HTC Gives Details of Its Bootloader Unlocking Process

HTC have recently posted an update on their Facebook page describing how their bootloader unlocking process will work. Essentially phones are still being rolled out with a locked bootloader, but HTC will provide a software update to unlock these, with the first updates planned for sometime this month.

The global version of the HTC Sensation will be the first to get this software update, followed by the Sensation 4G on T-Mobile (USA) and the Evo 3D on Sprint.

The process will include a step I'm sure you will all love, that is to agree to a legal disclaimer that actually completing the unlocking process may void all or part of your warranty. How do you guys feel about this?

Since our last update, many of you have asked how the bootloader unlocking process will actually work, and in particular why HTC's most recently released devices still have a locked bootloader. Rest assured we're making progress toward our goal to roll out the first software updates in August to support unlocking for the global HTC Sensation, followed soon by the HTC Sensation 4G on T-Mobile and the HTC EVO 3D on Sprint. Because unlocking the bootloader provides extensive control over the device and modifications may cause operation, security and experience issues, new devices will continue to ship locked but will support user-initiated unlocking using a new Web-based tool. So how will this work? The Web tool, which will launch this month, requires that you register an account with a valid e-mail address and accept legal disclaimers that unlocking may void all or parts of your warranty. Then plug in your phone to a computer with the Android SDK loaded to retrieve a device identifier token, which you can then enter into the Web tool to receive a unique unlock key via e-mail. Finally, apply the key to your device and unlocking will be initiated on your phone. We're excited to bring bootloader unlocking to developers and enthusiasts, and we feel this new Web tool will meet your needs and continue to provide customers with the best experience. Thanks to the community for supporting these efforts!