HTC has started rolling out a software patch to unlock the bootloader on their lineup of Android devices. The Sensation 4G and EVO 3D will be the first devices to receive the unlock, and the remaining devices will receive the patch over time. HTC is currently in the testing phase, and should be “fully operational” by September. Future devices will ship with an unlocked bootloader, making it easier for users to root devices and install custom ROMs. Android was created with “free and open source” in mind, so it’s great to have vendors respecting user’s rights.
Motorola recently released the Droid 3, and despite the fact that the company promised freedom, many users were unhappy to discover that the bootloader was locked.
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 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