HTC Launches New Developer Portal with Bootloader Unlocking, OpenSense SDK, and Kernel Source Code

HTC has made good on its promise and has launched its new developer portal. Although the developer portal is intended to cater to both Android and Windows Phone 7 devices from HTC, right now it is predominantly for Android users and developers.

HTCdev is designed to give you the inspiration to explore the possibilities within HTC devices, the resources you need to develop your ideas and applications, and the opportunity to connect with other developers and with HTC.


HTC is opening up aspects of its popular Sense UI to enable tighter third party application integration. Currently three sets of APIs are available: Common Controls API, Stereoscopic 3D (S3D) API, and Tablet Pen API. The first one encompasses UI widgets and components that will provide developers with the ability to deliver the Sense UI look and feel to their applications. The other two are for leveraging 3D display and Scribe pen functionalities. HTCDev also provides access to the kernel source code for pretty much all the current generation HTC Android smartphones.

Disappointingly, the bootloader unlocking tool, which is probably the most highly anticipated aspect of the new developer portal, is still not ready. HTC Sensation will be the first handset to receive the unlocker, followed by the HTC Sensation 4G on T-Mobile USA and the HTC EVO 3D on Sprint. The web based bootloader unlocking tool is expected to go live within the next couple of weeks. All future HTC handsets will continue to ship with locked bootloaders; however, they will be unlockable through the HTCDev portal.

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