Jul 10 AT 10:28 PM Edgar Cervantes 21 Comments

HTC to start unlocking bootloaders in August

Owners of the new HTC flagship devices have been quite upset with the Taiwan-based manufacturer. A promise is a promise. While HTC states it is working hard to stay true to its word, both the HTC EVO 3D and the HTC Sensation have been released with a locked bootloader. These devices continue to have a chained bootloader, and the rooting community is not pleased with this.

The wait has been long, and HTC has finally decided to give us an update on this topic. Rejoice, HTC users and developers! HTC has just announced (via their Facebook page) that an OTA update is to come by late August, thereby bringing the unlocked goodness everyone’s been begging for!

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!HTCFacebook

As you can see, everything should be up and running by early September. Are you guys looking forward to this? How many of you actually care about the locked bootloader?

Via: DroidMatters.com

Source: HTC (Facebook)

Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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  • LukeT32

    Now if only Moto would follow suit… :(

    • http://Website TWiT Commander

      Phones in my pocket right now: Nexus S and SGS2.

      Future phones I have set aside a part of my budget for: Nokia N9 and the next Nexus phone.

      It might be a while before I get my next HTC or Motorola device.

  • http://Website Richard Yarrell

    Looks like those phones in your pocket now ARE PRETTY STALE…Time for you to get a new device Mr. TWit Commander….The HTC EVO 3D runs RINGS around these stale devices you have. SGS2 will never get an update past gingerbread WHICH MAKES THAT DEVICE USELESS IN THE REAL WORLD. Samsung never HAS and NEVER WILL SUPPORT THEIR DEVICES.,,,,HTC RUNS RINGS AROUND THEM TOO…..

    • http://Website gad

      Speak for yourself, those of us in Europe have always had regular updates from samsung….Ang the SG2 is an amazing phone

      • http://Website jbn

        Evo 3d is not even in the same class as tge sgII

    • http://Website Paul

      I’ve been an HTC Fan generally. But the specs of the SGS2 is damn impressive, it’s thin, it’s got battery life, a killer display, etc. it was well enough to make me switch from an HTC phone to Samsung. That thing rocks; every single review I’ve read of the SGS2 is positive, the only real complaints is about the software but that’s such an easy fix (Cyanogenmod) that it’s a non-issue for me. If they’d just come out with the damn phone in the U.S I would have gotten it. Samsung made a good phone this time but really dropped the ball on not getting it out to the U.S; one step forward, 2 steps back. Doesn’t mean I won’t consider it when it becomes available.

  • http://Website Richard Yarrell

    Look at HOW SAD my lovely EVO ED makes the THUNDERBOLT LOOK….http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9qtf8GUyn4

    • http://Website snowbdr89

      Hmm kinda looks like the tbolt held its ground an to bad he didnt do other tests one area the tbolt gives your evo a beat down on its lte an your on that pathetic sprint network. : )

      • http://Website Richard Yarrell


    • http://Website ACr

      Show me a video of SGS2 lagging anywhere and when your EVO 3D can do 1080p Adobe Flash then I’ll believe you.

  • http://nickedynick.blogspot.com Nickedynick

    I really can’t wait for this. I’m on a Vodafone branded Sensation, and getting increasingly irritated by the branding on it. The main reason for wanting to unlock my bootloader is just to install an unbranded ROM.

    • http://wolstenhol.me Phil Wolstenholme

      Same! I just don’t like having carrier branding, delayed updates etc. If you go on XDA there is luckily already a way to get temporary root and so remove all the Vodafone 360 bloatware etc by disabling/freezing them. I’d recommend it if you haven’t seen that already!

  • Drew

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    • Grim Reeper S16

      that pretty cool dude

  • http://maxtechnewz.blogspot.com max

    i wish Motorola would do this

  • http://Website James

    Sweet….just got my Evo 3d on Friday….looking forward to rooting and CM7 love.

  • http://Website Tenbeau

    From what I have read the only thing that might come out in Aug is the capability to unlock bootloader and perhaps sometime in Sept the ability to actually unlock the bootloader and that is for the international version, when the capability and ability to unlock the bootloader finally comes to US Sensation is up to conjecture. Notice the use of the word MIGHT and PERHAPS. I guess I just don’t trust HTC

  • http://Website LdRoar3

    I’m a loyal customer of HTC. I have the EVO 4G and now the HTC EVO 3D. Should HTC ever decide to not be cooperative with their loyal customer base, I would not support them. I was waiting for a phone with the specs HTC created with the EVO 4G. I love that “beast” and would not part with it, unless there could be a successor to it. I bought the next gen phone with confidence because I felt sure HTC would not disappoint me. The developers that so dedicate themselves to support HTC are also an important reason why I’m a devoted customer of HTC. But, its also because HTC is paying attention to their customer base. We want our phone to lead the way for what a smart mobile device needs to be. Stay with us HTC. Moves us forward with the next EVO generation. “Beam me up, Scotty!” I mean, HTC!

  • Drakon911

    Start holding breath in 3.2.1.

  • http://Website Erikk

    Any word on how this will be implemented? By “rolled out” do they mean OTA? I thought I’d read somewhere (probably XDA) that an unlocked bootloader wouldn’t be possible without come PC involvement..

  • http://Website Chris

    I would really like to root my evo 4g but can’t now cause of the friggen G/B update! So tell me will the evo 4g be on the unlock list? Hope so.