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HTC to start unlocking devices via firmware updates this August

Remember how HTC made headlines not too long ago when the Taiwanese smartphone OEM claimed that it will eventually sell its smartphones without locking down the bootloader? Turns out that users need not have to worry about older devices not getting some unlockable love fron HTC, for the company has announced that it will be issuing a firmware update to unlock the bootloader on some of its devices come this August.

Read on to find out more.

OEMs may lock down the bootloaders on their smartphones over perfectly valid security concerns, but it does not change the fact that such actions seldom, if ever sit well with tinkers and the hacker community, and for good reason. After all, it inteferes with the ability to install custom ROMs that can potentially provide a much greater experience than what the stock OEM ROM is capable of delivering.

However, owners of HTC-branded smartphones can probably breathe a sigh of relief about not having to deal with this issue of locked bootloaders much longer, as the Tawanese smartphone OEM has recently announced on its Facebook page that it is on track to deliver a firmware update come August that will unlock the bootloader on certain HTC smartphones.

According to the information posted by HTC, the HTC Sensation will be the first device to have its bootloader unlocked via the firmware update that is slated to be released sometime in August this year, while the carrier-locked versions of the same device for T-Mobile and the HTC EVO 3D are expected to follow along shortly. In addition, the company has confirmed its plans to roll out the software update to other device, although it chose to remain silent about which models would be eligible for the firmware update.

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. We’re in the testing phase for the unlocking capability now, and we expect it to be fully operational by early September for devices that have received the software updates. We'll continue rolling out the unlocking capability over time to other devices as part of maintenance releases and new shipments.

Still, it does not change the fact that this piece of news will undoubtedly be well-received by many owners of HTC handsets who have been clamoring for unlocked bootloaders but have yet to so via third-party means over fears of potential bricking and voiding of warranty. Now all that HTC needs to do is to release a list of handset models will eventually be blessed with the bootloader unlocking firmware and all be nice and well.

Source: HTC's Facebook

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