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Motorola: XOOM Will Have Unlockable/Relockable Bootloader for “Development” (Updated)

According to the “official” Motorola Twitter account, the XOOM will come packed with a “unlockable/relockable bootloader” that gives developers access to hardware for development.  Yes, you are reading that correctly.  I’m actually speechless right now…what exactly does that mean though?  Do they have something secret planned to control developer access, but complete limit end user?  Will it be similar to the Nexus S method?  I have no idea, but the hammering of the account has already begun, so keep it hear as we’ll be all over this.

Update:  Not that this adds anything new to the situation and is the same message tweeted above, but the Moto forums manager confirmed this as well…(Cheers Matthew!)

Greatest news of the week…month…year?

Cheers Mark!

  • AlphaAxl

    My friend just told me that while the bootloader is unlocked, anything you put on has to be signed by Motorola…is this true? (Source if so?)

  • Loginname101

    Sorry for being a noob at this, but what exactly does this mean?

  • Booboolala2000

    There’s an old saying in Tennessee —I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee —that says, fool me once, shame on —shame on you. Fool me —you can’t get fooled again. Thank you George Bush Jr. And Motorola.

  • Booboolala2000

    Question is, who unlocks it? Do you take it in? Do you have to be a registered dev? Shouldn’t be there in the first place. Bet they will change that with an update or something. Just don’t trust them at this point.

  • Now if only they’d do this for all their phones

  • goblueboy

    /clap for unlocked. i feel like that had to include it for us to pay so much for it

  • Coaster36

    NOW THIS IS NEWS!!

    THANK YOU MOTOROLA!!!! FINALLY LISTENING!!!

    • Coaster36

      Although now that I think about it, its just like the OG droid. Its the developers device so apps get developed for tablets. I wouldnt count on it lasting to long. BUT MAYBE just MAYBE it will.

  • Alvinm 77

    Blah…. do that ish with your phones!!!!!

  • Alvinm 77

    Blah…. do that ish with your phones!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    I am extremely pleasantly shocked. We need some more details, but if we can get full custom ROMs with custom kernels I will be extremely happy. Maybe even enough to swallow that $800 asking price…

    • Anonymous

      yeh, same here. Though we shouldnt have to pay so much to change our devices as we see fit, I would probably buy one too.

  • Sputnick

    It’s good news but I wonder if it will be a repeat just like the open OG Droid and locked phones thereafter. Don’t mean to be a Debby Downer, but would hate to be roped in and then disappointed.

  • Sputnick

    It’s good news but I wonder if it will be a repeat just like the open OG Droid and locked phones thereafter. Don’t mean to be a Debby Downer, but would hate to be roped in and then disappointed.

  • Sputnick

    It’s good news but I wonder if it will be a repeat just like the open OG Droid and locked phones thereafter. Don’t mean to be a Debby Downer, but would hate to be roped in and then disappointed.

  • Sputnick

    It’s good news but I wonder if it will be a repeat just like the open OG Droid and locked phones thereafter. Don’t mean to be a Debby Downer, but would hate to be roped in and then disappointed.

  • Sputnick

    It’s good news but I wonder if it will be a repeat just like the open OG Droid and locked phones thereafter. Don’t mean to be a Debby Downer, but would hate to be roped in and then disappointed.

  • Sputnick

    It’s good news but I wonder if it will be a repeat just like the open OG Droid and locked phones thereafter. Don’t mean to be a Debby Downer, but would hate to be roped in and then disappointed.

  • Sputnick

    It’s good news but I wonder if it will be a repeat just like the open OG Droid and locked phones thereafter. Don’t mean to be a Debby Downer, but would hate to be roped in and then disappointed.

  • Sputnick

    It’s good news but I wonder if it will be a repeat just like the open OG Droid and locked phones thereafter. Don’t mean to be a Debby Downer, but would hate to be roped in and then disappointed.

  • Sputnick

    It’s good news but I wonder if it will be a repeat just like the open OG Droid and locked phones thereafter. Don’t mean to be a Debby Downer, but would hate to be roped in and then disappointed.

  • Sputnick

    It’s good news but I wonder if it will be a repeat just like the open OG Droid and locked phones thereafter. Don’t mean to be a Debby Downer, but would hate to be roped in and then disappointed.

