Motorola may not lock bootloaders for the Atrix 4G and future Android phones after all
Yesterday we reported on the answer that a Motorola employee gave a concerned citizen with regard to Motorola’s intentions about locking bootloaders for upcoming Android smartphones. And, needless to say, the image that painted of Motorola wasn’t too good.
In case you forgot, here’s the full text of the reply, given in the comments for a YouTube video on Motorola’s official channel:
“@tdcrooks if you want to do custom roms, then buy elsewhere, we’ll continue with our strategy that is working thanks.”
Now Motorola has issued a brief official statement about this on its Facebook page. Apparently, what you read above “does not reflect the views of Motorola”. Here’s the full statement:
“We apologize for the feedback we provided regarding our bootloader policy. The response does not reflect the views of Motorola.
We are working closely with our partners to offer a bootloader solution that will enable developers to use our devices as a development platform while still protecting our users’ interests. More detailed information will follow as we get closer to availability.”
As always with corporate-speak, it isn’t fully clear what Motorola’s intentions really are, but it sure sounds like they may be considering changing their ways and shipping phones with unlocked or easily unlockable bootloaders. Which would definitely be a major win for the Android development/hacking community, as well as for enthusiasts who just like to run custom ROMs on their devices.
But, as the statement above says, we’ll have to wait until Moto’s new bootloader solution approaches availability to find out the exact details.