Will the next round of Motorola phones be locked? One writers opinion…

| February 14, 2011 | 1 Reply

When Motorola released the original Droid, they had an instant following from the Android Developer community. It was an instant success. Some would argue that it was that phone, and Verizon Wireless’ aggressive ad campaign that brought Android to the general public. Then came the Droid X, and things had changed. Motorola had announced that the phone would be “locked down”, making custom ROM’s impossible. And they have been right so far, to a point.

The inability to customize the second line of Droids from Motorola was quickly defeated, one step at a time. Go to any forum, and you will be able to find some custom software to run on your phone. However, that customization is limited. The kernel is Motorola issued, as are most of the other files the phone needs to run. Overclocking is possible because a method of  “injecting” other processor voltages into the kernel was discovered from the Milestone developers. ROM’s are typically Motorola issued, and then tweaked as much as possibly by the programmers. It is all STILL Motorola though. Which brings me to my next point.

The success of Motorola’s “lock down” policy was due largely in part to the processor used in those phones. (OMAP processors, made by Texas Instruments.) Here is the interesting part – with the new phones Motorola is already in the process of getting ready to sell to consumers, they have left behind the OMAP S.O.C. (System On a Chip) platform. I can’t think of any other chipset that was this successful in keeping developers from flashing alternative software onto their phones. I would expect to see the newest Motorola phones get cracked open shortly after release. What do you, the readers think? Be sure to let us know in the comments! Will Motorola be successful without Texas Instruments e-fuse to lock things down, or will it be just like the HTC G2 all over again?

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Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, a USAF veteran, and an avid gadget user for as many years as I’ve been around. I’ve used everything from Blackberry’s to iPhones, and am now currently hooked on Android devices. I use a Samsung Fascinate as my daily driver, and a viewsonic gTab for fun, as well as whatever else I may have laying around. :)

  • I’m really hoping, for Moto’s sake that the next round of devices is easier to crack. What they REALLY need to do is offer a OEM Unlock option, such as Fastboot. I don’t see that happening anytime soon, but I see that as being a very interesting tactic as far as driving the modding community more towards their hardware, and I don’t think they really know the full potential of it. This goes for more than Moto too, since any device that gets the backing of the developer community has the opportunity to spread like wildfire among friends, coworkers, etc, just like the Droid did.

    Unlocking measures can be a manufacturers best friend if done correctly, I just wish more OEM’s would utilize it.