HTC's Bootloader Plans Explained
Do you want to unlock your bootloader for hacking? Do you not mind losing your HTC provided warranty? If so then you might enjoy the latest announcement from HTC. According to their Facebook page, HTC is planning on launching a web tool that'll handle all the unlocking for you. This web tool will be as simple as tying your shoe lace, and when done you'll have root access and no warranty on your freed device.
Here is the quote from the Facebook post:
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!
This is great news, and goes as a +1 to the future HTC Vigor, because this means it should come with that unlocked bootloader HTC Promised.
News via: Phandroid