A few weeks ago, the Android community notched another victory: HTC formally announced it would no longer be locking its bootloaders, though they hadn't really worked out all the details yet. Add another device to the "it won't be locked, we just don't know how or when" list: the HTC Sensation.


Ah, yes, the infamous alot. ಠ_ಠ

The important bit of that wall of text:

We are currently developing new bootloader unlocked software for [the Sensation]. HTC is still committed to allowing our customers to unlock the bootloaders if they wish, however we are still implementing the policy and many updates were already finalized prior to our change in policy. We apologize for the inconvenience, but be assured that we are working on a solution for our customers and our commitment has not changed. Please stay tuned to our official channels for ongoing updates on how we will be implementing this policy.

In other words: HTC already had locked bootloaders in place, and now the company is trying to figure out how to reverse that. They're not sure how that'll happen, and thus not sure when it will happen either. But hey - at least we know it will happen.

[Source: HTC-Dev (note: in French), XDA-Devs. Thanks for the tip Romain]

Aaron Gingrich
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  • Barry Flanagan

    My guess is that unlockable bootloaders will ONLY be available on non carrier branded/subsidized phones.

    Nowhere that I have read did HTC say they were unlocking all bootloaders in future.

    • Aaron Gingrich

      "... we will no longer be locking the bootloaders on our devices." -- Peter Chou, CEO of HTC.

      I'm pretty sure that if he meant only a small portion of their devices were going to be unlocked, he would have said so. Saying that only unlocked and unsubsidized devices will be unlocked now would be a HUGE faux pas and also class action bait. Not to mention they've also stated the EVO 3D will be unlocked, and that will be a Sprint device.

      • Barry Flanagan

        I hope you are right.

    • Phil Oakley

      It'll have to go through the carriers. My Sensation is a Vodafone one, so the update (if it's issued as an OTA) will need to go through Vodafone. Vodafone already carry unlocked phones, so I expect they'll be fine with it :)

  • snax

    Now we should all email our providers stating we hope you get the unlocked Sensation. I would hate for my provider to not carry this phone because they don't want to bother with unlocked bootloaders.

  • troy

    I'm with sprint I want the HTC sensation. I got the nexus s 4g and its a pile of shit let me know if its worth the sensation will it work for sprint