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HTC updates Android bootloader unlocking situation

HTC updates Android bootloader unlocking situation

HTC has issued an update concerning locked bootloaders on its phones, stating it is on course to release a tool that will enable users to self-unlock their handsets very soon.

The Taiwanese manufacturer confirmed on its official Facebook page that a ‘web tool’ will be released later this month allowing owners of HTC phones to perform ‘user-initiated’ unlocking of bootloaders on newly released handsets.

HTC said: “The Web tool, which will launch this month, requires that you register an account with a valid e-mail address and accept legal disclaimers that unlocking may void all or parts of your warranty.”

A bootloader, for the uninitiated, is the code that brings the operating system of a device to memory – i.e. the stuff that gets it going. Most manufacturers typically lock this functionality due to security issues. However, aspiring developers and hardcore enthusiasts feel they should have more control over what they can or can’t do with devices they've paid for.

HTC’s change of heart came in May when it caved in to a storm of customer protest over its decision to lock the bootloader on its Evo 3D smartphone.

The company will, however, continue to release handsets with locked bootloaders to keep widespread illegal tampering in check, but at least now users will have a choice in the matter, albeit with a sacrifice to make.

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