% that root feature updates will be delayed to the 95% who don’t root

  • http://twitter.com/flaw ♥ Eleni

    Good for them!  My bf has that phone and I absolutely abhor the software. It lags like no other, my G2 with CM7 is way faster.  I’d love to get CM7 on there for him as well, he misses vanilla Android.

  • CharlieSheen

    this is great! too bad the phones wont work much after march.

    • Tjbunch1228

      ???…..

      please don’t spread rumors… Even after the merger, tmo frequencies will work for a few years.

      • Tman

        Err no they won’t
        . Not long enough to justify purchasing new hardware.

        Read the press release.

        • Thomas Bunch

          “AT&T said that some time after the closing, it plans to rearrange how T-Mobile’s cell towers work. The spectrum they use for third-generation services, or 3G, will be re-purposed for 4G, which is faster.That would leave current T-Mobile phones without 3G. They would need to be replaced with phones that use AT&T’s 3G frequencies. Ralph de la Vega, AT&T’s head
          of wireless and consumer services, said this will happen as part of the normal phone upgrade process. “There’s nothing for them to worry about … it will be done over time, in a way that’s good for customers and good for AT&T,” de la Vega said in an interview.”

          Focus on the line “this will happen as part of the normal upgrade process”. I would be willing to bet that if you signed a 2 year contract with T-Mobile the day before the merger goes through in 1 +/- years, you would still have full access to t-mo frequencies for the entirety of your 2 year contract. AT&T would be fools to leave their new customers high and dry. Even if they did, they have allocated funding as part of the buyout which is to be used for replacing t-mo customers’ devices with replacement devices, which at that time, will be miles ahead of our current technology anyway.So yes, it is plenty long enough to justify purchasing new hardware. The Sensation will be outdated in 6 months time anyway.

        • ComeAtMeBro

          Tman, urineidiot

          The frequencies will allow the devices to work. The merger isn’t even inevitable right now. It’s not even certain that Tmobile will be bought out.

  • CharlieSheen

    this is great! too bad the phones wont work much after march.

  • David

    good point. this is like watching lemmings. very sad.

  • CharlieSheen

    Apple’s market-leading iOS tablet isn’t just the slate of choice for iPhone users according to a recent report. According to checks performed by Canaccord Genuity analysts T. Michael Walkley, Charles John and Matthew D. Ramsay, Android smartphone users are purchasing the iPad over Android alternatives like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Motorola XOOM. Canaccord notes that Samsung, Asus and Amazon likely pose the biggest threat to Apple’s strong global tablet position, but early iPad adoption among Android users could pose a problem for these competitors. Even more crippling is the planned obsolescence of the t-Mobile tablets.
    BGR

    • Anonymous

      I wonder if this is due to the fact that Android tablets lack a large swath of tablet functionality not found on a decent Android phone.  Then again, do the iPads have that many compelling apps that aren’t available on the iPhone?

      Flash support is still a killer IMO.

    • Guest

      Thank you for such a relevant post.

  • ariel diaz

    how about htc promises to get the dust out of my screen

  • ariel diaz

    how about htc promises to get the dust out of my screen

  • ariel diaz

    how about htc promises to get the dust out of my screen

  • Anonymous

    Although I love my HD2 running 2.3.4, my wife’s one is now catching the digitizer hardware issue.  I have to say, dual-core CPU, more RAM, better GPU, and that qHD screen… quite a nice little bump… I would miss the industrial build and hardware buttons of the HD2 though… once a vanilla build is available for the Sensation, I think it’ll be an easy win over the HD2 as long as you like Android.

  • Anonymous

    how much?? im interested on buying it…..

  • Tatdude806

    Big whoops…. XDA guys will have it unlocked before they will… Why wait…

  • zps

    any opinions on this phone?  i’m not a sense fan at all, but i have had it with the G2x.  

  • zps

    any opinions on this phone?  i’m not a sense fan at all, but i have had it with the G2x.  

