Bootloaders to a few Motorola phones finally unlocked
If you are the owner or a Motorola Atrix HD, RAZR M, RAZR HD, or RAZR MAXX HD, then you are in luck. Unfortunately, this will not work on older OMAP devices like the Bionic or first generation RAZR. As proof of success, Matt Groff recorded successful unlocking on his Atrix HD (video below).
The method to unlock has not been released yet, that will apparently be sometime tomorrow. If you are interested, check out the source link below. We suppose it is worth pointing out that you will probably void any remaining warranty on your device if you choose to root it. You can also probably say sayonara to any carrier support too if you run into any network connectivity issues.
Either way, this is a pretty big development. If you are a RAZR HD owner, some folks are advising that you take a pass on the OTA update to Android 4.1.2 as it appears this bootloader unlock method will not work with the newest OS installed.
Motorola has some nice hardware, but the company (Google) has also been the most restrictive about locking down devices. Now it looks like folks will be able to see that hardware reach its full potential.
sources: Droidrzr.com via Droid Life and Android Community
1. 14545 (Posts: 1231; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
Yay, now I have a reason to buy moto devices again.
3. 14545 (Posts: 1231; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
The "X" is still just rumors. And we see how rumors change....
4. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 5673; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
The whole fiasco with them not updating phones is a reason for me to not recommend them alone.
6. 14545 (Posts: 1231; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
They have still gotten better than HTC since Google took over. So it's really between them and Samsung. Especially considering sony doesn't like to sell their hardware in the US. And please don't say anything about LG, they just suck a fat one all the way around.
PS, why do you bother posting on an android article? Not asking to be a douche, just genuinely curious.
17. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 5673; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Why do some of you bother posting on Apple articles?
They haven't gotten better since I see better support from HTC than I do from Motorola. Sony's in the negative right now and LG isn't all that relevant in smartphones considering their previous devices have been either a hit or miss.
15. Sniggly (Posts: 7230; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
You mean that fiasco that happened months ago and hasn't been repeated before or since?
Do you need me to go back and copy and paste the list of devices updated to current software again? Because I don't recall you replying last time. You must not have seen my post.
You must not have seen it because the other option is you're a dumbass who won't listen to reason.
19. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 5673; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Reason? I fail to see how being a pottymouth is reason I think you're mistaken here. There's still some perfectly capable phones that can run Jellybean that won't be getting jellybean. You know it but you do not want to admit it.
Posting your list doesn't change that.
23. Sniggly (Posts: 7230; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
What phones are not getting Jellybean that can handle them without issues?
Name some specifics, Mxy.
(psst, just so you know, "being a pottymouth" has absolutely zero. f**king. bearing. on any points either of us make. I could put a cuss word in between every other word that I write, and it wouldn't change anything other than how difficult it is to decipher what I'm saying.)
32. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 5673; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
It does have some bearing. It makes your comment look less childish and more mature. Firing off potty words doesn't make anything you say reasonable.
I'm pretty sure phones like the Atrix 2 and the Bionic can handle jellybean.
25. lyndon420 (Posts: 2573; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
That, and the fact you won't find a shiny apple logo on it. Come on Mxy...at least be true to yourself. You hate anything that is Android.
28. jroc74 (Posts: 5260; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Thats funny....cuz even after Antenna Gate...I still didnt try to block my kids mother from getting an iPhone.
And I do believe Antenna Gate is a wee bit more important than updates or timely updates.
After bad experiences with HTC and Samsung.....she wants a Motorola phone, maybe LG or Kyocea. She likes BB too. But she swore off Samsung....like me. She used my Moto's off n on for 2 years with lil issues vs SS and HTC.
Thats your preference for what to recommend or not tho. I try to give advise based on user experience, actual use....not updates. Still cant believe I didnt stop her from getting the iPhone tho. Part of me wanted to see what all the fuss was about with it. And I forgot to test it for Antenna gate...
5. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 5673; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
They were supposed to have done this months ago. Why are they just now unlocking the bootloaders for these phones?
7. johnnh (Posts: 37; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)
one day you will make a good comment about something. That day will be the end of the world. Stop spamming phonearena with your aggresive comments and get a justified opinion.
13. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
No chance, remember he said "Apple makes excellent products that people want to buy" ?
He will never change..........
20. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 5673; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Define justified opinion without being biased.
29. lyndon420 (Posts: 2573; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
Please don't tell him to go away...it's the reason I come to this site. (and of course chaoticr*zor)
8. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5673; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
get lost Mxy, you don't know anything.
12. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
I don't know why he keeps trolling, he just thinks that Apple makes excellent products that people want to buy........ :P
16. Sniggly (Posts: 7230; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Motorola itself didn't do this, and the reason they didn't do it is because the carriers forbade them from doing so.
21. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 5673; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
That's why you have to be careful how you market your message. I still see it as an excuse.
24. Sniggly (Posts: 7230; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Yes, sure, it's an excuse. In a country where the carriers traditionally hold the manufacturers and consumers by the balls, it's totally an excuse when a manufacturer says "Sure, we'd love to do this, but the carriers won't let us." Especially when that carrier is Verizon, who has such a reputation for being control freaks analysts were SHOCKED that they allowed Android phones to exist on their network to begin with.
34. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 5673; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Yes I agree with you about Verizon being control freaks. You forget that not every Moto phone was released on Verizon.
Plus Verizon is the reason why Android is relevant today.
35. Sniggly (Posts: 7230; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Yeah, but most if not all of the phones that Moto promised to provide unlocked bootloaders for were on Verizon at the time. The other carriers have also proven unfriendly to unlocked bootloaders. In fact, at my job, if I'm caught by carrier reps talking about rooting or unlocking bootloaders, I can lose my job.
I agree that Verizon gave Android a big boost, and continues to do so. However, as of late they've also done some pretty stupid things with their Android phones. The Galaxy Nexus bulls**t is the most prominent example.
18. BattleBrat (Posts: 1237; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
In order to get you to go away we have to get you to say your name backwards, but then it is only for 90 days. (damn your username, I'm intrigued by the "whatever happened to the man of tomorrow? story arc, but comixology only has the first issue of the arc, any iOS comic app recommendations that have the other issues?)
22. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 5673; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
I don't think that's relevant to the article.
26. jroc74 (Posts: 5260; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
If the 'they' in your comment is Motorola....seems you havent read the article ....at all.
9. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5673; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
wow, this is some news! i'll probably unlock mine when development picks up for these newly unlocked devices.
10. johnnh (Posts: 37; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)
it's a matter of time because since the international version which is identical in hardware has been launched with an unlockable bootloader it is theoretically possible to flash razr hd roms like cm10.1 and make them work with a cdma modem (since that is dormant on the international version along with us lte bands)
11. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5673; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
yeah, the development work should be much easier from here. the trick will be getting interest into the development for these devices.
14. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Sad, too late, I can't buy MOTO devices anymore, cuz MOTO "disappeared" in my country, I can't believe why they did this? :(
27. jroc74 (Posts: 5260; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
This is huge....and just got me a lil more excited for the next Motorola phone. I swore off ROMs and leaks for my Maxx HD about a week ago because it was too many hoops to go thru for OTAs.
Now this. Nice.
31. jroc74 (Posts: 5260; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
I was thinking....if OMAP chips are that hard to get around.....I probably wont get a phone with one anymore.
Its not that its no love....its a different animal than a Snapdragon. I see why BB with with an OMAP for the new phones...