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HTC EVO 3D to launch with unlocked bootloader

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HTC EVO 3D to launch with unlocked bootloader
HTC EVO 3D to launch with unlocked bootloader
No sooner had we reported that HTC planned on unlocking the bootloader on its handsets than up popped the question on everyone's mind, "Will the HTC EVO 3D launch with an unlocked bootloader?" The question was posed to the man of the hour, HTC CEO Peter Chou, in the form of an email and Chou's response left no doubt about the answer to that question. "Our original intent was to reduce the potential quality problem when user (s) upgrade their phone," wrote the executive, "Anyway, we will unlock it (HTC EVO 3D). Customer satisfaction is very important to us and we want you to have a good experience when you deal with HTC."

As recently as last week, it was being reported that the high-end handset was coming to market with a locked bootloader. But that was before Chou's announcement the other day, and now those who like to install custom operating systems or root their device will have a much easier time of it. While no official launch date has been announced, we told you the other day that Radio Shack plans on offering the phone for $199.99 with a 2-year contract, or $99.99 with a contract and your trade-in of the HTC EVO 4G or the HTC EVO Shift 4G. Now that the newer device will launch without a locked bootloader, Radio Shack might see more trade-ins than they planned for.

Thanks, Philip!

source: Android Police

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posted on 29 May 2011, 09:16 3

2. Roland (unregistered)


Do you have any information about Sensation? Will HTC unlock bootloader as well?

posted on 29 May 2011, 10:13 8

6. AndroidTroll (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)


At least htc cares about pleasing its customers, unlike Samsung and Apple.

posted on 29 May 2011, 16:46 1

17. JasonX (unregistered)


U say that but yet every complaint about original SGS was fixed an they all there phones are unlocked

posted on 29 May 2011, 10:39 1

8. Andy-Droid (unregistered)


i have one question: why is it so important to have the bootloader unlocked? what is it for?

posted on 29 May 2011, 11:12

10. stuntz (Posts: 178; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


for rooting.

posted on 29 May 2011, 13:49 3

13. No (unregistered)


Not for rooting. You can root with a locked bootloader. This is good for installing customs ROMs, kernels, etc.

posted on 29 May 2011, 22:34 2

20. You'reAtool (unregistered)


Also known as rooting......

posted on 01 Jun 2011, 06:29

30. Indoc (unregistered)


You're incorrect. Even the article makes a distinction:

"...those who like to install custom operating systems or root their device..."

Rooting simply gives you root (admin) access to the device, whereas loading a custom ROM is akin to installing an entirely new operating system. Completely different concepts.

posted on 29 May 2011, 13:16

11. Omega9712 (unregistered)


Well even though their unlocking the evo 3d I still feel that a rooted evo with froyo 4.6 will rival it VERY WELL INDEED without being over clocked. I've seen it....CRAZY!!!!

posted on 29 May 2011, 15:10

15. k1ng617 (Posts: 245; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


THat's pretty great how fast HTC is working to appease their customers. I like I like!

posted on 29 May 2011, 15:15

16. bro (unregistered)


bro, this is good news bro. i wish i was on sprint because the evo 3d is legit bro.

posted on 29 May 2011, 22:34

19. ken (unregistered)


rooting will void the warranty.Iam wondring how many of you out there actually custom roms ? Nevertheless, HTC to be applauded for this move

posted on 29 May 2011, 22:37

21. You'reAtool (unregistered)


Tons of people have rooted devices. Once I rooted my old HTC Hero I told myself I would never purchase a phone that couldn't be rooted again. Now I have the EVO. rooting is the best thing ANYONE can do for their phone. Just look at places like the XDA forums and look how much developer support there is for not just the EVO but a vast majority of HTC devices.

posted on 29 May 2011, 22:39 2

22. You'reAtool (unregistered)


Plus, rooting only voids the warranty if you have to send it in for warranty reasons. Even then, just unroot your device before you send it in.

posted on 30 May 2011, 15:26 1

28. AndroidTroll (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)


Agreed. It only takes about 20 minutes to unroot. Recently, I got it back to S-On state and sent my Evo in for warranty repair to get the display replaced due to the b-spot issue. Once I got it back I rooted it again and put CM7 nightly in order to use Android 2.3.4 with native video chat because Tango and Qik fucking suck!

posted on 30 May 2011, 00:41 1

23. fanesxx (Posts: 70; Member since: 19 May 2011)


i just die.........unstoppable

posted on 30 May 2011, 02:29

24. ken (unregistered)


gee... i didn't know there's unrooting stuff even though i just recently rooted my moto DEFY ! Thanks very much for the info...Many of my friends got Android devices and yet none of them is willing to root cos they see no reasons and neccessities. IMO HTC users are lucky as the company releasing upgrades/updates in a pace that no other big players can keep up with (e.g. Sony, Moto, Samsung)

posted on 30 May 2011, 08:52

25. htcfree (unregistered)


OK wow rooting this phone would be like rooting the sensation or bell atrix not fun not easy yes it means modifying ur phone and no evo 4g will be nothing close to the power of the 3d even over clocked I have one I know the evo 4g over clocks 1.2 nice but passed that most phones wont stay stable evo 3d is a clocked down 1.2 with a gpu that makes the evos seem like a joke I love my evo but 3d spec wise 4g doesn't come close

posted on 30 May 2011, 08:53

26. htcfree (unregistered)


Also it will be rooted so 1.5 Oc or beyond may soon be a reality

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