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HTC to unlock bootloaders on some Android phones September

updated 11:35 pm EDT, Sun July 10, 2011

HTC Sensation phones first with unlocked boot

HTC late Sunday in a Facebook update more fully fleshed out its promise to unlock Android bootloaders. The Sensation will get an update to support unlocking in August and will be joined by phones based on its design, such as T-Mobile's Sensation 4G and Sprint's Evo 3D. Those phones should have the actual opportunity to unlock in early September.

More of the phones that have had locked bootloaders so far will get their updates "over time," either as part of a regular maintenance fix or out of the box if new. HTC explained that it couldn't just start unlocking bootloaders immediately as there was more than just a toggle involved.

"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," the company said.

HTC had begun locking down devices under the guise of security but quickly drew criticism from enthusiasts and others who wanted to modify their phones. A locked bootloader doesn't completely shut down modification but makes it harder and in some cases impossible. Many have wanted to alter their devices just to run apps that even Android wouldn't allow or to strip out interface layers like Sense that they don't always want.

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  1. global.philosopher

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    Support solution...

    Thats how they support their legacy products. Once they no longer want to support older products they simply unlock them and then leave the owners to their own devices.

    OWNER : Why can't I install the latest OS
    HTC SUPPORT: Have you unloacked your bootloader?
    OWNER : No
    HTC SUPPORT: Unlock it then install the latest OS from XDA.
    OWNER: : Whats a Bootloader
    HTC SUPPORT: Go away
    OWNER : Whats XDA?
    HTC SUPPORT: How about I sell you a new HTC phone?
    OWNER : OK

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