The HTC Sensation 4G, the carrier variant of the HTC Sensation, T-Mobile announced back in April got a signed bootloader which speaks of difficult ROM development for the smartphone. Then came HTC saying they are reviewing their bootloader policy after which Peter Chou himself announced the Taiwanese company will no longer lock its smartphones’ bootloaders.
Though the statement refers to the future, HTC support people are responding emails about Sensation 4G bootloader inquiries: “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. Thank you for your patience”.
It would only seem logical for HTC to make such a move given their new policy and that the Sensation is the manufacturer’s flagship smartphone. We can definitely expect a similar approach for the EVO 3D — in case it ships with an already developed and tested locked bootloader.