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Motorola adds the affordable Moto E to its Bootloader Unlock program

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Motorola adds the affordable Moto E to its Bootloader Unlock program
One week ago, Motorola brought the Moto E to light – an affordable smartphone that comes with a dual-core Snapdragon 200 SoC, 1GB of RAM, a 4.3-inch display, and a 5MP camera on board. The whole shebang retails for $129. Sounds like a bargain, right? Considering its low price, the Moto E will surely attract a wide array of various developers of custom firmwares.

And what's a custom ROM developer's worst nightmare? Locked bootloaders, undeniably. Motorola is notorious for enforcing these on its devices, but luckily, that won't be a cause of concern for the Moto E, as the manufacturer just announced that it has included support for the handset in its Bootloader Unlock program. As its name suggests, the latter allows users of Motorola devices to easily unlock the bootloaders of their devices.

Still, only several variants of the affordable device are supported by Motorola's program – we are speaking about the US, the Canadian, the European, and the Latin American variations of the Moto E. There is no word if support for other versions of the smartphone will be added, however - we are eyeing the version for India, which appears to be the biggest target market for the Moto E.

source: Motorola via Pocketnow

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posted on 20 May 2014, 09:06 2

1. GABIDEN (Posts: 26; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)

Oh man even Moto E performs better than the S5 watch this video

posted on 20 May 2014, 09:58

3. nlbates66 (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)

not very scientific, a phone that has basically nothing on it of course wouldn't have much trouble starting apps, notice the amount of photo's the moto E had in it's gallery compared to the S5? Additionally of course Samsung tend to overdo their animations a bit...

as for the bootloader unlock program, I guess you'd need this considering the paltry promise Motorola have provided, of only an update from Android 4.4.2 to 4.4.3(look at the product website if you don't believe that, go to the moto E product page then search for "device will receive at least one software update to bring it up to date with the current KitKat 4.4.3 operating system.")

posted on 20 May 2014, 09:20

2. amozhi (Posts: 130; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)

I love this phone

posted on 20 May 2014, 10:43

4. Diegote (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 May 2014)

This review of poketnow says the Moto E is not very good

Moto E Review: You Get What You Pay For

posted on 20 May 2014, 11:37 1

5. adwienc (Posts: 136; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)

Please explain it to me: what is the point of locking bootloader? The normal user will not even know what that means, but unlocked bootloadr means better sales among "consious" users. If someone buys phone he could be alloved to do with it anything he wants to do.

posted on 20 May 2014, 13:33

7. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

I agree. Just like with PC's. I can in theory leave all accounts as admin in my home....and dont have to really worry about ppl mucking around in the important areas.

posted on 20 May 2014, 12:34

6. kanagadeepan (Posts: 981; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)

I am from India... I am buying this phone, only when they announced that its (Indian version of Moto E) BL can be unlocked..

But they have sold about OneLakh (100 thousand) phones in two days via online and only one seller flipkart. So I am in minority...

posted on 20 May 2014, 13:34

8. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

This goes along with what I was saying in that other topic about Android becoming more locked down. The OEM's also play a part too.

Nice job Moto.

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