HTC fans were not happy at all when the company didn’t adopt the policy of other smartphone firms that offer Android handsets. The thing that made the users unhappy was that while Samsung and others were moving towards unlocked bootloaders to allow for custom ROMs on the devices HTC was sticking with locked down devices. HTC later changed its stance on unlocked bootloaders and promised that it would launch future phones in unlocked form.
The rub was that devices that were ready to hit the market after that decision was made still launched with locked loaders. That means that the HTC Sensation 4G we reviewed had a locked down bootloader. Some fans of the Sensation on the XDA forums contacted HTC to see what the phone maker had in mind for the device. HTC responded and said that it is working on an unlock for the bootloader on the Sensation. No official time frame was offered for the updates. You can see the official HTC response below.
HTC’s response was, “We are currently developing new bootloader unlocked software for your phone. HTC is still committed to allowing our customers to unlock the bootloaders if they wish, however we are still implementing the policy and many updates were already finalized prior to our change in policy. We apologize for the inconvenience, but be assured that we are working on a solution for our customers and our commitment has not changed. Please stay tuned to our official channels for ongoing updates on how we will be implementing this policy.”