HTC expands list of phones with unlocked bootloader option

HTC expands list of phones with unlocked bootloader option
HTC recently said that that work was continuing on expanding the list of older models that can have the bootloader unlocked. The Taiwan based manufacturer added six more phones to its list of handsets that now have support for an unlocked bootloader and tweeted the news to a grateful public. The phones added are the HTC Wildfire, HTC Wildfire S, HTC Salsa, HTC Merge, HTC Desire and the HTC Status. All HTC models produced after September, 2011 come with an unlocked bootloader and HTC continues to work on allowing the process to become supported on older phones.

For those unfamiliar with a bootloader, it is a program that controls which applications will run when you boot up your phone. To keep the process of powering on your device the same each time, and to keep out malicious software, the bootloader is usually locked by the manufacturer. But with the large number of Android users who want to add custom software on their phone, some manufacturers have decided to allow for an unlocked bootloader on newer models and are offering tools to unlock older handsets. Of course, we should let you know that if you turn your phone into a brick once the bootloader is unlocked, your warranty becomes useless.

If you have one of the HTC devices with a bootloader that can be unlocked, or you are unsure if your model is included, head over to htc.dev/bootloader. From that page, you will be able to view a list of all HTC models that can support the unlocking process and you can start the procedure. If your HTC phone is not on the list, you might want to try Xda's HTC Super Tool v3 which, as we recently reported, is theoretically able to unlock the bootloader on all HTC phones.

source: HTC via AndroidCentral


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Wildfire
  • Display 3.2 inches
    320 x 240 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
    front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S1
    0.4GB RAM
  • Storage , microSDHC
  • Battery 1300 mAh
  • OS Android 2.2
Wildfire S
  • Display 3.2 inches
    480 x 320 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
    front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S1
    0.5GB RAM
  • Storage , microSDHC
  • Battery 1230 mAh
  • OS Android 2.3
Status
  • Display 2.6 inches
    320 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
    0.3 MP VGA front
  • Hardware
    0.5GB RAM
  • Storage , microSDHC
  • Battery 1250 mAh
  • OS Android 2.3.3
Merge
  • Display 3.8 inches
    800 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
    front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S2
    0.5GB RAM
  • Storage 2GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 1400 mAh
  • OS Android 2.3
Salsa
  • Display 3.4 inches
    480 x 320 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
    0.3 MP VGA front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S1
    0.5GB RAM
  • Storage 0.15GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 1520 mAh
  • OS Android 2.3.3
Desire
  • Display 3.7 inches
    800 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
    front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S1
    0.6GB RAM
  • Storage , microSDHC
  • Battery 1400 mAh
  • OS Android 2.2

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