HTC has finally laid out a timetable for the release of software updates on phones that will allow the unlocking of device bootloaders. It sounds like HTC will be utilizing a system similar to Sony - which uses a web-based tool as part of the unlock process. Why? HTC states that while the OTA software update allowing unlocking will start rolling out in August, the actually ability to unlock phones won't be ready until early September. So, at the earliest, your EVO 3D or Sensation 4G will be unlockable in about 2 months.

Unfortunately, there's another caveat: HTC hasn't exactly made it 100% clear that August is the date for the release of said software update for the EVO 3D and Sensation 4G. Read this:

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. [emphasis ours]

One could interpret this in two ways. First, that all 3 phones will be receiving an OTA update allowing unlocking in August. Or, that the global version of the HTC Sensation will receive the OTA in August, and that at some point the EVO 3D and Sensation 4G will receive similar updates. Which does HTC really mean? It's hard to say - on the one hand, public statements by major corporations are often carefully worded. On the other, it could just be an unintentional ambiguity. We've contacted HTC and are hoping they'll clarify.

Otherwise, take a look at HTC's full statement below, or on Facebook.



David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • David

    The main issue I have with all of the HTC posts that they make in regards to bootloaders, is that they mention "unlocking bootloaders", not that they are making "unlockable bootloaders". The general public are going to misread what they say, and they will be pissed because of this lack of specifics. I think they need to make sure that they always post that they are making "unlockable" bootloaders. Read what they have already posted, and you can see where most of the Facebook readers are misinterpreting what HTC is saying already.

  • Richard Yarrell

    Actually right now I am satisfied with the way my EVO 3D performs on a daily basis. I get 16 to 22 hrs of battery life every day 16 if I decide to play some heavy games surf the web, watch some video's with 2 email accounts and facebook,google plus updates runing every hour. 22hrs if I just decide to go light for the day as far as usage I use my device differently every day. How much better it will run remains to be seen. I am happy if HTC does this because in the long run this will help to better support the device and it gives plenty of more options for owners of the EVO 3D. I', just not rushing HTC with this promise they have always supported their device from day one espically the EVO 4G I use to own so we as customers should just chill out they will live up to their promise as they stated. Unlocking the bootloader as far as an update if not done right can cause MORE HARM THAN GOOD so I prefer they do this correctly. Meanwhile I will continue to use my device that performs EXCELLENT as a daily driver until I have a reason to do something more.

    • David

      Perfect. What you stated actually made my point for me.

  • Richard Yarrell

    Plus look at HOW SILLY MY LOVELY EVO 3D MAKES THE THUNDERBOLT LOOK..http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9qtf8GUyn4

  • JBO1018

    I don't own either phone but this makes me very happy. It's so good to see a manufacturer supporting open development, and keeping the customers updated on the situation. I agree it needs to be done right tho because power uses are not the only people HTC has to worry about. The typical end used, who happen to be the majority, want there phones secure and don't want to worry about accidently messing something up because they have access to parts of the phone that they are not used to.