Official HTC bootloader unlocking process launched

As expected, HTC has released its web-based bootloader unlocking tool today. The Taiwanese company said that after listening to user feedback, they have decided to allow the HTC bootloader to be unlocked for any new 2011 phone models.

According to the official HTC Dev “Unlock Bootloader” page, at the moment, the only device to work on the new bootloader process is the HTC Sensation (EU) FOTA 1.45.301.2 device, though it shows that both the HTC EVO 3D (Sprint) and the HTC Sensation 4G (T-Mobile USA) handsets will be unlockable soon. They do mention that some models may not be unlockable due to operator restrictions.

Unlocking the bootloader allows users to customize software on their devices. It was only in May this year that HTC CEO Peter Chou announced via their Facebook page that all of the company’s future devices would be open, saying “There has been overwhelmingly customer feedback that people want access to open bootloaders on HTC phones. I want you to know that we've listened. Today, I'm confirming we will no longer be locking the bootloaders on our devices. Thanks for your passion, support and patience.”

As is the norm, HTC makes it crystal clear that if you choose to unlock your bootloader, not all claims that you make based on your warranty may be covered. They also make it clear that unlocking the bootloader will not unlock your SIM.

You can head to the official HTC DEV Unlock Bootloader page to unlock your HTC Sensation (EU) right now.

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+Ichigo+ said,
Only wish now Motorola does this

With Google's recent acquisition of Moto Mobility...you can guarantee devices from now on will not include locked bootloaders.

abadaba said,

With Google's recent acquisition of Moto Mobility...you can guarantee devices from now on will not include locked bootloaders.

That dosen't help my atrix now I could unlock it myself but would like to keep my warrenty to.

+Ichigo+ said,

That dosen't help my atrix now I could unlock it myself but would like to keep my warrenty to.

Pretty sure you lose your warranty after you unlock the device. That's why you have to send the device id to HTC.

cashman said,
Perfect! My upgrade is due next month. Can't decide between Sensation or the new HTC Vigor out very soon.

Neither. Samsung Galaxy S II. The sensation's screen is extremely ordinary when compared to the SGS2.