A member of Team Unlimited, the folks who brought us the LazyPanda and DirtyRacun S-OFF exploits for the HTC EVO 4G LTE, posted a picture of an S-OFF 2.09.2222 HBOOT on Friday (a modified HBOOT that HTC has not released).

There has been no announcement as to when we can expect anything, but there is a lot of speculation that S-OFF for the latest HBOOT is around the corner.

The hope is that the lack of announcement pertains to the developers testing out this new method and coding their new DirtyRacun (or next random animal with a natural mask), to make it foolproof. A new method would benefit those who recently took the very buggy HTC/Sprint Jelly Bean update, allowing them to flash kernels without using the workaround methods currently in place. It would also allow for updating radios when new ones come out, without jumping through the series of hoops you have to jump through in order to update a radio while S-ON.

Once again, this is an exciting time in development, as the phone looks to be close to being completely open and free once again, at least until Sprint and HTC decide to push another HBOOT update in an effort to control third-party development.

[xda-developers]