HTC to unlock bootloaders on latest handsets

Mobile maker HTC has bowed to pressure from angry users and will officially allow bootloader unlocking on its latest hardware.

In an update to a May Facebook post the company announced that those wishing to tinker around in the innards of their smartphones will soon be able to do so with HTC's blessing.

"We wanted to provide an update on HTC’s progress with bringing bootloader unlocking to our newest phones," said the update posted yesterday. "We know how excited some of you are for this capability, and we’ve put significant resources behind making this change as soon as possible.

Explaining why the move has taken so long, and why the new policy will be restricted to certain hardware, the post continues, "While we wish we could flip a simple switch and unlock all bootloaders across our device portfolio, this is actually a complex challenge that requires a new software build and extensive testing to deliver the best possible customer experience."

Citing 'overwhelming customer feedback,' HTC CEO Peter Chou promised back in May that the bootloader unlock was on the cards but failed to offer a time scale at the time.

The company has now confirmed that the wait is nearly over. "We’re thrilled to announce today that software updates to support bootloader unlocking will begin rolling out in August for the global HTC Sensation, followed by the HTC Sensation 4G on T-Mobile USA and the HTC EVO 3D on Sprint," said the statement, adding "we’re in the testing phase for the unlocking capability now, and we expect it to be fully operational by early September for devices that have received the software updates. We'll continue rolling out the unlocking capability over time to other devices as part of maintenance releases and new shipments."

HTC says that it is committed to supporting the developer community and will be providing updates every few weeks in the run-up to the August roll-out.

The news has been well received among many HTC users but the predictable cries of 'what about my handset?' are beginning to mount.