Bad news root crew, the DROID 3 has a locked bootloader

Bad news root crew, the DROID 3 has a locked bootloader
It seems like an inevitable outcome that we should have expected once we learned that the DROID 3 would feature an OMAP processor, but it has been confirmed that the DROID 3 has a locked bootloader. The news was confirmed on the Motorola Support Forums this morning by a forums manager named Matt. 

Motorola has said that it would be offering software updates to unlock bootloaders starting late in 2011. Unfortunately, it's barely mid-2011 right now, so change is still on the horizon for all except Atrix users, who apparently should have unlocked bootloaders with the Gingerbread update

Since the DROID 3 is packing an OMAP processor, that means it most likely has eFuse built in which will brick your phone if you attempt to unlock it. That said, eFuse isn't a death sentence for rooting. The DROID X wasn't able to be unlocked, but it did get rooted a few weeks after launch

We'll keep an eye on the developer forums for any more news, but if you're looking for easy unlocking and rooting, Motorola still isn't the manufacturer for you.

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DROID 3
  • Display 4.0" 540 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor TI OMAP 4430, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1540 mAh(9.16h talk time)

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100 Comments

1. Immolate

Posts: 310; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

This article is along the lines of: "Bad news: newest iPhone is made by Apple". I'm holding my breath for that one............ pwah! Who'm I kidding?

2. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

And the bootloader will be unlocked by the end of the year.

3. Goldeneye

Posts: 419; Member since: Jan 22, 2011

Is anybody surprised? Then Motorola wonders why their devices aren't doing as expected, their stupid decisions scare potential customers away to companies that have better reputation, ahem, HTC, and their bottom line piss their investors.

4. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Your hypothesis fails because HTC takes even further steps on some phones to stop rooting. Motorola announced already that by the end of the year they'll start unlocking bootloaders.

6. Goldeneye

Posts: 419; Member since: Jan 22, 2011

What I don't get is why Motorola insists in launching devices not completely ready, Xoom anyone? Useless SD card slot, need to send back the damn thing to make it LTE ready, now this, stupid!

7. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

That was a bad move, but they were trying to get a head start on the tablet market. In the end it did kind of bite them in the ass, but at worst, the XOOM is no worse than an iPad 2.

15. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

And yet they don't have locked bootloaders.

24. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

And a locked bootloader doesn't make it impossible to root.

28. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Yes it does. Stop spreading misinformation. It makes it nearly impossible to root.

34. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

um my Droid 2 is rooted and it has a locked bootloader. it was actually really easy.

42. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

No it isn't.

60. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

yeah..it is. i even flashed a custom rom on it before.

102. Anto12 unregistered

yes it really is, so is the x, both have locked bootloaders and were still rooted 2 weeks after release, you clearly have no idea what ur talking about so stop talking.

38. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

atrix was unlocked 1 day before it was even released.... it has a locked bootloader

43. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

How can it be unlocked if it's locked?

49. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

meant root, my bad

26. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Sniggly, HTC has announced that they are making ALL of their future phones with unlocked bootloaders. They actually stated pride in developers and their desire to make phones that encourage the unlocking. If I am not mistaken, I think that the Incredible 2 is an example of this. They have always been root-friendly. What is interesting is back some months ago, Motorola commented that they were actually not going to unlock their bootloader and basically told customers to suck it. Goldeneye is definitely right about their stupid decisions, especially since they are suddenly going back on that now.

27. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

Motorola came out and made known that they were happily going to keep their bootloaders unlocked in the future just like HTC did after they did a poll on Facebook to see what people would like to see on future Motorola devices. updates will come to unlock the bootloaders starting with the Atrix.

8. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

So much for the unlocked bootloader there were talking about. Guess that means more Verizon bloatware that can't be removed along with the possibility of being Bingified.

9. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

why are you giving Verizon the heat? they have nothing to do with why there's a temporarily locked bootloader on the Droid 3.

14. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Because without the bootloader unlocked, you can't root which means you can't remove Verizon's bloatware.

21. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

you can root... ever heard of super one click?

29. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Not with a locked bootloader.

35. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

yeah, you can. you should do your research before you decide to come in here and look like an idiot anyway.

39. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

defy has locked bootloader and it took 5 minutes to root it (including downloading time)

25. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

yeah, z4root, look it up and quit b****in' all the time.

30. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Lol, no.

41. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

44. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Voids your warranty though

50. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

same as jailbreak, and can be undone

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