HTC recently launched their Developer’s Center website where, among other things, developers and even end users can unlock the bootloader on their phones. HTC already outlined how the process will work and has been teasing us with it for a while. But the bootloader unlock tool is finally live. At least for some.
HTC is committed to listening to users and delivering customer satisfaction. We have heard your voice and starting now, we will allow our bootloader to be unlocked for 2011 models going forward. We plan on releasing the updates that will allow you to unlock your bootloader in the coming months, please keep an eye on this website for more details on which devices will be adding this feature. We are extremely pleased to see the energy and enthusiasm from our fans and loyal customers, and we are excited to see what you are capable of. HTC eagerly anticipates your innovations.
Currently the list of unlockable phones is a short one. The EU version of the Sensation, Sprint’s EVO 3D and T-Mobile’s Sensation 4G. Right now only the European Sensation is available for unlocking. But HTC has promised the others will come in short order. It’s also noted that unlocking your bootloader probably will void your warranty. Or at least any damage that results from unlocking it.
For those of you unaware, the bootloader is a piece of software that controls what system images are allowed on the phone. Unlocking it allows for custom ROM development and other modifications. Manufacturers have been locking the bootloader to protect against customers bricking their handsets. Notable devices such as the Nexus series phones have had user unlockable bootloaders, as well as the Motorola Xoom tablet. With the recent community and developer backlash, both HTC and Motorola have agreed to provide tools for unlocking in the future. HTC is finally starting to come through with that promise.
Source: The Android Site