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What should Motorola do? 20,000 say “Unlock the bootloader!”

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What should Motorola do? 20,000 say “Unlock the bootloader!”

What should Motorola do? 20,000 say “Unlock the bootloader!”
You shouldn't ask a question if you don't want to hear the answer, but judging from the company's latest poll that's exactly what Motorola did. The company asked its Facebook fans what apps would they like to see next in a Motorola-branded handset and the overwhelming answer was (unsurprisingly) an unlocked bootloader.


Just how overwhelming? At the time we first checked out the poll and the time we started writing this article, the votes surged from 16,000 to nearly 21,000. And as you can see on the screenshot, only a negligible few suggested they want different apps. That comes as no surprise after Moto shockingly adviced users in a YouTube comment to “buy elsewhere” if they want the freedom to flash custom ROMs. Shortly after the company released an official apology on Facebook. So maybe, Motorola, if you didn't listen to one comment on YouTube, it's about time to listen to 20,000?


source: Facebook via Engadget


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posted on 20 Apr 2011, 08:17 1

1. protozeloz (Posts: 5367; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I dont want a fully unlocked boot loader, I want it to be locked from stock and that by assessing certain info (related with the bur account maybe) you can have the lock key and unlock it.... the best if both world... also half these people have no idea what unlocked boot loader means.... they just go with the flow

posted on 20 Apr 2011, 13:26

6. Kjayhawk (Posts: 281; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)


To sum up what your saying... You want the Droid one boot loader right?

posted on 20 Apr 2011, 14:59 1

10. TreyTreyTaylor (Posts: 295; Member since: 21 Dec 2010)


Sorry don't agree with that. I agree that normal people don't care at all. But to me and obviously 20,000 other people Locked bootloaders are extra. Look at the original motorola droid. It single handedly introduced millions of people to android because it was amazing and the community it has still develop for it to this day. Now look at it's counterpart the milestone. The exact same phone people just gave up on it cause motorola wouldn't hurry up and release froyo and because it wasn't possible for people to develop for it because what? A LOCKED BOOTLOADER. Sorry bud, locked bootloaders are just madness. Its sad actually cause they ruined the Atrix, the X, and D2 and they were great phones.

posted on 20 Apr 2011, 15:41

12. protozeloz (Posts: 5367; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I don't think I'm saying I want f fully locked boot loader.... but a Locked boot loader with a key(see SE) people can assure no one can exploit the boot loader to access your info, but also you could get the key by providing proof you own the phone (like IMEI + Android ID + Blur account ID) making the device harder to crack and yet giving us the choice to install custom ROM by just providing a key

posted on 20 Apr 2011, 09:23 1

2. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


i prefer it like samsungs. unlocked. thats up to moto though. If they want to continue to turn a blind eye to the mod community thats extremely devoted to android, then they will continue to loose a large block of sales. We may not be the majority, but we make up a pretty sizable chunk of people.

i do agree though, probably half those people who voted to unlock it, probably have no idea what that means.

posted on 28 Apr 2011, 20:18

19. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


well they sell the number 1 android device... and the number 3...

posted on 20 Apr 2011, 10:35 3

3. derp (unregistered)


They should stop making phones. Their devices are some of the most unreliable pieces of junk to leave the assembly line. Either that or hire some quality control that isnt asleep at the wheel from 9-5.

posted on 20 Apr 2011, 10:49 4

4. Sniggly (Posts: 6695; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Because the last time you owned a Motorola phone was in 2008, right?

And even if you had a terrible experience with Motorola, it would behoove you to pay attention to its reliability statistics as reported by third party sources, which ranks right up there with every other manufacturer, including Apple. And that's WITH pieces of crap like the Devour, Backflip, and Citrus bogging them down.

posted on 20 Apr 2011, 13:40 2

7. Todd (unregistered)


I work for a company that deals with Motorola products on a daily basis (not just phones), and honestly they are not very reliable. I agree, they could definitely benefit from a new QA department.

posted on 20 Apr 2011, 15:33 4

11. Sniggly (Posts: 6695; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Do you work with sales or with pure customer returns?

