March 25, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Most of the development that occurs on the forums requires users to run either Windows or Linux. As such, most guides are for those operating systems as well. Thus Mac users are in a state of limbo, as most users have to wait for someone with a Mac to develop or write tutorials specifically for Macs, including the latest troubleshooting.
However, if you have a Mac and you’re looking to unlock the bootloader for your HTC device, you now have a place and a method to help you out and troubleshoot. XDA Senior Member xjedi wrote out a Mac-friendly tutorial for unlocking the HTC Rezound bootloader using HTC Dev. In his words:
I had trouble unlocking the bootloader on my iMac but got it to work.
Just posting this to help out my fellow Mac Heads who’ve turned from the evil iPhone.
The tutorial is much like the one you’d find on HTC Dev, but adds the much needed support for common errors and troubleshooting that Mac users don’t normally get including proper installation of the Android SDK and there being a whole thread of discussion for those having issues. While originally written for the HTC Rezound, this should work for all devices compatible with the HTCdev unlock method. Now, Mac users can have the same support as PC and Linux users already enjoy.
For the tutorial, discussion and troubleshooting, head on over to the tutorial thread. There you’ll find all the help you’ll need with Mac-based device unlocking.
February 17, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
With htcdev.com recently “unlocking” phones for it’s users, it’s not only been a real challenge trying to find a way to completely unlock the bootloader, but it shows that HTC will likely continue to release phones with bootloaders locked down, depending on the sub par unlocking tool on their website to keep flashers and developers happy.
Of course, that’s not going to stop anyone from trying to get around it. This is the case with XDA Senior Member Flashmaniac, who has developed a tool that will guide users with unbranded HTC EVO 3D devices with certain CIDs through the process of downgrading their hboot versions so that they can enjoy the freedom of full root.
The tool has limitations. As mentioned, only certain EVO 3D phones can even use it. The full list of supported EVO 3Ds include:
So if you check your CID and you don’t have one of those, this tool will not work for you. Additionally, there is a little bug where the installation bar won’t finish. However, this is nothing to be alarmed about. Simply remove battery, reboot and profit.
For those carrying unbranded EVO 3Ds who want to give this a try, you can find a step by step tutorial, download links and more in the original thread.
As they say, the real fun doesn’t start until your device gets root and s-off and that’s certainly the case with the HTC Jetstream. The device got root just a couple days ago and the modders and developers have gone to work making the already great device even greater.
XDA Senior Member Giblet-dono has drawn up a quick tutorial that will give your HTC Jetstream the ability to make and receive phone calls over a 3g GSM network. According to Giblet-dono, all you need to get started is:
S-Off (get yours from HTCDev soon!)
Root (get yours from DoomLord)
That seems like a very short and easy list of pre-requisites. Based on the instructions, it seems just as easy as editing your build.prop file which doesn’t carry a whole lot of risk, so if this sounds like you’d like to try out then head on over to the original thread for the full instructions.
Additionally, Giblet-dono is also working on making messaging work and the up-to-date troubleshooting for it is going on right now in the same thread. It won’t be long until you can use your Jetstream as a fully functional phone. A very large, very awesome phone.
Here’s the list:
- Desire S (Europe, HTC Asia India, HTC TUR, Bouygues FR, HTC Arabic)
- Flyer (HTC WWE Honeycomb update)
- Explorer (HTC Asia HK CHT, HTC Asia WWE, HTC Asia SEA WWE, Orange UK)
- Sensation (T-Mobile US)
- Incredible S (HTC WWE, HTC TUR, BrightStar SPA)
- Droid Incredible (Verizon WWE)
- Vivid 4G (ATT WWE)
- Salsa (HTC Europe)
- Desire (Gingerbread update)
Congratulations to HTC and HTCdev. And to all these devices, welcome to the open source community.
This is an open letter to HTC. They took a big step toward showing they actually care about customers by starting HTCdev–as opposed to not caring, making terrible phones, and brushing off complaints about how terrible they are, making them anyway. HTCdev is HTC’s initiative to connect and work with the developing community. It shows they want to be involved, want to listen, and want to improve their products and user experience as a whole–more than I can say for other manufacturers.
Here’s my gripe. If you want to be part of any development community, comply with our ethics. And, you know, our legal standards. If you won’t guarantee GPL compliance, you shouldn’t be here. Android was created with the idea of a free, open-source mobile operating system. Against Apple’s locked-down, inflexible, no-back-talk iOS–my goodness, it was popular.
If you won’t publish your kernel source codes, why involve yourself? We don’t ask questions to hear, “We’re working on it, and can’t say more.” Or to get answers with more words than necessary. As Azrienoch says, when you use lots of words when you could use one, you’re hiding something.
We want you to be open. Like we are as a community. Like the OS we work so hard to improve. Non-compliance with the GPL renders HTCdev, and its involvement with the community, pointless and ethically wrong. One big answer to a question; all unneeded words. Each one of these phones place you squarely outside of our community.
Incredible 2 MR2
GPL clearly states, you must distribute the phone “with the complete corresponding machine-readable source code” or “with a written offer, valid for at least three years,” to provide the source code.
EVO Shift 4G
If you’re not willing to provide us with a clear and unambiguous road map for GPL compliance, you don’t deserve our gratitude, respect, or to be involved. Be honest with us, and we’ll accept you with open arms. Expect us to trust you, and I can guarantee you won’t be here for much longer.