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Motorola Clarifies Stance on Bootloaders, Looks to Partner With Developers?

By now, many of you have seen the recommendation that a Motorola YouTube admin made to a user who inquired about using a custom ROM on a future device.  Well, the idea of buying “elsewhere” didn’t sit nicely with one of Droid Life’s readers, prompting them to head over to Moto’s Facebook page to see if they would be willing to clarify this wild YouTuber’s remarks.  Sure enough, they did.

Motorola – We apologize for the feedback we provided regarding our bootloader policy. The response does not reflect the views of Motorola.

We are working closely with our partners to offer a bootloader solution that will enable developers to use our devices as a development platform while still protecting our users’ interests. More detailed information will follow as we get closer to availability.

This doesn’t exactly scream, “We’re unlocking this puppy!” but it does interest the heck out of us.  A “development platform” could mean a variety of things and we’re not exactly holding out hope that we’ll see the freedom that we all enjoyed with the OG DROID, however this is a much more acceptable tone.  We’ll be all eyes and ears when that detailed information is finally released.

Cheers sc4fpse!

  • I fully agree with Timoh

  • Anonymous

    I was about to automatically get a Thunderbolt, but if Motorola is serious about this, I may hold off and get a Bionic instead

  • Catalin

    In Europe tons of people bought the Milestone without a contract, thinking it’s an *open* Android phone, without knowing that the bootloader would be locked and the updates from Motorola be delayed forever. The Droid and the Milestone are extremely similar devices, so how comes the Droid gets an unlocked bootloader, the Milestone a locked one? The reason is definitely not “protecting users’ interests”, that’s *complete bullshit*! Did any Droid user complain about the bootloader not being locked up?

  • Scruggie

    not a fan of having my post erased..thought we could be honest on this forum

    • Scruggie

      thats my bad i just found it..smh

  • “to use our devices as a development platform” sounds to me like: “you can develop apps for our devices, using and buying our devices, subscribing to our services, gathering money for us with your profile-data, but our protection of users’ Interests – the interest of a user to buy a new Motorola-device, because we canceled support for the 6-month-old-motorola-phone you are using right now – means: If you want any sort of custom-roms, go buy a phone somewhere else…”

    This is my interpretation! With this strategy the Motorola Milestone 2 is my first and will be my last Motorola-Device!

  • Maybe this will end up being the Nexus Bionic…..

  • If The Thought Of Two Phones One For Developers And One For Consumers, I Could Foresee A Lot Of People Claiming To Be Developers To Get Their Hands On One.

  • Tergiversator_Maximus

    That past tense with the OG Droid is a little bit of a bummer. I still haven’t rooted and I don’t plan to until next month when my warranty expires. I’m not quite half way through my two years with this phone – let’s not count it out yet.

  • Anonymous

    k, yall, need some helps here…

    recently got a D2G as a warranty replacement for my OG (OG was livin strong, but finally started having issues). anyway, I’ve got the global rooted now and yet am not able to use wi-fi tether for root. I know that I’m lacking a kernal that supports netfilter, but can’t find it. Can anybody point me in the right direction?

  • Anonymous

    This better mean what we’re all hoping, otherwise I’m pretty sure Motorola will be losing a lot of business once people’s upgrades are due. I know I’m not going back with Motorola if it means another locked phone.

  • Anonymous

    I still wonder why some smart Android manufacturer doesn’t just release a device with an unlocked bootloader and then have a user-inaccessible area of flash memory with a copy of the original ROM. Then you solve all of your support problems by having users do a full factory reset. I think most of us would be happy with that, even if it didn’t allow radio access.

    • Anonymous

      I would not be happy with that, as newer radios introduce better performance, battery life, and signal quality. Let’s go with option A) if you want to ROM your phone, go elsewhere. Boo Moto, Boo.

      • Anonymous

        New radios may have their benefits, but radio flashes gone wrong are the easiest way to permanently brick an Android phone, which is what Motorola/phone manufacturers likely want to avoid.

        • Anonymous

          Yes and no, Motorola doesn’t care if you break you phone. In fact, its to their benefit if you break your phone and are out of warranty. What manufacturers want to avoid is in warranty claims.

          Myself and like minded folks, who are modifying our phones are accepting the risk. If I brick my phone I will assume full liability and purchase a replacement, not try to file a fraudulent warranty request.

          It’s those weasels that file fraudulent claims and have the phones replaced that have created the necessity for the locked bootloader.

          Because I accept the risk, I choose to buy from a brand that will give me that freedom.

          In short, weasels should buy Motorola. XD

  • I totaly agree with akazerotime

  • Burko

    I think the best way for Moto to manage this is to unlock the bootloader when a device reaches end of life (when they do not plan to release any further software upgrades)

    This then covers them against warranty claims for people who brick their devices installing custom roms (which is their biggest worry), as they usually support devices for at least a year.

    • DBK

      Now THAT is good idea.

      *sigh* So you know what that means……