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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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1625477640 Dave Martinez

    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.