HTC has just announced that they will begin rolling out updates to "unlock the bootloaders" this Fall. HTC is currently is in testing phase for the unlocking capability now, and 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," said HTC.
"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're 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's actually a complex challenge that requires a new software build and extensive testing to deliver the best possible customer experience," HTC stated.
According to HTC schedule, the first device to receive this update out in August will be the global HTC Sensation, followed by the HTC Sensation 4G on T-Mobile USA and the HTC EVO 3D on Sprint.
The CEO of HTC, Peter Chou, announced:
"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."
?Just when unlocking capabilities would be added and to what devices was left to speculation until today's announcement. Allowing for unlocked bootloader opens the capability for users and hackers to load custom recovery images onto their phones which, in turn, allows for the installation for custom firmware, or ROM's.