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No custom ROMs on the Motorola DROID X

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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.

Motorola DROID X Specifications | Review
Motorola DROID 2 Specifications
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source: AndroidandMe

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:47

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..

posted on 14 Jul 2010, 07:48

2. vzw fanman (Posts: 1976; Member since: 11 Dec 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.

posted on 14 Jul 2010, 08:22

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.

posted on 14 Jul 2010, 09:50

6. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 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

posted on 14 Jul 2010, 10:24

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.

posted on 14 Jul 2010, 12:13

13. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

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

posted on 14 Jul 2010, 07:55

3. mr. anderson (Posts: 92; Member since: 16 Apr 2009)

score another one for the evo!

posted on 14 Jul 2010, 12:12

12. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

good luck finding one...

posted on 14 Jul 2010, 08:11

4. theGodpapa (Posts: 181; Member since: 15 Dec 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.

posted on 14 Jul 2010, 11:20

8. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

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

posted on 14 Jul 2010, 11:36

9. bucky (Posts: 3136; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

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

posted on 14 Jul 2010, 15:07

15. BlackSirius16 (Posts: 84; Member since: 21 May 2010)

no thats just motorola retarded apple fanboy

posted on 14 Jul 2010, 15:10

16. oxidantdroid (Posts: 11; Member since: 30 Apr 2010)

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

posted on 14 Jul 2010, 17:12

18. bucky (Posts: 3136; Member since: 30 Sep 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.

posted on 14 Jul 2010, 12:03

10. Gowireless (Posts: 85; Member since: 23 Feb 2010)

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

posted on 14 Jul 2010, 12:12

11. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 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.

posted on 14 Jul 2010, 13:14

14. vzw fanman (Posts: 1976; Member since: 11 Dec 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.

posted on 14 Jul 2010, 18:38

19. realism121 (Posts: 67; Member since: 16 Aug 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

posted on 15 Jul 2010, 10:07

20. vzw fanman (Posts: 1976; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

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

posted on 14 Jul 2010, 15:54

17. jskrenes (Posts: 209; Member since: 11 Dec 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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