    • Jurey24

      i’ve always had stock android (g1, n1, g2, g2x) so i never got to experience sense. i know its not for everyone and takes some getting use to but after having this phone since launch i can say i am very pleased with it. sense 3.0 imo is very smooth (and one of the better looking skins on the market). the screen on this device is one of the best ive seen. even tho the bootloader is still locked and i cannot fully root it (or load a custom rom) i have to say i have no complaints and will be patiently waiting for htc to come through on their promise. ill def be keeping my sensation

      • Jaedimindtrix

        I have to agree with your comment 100%, Jurey24.

    • Jaedimindtrix

      zps. I have to know, is it really that bad? My first choice was the G2x but I’ve heard so many conflicting reports. Some of my friends say it’s crap but others say they’ve never had a problem with it.

      Even T-Mobile tech support have difference of opinion. One guy told me he only hardly gets any calls about the G2x while another flat out told me to just go with the Sensation.

      As much as I loved the specs of the G2x, I decided not to gamble with my money and went with the Sensation.

  • NotSensationalEnough

    How about sending a software update for all of the bug issues like the touchscreen, the volume on calls, music playback, and video playback, random reboots, display using over 80 percent of battery power, lockscreen, and the WiFi and Bluetooth issues?

    • Jaedimindtrix

      It could be just my personal experience but I’ve never had any of the issues you’re experiencing on my Sensation. Even though I prefer stock androids, I’m actually quite surprised at how smooth Sense 3.0 is. The phone works as it should. Again, this is just my own personal experience and I’m sorry that you’re experiencing such difficulties with your phone.

      Perhaps, the gingerbread update to 2.3.4 will fix your issues.

  • Deklinewarrior22

    I would like to know if we get a fix for the majore issues with the phone like the European countries did. I love this phone but I really would like 0 lag and no random reboots.

  • Inaudy69

    I dont know but mine is awesome it has no lags in screen it working perfect thanks htc

  • Sharper77

    Why is my speakerphone volume so low on my sensation??????? Anyone got any answers or experiencing the same problems?

    Sent from my sensation

  • Sharper77

    Why is my speakerphone volume so low on my sensation??????? Anyone got any answers or experiencing the same problems?

    Sent from my sensation

    • Anonymous

      same here.  sometimes its loud, but mostly, its disappointingly quiet.  For a phone that is marketed as a multimedia superphone, that is disappointing.  Also, this phone gets damn laggy!!  Playing the Stupid Zombies game keeps freezing up on me.  Any suggestions anyone?

      • http://twitter.com/ElmerYanes Elmer Yanes

        use volume+ from market, fixed my low volume.

    • Lizzythekidd

      i have the same issue, the volume doesnt go that loud, same for using any media or music player. Low volume, my HTC HD and Blackberry both much louder. Is there an app that helps this? i think this is just one feature they skimped on

  • Anonymous

    I don’t even see a need to root the phone.

  • Anonymous

     I’m cold now HTC, I really wanted this device to update my HD2.

    I like clean/CM7 android, I don’t like sense, Locked bootloader ruined my shopping.

    Now I’m almost about to purchase the Nexus S for a almost $200 savings over the Sensation

  • Anonymous

     I’m cold now HTC, I really wanted this device to update my HD2.

    I like clean/CM7 android, I don’t like sense, Locked bootloader ruined my shopping.

    Now I’m almost about to purchase the Nexus S for a almost $200 savings over the Sensation

  • ASM256

    if i ought the sensation before August, while I be able to unlock it’s bootloader via an upde? Please who ever has an answer please reply. I would be more then thankful! 

  • Spoozenguyen

    mms picture messaging issues. picture messages wont download. any solutions?

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YVHYFXF3XNUSLKVMPYOLREVMLA Jay

    As usual, at&t is late to the parade or does not show up at all.  guess they are dedicated iphone junkies.  Can’t wait for my contract to expire, their “upgrade” options are pathetic.