HTC recently made the tools that allow users to unlock their device's bootloader available to more smartphones via its developer web side. The new handsets include the Desire HD, Wildfire, Desire Z, T-Mobile G2, Aria, ChaCha, and Status. HTC has already made the same tools available for most of its Android smartphones released since September 2011. Once unlocked, owners will have more freedom to install custom software on their Android smartphones.
AT&T today announced via its Facebook page that it will offer a re-branded version of the HTC ChaCha, to be called the Status, later this summer for an undisclosed price. The single most interesting feature of the Status is that it has a "Facebook button" and customized software that allows users to more easily share what they are doing with their Facebook accounts. The Status is a bar-style QWERTY phone that has a 2.6-inch touch screen; 3G, GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 3.0+HS with A2DP radios; 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, flash, and VGA user-facing camera; gyroscope, compass, proximity and light sensor; 800MHz processor, 3.5mm headset jack, and support for microSD cards. The Status runs the latest version of HTC's Sense user interface.