In May, HTC announced that they will review their bootloader locking policy. Shortly after that announcement they let everybody know that they will no longer be locking the bootloaders on their devices. The Android community has been waiting patiently for HTC to make good with their words, and last week we reported on how the unlocking process will take place on existing phones – and now we know how eager HTC device owners will access the unlocking tool.
All of the unlocking goodness will occur via HTCDev.com, which will host a web tool that will be launch later this month. And as we already reported, you: Register an account with a valid e-mail address and accept legal disclaimers that unlocking may void all or parts of your warranty. 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.
Keep in mind, though, that the only devices that this will (at least initially) work on are the EVO 3D and Sensation 4G. If you’re a Verizon Android user you’ll still have to unlock the Incredible 2 or Thunderbolt the old fashion way. Who knows whether the older devices, or Verizon devices in general, will eventually be included or not.
Regardless, this is a move that will definitely give HTC even more “street cred.” with the Android community. Will other device manufacturers take notice and change their policies at all?
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