Motorola gives in to user pressure, to unlock bootloader in "late 2011"
Just last week, Motorola asked its users what apps would they like to see in upcoming Moto devices and got a unanimous answer – “unlock the bootloader!” Has the company heard the voice of nearly 35,000 voters? Judging by all yet unofficial information, it has.
Australian blog Ausdroid reached out to an unnamed source at Motorola, who said:
“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.”
But nothing rings true better than a confirmation from a higher-ranking official. Moto's North Asian Director of Communications, Will Moss, was contacted by the Australian blog and he noted:
“I can confirm that the quote you have is accurate, but I can’t add anything at this time other than that further information will be released via MOTODEV (http://www.motorola.com/developer) as it becomes available.”
So while the information by no means official, it's as credible as it gets. Would you personally care to see an unlocked bootloader allowing you to flash custom ROMs in Moto gadgets? Sound off in the comments below.
1. motosurf (unregistered)
WILL THEY UNLOCK MY MILESTONE 2?
2. javachris (Posts: 5; Member since: 13 Dec 2010)
Finally some sense from Motorola. Maybe they realized that silence in such a matter translates into low sales.
3. tedkord (Posts: 4947; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
"...where carriers and operators will allow it.”
Anyone see Verizon allowing it?
4. jogutier (Posts: 324; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)
Maybe Verizon will allow, cause if they don't. They will probably see a sales decline for Moto and it sounds though, Moto is on board. Wishful thinking (fingers crossed). :)