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Motorola Won’t Lock Bootloader on Newly Announced Photon 4G? Is There Hope for the DROID Bionic?

Ok, we had originally thought that the story of the day surrounding Motorola and Sprint’s announcement had to do with their stock Triumph which will be headed to Virgin, but boy did that just get trumped.  Our homies over at Android and Me must be on the scene at the Moto event in NYC and asked reps if the Photon 4G (4.3″ qHD, sual-core Tegra, HDMI-out, etc.) would come equipped with a bootloader locked similarly to what we’ve seen on the DROIDX2, Atrix, etc.   There answer might have been the most favorable answer we could have ever asked for and is surely going to make you smile.  Apparently this device won’t be “locked” which probably just means it won’t be encrypted like a motha’, but no matter what, this is HUGE.

So if this truly is the case (and we’ll be reaching out for further comment), and this is a sign of things to come from Moto, the DROID Bionic might have just gone from sizzlin’ hot to on frickin’ fire.  After the announcement from HTC that they will no longer be locking down devices, we were all waiting for some sort of response from the only other phone manufacturer that seems to feel it’s necessary to do this – let’s hope these reps are well-informed and not just tossing out random bootloader comments.  We take that stuff serious around here. (hah)

Please, oh please sound off in the comments.

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  • AshleeV

    Can someone tell me what bootloaders are? Without being an a-hole please???

  • Anonymous


  • Droid Life,

    You are a popular blog now; please proof read your articles for grammar and spelling mistakes. We all learned the difference among “their,” “there,” and “they’re” in the third grade. You get paid to write for a living, and these kind of mistakes are unacceptable. Seriously, can we all expect just a little more?

    • Inkster09

      Oh stop it a blog not the new York times. U ever hear people talk these days? Complain about that. Your highness.

  • TonyNovas

    The Bionic needs a kick stand, dedicated camera button and a 32gb capacity option.

  • Anonymous


  • Rickkane

    Seriously, if motor keeps locking the bootloader, my next phone will absolutely, 100%, not be a Motorola.

  • Finhead13

    Way to totally rip-off HTC’s kickstand from the Thunderbolt….

  • Anonymous

    Why are we so scared of locked bootloaders?  Hackers will always find a way around those locks.

    And is sual-core better than dual-core?

    • DBK

      Not if they are locked down like the Droid X. It’s not being locked that irks us, it’s being locked in a way that makes it impossible to unlock (Droid X) that irks us. 

  • While I appreciate that people who care about them can load custom ROMs, I really want a device that is stock Android out of the box. I don’t want to load a ROM, but I don’t want Motoblur.

  • joey


  • Admiral Ackbar

    You know big red will not allow an unlocked bootloader phone on their network. They are in a “shut up slave” mode and it play by their rules on their network.

    • Jim Dandy

      You got to rock the Ackbar avatar!!

  • Anonymous


  • Mbutler912

    The important question is, when is this biotch(Bionic) hitting the streets??? It’s like spending the powerball winnings before you even win the jackpot or even buy a ticket….