Motorola RAZR first phone from the manufacturer offering a bootloader unlock solution

Motorola RAZR first phone from the manufacturer offering a bootloader unlock solution
The good news is that Motorola has confirmed to Ausdroid that the Motorola DROID RAZR could have been the manufacturer's first handset to offer a unlock bootloader solution. But before you celebrate, the ultimate decision about whether or not to offer this to the buyers of the phone belongs to each carrier. Unfortunately, Verizon has decided to remove this feature from its version of the phone. You might wonder why Big Red would take this option away from you and it really comes down to the undeniable fact that the phone is more secure with a locked bootloader. So while the U.S. version of the phone will not include the solution, global versions of the handset-the Motorola RAZR- will have it at first although again, it is up to each carrier to make the final decision.

The solution from Motorola allows the user to lock and unlock the bookloader. Motorola apparently will now wait until phones rollout with the new Ice Cream Sandwich build of the Android OS before widely rolling out the solution in other handsets. The Schaumberg based firm also told Ausroid that when it comes to which of its Android phones would be getting Android 4.0, Motorola will look at a model's volume of sales, hardware and the carriers involved.

Pre-orders for the device are expected to begin October 27th and the Motorola DROID RAZR will cost $299.99 with a signed 2-year contract.

source: Ausroid via AndroidCentral

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DROID RAZR
  • Display 4.3 inches
    960 x 540 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    1.3 MP front
  • Hardware TI OMAP4430, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 1780 mAh
  • OS Android 4.1.2

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44 Comments

42. mctcm

Posts: 204; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Question: so if there is a bootloader unlock solution from Motorola, what is to stop that from being leaked and applied to XDA after the fact? Or is this a hardware thing?

40. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

HEAR YE, HEAR YE! Thump3rDX17 has made a new account! i felt like making a fresh account with a fresh name. the only reason is that i'm ready for a change. i will now be KingKurogiii.

41. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

You might have to periodically remind me. :P I'll miss Thumper. :(

43. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

(Thump3rDX17) yeah, Thumper is pretty great but you know the more things change, the more they stay the same. (:

44. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

:O :0 :o

36. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Verizon is just protecting their asses, they don't want to people accessing such things that you have to pay for like tethering and hotspot. This is why they won't allow unlocked bootloaders on any phone on their network. Their network play by their rules or else find another network. I hate the bloatware on most Verizon phones but some of you people complain too damn much, there isn't that much crap on there and none of it slows down your phone. I have a Droid X and none of the Verizon bloatware even runs, unless it's invisible or something but I'm on GB 2.33 and only one Verizon derived software runs that is the Back up program. So all this complaining is mostly BS, turning a mole hill into a mountain. My phone works and I have zero problems with it, now my GF who has a Vibrant on T Mobile, I will most likely install Cynogen on her phone because T Mobile doesn't upgrade anything, I had to manually install Froyo 2.2 on her Vibrant using that craptacular Kies. Samsung needs to get their stuff together, over a year old and the SGS is treated like garbage, in the US that is. Only one update and everywhere else but the US has GB on thier SGS phones. I like Motorola phones because their build quality is pretty much second to none, I haven't used a top tier Motorola phone and came away feeling as if it was cheaply made or anything like that. Sturdy and can take a licking, I know I have dropped my X on the street only a nick to show for it but it runs smoothly unless it's been on for over 100 hours straight, then it bogs down. GB works fine on the X but it definitely wasn't optimized for it i used to get about 2 days of battery when being cheap with phone use but now that has been slashed nearly in half to about 1 day on menial usage, weird as hell. But I can make an entire work day on it smattering of usage here or there. Hopefully the RazR really can go at least 10 hours on mid to heavy usage, that would be golden but with the first Gen LTE radio I don't know, but anything over the Bionic is a positive thing as LTE matures and they get better with consumption expect to see more RazR's with even better battery life.

27. trin

Posts: 88; Member since: May 11, 2010

The average owner of an iPhone or android device doesn't know or care about bloatware or jailbreaking/rooting their devices. The only ones that get upset over stuff like this are techies like us. The phone will still sell like crazy.

29. tomast

Posts: 50; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

I agree about the rooting part because android is all ready so customisable that the average person never has to root their phone but as for jailbreaking that's a whole other story. In fact i read an old article that said 7 out of 10 people had there ios devices jailbreaken plus rooting is hard and complex while jailbreaking is one click away.

31. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

if people don't HAVE to root their phones why do people HAVE to jailbreak their iPhones? besides in most cases a one click root method will come around.

32. tomast

Posts: 50; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

Because ios is boring with out jailbreak. Also with jailbreak you can get the same amount of customization as android on your iphone, ipad and ipod touch.

34. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

oh? contrary to what i believed i've heard from an iPhone owner here on the site that even by jailbreaking you can't customize the iPhone nearly to the depth of what you can do on an Android device. also rooting is very much essential to a lot of people in the Android community. i'm not one of them as i like to keep things stock for safety and factory stability.

25. hello

Posts: 25; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

what is it?

16. holy_alien

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 23, 2011

thanks again verizon for screwing another great phone... please,moto stop bother with verizon. it's bad for everybody

14. jldleo

Posts: 38; Member since: Aug 09, 2011

Wow this is great news...wait, I live in the U.S.

13. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

as much as i hate to say it this is just as much on Motorola as it is on Verizon. Motorola is just getting Verizon to play the bad guys for now so it'll make them look innocent of holding this off for a longer time. there's been phones on Verizon to come out with unlocked bootloaders. all Motorola has to do is unlock them no questions asked. it doesn't seem to matter what Verizon will think when Motorola starts unlocking bootloaders with ICS updates. what difference does it make if they start on a Gingerbread device?

21. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

because it will hurt future partnerships with other phones down the lines, thats why. In america, the carrier makes all the calls, not the manufacturer.. as retarded as it may be. Moto doesnt have much say about what will be on the phones THEY will be making.

23. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

you mean as a market value to newer devices? the next high-end device i can think of to be released by Motorola on Verizon after the Razr is the Droid 4 and i'm sure that'll be released in the Spring to catch Droid 2 owners. i don't see why Verizon's opinion matters when unlocking the bootloader on a new phone launched with Gingerbread and not after it gets upgraded to ICS.

9. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Some were already pissed about the battery, now no boot loader unlock and no gaurantee of 4.0??? Yep, that Galaxy Nexus is looking better and better. Even with that 5mp camera. Just wish they left the free tether on it, which you know will never happen.

11. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

No, the Razr is getting ICS. It's other Moto phones they're not sure about.

15. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

i can about gurantee you that the Droid Bionic, Droid 3 & the Atrix 2 will get it. the Atrix, Photon & Droid X2 might have to wait a bit longer but i'm sure it'll come to them too. the others are real iffy.

18. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

I would think such a device getting ICS is a no-brainier, but I thought the unlocked boot loader would be too considering all the users who have been begging for it. Sure, Motorola is doing their part, but why leave it up to carriers?

28. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I'm betting that Verizon refused to sell the Razr unless Moto allowed them to block the bootloader unlock function.

33. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

;( I think you're right about that for sure. VZW has got to maintain its well earned "Stick in the Mud" reputation to uphold. I know they say security is the reason for the boot loader lock, but I think that's a load!

8. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Never can someone understand the concept of carriers outside US. It's just a totally different situation in US. I never found myself at the mercy of the carriers. I can use any phone on any network here and no locked lock/unlock s**t. And considering my monthly bill (which I find ridiculously low at times), I am more than happy to get any phone without contract.

26. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

well we have something called cdma screwing things up…

35. PotDragon

Posts: 214; Member since: Jul 22, 2011

That is because Europe was quicker to adapt to cell technology. After WWII, the infrastructure was destroyed and the parts not quickly rewired were thirsty for cell tech and adopted it. Hence leading to a more informed and developed customer base. My European business partners still wonder how long the US will have INCOMING calls to a cell counted against your plan. Such is life. Bloatware is an Apple myth made up when an iphone was only on At&t. Anyone who don't get that is the retard and has no understanding of RAM & ROM. Period.

37. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Bloatware is an apple myth? Tell that to my Incredible 2 with 19 apps that I have never used and can't remove unless I root. Some of them run in the background, and if you kill the process they just start up after you do. Not all of them but some do. To me bloatware is something that is added to the device at the carrier's request, which uses up space and in some cases resources, and isn't easily removable. Also, if bloatware is a myth, why was it a big deal when Sprint made it possible to remove those type of apps without having to root.

38. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

didn't i have to remind you yesterday that an SD Card doesn't affect any downstream lag from your Rhapsody or whatever it was? xD

6. tomast

Posts: 50; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

Why does Motorola always give Verizon there good phones and leave sprint and at&t with their mediocre ones??

7. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

they gave sprint the photon which is a decent device

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