HTC Sensation

HTC has updated us all about their bootloader policy for Android phones, and it's all good news.  If you weren't aware, HTC has already announced that they will no longer be locking the bootloaders on their devices.  Tonight, over on its Facebook page, HTC dropped word that the Sensation will be the first to have its bootloader unlocked, followed by the EVO 3D

Here's the full update:

We wanted to provide an update on HTC’s progress with bringing bootloader unlocking to our newest phones. We know how excited some of you are for this capability, and we’ve put significant resources behind making this change as soon as possible. While we wish we could flip a simple switch and unlock all bootloaders across our device portfolio, this is actually a complex challenge that requires a new software build and extensive testing to deliver the best possible customer experience.

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.

HTC continues its commitment to unlocking bootloaders and supporting the developer community. Because of the importance of this community to us, please expect an update on this about every few weeks as we make progress toward launch. Thank you for your patience and continued support!

Sure, the wait's a little longer than we all want, but an approximate date is more than we expected.  I'm sure developers and folks with either the HTC Sensation or the HTC EVO 3D are pleased as punch with this decision, as are we here at Android Central.  Nice work, HTC.

Source: Facebook

There are 68 comments

jordanetodd says:

Htc is so on top of it.

xorg says:

I'm holding out until they deliver before I upgrade from EVO. CM7 on EVO is too good. My next phone will be whoever comes out with dual core qHD and no encrypted bootloader on Sprint. HTC will get my biz if they deliver before others.

2late2die says:

Good on ya HTC!

jasonxlee01 says:

Wow good job HTC. More and more companies should start doing this. Good job listening to customers. Motorola could learn a thing or two from HTC.

amojeba says:

Seriously. If Moto follows suit, they'll earn my business.
Otherwise it may be HTC

crxssi says:


Stang68 says:

$10 says none of the Verizon HTC devices get unlocked. It'll be interesting to see the next HTC device on Verizon get released...

It might be a while before VERIZON see's anything of any real value on their network from HTC they don't deserve a POWER HOUSE DEVICE. Their network just doesn't play nice with LTE why should HTC WAIST THEIR TIME????Plus look at what the EVO 3D makes the THUNDERBOLT LOOK LIKE....

stopswitch says:

EVO 3D is a really great device, except unfortunately it won't be getting much 4g anywhere cause Sprint refuses to release anymore wimax areas (because Wimax is a joke for 4g, they are switching to LTE).
You won't be able to hold a phone call due to their spotty coverage. Unfortunately you would have to pay me to use their garbage network with their supposed "4g".

xorg says:

Actually WiMAX works pretty well for me even indoors - and truly unlimited. Is pretty good if you are in a Sprint 4G market but yes, sucks they've stopped the rollout.

icebike says:

Waist is not the same as waste.

squiddy20 says:

All the while, Sprint is switching to your supposed "battery draining" LTE network and has nearly stopped all expansion of Wimax. Get real.

stoneworrior says:

My 3d just got sexier

yankeesusa says:

This is why ever since the htc touch/vogue I have only owned htc phones. I can't wait for the bootloader unlocking.

S_C_B says:

Sexy like me!

stoneworrior says:


salvasaur says:

I bet we get S-Off from somewhere like teamwin before then.

Jerzyiroc says:

Ya we definitely will. But its great to know that we'll have a legit and official way of doing so in the near future

Flip says:

Wooow i es just messing with my og evo, n the thought of going back was strong but now that I knw they're really gonna unlock the ev3 i can be patience

Kudos to HTC.

EvanJ18 says:

I love HTC. they say they will review bootloader policy and it gets done. MOTO says they will review bootloader policy and they release Droid 3 locked down.

IceDree says:

The same happened with the EVO 3D !
Last time I checked , none of the S (Desire S , Incredible S & Wildfire S)phones has been unlocked (bootloader wise) officially by HTC

In the other hand , the Atrix's bootloader will be unlocked this Month with GingerBread 2.3.4 update
The DROID 3 (& the Droid X2) was already in tests when they said they will change their policy

Does it manner anyway ?
You still can load Custom ROM in Motorola phones , they are already available for the Atrix , Droid X , Droid 2 , MileStone , MileStone XT720 & Defy , even though the bootloader is still locked !


cbuhay1 says:

...And clearly, typing a reply in all caps lends more validity to the statement.

Nirvana328 says:

please don't feed the trolls, it only makes them stronger. Just ignore him & mark his posts as spam into oblivion until he learns to behave like a normal human being.

IceDree says:

I know it sounds like im a Motorola fabboy & HTC hater, but im not
As of manner of fact i'm a fan of both Motorola & HTC, even before Android came to life
I would love to own a HTC phone, but they don't suit my needs like Motorola does
Regarding the EVO : spec wise its one of the best phones in the market, but its ugly as hell , the same goes with Sensation & the S line
HTC need to step up their designs & create new things

objdadon says:

U personally love the way the EVO looks but u really care that much for looks? U must be a woman. By the way, I've never seen a good looking Motorola! Ugly garbage!

Menru says:

No. The Galaxy SII never had a locker bootloader in the first place; and it runs circles around the EVO 3D.

objdadon says:

Why do people keep bringing up this phantom phone by the name of the sg2? Here in the states it doesn't exist!!! By the time it does, it will be outdated! It already is when compared to the 3vo! I can get several phones that do every thing the sg2 does. But nothing can do everything the 3vo can do. Ooooh sg2 my phone is so fast according to computer generated test, but not enough for the human eye to notice! Sg2 is boring! Same Samsung garbage that will get neglected from updates as always!

