Motorola confirms locked bootloaders for Atrix 4G and others

Remember the whole debacle caused by the realization that the Verizon Motorola Droid 2 and Droid X shipped with locked bootloaders? If you don’t, then the short story is this: locked bootloaders don’t allow for running custom ROMs, so, for some, half (or more) of the value of Android is simply lost.

For those of you who do remember that, there’s more bad news. A Motorola employee has not only confirmed that they intend to keep shipping their Android smartphones with locked bootloaders, but they also think that what they’re doing “is working”. Also, said employee invites all those who like to run custom ROMs on their devices to “buy elsewhere”, in what is clearly a bit of sound advice.

This came in response to a question posted by an individual in the YouTube comments for the video showcasing the Smart Docks for the upcoming Verizon Motorola Atrix 4G. The exchange has since been deleted by Motorola.

The entire quote from the Motorola employee is:

“@tdcrooks if you want to do custom roms, then buy elsewhere, we’ll continue with our strategy that is working thanks.”

So there you have it. At least Moto’s people are being honest about their intentions. And now you know that you shouldn’t expect to be running any custom ROMs on any of Moto’s upcoming Android devices. You’ve been warned.

Via Android Central

Author: Vlad Bobleanta

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