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Motorola Still Promising Bootloader Unlock Tool, This Time With AT&T’s Atrix HD

Motorola has been promising a tool for developers to unlock the bootloaders on their phones for a long time now. So long in fact, that we have pretty much given up hope of ever seeing another Moto phone like the OG Droid which was the hacker’s paradise. Anyone who was hoping that the new AT&T Atrix HD would have an unlockable bootloader is going to be sadly let down, it’s locked and encrypted like all the other ones, but Moto took to Twitter to say that it might not be locked for long or that they potentially have an option on the way. 

It’s been almost a year and a half since Motorola originally said they would partner with developers to work out some kind of solution and still we have nothing. HTC has been doing fantastic things with their HTCDev website and that just serves to show how backwards Moto is being about the whole thing. Do you think we will ever see this developer unlocking tool? Or is it too late for Moto to catch up?

Via: Android Police

  • ballsacknoodle

    If you guys don’t know how to unlock you bootloaders the old fashion way then perhaps you should move to the nexus…

  • Verizon, not even an hour after there announcement GS-3 Boot loader being Locked it ends up being “unlocked”


  • Everytime they say “Locked” it end’s up being open.


  • Problematic

    They already lied when they said they’d unlock their bootloaders by the end of last year. Not a single phone was unlocked.

  • Believe it when I see it. {{-_-}}

  • chris125

    Liar liar, pants on fire!!

  • chris125

    If moto released a device/devices in the US with an unlocked bootloader like the original droid it would sell like crazy. I do not understand why moto does not see this and no I’m not talking about just the techies, more and more people like moto phones but are turned off by blur and the other issues. I would like to see a moto nexus, that would really be a device that would get the developers going crazy for.

  • chris125

    Just like the bionic among others would be unlocked. Anything moto says you know the opposite is going to happen.

  • samsungsucks

    I get so sick of hearing references to samsung about how great they are. I had a terrible little phone called the samsung m520 back in the day of blackberries…. It was such a piece of crap that I decided to AVOID samsung products from that point on, and I have. If you fanboys had ever had to suffer with that little piece of bs you wouldn’t be d!ckriding them as hard as you are now.

    • Androidandwp7equalsPower

      I have to agree, Samsung was bad back in the day, but they have cleaned up their act ever since the Galaxy series. You should give them another chance. Im glad I did.

  • Androidandwp7equalsPower

    A moto unlocker tool is never going to happen, just tell us that instead of thinking we are stupid forget your promise.

  • I think its legit. They haven’t mentioned anything about an “unlock tool” before to the best of my knowledge, only “unlock solution”s. Hell, just call me a naive optimist, but dammit, I got faith in ya Moto!!

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    • Azn_Android

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  • Forehead

    I went from an OG Droid that I loved, to a newer Moto phone that I won’t even say the name of, to a G-Nex… Never looking back to Moto again.

  • MotoRulz

    Evertime they comment on the bootloader situation all I hear is Blur blur blur…

  • Wait, if Motorola publishes such a tool, what will the 99.99% of Droid-Life commenters do? I mean the Samsung/Nexus crowd, the “TROLOLOL I BOUGHT A NEXUS IT’S SO COOLOLOLOL, THROW YOUR MOTOROLA PHONE OUT” people.
    I say it’s pretty much impossible, Motorola just shouldn’t ruin the lives of so many people.

    • They’ll whine about other reasons that their purchase is “far superior” to any of Motorola’s devices. Fanboys will be fanboys.

    • chris125

      well there is always room to complain about the cameras moto uses lol. Or how it wasnt unlocked fast enough

  • Stewie

    It’s the same sad story, say anything to get you to buy it, beware suckers, because it isn’t going to happen. Moto=fail. I’ve said it before and will say it again, I have 1.5 to see a miricle of stupidity reversal before I decide if moto warrents my trust again, but …

  • SomeDooD123


  • May be they are just referring to the Developer-Edition devices… I have lost all hopes on Motorola, wrt unlocking the bootloaders…

  • Motorola has been getting better and better since Google acquired them.

    • chris125

      Talk is cheap, especially when they said the same thing last year and nothing has changed.

  • T4rd

    Didn’t they say the exact same thing about this time last year for Verizon’s Moto phones? I’m pretty sure they said an unlock method would be available by the end of last year and that never happened..