I've worked with companies selling Motorola products since 2008, and Motorola's products (with a few exceptions) had some of the lowest defective return rates I saw out of the different hardware manufacturers I dealt with. Sure, sometimes their phones were laggy, and they were almost always boring. But they were well built and stable, and could withstand incredible punishment.

posted on 20 Apr 2011, 10:51 2

5. Sniggly (Posts: 6695; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Well, once again I'm glad to see Motorola actually looking for CUSTOMER FEEDBACK, something a certain Cupertino company could give two shitzas about. I can see the logic behind a locked bootloader, not like it stops people from rooting their phones anyway. Again, unlike that Cupertino company, at least Moto isn't taking people to court and trying to turn on the cameras and collect personal data on them for modding their phones.

posted on 20 Apr 2011, 13:58 3

8. downphoenix (Posts: 2266; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Motofails again.

They had a short stint of success with the initial Droid line after not having a phone profitable past the original Razr, but the company looks to be back on the downward trend again.

posted on 20 Apr 2011, 14:26 1

9. MorePhonesThanNeeded (unregistered)


I wonder what is wrong with some people these days, just look at some of the ignorant comments on here, downphoenix is the last piece of ignorance I read before posting.

Really seriously why would any company leave their software wide open? Too much access means too many avenues unscrupulous people will use to illegally gain access to your phone. How do you think tailor made trojan programs are created, they use legitimate software and sneak their way in and then from there well you know anything can happen. I don't mind a phone being customizable, but being completely open is a foolhardy decision. The original Motorola Droid had a wonderful bootloader and it seemed to have led the way, if things are kept like that then that would be fine. You can't give people everything they want because that is not in your, nor your company's best interest. Even in the android market many programs are starting to not allow install on jailbroken phones, why because some people are just cheats and dishonest. While many say there are plenty of honest people there, the dishonest one's create enough headaches to ruin everyone else's day on a larger scale than the honest one's.

posted on 20 Apr 2011, 20:48 2

13. cheetah2k (Posts: 768; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


Hang on a sec, isn't Android open source?

I would suggest Motorola has a reason for locking the bootloader, and that would be to minimise the number of people bricking their handsets and returning them not long afterwards while blaming the handset and not themselves. As painful as this seems, this could be Motorola's way of limiting the number of "defective" returns, which saves them $ on refurbs.

If Motorola got themselves into a position where they would accept the fact that a small percentage of people want to mod, and then disclaimer the bootloader unlocking with "warranty void" like what Google did with the Nexus line, then it would be a good compromise.

However, this probably goes against Motorola's internal policies, and will most likely never happen (at least not in the forseeable future).

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 03:59 1

15. ivanprskalo (Posts: 105; Member since: 09 Dec 2010)


I like your comment so much that I'm gonna copy/paste it entirely!

Hang on a sec, isn't Android open source?

I would suggest Motorola has a reason for locking the bootloader, and that would be to minimise the number of people bricking their handsets and returning them not long afterwards while blaming the handset and not themselves. As painful as this seems, this could be Motorola's way of limiting the number of "defective" returns, which saves them $ on refurbs.

If Motorola got themselves into a position where they would accept the fact that a small percentage of people want to mod, and then disclaimer the bootloader unlocking with "warranty void" like what Google did with the Nexus line, then it would be a good compromise.

However, this probably goes against Motorola's internal policies, and will most likely never happen (at least not in the forseeable future).

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 03:38

14. ivanprskalo (Posts: 105; Member since: 09 Dec 2010)


@ "You can't give people everything they want "
I dislike your thinking.
Why not?
Surely you might want to secure your interests but you can do that in other way...

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 04:01

16. josuearisty (Posts: 148; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Let me free my phone!

It is mine!!

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 14:39

17. droided (unregistered)


Woo!!!! Come on bionic with umlockedbootloader!.... Well im hoping at least...

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 16:07

18. Robert235 (Posts: 50; Member since: 30 May 2010)


i have the droid x the locked bootloader not preventing me from installing custom rom or overclocking,it doesn't seem to be a big deal.

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