HTC is delivering on its promise of providing unlocked bootloaders for some of its Android smartphones but it comes with a big caveat – the official process too, could result in the warranty getting void! In essence, what HTC is saying is its bootloaders will come locked by default but it will provide a web tool to users later this month that would enable them to unlock it. However, the process carries the same risks as unlocking it on your own and could result in the warranty or parts of it getting void. We can understand from HTC’s point of view that once the bootloader is unlocked then it cannot control what a user does with it (and it could lead to a bricked device) but if that’s the case, it should not have promised ‘unlocked bootloaders’ in the first place. Hit the break to read what HTC has to say. Also Read - HTC Desire 20+ launched with 48-megapixel quad rear camera setup
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. Also Read - HTC Wildfire E Lite listed on Google Play Console
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!