    • JoshGroff

      HTC made good on their promise, and I hope they keep it up. I would love to see Motorola unlock all of their devices though, then I could upgrade my Xoom LTE to something else somewhere along the line. (need something unlock-able that still has LTE access to fill the void)

  • AhsanS

    The RAZR HD better have an unlocked bootloader. Damn, I’ll probably buy it anyway though.

    • Unlocked? Doubtful. Unlockable? We shall see. They’ve had a very long time to come up with a viable solution, so let’s see what they can do.

  • Trueblue711

    What I don’t understand is why Motorola is the only company that carriers are “making” lock the bootloaders. If Moto HAD to do it, so would Samsung, LG, etc.
    It sounds like Moto is playing with words, as they are probably the ones soliciting the idea to the carrier and of course the carrier is not going to say no to more security.

    • JoshGroff

      Motorola caters more to business and “security” than it does developers, but if they’re at least willing to put out developer edition devices to cater to the needs of the few, than that’s fine by me.

      • Trueblue711

        The only business a locked bootloader is good for is the carrier, and the fact that their mass appeal has been to consumers, they shouldn’t be doing this.

        • JoshGroff

          Ok, lets say you have a work phone. Would your boss want you to be able to root/ROM and potentially make the information contained on it easier to access?

          Ok, my knowledge on the subject is lacking, but there are logical security risks involved with hacking any device.

          • Trueblue711

            Even if your point is valid, there’s no reason the CARRIER should dictate that. Also, the fact that Verizon is the only carrier to do it on the GS III makes it seem that they have their own interests in mind.

          • mgamerz

            Lol, a business phone with MotoBlur.

          • JoshGroff

            There’s nothing wrong with Blur… They’ve really cut it down since the Atrix 4G. *shudders*

  • Sure Moto . . . are you going to unlock the other devices you promised in 2010 and 2011?

  • Moto has fed us this lie before. Anyone that buys a Moto device expecting an unlockable bootloader needs to wake up and buy something else.

  • Jeff Tycz

    Deja vu anyone?

  • moelsen8


  • MrEnglish

    My “goal” is to be a millionaire by the time I retired, doesn’t mean I will. Don’t tell me about goals, show me results.

    • Mike


      • michael arazan

        Are things so bad at Motorola that they can’t figure out how to unlock the bootloader on their own phones? I call BS, they know how to do it, they just want to appease their carrier overlords and sell more phones.

    • I’ve pretty much lossed faith in Moto. I had faith in them for 1 phone, got badly burned by the DROID3, and now I am dedicated to Nexus and Nexus ONLY. Moto can burn along with their encrypted bootloaders.

  • Knlegend1

    Only way to go in my opinion.

  • JoshuaNewsome

    Been a Moto fan since the OG droid and my wife has loved them too, but not being able to do what I want with something I paid so much for is ridiculous. It was time to move on. Goodbye Droids, hello Nexus

  • azndan4

    BULL-SH!T. Motorola has been saying that since the days of the Droid X.

  • Devon

    The boy who cried wolf…..eventually no one is going to believe them….

  • I’ll believe it when I see the unlock tool….

  • cloverz7

    Samsung locks bootloader and moto unlocks one, what the heck is going on in the world?

    • Superguy

      One does it as a rule (Moto) while one’s does it as an exception to the rule (Samsung). At least Sammy’s putting a dev edition out there ASAP.

      Moto could care less.

      • cloverz7

        Not really, moto tried to do a dev device. It just died before it came out.

        • JoshGroff

          RIP XT910.

          Seriously though, I just might buy one to one up hipsters.

          • cloverz7

            lol. Would be better if they would just unlock existing bootloaders.

          • JoshGroff

            Heck yeah, but if developer edition devices are the only choice because carriers want “security,” than I am willing to accept that and buy GSM unlocked devices. Also, having the constant ability to switch carriers is pretty empowering.

      • Keith Sumner

        * Couldn’t care less.

        • Scott Souder

          Sure you could. Caring less than you do now would have kept you from responding.

          • Nathan Chan

            Keith corrected what “Superguy” said about Moto, he didn’t mean that he “couldn’t care less” about what the poster above him said.

  • Jason Purp

    Would this tool include the Droid Razr? Or would Verizon somehow F that up for us as well?

  • First! And no, the bootloaders will remain locked…forever…

  • J Dub

    Now if only Samsung would follow suit.