It looks like the sale of smartphones with locked bootloaders isn’t going away anytime soon, at least so long as the wishes of carriers continue to influence manufacturer decisions. While the reality of the situation may be disappointing to developers, at least we’re seeing a growing number of phones that can be unlocked with manufacturer blessing (at the cost of their warranties). We got news last month of HTC bringing such unlock support to another half-a-dozen of its Androids. Today we learn of the next series of handsets to come to HTC’s unlock service, with a special focus on older models.
The HTC Hero first landed two and a half years ago. If you’ve been holding on to yours ever since, you’ll be pleased to know that HTC hasn’t forgotten about the handset, either; both the Hero and its Droid Eris variation for Verizon are among today’s newly-supported models. Another old soul receiving some new attention with this update to HTC’s unlock service is the myTouch 3G, known as the HTC Magic outside the States. The HTC Legend is no spring chicken, either, and the new support for all these older Androids really shows how serious HTC is getting about its unlock program. The most recently-released model added today is the myTouch 4G, which came to T-Mobile back in November of 2010.
As always, you can check out the latest list of handsets supported by HTC’s bootloader unlock tool over at HTCdev.com.