  • Sputnick

    It’s good news but I wonder if it will be a repeat just like the open OG Droid and locked phones thereafter. Don’t mean to be a Debby Downer, but would hate to be roped in and then disappointed.

  • Sputnick

    It’s good news but I wonder if it will be a repeat just like the open OG Droid and locked phones thereafter. Don’t mean to be a Debby Downer, but would hate to be roped in and then disappointed.

  • Sputnick

    It’s good news but I wonder if it will be a repeat just like the open OG Droid and locked phones thereafter. Don’t mean to be a Debby Downer, but would hate to be roped in and then disappointed.

  • Sputnick

    It’s good news but I wonder if it will be a repeat just like the open OG Droid and locked phones thereafter. Don’t mean to be a Debby Downer, but would hate to be roped in and then disappointed.

  • Sputnick

    It’s good news but I wonder if it will be a repeat just like the open OG Droid and locked phones thereafter. Don’t mean to be a Debby Downer, but would hate to be roped in and then disappointed.

  • Sputnick

    It’s good news but I wonder if it will be a repeat just like the open OG Droid and locked phones thereafter. Don’t mean to be a Debby Downer, but would hate to be roped in and then disappointed.

    • Anonymous

      I think its phones ect. with blur are locked down. its motos way of saying you have to keep blur.

  • Moto just took me from ‘Never again’ to ‘Moto 4 Life’. Thank you Moto. Thank you.

  • Christian

    I wonder if this means anything for the Bionic or other future Moto devices? Doubt it, but I’m gonna stay hopeful 😛

  • Christian

    I wonder if this means anything for the Bionic or other future Moto devices? Doubt it, but I’m gonna stay hopeful 😛

  • NyR

    I don’t know if this has been said before but I don’t find this news to be that surprising. Think about this: Google loves openness. They encourage developers to develop. They partnered with Moto to bring the first PURE 3.0 tablet to the market. That means no motoblur to bog down the tablet. Personally I think Moto was forced to keep the bootloader unlockable or I don’t think they would have gotten the first PURE Android 3.0 tablet.

    • Sparking22

      That is what I have been thinking all this time

    • Totally Right that;s exactly what i was thinking BUT why didn’t Google ask for a TOTALLY UNLOCKED Bootloader instead of the UNLOCKABLE deal … -___-

      Seriously, Google better make a Long Term Deal with HTC (IMHO)

  • Emeraldjun

    The release of both the 3.0 SDK and this makes me believe that this was purposely planned for many days now…..

  • Anonymous

    My faith in Moto is restored! I love their hardware but hate the bootloader issues. Just when I had convinced myself I didn’t need the Xoom they draw me back in…..

  • Anonymous

    Game Changer, if this is true “Custom TROMS” Tablet ROMS 😛

  • I am just glad to see people being excited again for this product becasue like I said I have been excited since sunday when I pre ordered it and everyone has been complaining it feels good that people will buy it with me now lol

  • Anonymous

    making up for the price and the lack of flash at launch. All is forgiven

  • I have never seen such an emotional turnaround by this community….if you look at any post earlier than this its mostly people complaining about it (including myself) and yet one little bootloader causes a 180…i still cant afford one but its definitely a step forward by moto

    • Also, even if Moto puts a “devs only” lock on the Xoom, I have an awfully tough time believing that it’ll last long before it gets cracked wide open

    • Anonymous

      It’s optimism and hope for the future mostly. My problem with Moto is that you buy something and aren’t allowed to use it how you want to, you don’t truly own it.

      If this is a real option to fully unlock what you pay for I’ll end my boycott of their products. If it’s only a half-assed unlock, where you don’t get full access to the device, or they lock out connectivity, it will give me even more reason to continue my boycott.

      I still wont buy the Xoom at $800, or be locked into a contract with it. If they shocked us all and released a wifi only version for $499, and this is a true unlock, I’d reconsider.

      • Couldn’t agree with you more, 800 bones is still way out of my price range

  • Im just DYING to see what kind of negative spin iNGADGET can put on this…

  • Disregard all my previous comments about the Xoom….I’m buying one now.

  • GaryIndiana

    So I guess this means the bootloader is not encrypted either, right? All bootloaders are locked, only Motoroloa encrypts them.

