HTC to provide bootloader-unlocking web tool to users

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from Omaha, NE
Published: August 4, 2011

HTC Sensation 4G

Just a little under a month ago, HTC gave us a bit more insight into how its bootloader unlocking process will work, saying that a software update would be rolling out to the global Sensation this month to prep it for the unlocking, with the T-Mobile Sensation 4G and Sprint EVO 3D to follow. Late last night HTC posted another update on the unlocking process, explaining exactly how the entire thing will work. HTC plans to launch a web tool this month that'll do all of the dirty unlocking work for you, although you'll only be able to use the tool after providing your email to HTC, getting an unlock code, and then clicking the "I Agree" button on the legal disclaimers that'll tell you that unlocking your device's bootloader will void some or all of your warranty. After jumping through all those hoops, you'll need to plug in your handset, install the Android SDK, type in your unique unlock code, and then BOOM! Your beloved phone will be ready to be tweaked to your heart's content.

One other thing to note: HTC has said that it'll continue to ship its devices with locked bootloaders. This is because it feels that unlocking the bootloader "provides extensive control over the device" and that some mods could cause major issues when it comes to security and device operation. If you know what you're doing when it comes to hacking your handset, though, the unlocking tool will be there for you.

Overall HTC's unlocking process sounds pretty painless, and it's pretty awesome to see the Taiwanese-based firm working hard to please its hardcore users that want complete control over their products. How many of you plan to unlock the bootloader on your HTC-made phone when you get the opportunity?

P.S. If all of this bootloader talk sounds like a bunch of gibberish to you, Taylor's got a nice write-up of precisely what a bootloader is and what unlocking it means to you that can be found right here.

Via MobileBurn, HTC

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