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Motorola Eases Up on Locked Bootloader Stance, Plans to Unlock Portfolio in 2011?

All the talk of locked bootloaders over the last few months has been a little depressing, but today’s word out of Motorola may finally mean that all of our persistent attention to the matter is paying off.  Everyone remember the Motorola bootloader petition that made its rounds almost a month ago?  Well, the man behind it (Irwin Proud) has made several attempts to contact Moto over the issue and finally received a response that I’m sure you’ll enjoy…  

“In terms of your question – we completely understand the operator requirement for security to the end user, and as well, want to support the developer communities desire to use these products as a development platform.  It is our intention to enable the unlockable/relockable bootloader currently found on Motorola XOOM across our portfolio of devices starting in late 2011, where carriers and operators will allow it.”

Talk about the ultimate PR response.  While this may not be a definitive, “We’ll unlock everything,” it is at least a positive acknowledgement from Motorola and it also takes the pressure off of them and puts it squarely on the carriers.  We’ve pointed the finger at carriers for months now even while others thought we were out of our minds, but this is about as clear of a statement as you’ll find from a phone manufacturer blaming them.  “Where carriers and operators will allow it.”  Now there is the real battle.

Again, it shows that our work as a community is paying off, but that doesn’t mean this battle is over.  So, who’s starting up the “Carriers, let them unlock the bootloader” petition?

Via:  AusDroid

Cheers Picolas!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

    ”Where carriers and operators will allow it.” Now there is the real battle.

    The problem with them using this as backing is that other manufacturers are allowed to release unlocked bootloaders. Maybe it’s only a more recent thing, but if that’s the case, then Verizon has no grounds to tell Moto that they can’t retroactively unlock the bootloader on the devices that are currently locked down. It’s a big step getting Moto to admit this publicly, but the war is far from over. Now we need to bug the crap out of Verizon until they give Moto the go-ahead.

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  • http://profiles.google.com/chasehammer Chase Johnson

    i doubt it comes back any good. I still dont see carriers allowing the update. They have no reason to care at all.

  • http://www.myvouchercodes.co.uk online shopping uk

    I thought we already had a petition since 2010 made by one of Motorola Milestone user? Imagine if we summed it up, it would be even more than 8500 signatures…

  • http://profiles.google.com/dsgamecube Kenny Jackson

    The BIONIC just went from “Crap, it’s locked.” to O_o c’mon nVIDIA please release the Targa soon…

  • Anonymous

    … it is difficult to trust moto. In europe, more and more people get mobiles provider free (eg. DEFY), so for this phones there is NO REASON for a locked bootloader, but the bootloader is also signed … moto, show us that take care of your customers >>> look at your XOOM

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    Moto, have you forgotten that its was the “vanilla” O.G. Droid that gave you NEW life?

  • Swarm

    Ask all the people who got shagged by moto for being milestone early adopters if the carrier had anything to do with it.They bought unlocked phones with no carrier branding expecting to get the same product as the droid. (with gsm radios obviously)
    Motorola is still largely to blame in this, they took their security much further than any other company has even now, Insulted us with their comments when we turned around and asked why we couldn’t have the same thing U.S customers got. Im not saying the carriers are guilt free but try and keep some perspective.

    • http://profiles.google.com/booboolala2000 Patrick Crumpler

      Milestone was the first MOTO Droid to have a locked bootloader.

  • http://profiles.google.com/bleulin Bruce Lin

    I want to know the Samsung GSII will be a cdma2000 one?

  • http://profiles.google.com/bleulin Bruce Lin

    “where carriers and operators will allow it.” And what about HTC Incredible, HTC Phone, Samsung Phone? It’s officially an No longer excuse to avoid talking.

  • http://www.mygeek911.com mygeek911

    Verizon, tear down that bootloader!

  • Anonymous

    ok thats the xoom.. a step in the right direction… still unlikely I guess that us DX/D2 owners will get the same treatment.. hopefully future moto phones will.. if they can actually release them on time… yah Im talkin bout you Mr. Bionic >:|

  • Baked14

    I use to love moto and vzw… then I hated moto and loved vzw… then I hated moto and vzw… now I love moto and hate vzw…..

  • http://thisisjohncoffey.com GRAND MASTER SEN$Ei {{-_-}}™

    How come Verizon doesn’t put bloatware on the i*hone then? {{-_-}}

    • RW-1

      We all know the answer to that, and if google had the pull and userbase Apple had then our current droids would be bloat free as well.

      • http://profiles.google.com/booboolala2000 Patrick Crumpler

        Google has that pull now as evidenced by their recent statement about Android and the Carrier/Manufacturer screwing with Android. Could cost the dealers a loss of sales as Google will hold back the code where it sees fit.

        • RW-1

          A statement is the same as the one just released by Moto, nothing more. Time and actions will tell moving forwards.

  • Rizzidy

    Write to the FCC. Quit being pussies.

    • Nxus1ne

      What precisely do you think the FCC can do? They don’t have the power to tell a company they can’t lock down the software on their device to prevent modification.

  • faber

    I’ll be giving my money to whatever carrier and company keep it unlocked.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3F52SIGKZTAHNMDCDS64HCJY3I Janos

    whats the point of waiting until the end of 2011??

    why just not do it right now…
    …as if it was complicated….

  • Anonymous

    I believe this is a GOOD move and good sign at the same time >.<