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HTC Says Bootloader Unlocking Roll Out Begins in August, Chance for Older Devices

 

When HTC’s CEO took to Facebook back in May to make the shocking announcement that they would never again lock a bootloader, we were excited to a point – I say “to a point” because there was never a mention of a Verizon device like the HTC Thunderbolt or Incredible 2.  While both devices can now be unlocked thanks to the great developers in the this community, we still felt like owners who purchased these phones should be a part of the equation, just like the EVO 3D and Sensation 4G.  We also wanted to see a Big Red device, simply to know that their future HTC devices won’t be locked down like a frickin’ military base.

It’s now looking like we may see some love down the road if any of these fall under the “other devices”  category mentioned in this latest update on HTC’s bootloader policy…  

**UPDATE 7/10**

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 are 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 is actually a complex challenge that requires a new software build and extensive testing to deliver the best possible customer experience.

We’re thrilled to announce today that software updates to support bootloader unlocking will begin rolling out in August for the global HTC Sensation, followed by the HTC Sensation 4G on T-Mobile USA and the HTC EVO 3D on Sprint. 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.

HTC continues its commitment to unlocking bootloaders and supporting the developer community. Because of the importance of this community to us, please expect an update on this about every few weeks as we make progress toward launch. Thank you for your patience and continued support!

What do you guys think?  As you may have noticed, both Verizon and AT&T are not mentioned as having devices that will receive the initial roll out of this new bootloader update.  Could be because neither have a true “flagship” HTC device at the moment, but we also know that T-Mobile and Sprint are probably the most “dev-friendly” carriers on the planet.

Will Verizon or AT&T ever release a phone with an unlockable bootloader?  AT&T had a Nexus One, but hasn’t come close since.  Verizon has only had the XOOM and never an unlockable phone, so what are our chances?

Via:  Facebook

Cheers Adam and everyone else!

  • Anonymous

    If Verizon’s the problem with unlocking the thunderbolt, couldn’t they just make an update app that unlocks it and place it to download on the HTC website?

  • RW-1

    Never going to happen on VZ … But I’ll allow for HTC to prove me wrong.

  • T Hall

    Hello Moto?

  • Usmc1488

    Awesome, although I do not know how much a hinderence the bootloaders are these days. Droid X has tranquility, CM7, etc. However, this might sway me as I like companies that listen to their customers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001819276404 Chris Bejarano

    thank the lord jesus i just switched carriers. i used to have the OG Droid now i have the Sensation 4G :) rooting this bad boy will be an epic win! 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FAYWQOW3MOBVCWBG4VC4YK7BUE Claudine Ramos

     to us, please expect an update on this about every few weeks as we make progress toward launch. Than

    • Anonymous

      Good grief…

      I bought a Mercedes on this site for $10 and sold it for $50,000!

  • Mr.Joe

    “Will Verizon or AT&T ever release a phone with an unlockable bootloader”

    Oh God.  Kellex are you that brain dead from owning a MAC?  YES.

    Verizon has a bunch of unlocked bootloader phones.  Droid Charge is a recent on that comes to mind.  In addition I don’t believe the Revolution is locked either. 

    • Anonymous

      Many are upset with Motorola. At least those of us that had the D1.

      We loved that phone so much and wanted to stay with moto. Many including myself moved on to the D2 then the X and were disappointed. Sure some of the roms that were available were nice but it wasn’t the same. Cyanogenmod is only now barely making it to the X with bugs. The D1 ran Cyanogenmod easily because you could load custom kernels.

      Those of us that owned the D1 and understand what we should really be able to do are not sheep. We want Motorola to unlock their bootloaders again so we can come back to them.

  • ChrisI

    I have the Sensation, which I really really like. But this is good news for me cuz it would be nice to get rid of Sense and all the bloatware that came on the phone. The phone is fast, but there’s so much junk pre-loaded that I would appreciate getting rid of thanks to custom ROMs and other stuff.

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  • http://iamandroid.co/profile/rocktoonz Rocktoonz

    When we see some Verizon devices with bootloaders getting unlocked, I’ll believe it, but they still can’t seem to get Gingerbread pushed so I’m not holding my breath.

  • Anonymous

    In related news Moto stated: “We would not be providing any updates on our plan to unlock our phones as we are just bluffing.   Opps.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10215724 Raj Bhatt

    Let’s hope Motorola follows suit. The Bionic unlocked would be a dream come true.

  • http://www.facebook.com/twpayne Wil Payne

    Wasn’t the OG Droid practically unlocked upon arrival? Why does it matter if the manufacturer unlocks a phone that the community has already unlocked? It’s still not supported under warranties, I assume.

    • Anonymous

      Yes what the Droid 1 provided us is what we have all wanted on every phone since and have been denied.

      As far as warranties you can always unroot and go back to stock. Then your warranty is back.

      • Noob

        Dumb noobie question but how do you “unroot”? I recently rooted and the ROM is acting funky. Thanks.

