HTC Bootloader Unlocking Tool Now Available, But Aussies Still Waiting

HTC Bootloader Unlocking Tool Now Available, But Aussies Still Waiting

HTC is finally getting on with their promise to unlock bootloaders — their HTCdev website now has a step-by-step guide for three devices, but Aussie HTC handset owners will have to wait a bit longer.

HTC says that due to their Australian handsets not having the latest software update, users still have a few weeks to wait before they can unlock them and start thinking about custom ROMS and UIs. There’s no pegged date as to when that software update will arrive here.

I decided to try the HTC Sensation EU unlocking process on my Telstra-branded Sensation review unit anyway, and after spending hours downloading and installing the required software and dev tools, I was slapped with a bootloader error at the command prompt. Let me tell you now, it’s a long and time-consuming process — you have to really want to unlock your bootloader to unlock your bootloader.

The good news I can give you now, however, is that all future HTC devices will ship with an unlocked bootloader. The HTC representative I spoke to did stop to ask me if I really thought that many users were interested in unlocking bootloaders, to which I replied that if anyone is going to be interested in unlocking bootloaders, it would be HTC Sensation users. If that many people weren’t interested, then why bother developing a tool to let users unlock them? What do you guys think? [HTCdev]