Until 2010, HTC was the favorite Android handset manufacturer among the Android developers, because of their relatively easy to bypass bootloader and their modding potential. However, since 2011 HTC has started encrypting the bootloader on their handsets, thus giving developers a hard time to gain root access and flash custom ROMs on their handsets.
The Taiwanese handset manufacturer received a lot of criticism for this, and finally released a bootloader unlocking tool for its handsets. HTC handset owners can use the web-based bootloader unlocking tool from the company to unlock the bootloader of their handset, and then root it or flash a custom ROM on it.
Sadly, the unlocking tool from HTC only allows users to unlock the bootloaders of certain of their handsets. In the last couple of months, HTC has released quite a few new handsets including the Rezound and the MyTouch Slide 4G. Today, the company update its bootloader tool to add support for the My Touch Slide 4G and the EVO View 4G, which is the Sprint’s version of the Flyer. The company did not add support for the Rezound though, which is a shame.
Hopefully, HTC will release phones with a relatively easy to unlock bootloader in 2012.