updated 08:20 pm EDT, Wed August 3, 2011
Users will have to agree to legal disclaimers
After publicly committing to unlock Android bootloaders, HTC has finally announced further details surrounding the process. After installing the Android SDK on a computer and connecting the handset to retrieve a device identifier token, users will be able to take advantage of a web-based utility to receive an unlock key via e-mail.
In a Facebook post, the company suggests users will have to register an account with a valid e-mail address and accept legal disclaimers. The unlocking process is expected to void warranties, depending on the carriers' specific terms.
HTC claims the unlock process must require a user-initiated tool due to the possibility of "operation, security and experience issues." The company will continue to ship phones locked.
The first handsets to be included in the bootloader unlocking program include the global Sensation, the Sensation 4G from T-Mobile, and the Evo 3D from Sprint. The web-based utility is expected to launch this month, though the company has yet to pin down a specific date.