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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4 Comments

1. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

Yeah after XDA put the squeeze on them.

2. hetero

Posts: 17; Member since: Jan 05, 2012

>>implying htc care about XDA >>implying people own htc phones >>implying android is not a laggy joke

3. jbash

Posts: 345; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

-XDA has more pull than you realize. -Alot of ppl do own HTC's and it would be in there best interest to keep their customer base happy. -your only experience with android must be early models or low end models.

4. hybris

Posts: 56; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

He didn't imply either of the last 2. You're so cool bro.

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