updated 01:35 pm EDT, Mon August 15, 2011
HTC starts up bootloader unlocks
HTC as it has been promising for weeks has started up its official bootloader unlock program. The over-the-web process derestricts the firmware and lets owners of Android phones load firmware of their own choosing without having to use a workaround or other special tricks. The option is currently limited to the European version of the Sensation but will include the Evo 3D and T-Mobile's Sensation 4G.
The phone maker warns that the bootloader unlock won't remove the carrier locks. The company also claims that it can't guarantee everything will be covered under the warranty. Updates will still come directly over the air, but HTC can't guarantee that they will work. The splintered nature of Android could also rule out support for Netflix or other secure content as it will change the copy protection keys and possibly render them invalid.
Future HTC Android phones are due to ship with the bootloader already unlocked, although it's not clear how many near-term models will follow the policy.