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HTC details the unlocking process for its newest phones

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HTC Sensation

The HTC Sensation 4G and HTC EVO 3D were shipped with locked bootloaders. So what the heck is a bootloader anyway? To the average consumer, a locked bootloader doesn’t matter. However, for the user that likes to tinker with their device, locked bootloaders are a massive downer.

A bootloader is basically the code that starts before the phone’s main operating system has a chance to load. If the bootloader is locked, it becomes very difficult to install custom firmware to a device. HTC wants customers that own its phones to have the freedom to customize their Android smartphones as they see fit. That’s why HTC will release the tools to unlock the bootloaders for the HTC Sensation, HTC Sensation 4G and HTC EVO 3D later this month.

Here’s how the process will work. Unlocking the bootloader will be done using a web tool. Before you can access the web tool, HTC will ask you to register your email address and agree to terms that state how unlocking the bootloader may void your phone’s warranty. A device identifier token will then be sent to you through e-mail before you can apply it.

See? Simple.

Via [HTC Facebook Page]

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