        • Anonymous

          Search any of the forums out there for how to return to stock.  It’s pretty simple.

          • Noob

            Thanks James!! I did a little research and found it. You are right that this community doesn’t hate on noobs and that’s one of the reasons I love it as well. Thanks again!

    • Anonymous

      I wouldn’t necessarily say it was “unlocked”, but more easily bypassed.

  • )v(urphy

    I seriously think HTC gave up on the Thunderbolt…

    • Anonymous

      To me the TB seems like a rush job to hit the 4G launch date Verizon wanted.  Looking at all the bugs and problems and the lack of GB primarily.  HTC makes great phones, the TB is not one of them.  Not saying it is bad, but definitely lacks the desirability that usually I associate with a new flagship phone from them.

      • http://twitter.com/nashmax73 TomAss (TA)

        Sorry to burst your bubble, but I’ve been rocking the TB since March and cannot complain.  It runs circles around my OG Droid, flies on 4G and suffers none of the random rebooting previously described on here.  It’s a solid phone that only lacks dual core.  Then again show me a dual core 4G phone out today?

        • http://twitter.com/BHagey1 Brandon Hagey

          Agreed Tom, Love my TB i’ve looked at many of the new phones and i see nothing they can do that i cant.

          CM7

          BAMF Sense 3.0

      • Maxxmentum

        I have mixed love for my TB, its not the cool smooth performance I got out of my droid one, but all in all I like it.  Don’t get me wrong, I my droid 1 had limits, but there was a lot of innovation in it.  All that aside, the TB kickstand is mega useful.

        TB setup: mine is rooted Froyo 2.2.1 sense and everything pretty much works (sans the accurate GPS, +/- 1500′, at least they cant track me).  Battery issues I balance with a external battery and a solar charger for hiking.  My zunehd went MIA so I have been using it for pods and music (stream/onboard), and not perfect but doable. I suspect the locked bootloader is the root (no pun intended) for the problems with upgrades and patches.  Every attempt to update wanks the camera or wigs the phone.  I want to upgrade, but reason kicks in..I need a working stable phone that lets me use my camera and GPS is a wishful second.

        Do I dare roll back to base os for their bootloader unlock? 

        • Anonymous

          Just to be clear I think it is a good phone. IMO just not that flagship
          device inspiring oohs like the first incredible or the sensation.

    • http://twitter.com/Pucuck Nicholas Ringhiser

      It’s cool. I’m pretty happy with the stuff the mod community has put out.

  • Anonymous

    Why should HTC bother unlocking the bootloaders for devices that have already been unlocked by the community (i.e. the Thunderbolt)? It’s not like the Thunderbolt’s bootloader is stopping anyone anymore. Seems like a waste of resources.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

      It’s setting an example for other companies to follow.

      • Mr.Joe

        Really?

        Unlock stuff that doesn’t matter. 

        Obviously a locked bootloader isn’t a big of a deal as people make it to seem.

        DX has custom ROMs on it.  TB has a bunch as well.  Who cares if it’s locked or not.

        • Anonymous

          Obviously you don’t understand. The TB is fully unlockable…. Which is great.

          And while the X has roms, you cannot do with it what you can do with a phone that is unlocked. You have to use the stock kernel… Even if they are finding ways to get around it, it has taken a year to get to that point.

          Apparently you don’t care about or understand the bootloader issue and that’s fine. But there are plenty of us that do.

          I’m sure you’ve heard about all the people that have problems with their Thunderbolts? Well many of us don’t have any issues because we were able to take control of our phones and fix them without having to wait and complain and whine. That should be my right when I pay full price for my phone.

          • http://twitter.com/BHagey1 Brandon Hagey

            ^ GET EM

    • Mr.Joe

      It is.  

      In all reality this whole bootloader craze is just a sheep thing.  The people who support it don’t know squat, and are just following someone elses opinion cause they can’t think for themselves. 

      Locked bootloaders where once thought to be a big deal.  Now they aren’t.  They’ve always been around and people just bypass them.  

      • Anonymous

        Explain to me how you install a custom kernel on a Droid X.

        Your comments are comical at least.

    • Anonymous

      I tend to agree. I think it would be a sign of good faith if they went back and unlocked the Thunderbolt, if only to indicate that VZW was on board with the idea (Ha, yeah right). However, I think that it’s also just as well if they don’t. They know that we’ve unlocked the bootloader and have all sorts of custom roms going for the Thunderbolt. Honestly, it’s probably better that there is a big, long guide on XDA on how to unlock the bootloader and achieve root access than for there to be one quick little option in the Thunderbolt. That way, those who really want their bootloaders unlocked and who have some idea what they’re doing with their devices will have a way, but the average Joe who is 1000x more likely to file a warranty claim the second they get a boot loop will be scared away from tinkering with his device just because he can.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

    Hello Moto?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

    Hello Moto?