No custom ROMs on the Motorola DROID X

No custom ROMs on the Motorola DROID X
It seems like the Motorola DROID will stay the only company device with unlocked bootloader that gained huge popularity in the hacking community due to its ability to welcome custom ROMs. The non-US Motorola Milestone was the first to stir controversy with a digitally signed bootlader that made it very difficult (but not impossible) to replace the software that the company shipped the phone with.

It looks like the DROID X and DROID 2 will follow in the Milestone's footsteps with locked bootloaders. The company had said before that leaving the bootloader on the original DROID unlocked was a business decision, and again for business reasons they locked all the rest of its smartphones.

The DROID was a major bet for both Motorola and Verizon, so they wanted it as popular and flexible as possible. Whether installing other ROMs on it was due to exploited omission on Motorola's part or “business reasons”, the practice only contributed to its immense popularity until it became the best selling Android device.

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source: AndroidandMe

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20 Comments

1. ilia1986 unregistered

Well.. this is bad news. But if Motorola keeps on updating those phones to new versions of Android asap - it won't really matter. As for OCing - I am unable to imagine any OS or app requiring more than 1 freaking gigahertz..

2. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

after 2.2 froyo is released, gingerbread will be released later in the year. In 2011 updates will only occur once or twice a year.

5. ilia1986 unregistered

Yes well I meant to say that if Motorola will update all of it's devices at the right time - or at least with as little delay as possible - it's all good. I trust Motorola on this. This is in contrast to a company called Samsung - which just shipped a phone called Galaxy S - with 2.1 - when their previous phone - the Samsung Galaxy 7500i was abandoned by them a long time ago. Samsung announced the the Galaxy 7500 would be upgraded to 2.1 in "Q2" 2010. Well, wer're in July, and we still don't have any 2.1 on the horizon. There is something I hate more than companies who abandon their products after just a short time. And that is companies who abandon their products after a short time despite telling the world that they won't do so.

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

if motorola will CONTINUE TO update its devices on time!??!?!?! thats a laugh. The only device theyve been updating is the Droid. The entire rest of their line up has fallen behind again and again on the upgrade ladder. Ask any Cliq and Milestone owners how they feel about promised upgrades.. If the droid X has any hints of Blur customizations on it, you can bet its going to be far and few between on upgrades. Ill check back in 6 months to see if people are happy or screaming about updates.. LOL

7. ilia1986 unregistered

Well at least there is an explanation to that. Because of Blur - it takes longer to upgrade. But at least the upgrades will arrive eventually. Unlike in the case of the Samsung Galaxy - which has nothing that isn't native Android - and still was not even said to receive an upgrade anytime soon. Company which supports all of it's products - even if it takes longer than usual >>>>> Company which does not.

13. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

by the new GALAXAY phones which will get upgrades by year's end to 2.2.

3. mr. anderson

Posts: 92; Member since: Apr 16, 2009

score another one for the evo!

12. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

good luck finding one...

4. theGodpapa

Posts: 181; Member since: Dec 15, 2009

It really doesnt mean all that much to those normal DROID user, and I am certain that there will be a work around. It is still packing a huge punch out the box, so it should be irrelevant to most.

8. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

no custom roms??? XDA DEVELOPERS will tell you differently.....

9. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Hmmm looks android is beginning to look alot like some other evil company and software...

15. BlackSirius16

Posts: 84; Member since: May 21, 2010

no thats just motorola retarded apple fanboy

16. oxidantdroid

Posts: 11; Member since: Apr 30, 2010

Ugh, Motorola put on the signed bootloader not Google, infact good encourages hacking their phones.

18. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Lul...love it when kids like you take it soon personally! Makes my day :) Btw, I'm using a nexus one but I still appreciate the iPhone.

10. Gowireless

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 23, 2010

do we really need to root or put a rom on it its good just the way it is

11. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

true, my HTC ANDROI ARIA is excellent as is - I do want it rooted so that I can install stuff on SD (which I can right now) and run those APPS from the SD card (which I am not allowed). I believe 2.2 upgrade will take care of that.

14. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

most of the apps i have now cannot be moved to the sd card. it's up to the app developer whether or not he allows it.

19. realism121

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 16, 2008

i think you might be wrong on that. i'm pretty sure that it has nothing to do with the app developer and more to do with android. i'm patiently waiting on the day when all my apps can be stored on the card and its supposedly coming with 2.2

20. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i have 2.2, realism, i think i would know.

17. jskrenes

Posts: 209; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I wouldn't need to hack the ROM if I could get screenshots of what is on my screen without an app that needs root access. Could it be a 'business decision' because Verizon wants to charge $20 a month for the wireless tethering app and limit it to 2 GB? To be honest, most of my customers aren't interested in root hacking, and even if they could hack, they're nervous about even a slight possibility of damaging their phone. I don't think it's a big deal, though I wouldn't mind having a phone or two with more open access.

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