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In a continued effort to unlock bootloaders everywhere using their online tool, HTC has added several exciting entries to the "supported devices" list. Perhaps the most notable of the new entries are the Droid Incredible 2 and HTC Thunderbolt. Officially, HTC's online unlock tool is compatible with all devices launched after September 2011, but the new additions reflect an effort to add compatibility for older devices.

Update: HTC just added the Incredible S to the mix. Go get unlocked!

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"What does this mean for users of the Incredible 2 or Thunderbolt," you may ask. An unlocked bootloader basically allows users not only to root their device with (relative) ease, but also to write to partitions that may otherwise be protected (namely the recovery partition), opening up even more possibilities for those interested in tweaking their phone to perfection.

Without further ado, head over to HTC's bootloader unlock page to get started. Of course, unlocking a device's bootloader isn't for everyone, and HTC offers a wise word of warning that only experienced users should undertake the process, as it may cause problems or necessitate repairs not covered by your warranty.

Liam Spradlin
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  • Kevin

    Does that offer anything that rooting the Thunderbolt the old-fashioned way doesn't? Or is it just a simpler way to do it?

    • ERIFNOMI

      I wouldn't even say it's easier. The only thing is now HTC knows you're unlocking your bootloader.

    • Justin

      Honestly as long as http://www.revolutionary.io still works for the Thunderbolt I would stick with that. Aside from HTC and VZW "not knowing about it" it also provides full s-off which allows you to do a few things HTC's unlock doesn't, namely flashing radios and bootloaders.

  • Ahmad Nadeem

    Still no mid-range device......Does HTC even think about us????

  • KatsumeBlisk

    So what does this enable for those of us with S-OFF through Revolutionary? It's awesome that HTC has unlocked the boot loader officially (a lot better than what Motorola has been doing), but what does it give us that's new?

    • Joshua

      I would keep your S-OFF through revolutionary. You can do the things you want and you can actually flash radio and HBOOT versions (HTC and carrier-protected files).

  • ABT Benjamins

    You guys are missing a big part of the picture; Manufacturers are getting behind the open aspect of android. Is this a huge deal for us with rooted devices? Hardly, but it is as much about the future of Android as is is supporting the past and present.

  • http://twitter.com/stetsonaw Andy Stetson

    Moto??? You see this??

  • Hacker1

    Never knew the power of a rooted Android until I rooted my DINC2 months ago. My phone is running blazing fast now (not even overclocking). The best part is that I don't have to see those garbage apps Verizon installed on my phone ever AGAIN! WOOT!

  • AC

    That's nice and all, but still waiting on one of two things: 1) An ICS HTC phone announcement so we can yank the RIL for data on ICS roms, or 2) an ICS OTA update for the ThunderBolt. :)

  • Dee

    How do you root a Droid incredible 2? I need help!!

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