Android Phones

HTC to start unlocking bootloaders in August

July 10, 2011 | by Tony Price

Android Devices, Android Phones, HTC


HTC decided to post an update on their attempts to unlock the bootloader on some of their most popular phones.  The announcement was made via their official Facebook page. Essentially, they will begin rolling out updates in August to the HTC Sensation, Sensation 4G, and EVO 3D.

The post is unclear as to when the specific updates for the specific phones will be coming. They promise towards the end that this will be a continued trend. This is great news, as HTC has always been one of the most developer friendly manufacturers.

You can take a look at the whole post here:

Thanks so much for providing feedback, we hear your concerns. Your satisfaction is a top priority for us and we’re working hard to ensure you have great experiences with our phones. We’re reviewing the issue and our policy around bootloaders and will provide more information soon. Thank you for your interest, support and willingness to share your feedback.




We’ve listened. Check out the statement from our CEO, Peter Chou on HTC bootloaders. Click the link for more info.


**UPDATE 7/10**


We wanted to provide an update on HTC’s progress with bringing bootloader unlocking to our newest phones. We know how excited some of you are for this capability, and we’ve put significant resources behind making this change as soon as possible. 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.


We’re thrilled to announce today that software updates to support bootloader unlocking will begin rolling out in August for the global HTC Sensation, followed by the HTC Sensation 4G on T-Mobile USA and the HTC EVO 3D on Sprint. We’re in the testing phase for the unlocking capability now, and we expect it to be fully operational by early September for devices that have received the software updates. We’ll continue rolling out the unlocking capability over time to other devices as part of maintenance releases and new shipments.


HTC continues its commitment to unlocking bootloaders and supporting the developer community. Because of the importance of this community to us, please expect an update on this about every few weeks as we make progress toward launch. Thank you for your patience and continued support!

While these updates may not be coming as quickly as some would like, its good to know that they are coming. I know that the development community and users of these devices will be elated to hear this new. I know that all of us at Androinica are excited as well. Good show, HTC.