Just as promised since a few months ago, mobile phone maker HTC Corporation has started to offer its users the possibility to easily unlock the bootloaders on their handsets, with HTC Sensation being the first smartphone to get through the process.
After announcing earlier this month that it would be offering a series of software updates to its users to as to enable them enjoy unlocked bootloaders on their devices, the company has recently published detailed instructions on how the unlocking can be done.
Those who have been long waiting to be able to unlock the bootloader on their HTC smartphones should head over to the HTCdev website to learn specific info on what they need to do on the matter.
The instructions are available only to registered users, and come with the fair warning that users will be the only ones to be held responsible for any issues that might emerge during the unlocking process.
“It is our responsibility to caution you that not all claims resulting or caused by or from the unlocking of the bootloader may be covered under warranty,” the company notes.
“Please note that unlocking your bootloader does not mean that you will be able to unlock the SIM lock. Unlocking your SIM lock is at the discretion of your operator/carrier and is not part of the bootloader unlocking scope.”
Before proceeding with the move, users should make sure that they have the Android SDK and Java installed on their computers, along with the HTC Sync application (for Windows computers).
With the smartphone connected to the computer and the aforementioned packages installed, users can kick off the unlocking of the phone's bootloader.
HTC explains everything pretty straightforward on their website, and users should make sure that they closely follow all the instructions there, so that nothing goes wrong.
As part of the unlocking process, users will need to copy a specific code from their computers and past it in the token field on HTC's website.
After hitting the submit button there, they will be sent an email with a unlock code binary file necessary for unlocking the bootloader on their mobile phones.
For the time being, the European HTC Sensation is the only device that can be unlocked, but the Taiwanese mobile phone maker says that the HTC EVO 3D at Sprint and HTC Sensation 4G on T-Mobile USA's airwaves will soon join the party.