Bootloaders to a few Motorola phones finally unlocked

Bootloaders to a few Motorola phones finally unlocked
Well it seems it is possible to chase and catch the mythical creature after all, unlocking the Motorola device bootloader. Dan Rosenberg (@djrbliss on Twitter) is the wizard behind this accomplishment.

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: via Droid Life and Android Community



1. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Yay, now I have a reason to buy moto devices again.

2. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

y to buy old device wait for X....

3. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

The "X" is still just rumors. And we see how rumors change....

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

The whole fiasco with them not updating phones is a reason for me to not recommend them alone.

6. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 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 unregistered

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: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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 unregistered

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: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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 unregistered

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.

28. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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 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 unregistered

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: Dec 18, 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

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

No chance, remember he said "Apple makes excellent products that people want to buy" ? He will never change..........

20. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Define justified opinion without being biased.

8. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

get lost Mxy, you don't know anything.

12. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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 unregistered

That's why you have to be careful how you market your message. I still see it as an excuse.

24. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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 unregistered

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: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

33. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Those sound like excuses to me.

18. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 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 unregistered

I don't think that's relevant to the article.

26. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

If the 'they' in your comment is Motorola....seems you havent read the article all.

9. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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: Dec 18, 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: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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? :(

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