HTC Still Lock Bootloaders – unlock it via HTC online unlocking tool

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HTC SENSATION 4G RUBBERIZED TRANSPARENT BACK COVER CASE – BLACK (dark grey/transparent black)htc-logoHTC announced few months ago that they will release their future Android devices with unlock bootloaders and will provide unlock bootloaders to existing devices via a software update but from then on many of the recently launched HTC Android phones still have the lock bootloaders.

The ‘unlocking bootloaders’ issue was raised by many HTC Android users who’s into custom Android modification. Lock bootloader is one of the hindrance in using third – party cutom firmware such as the famous CyanogenMOD. With unlock bootloader you can easily replace your original firmware with the modded one. Also many admin or power tools requires unlock and root privileges.

As promised by HTC, they announced that still will release their devices with lock bootloaders but there’s a catch. HTC will provide web based unlocking bootloader tools.

**UPDATE 8/3/2011**

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.

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!

They (HTC) will continue to lock their boot loaders to insure proper device operation, security and avoid issues that may arise due to the over control of the device. Although HTC will allow users to unlock their devices. I see this as a good sign from HTC that they listened to their customer.

Modding Android is fun and fairly easy as long you know what you are doing. This locking of the bootloader is a safe strategy from HTC to avoid abuse and let non-techie users avoid bricking their phones.

Another good news is that HTC will release update with unlock bootloader for global HTC Sensation, HTC Sensation 4G – T-Mobile and HTC EVO 3D via software update sometime in September.

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How the HTC Web-based unlocking tool works.

  1. Sign up for an account. A valid email address is needed.
  2. Read, understand, and accept legal disclaimers–including stipulations that unlocking your device may void all or parts of its warranty.
  3. Connect your phone to a computer with the Android Software Development Kit (SDK) already installed.
  4. Use the Android SDK to get a device identifier token.
  5. Enter the device identifier token into the Web tool and submit the form.
  6. Retrieve the unique unlocking key sent to your email address.
  7. Apply the unlocking key to your device to start the unlocking process on your device.

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