Locking down bootloaders of Android devices seems to be the in thing these days, and none do it better than Motorola. After great success with the unlockable (original) Droid they have been locking down the bootloaders of their devices tighter than Fort Knox, with phones like the Droid X and Motorola Milestone fending off unlocking attempts for months now.
The man behind the Motorola bootloader petition, Irwin Proud, has made several attempts to contact Motorola over the issue and he finally received a (rather PR) response:
“In terms of your question – we completely understand the operator requirement for security to the end user, and as well, want to support the developer communities desire to use these products as a development platform. It is our intention to enable the unlockable/relockable bootloader currently found on Motorola XOOM across our portfolio of devices starting in late 2011, where carriers and operators will allow it.”
The response isn’t exactly saying that they’ll unlock EVERY device but it’s definitely a positive for those that have been clamoring for Moto to unlock their bootloaders. Also, whether it’s intentional or not, the response kind of shifts pressure away from themselves and onto the carriers by saying “where carriers and operators will allow it”. That’s basically them saying “hey, we’re locking these things because the carriers are making us!”…
So if you’re one that has been hoping and praying that Motorola will unlock the bootloader on your Droid X or other device, keep your fingers crossed. If they make good with what they told Mr. Proud, you just might get what you want this year.
Category: Android News
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