HTC Evo 4G LTE Gets S-OFF for Latest 2.09 Hboot
The latest 2.09 Hboot S-OFF is available for HTC EVO 4G LTE! For them who are not aware about what the big deal about bootloaders is, unlocking them is the very first step in the process of getting root access of any Android device. Here is how things go down the process of: First we unlock the bootloader, after unlocking, flash or install a custom recovery, and then flash Superuser or SuperSU for gaining the root access on the stock ROM OR flash a custom ROM with Superuser baked in it. When we are done with it, we use any app that requires root access and enjoy better performance, infinite level of customization and also, extra battery life!
The one of us who know anything about HTC Android devices, also are aware of the fact that S-OFF is like a holy grail for those wanting a full customization on the device. S-OFF is a complete bootloader unlock for HTC devices, allowing you write access to any part of the device while removing any restrictions on what changes can be made.
On the other hand, HTC offer a process called HTCdev unlock: it opens up most of the device but still keeps some of them locked down, while keeping S-ON. The HTC devices which have been unlocked by the latter HTCdev unlock method cannot have their firmware updated (without updating the Hboot) and also often requires extra steps to flash the kernels or ROMs. The latter method also at times hinders in the process of getting kernels to boot while unlocked with HTCdev.
If you have an HTC EVO 4G LTE and have accepted the latest Jelly Bean on the air update, your Hboot would have been updated to the version 2.09. This bootloadre could not get S-OFF but only an HTCdev unlock. The S-OFF process known as Dirty Racun, previously only for Hboot version 1.15 and 1.19, was updated to include in the latest 2.09 Hboot.
Now, all the versions of HTC EVO 4G LTE can get S-OFF! The older 1.12 Hboot, known as Lazy Panda, would no longer be supported so you will need to update your boot to Hboot 1.15 first.