  • Anonymous

    ugh i knew my spring break work money would go somewhere
    i guess i now know where

  • I’m back on the xoom bus!! now i just hope my store has them…

  • I’m back on the xoom bus!! now i just hope my store has them…

  • an.droid-life.com

    if the bionic has blur just download launcher pro or adw launcher

  • an.droid-life.com

    if the bionic has blur just download launcher pro or adw launcher

    • That just covers up the Blur. Blur stuff still runs in the background.

  • lol this is funny too see all the people that are now officially excited I have been excited since I preordered on sunday lol…. Crazy what a locked or unlocked bootloader could do

  • Anonymous

    If the bionic is unlocked, I will be buying it. Of course, I will first wait until right after it is released to make sure its open for any user. We’ll see. If I can’t load custom roms I will NOT be buying it. Period. There is NO SENSE in locking a bootloader.

  • Yes!

    Now please just do this for the DX!

    • They cant. DX users will just have to wait and get a phone that is unlockable.

  • Anonymous

    One small step for XOOM, one giant leap for XOOM sales!

    Dear Moto,

    Thank you. Please, please, please do this with your phones!

    • Seriously.

      If they do this for the Bionic, i don’t care if it’s $300 on a 2 year contract, i’ll buy one.

  • Now I just have to wait for the wifi version! No way im getting into another contract.

  • Ajohn7211

    And best of all: the honeycomb skd and everything is now up! Bring on the HC for phones! We’ve seen it done with the dInc

  • Wow, awesome! Maybe I can finally go with a Motorola Device again. Motorola Milestone 3, please! 😀

  • TOONZ

    I LOVE LIFE!!!!!!!!

  • this is the best news i’ve heard all year from motorola. If the bionic is like this as well, I think I might be getting it too when it comes out! NO MORE BLUR!

  • This is fantastic news. Well done Moto! 🙂

  • DroidzFX

    I just peed a lil bit in my pants

  • About time we get some good news this week on the XOOM. I have a feeling that if the method is open enough for easy access by the Android community, we are going to see some AMAZING software running on this hardware in no time!

  • Anonymous

    We need more details on what this actually means. If it were truly “unlocked” for development and there wasn’t some sort of catch, you wouldn’t need it locked or relockable.

    • True we need more details, but if they make it possible to unlock then devs can go to town on it and make it easy for teh noobs.

    • Yeah, I’d rather find out what this means and wait a few weeks before getting a Xoom, than preorder it now without a full idea. Better safe than sorry

    • Anonymous

      Agreed. I think it’ll be “unlocked” just for the development purposes and when you decide to use it 24/7 it’s going to be “locked”. So unless someone figures out how to stay in development mode WHILE using it as a tablet, this news doesn’t mean anything to 98% of the people. I won’t be going gaga until I see a whole custom rom flashed on the Xoom. It’s a great looking tablet with all the specs one can dream of but I don’t believe Motorola is going to let developers “go to town” on the device.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed. I think it’ll be “unlocked” just for the development purposes and when you decide to use it 24/7 it’s going to be “locked”. So unless someone figures out how to stay in development mode WHILE using it as a tablet, this news doesn’t mean anything to 98% of the people. I won’t be going gaga until I see a whole custom rom flashed on the Xoom. It’s a great looking tablet with all the specs one can dream of but I don’t believe Motorola is going to let developers “go to town” on the device.

  • I am so excited right now because Google doesn’t hand out locked devices at Google IO do they? No they do not. Perhaps I’m getting a Xoom in May afterall!?!?

  • Anonymous

    I pray we see this on the Droid 3

  • Zaire2005

    Exclusive: Apple iPad 2 Event Set for March 2

    • That’s my birthday 🙁

    • MFG

      Hey you, go fuk yourself.

      • Muddy B00ts

        wow. Take it easy…

    • Anonymous

      prediction- some dude in a turtleneck will announce widgets as a revolutionary concept on tablets… and the minions will believe him

  • Due to Motorola supporting us “Android Geeks” I don’t mind the higher price tag. On my way to BB to pre-order as we speak.

  • Anonymous

    Pleeeease hurry up and get here, WiFi XOOM!

    I’m officially sold!

  • Awesome! I was hoping this would be the case since this is the device Google have used for testing Honeycomb.