Menru says:

Blame your dumb American carriers, you can get the phone in any other country. So, what does the EVO 3D have over the GSII? Samsung has better screen, more RAM, better camera, and is faster and smoother, not only according to benchmarks. You can have 200 cores in your EVO 3D and it will still lag without proper optimization and hardware acceleration. And updates? Galaxy S got updated from 2.1 to 2.2 and now it's on 2.3.4.

crxssi says:

The GSII has the same amount of RAM as the Evo 3D. The performance difference is not significant, the cameras are very similar, and the screen on the Evo 3D is higher resolution (and 3D).

Your post is a FAIL.

marko358 says:

The cameras are similar? LMAO

Menru says:

Sorry, I must've confused it with the Sensation (which has 768 RAM). I never said the difference in speed is significant, but it's there. And no, the cameras aren't very similar. Resolution and 3D are just specs, the screen on GSII still looks the best.

crabjoe says:

You need to get over yourself.

Just because you can't get something, here in the states, doesn't mean it doesn't matter or even exists.

Very often, we're the last ones to get the most current technology, even if we're the ones that invented it.

For example, in the early to mid 90's, when all we had were handheld GPS units, you could get in-dash GPS navigation in Japan. HDTV's had been available, in other parts of the world, for almost a decade before they appeared here in the states.

I don't know why, but when it comes to the latest and greatest, we seem to be left behind...

objdadon says: I'm not the last to get anything, I have the EVO 3d FIRST! And sg2 is not the latest technology, It's just a phone! My EVO 3d is a phone, a mini laptop, a 3d gaming system, a 3d glasses free multimedia megaplex and more! What the hell new technology are u referring to on the Gs2?

squiddy20 says:

Try saying that to any people who have Motorola phones for their work. I can practically guarantee that you will get punched in the face. Not only for the attitude, but for the blind ignorance and highly biased opinion you have. Try using caps lock just a liiiiittle bit less. It'll make you seem somewhat smarter.

jimmyk0789 says:

You do realize not many of us like you I wish the android central team would ban you

squiddy20 says:

He was banned several times from Phandroid. Each time, he just stupidly created a new profile name and kept on going like the oblivious, ignorant moron that he is.

Leif says:

"While we wish we could flip a simple switch and unlock all bootloaders across our device portfolio, this is actually a complex challenge that requires a new software build and extensive testing to deliver the best possible customer experience."

Just publish the private key and let rom makers do the rest...So I must call BS on that point. Although maybe there is some other reason they don't want to do it that I'm not aware of.

But otherwise, this is awesome.

babybear293 says:

HTC! Man you guys are awesome, you are on a league of your own!
My first Android phone was a hero & I loved it, now I own the EVO 3D.
I'm anticipating the updates. Thanks HTC :-)

What does a unlocked bootloader do for you..don't get the excitement maybe just a little slow.

drdeath91 says:

I'm in the same boat. Does this mean that the slightly above average user will be able to load roms without a bunch of extra work? This is one of the very few things I miss about my Pre and WebOS. While no we didn't have full roms to flash, we did have a much easier method of customizing our phones. We also had a huge safety net to fall back on if we screwed something up.

So please, if anybody could enlighten us as to why this is so important and how it will be an advantage, that would be greatly appreciated.

deltatko says:

I feel like they are waiting because they are going to upgrade to 2.3.4

VCL says:

Just let the damn code out so the devs can go at it. I hate like hell to wait until almost sept. to have my Sensation S-off and rooted. Let's get this show on the road HTC. At least there is one company doing the right thing, maybe dragging their feet on it but at least it will be done.
Thanks HTC.

Motorola, if you start doing this as well, your phones will kick ass like the OGDroid did, and your revenue will spike spontaneously.

yllwboy sr says:

What does unlocking a bootloader do I'm new

jordanetodd says:

Allows permroot and rom flashing in an easier fashion than having to work around a locked bootloader.

mitchsurp#AC says:

And temp-perma root development will basically stop till then.

IceDree says:

Good job HTC

Twizel says:


The EVO 3D is my current device since June 24th 2011 and the EVO 4G was my previous device fron June 4th 2010 to June 24th 2011. I will NEVER PURCHASE ANYTHING OTHER THAN HTC ON SPRINT....EVO 3D KICKS ALL DEVICES BUTTS ALL DAY LONG

Menru says:


crxssi says:

Yes, the Evo 3D is da bomb. Now, will your parents please put you to bed???

squiddy20 says:

... "devices" don't have "butts". Get over yourself.


squiddy20 says:

OMG! Just look at how retarded you are with your useless youtube links and overuse of the caps lock key! You act as mature as a 4 year old girl. Either grow up or shut up.

pitmasterme says:

I'm calling bs......not that I don't think they will eventually unlock the bootloaders, but that they have lead us on on their bootloader policy. If HTC trully had intended on not locking bootloaders anymore, why the bootloading lock update on the og EVO? Why ship out the sensation and 3vo with locked botloaders? Smells like bs to me....

Floss82 says:

Yes finally! Good work HTC and hope you guys keep yall promise:) Hopefully ill have my Sensation 4G by then:)

dacp283 says:

In gonna track down this Richard character and rip off his capslock.

I'll help!

pDoG says:

I hope to have a Sensation by then. Bur considering how fast tjr dev work is for these devices ill be unlocked by then. Awesome either way though.

cloud36426 says:

If anyone from HTC is reading this note this is full of win.

<~ Jealous MOTO owner

Motorola....are you listening?!

crabjoe says:

They are... With the Gingerbread update, for the Atrix, the bootloader is unlocked.

rjc02648 says:

People getting into heated arguments over phone specs LOL

amojeba says:

MOTOROLA - Can you hear me now ?
Droid X please.

Kudos to HTC for doing the right (and ultimately profitable) thing.

cnstarz says:

I'm willing to bet that HTC leaves the EVO4G locked in an attempt to drive devs and followers wallets to the EVO3D. Hopefully not though.