Droid X does not brick itself with ‘eFuse’ when rooted

If you’re familiar with the world of Android’s Os and devices, then you might know that they can be “rooted” and or “hacked” in order to install customer ROMs and Apps to the device. This idea has increasingly become more common among the non tech savvy Android users, while some smart phone shoppers are picking up the devices just due to this option that the open platform allows.

Just yesterday the new Motorola Droid X made its official debut, and in the days leading up to this debut the modders and hackers all had a ball dissecting the devices OS and attempting implement “non approved” ROMS.  While dissecting the Droid X for all it’s worth the developers encountered a security measure implemented by Motorola during the manufacturing process called “eFuse”. When getting to the point where the ROM was being installed My Droid World claimed that the eFuse technology had a chip in it that was designed to “blow the fuse” if the device did not recognize the official boot loader that was initially installed on the device. In the world of Android phones, this is simply not respectable. Most Android users that are “in the know” pick up the new Android devices simply for these modding capabilities, and the idea of the new Motorola Droid “offing itself” due to unrecognizable boot loaders is preposterous.  However the idea of a self destructing smart phone encouraged more information to be found, as a phone that can “brick” itself well is simply silly. So Engadget.com wanted more information, so they went right to the source, sending Motorola an email basically asking what gives. Motorola’s response was not what these modders wanted to hear but, at least we know that the Droid X can’t just up and off itself. Motorola addressed the ‘eFuse’ technology as “the technology is not loaded with the purpose of preventing a consumer device from functioning, but rather ensuring for the user that the device only runs on updated and tested versions of software”. Motorola then goes on to state that the technology is in place for the device to be put into recovery mode when unapproved software is detected and can re-boot once the approved software is re-installed.

So at the end of the day, the Motorola Droid X will indeed turn itself off when attempting to install an un approved bootloader. But the words from the horse’s mouth are not insinuating that the phone “bricks” blows a fuse or otherwise off’s itself.

It’s said that it is almost impossible to “work around” this eFuse technology, however I have faith that we will see a fully rooted Droid X in the future.

Does this alter your plans on picking up a Droid X?

Do you think this is the right thing for Motorola to do?

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