Tweet claims that Motorola will change its policy on unlocked bootloaders as soon as Q3

Tweet claims that Motorola will change its policy on unlocked bootloaders as soon as Q3
About 5 months ago, a Twitter user by the name of Irwin Proud started a petition aimed at getting Motorola to unlock the bootloader on its devices. The 10,000 signatures collected by Mr. Proud was enough for Motorola to say that they "would look into it." Since then, we have heard nothing from Motorola-until now after Irwin spoke with the company on the phone.

After speaking  with Christy Wyatt, Vice President of Mobile Software for Motorola Mobility, it appears that the manufacturer is singing a new tune. Ms. Wyatt told Mr. Proud that Motorola is serious about listening to what everyone appears to want and has been working on a software update that will produce an unlockable/relockable bootloader on Motorola devices. The update is expected to be pushed out in the third or fourth quarter of this year. The company will be able to do this by building all of its Android devices from the same unlocked source code. Ms. Wyatt added that the company wouldn't be in this mess if it wasn't so good at security.

The reason for the delay since Mr. Proud started his campaign all those months ago had to do with how each carrier had to make sure that the update would not only work, but also be safe and secure for customers. So which of Motorola's handsets will have its bootloader unlocked? Motorola says they have received positive feedback on the unlockable/relockable bootloader on the Motorola XOOM tablet and as a result, feels confident that each one of the company's future devices that gets an update in the future will also be getting its bootloader unlocked at the same time. In other words, any Motorola device expected to get an update in the second half of this year should end up with an unlocked bootloader. See, you can fight City Hall.

source: AusDroid via Phandroid

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8 Comments

1. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Which probably means that older devices will be locked out, like the X, 2, any Donut device, and the Pro. But anything released this tear will probably be eligible.

2. dudemanrod

Posts: 39; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

i'll believe it when i see it

6. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

me 2. They could just be saying this to relieve some pressure they are receiving from devs

8. cheetah2k

Posts: 2271; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

I agree.. Its also a little too late IMO... Many people I know have sold their Moto's already. I just sold my Atrix due to the locked bootloader and endless empty unfulfilled promises of Gingerbread.

3. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Hey I guess better late than never. I wonder how this will affect the sales of their phones that are out like the Droid X2 & the future phones like the Motorola Photon 4G & the Droid Bionic. It would be a shame that those beast phones might be locked. That might sway people to other phones like the HTC Evo 3D on Sprint, & the Samsung Galaxy S II on Verizon. It would be a shame if Motorola doesn't at least send an over the air update or whatever to unlock both the Photon 4G & the Droid Bionic before the 3rd or 4th quarter! I know my buddy is all stressed about this. He really wants the Droid Bionic!

4. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

The Bionic will most definitely make the list based on the criteria given, as it'll be eligible for at least one update in the future. Hell, there's a small chance that even the X will be eligible. Not terribly likely, but possible.

5. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Good I will let my buddy know, he has been sending a million texts to me about this news. He is like having a breakdown or something. (just kidding) lol I told him that the update WILL come. He is just mad that he has to wait until the 3rd or 4th quarter. If the Droid Bionic ships this summer it maybe 4 to 6 months until the update hits to unlock the phone. He is really disappointed! He doesn’t want to wait that long & to be honest I don’t blame him!

7. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

Moto you had better get crackin cause im sure there are many others out there like me who are ready to pounce on the galaxy s2 for big red. Their bionic/targa is officially the oldest phone in history to not even be released /:

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