  • Someone go check for flying pigs

    • Now I actually have to go buy one… Bye Bye tax refund that I get the 4th

      • palomosan

        +1 I got my refund and I’m traveling on Thursday, I hope I get mine before I get on the plane to represent Android like it should be done…in high places.

        • Anonymous

          yeah screw getting shit for my car i want a Xoom.

    • I think I just saw some, and they had the Motorola branding emblem on the side! lol

      • Anonymous

        Then I changed the logo to the Batman logo with jrummys moto pig logo changer

    • palomosan

      I just went to the Verizon store and this people don’t know a thing about the Xoom, I know more than them and I don’t work for Verizon, what a shame.

      The guy is telling that I should get the 3g/4g version, I said 1Gb/m at $20 it doesn’t cut it for me, I use more than that on my phone. He was like most people get the highest plan the first month and I said suckers do…in my mind of course.

      I asked if Verizon was planning on doing a 1 year contract and he said no clue.

      So Basically, $599 on contract or 800 no contract…when is the WiFi version coming?

  • Mth2134

    My reaction? I tipped kellex right away and am now in my car going to pre order xoom!

  • Makes the pricetag practically worth it! 😛

    • Mth2134

      It was all the convincing I needed. U guys know I was the one saying ill wait.

    • Anonymous

      TROMS lol

  • Anonymous

    YES YES YES YES YES!!!!!!
    This would make the Droid X unlock WAY easier if we can find a way to port the methods…
    I’m pre-ordering my xoom right now, this was my last issue with it. Was waiting for Galaxy Tab 10.1, but no longer!!!!!
    YESSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!

    • Brttwrd

      seriously? samsung was evn an option for u?

      • Anonymous

        The Tab 10.1 looked promising, I was looking for a stock experience.
        I probably wouldn’t have gotten it anyway, Samsung just isn’t a brand I like

        • Anonymous

          As my GF put it. Im not like u i dont need the latest and greatest ill just get the Galaxy.

          • whipped My gf dont tell me to spend my hard earned money

          • Anonymous

            Retarded that’s what she said and bought her own galaxy instaed of waiting
            for the xoom like me.

  • will have or does have? odd choice of wording

    • will have meaning when it comes out in 2 days

  • Rain_king46

    That is great. Any change of updating the DX to have the same feature?

    • Brttwrd

      probably not. the droid x has been tossed aside as a child’s toy already. the pressure is on moto with the thunderbolt now, they dont feel too obligated about the droid x nemor. i personally think we’ll b lucky if we evn get the single core version of honeycomb that we were confirmed to get

      • Anonymous

        ummm moto makes the bionic and the atrix and the atrix is confirmed that its whole system files, not just the bootloader, is encrypted which is even worse than the droid x. HTC makes the thunderbolt

        • tdk128

          That’s BS… I’ve been hanging around the Atrix forum on XDA. The system partition isn’t signed.

      • Anonymous

        ummm moto makes the bionic and the atrix and the atrix is confirmed that its whole system files, not just the bootloader, is encrypted which is even worse than the droid x. HTC makes the thunderbolt

  • Nex

    Didn’t they just lock down the Atrix bootloader? I don’t get Motorola, hopefully bionic will be similar to Xoom

    • Anonymous

      Well the XOOM is essentially a developer device. It’s the device that Honeycomb was built on.

      • Anonymous

        Seems like Motorola does this with it’s flagship devices i.e. OG Droid. This time they’re not going to make the same mistake. I’m willing to bet that they’ll send out some security patch in the form of an update to permanently lock down the Xoom. That’s all part of how they conduct business nowawdays…Give you a little taste of the unlocked life, then snatch it away. just my opinion.

        • They’ve yet to do anything like this. Either the device has been unlock-able at launch, or it hasn’t. As far as I know, my Droid is still not locked down and my Droid X is, same as when I bought them. I’m not a fan of Moto’s recent locked phones, but facts are facts.

    • The Xoom is a “Google Experience” device. Meaning stock Android 3.0 (no touchwiz). The software should be pretty much untouched by Moto.

      • tanknspank

        I’m guessing by Touchwiz you meant Blur? Either way, both are bad.

  • Good news…hope it means what we all are hoping it means though.

  • JG

    my world == rocked

  • ss2

    We need more details ASAP

    • Brttwrd

      watch it on twitter, brah