HTC had a pretty dismal 2011. First, the company started releasing phones with a locked down bootloader, which led to the company receiving heavy criticism and making an impact on its sales. Secondly, HTC literally spammed the market with Android phones that were hardly different from each other, and all of them failed to make a significant impact – sales wise.
Thankfully, HTC has realized their mistake and will be releasing fewer Android phones this year. For the first problem, HTC released a web-based bootloader-unlocking tool last year, which allows developers or advanced users to unlock the bootloader on their handset. Still, the official tool from HTC only supported a handful of their latest handsets, which was quite a major issue.
However, HTC has been updating their bootloader unlocking tool for the last couple of months and have added support for quite a few handsets including the Droid Incredible 2, Rezound and Flyer. Today, the company has again updated the bootloader-unlocking tool to add support for some of its older handsets that includes the original Droid Incredible, Desire Z, ChaCha, and the T-Mobile G2.
While an unlocked bootloader on these old handsets might not help the developers or modding community much, it is still good to see HTC adding support for older handsets.