The upcoming Motorola Droid X and Motorola Droid 2 will be different from the original Droid not only because they have improved features, but also because their bootloaders will be locked.
What does this mean? For the majority of future Droid X / Droid 2 owners, it will probably mean nothing at all, but for those who are into re-flashing devices and experimenting with custom ROMs, this is bad news. Flashing a custom ROM on a Droid X or Droid 2 will be hard, if not impossible.
Motorola says (in a blog post published earlier this year) that the original Droid’s bootloader is unlocked for “a specific business reason”, and that represents a deviation from the company’s normal practice – this is why its new Droids will be harder to experiment with.
Moto advises those who want fully open devices to go with the HTC G1 / Dream, or the Google Nexus One.
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