Aug 08 AT 1:25 PM Justin Shapcott 10 Comments

HTC launches new developer center


Today HTC launched a new version of their developer portal, (previously Along with a slick new look, HTC has also added some new resources and tools for Android (and Windows Phone, to a far lesser degree) Developers.

Inside, you will find the HTC OpenSense SDK with information about the various innovative features provided by HTC Sense. If you’re a developer looking to fit right in with the Sense experience, this is where you’ll want to begin. It includes API documentation and Code Samples for utilizing some of the HTC UI elements and components, the Stereoscopic 3D display and the Tablet Pen.

For those who want to open up the full potential of their devices, this is where the Bootloader Unlock tool will live (when it becomes available). As we previously reported, users looking to use this tool will need to register at the site, install the Android SDK and then use the web-based tool to begin the device unlock process.

HTC also provides downloadable kernel source code, binaries and other materials for their Android devices at the site.

The resources section of the site, while currently sparsely populated, offers some basic Getting Started advice and helpful links for both Android and Windows Phone developers. Although this is the only part of the site that refers to Windows Phone, I’d venture a guess that HTC plans to provide additional Windows Phone resources here in the future.

If you’ve ever thought about making use  of some HTC-specific hardware and software features, head over and check it out. Or if you’re interested in unlocking your device, this is where the Bootloader Unlock tool will be made available, so keep an eye out for it.


Justin is the founder of and lead developer at nEx.Software.

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  • aj

    Well its nice of them to do that and i must admit it looks like a pretty slick interface. They should have just kept their word in the beginning i hope they release future phones with unlocked bootloaders like they promised. But if it helps to get carriers off of their backs so the phones can be rooted well i guess its a pretty good option

  • Melissa82

    Didnt know htc was still alive, you know after their recent crap devices…

    • SliestDragon

      Their devices aren’t crap by any standards. They still make some of the best devices, and are my favorite hardware manufacturer out there. It’s there attitude and bootloader locking’s that have been annoying.

    • Steve505

      Although I don’t like how HTC has locked their devices down too much lately, I still greatly prefer HTC over both Motorola and LG.

      Samsung is the only manufacturer that I prefer over HTC, but they’re very slow to release their high quality devices in the USA and their Touchwiz UI sucks when compared to Sense.

    • Evoftw

      You must own an apple, I’m sorry.

  • Angie Strickland

    Looks pretty cool!

  • sylar

    Well at least the boot loader unlock will be available soon hopefully.

  • Ge

    So this is an attempt by HTC to get Sense only apps out in the world?

  • Dustin Earley

    I’m excited to see how developers can work their apps into Sense. Not excited to see how carriers make their apps more Sense-like. Then again, maybe it will make them bearable.

    • SliestDragon

      If bloatware apps even looked remotely like sense apps, I might actually go into them once or twice before removing them. :p