HTC bootloader lets you customise your phone

If you own an HTC handset released after September 2011, HTC is letting you unlock it and fiddle with the user interface.

Good news if you're not a fan of the Sense UI that HTC insists on slathering all over its Android phone -- you can now download a program that lets you tweak your handset, so you can customise the user interface. And it's not some dodgy program knocked up in a shed by hackers, it's issued by HTC.

It'll work on selected HTC Android devices. But beware: you'd better read up on the risks involved before downloading.

Devices the bootloader will work on include the HTC Flyer tablet, HTC Rhyme, HTC Evo 3D, and the HTC Sensation, Recombu reports. If you own an older device, like the Desire range, HTC says it's working on it and asks you to check back on its developer blog for status updates (where there's also a full list of supported devices).

Now, the risks. Firstly, it's worth noting that unlocking the bootloader doesn't unlock your SIM, as that's down to your network. There may be side effects, and the company warns, "it is impossible for HTC to ensure the proper functioning of your device after this," so your warranty will go out the window.

Your device might overheat, lose its hearing aid compatibility, and some content stored on it might become inaccessible. And a factory reset won't help you. Careful sunshine, it's a dangerous world out there.

It finishes with the warning: "We strongly suggest that you do not unlock the bootloader unless you are confident that you understand the risks involved." Sage advice that we'd second.

But still, you could get rid of that massive clock and weather widget crowding up your screen.

If you do decide to take the plunge, let us know how you get on, either in the comments below or over on our Facebook page.

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