HTC will roll out unlocked bootloader for the freshly launched Sensation, Sensation 4G and EVO 3D smartphones.
Bootloader is a code that loads other data and programs to the smartphones’ RAM (Read Access Memory), which then executes the programmes. Locked or unlocked bootloader, thus decides the extent of access to the users. A locked bootloader hence prevents users from accessing data that come preloaded with the smartphone.
On the other hand, an unlocked bootloader gives the user root access. Hence, an unlocked bootloader will enable the users to install third party apps which generally require root access.
The entire process will be executed in two parts. At first, HTC will roll out the maintenance releases and proper updates will be rolled out for more devices in early September. The unlocked bootloaders are meant for the developers to create and develop applications to enhance the Android based smartphone’s user experience.
HTC and Motorola were two handset makers that rolled out devices with locked bootloaders and thereby limiting the reach as well as access. After facing heat and recurring complaints, HTC finally decided to unlock the bootloaders for letting developers make the best of HTC devices. Do note that unlocking bootloaders by yourself voids the warranty.
HTC also announced the release of Sense Software Development Kit which is basically a tool to develop widgets for its custom use interface for the Android devices. With a wide portfolio of Android handsets, HTC is trying to leverage best of the situation — developer’s interest. That is going to benefit end consumers with better quality widgets and applications from the Android developers.
Other companies are also trying to lure the developers by offering free handsets to the developers and unlocked bootloaders as well. It’s a part of a process that is expected to yield quality applications in long run.