Motorola to unlock Bootloader Xoom style on upcoming Droid Lines
Recently Motorola took to the social airwaves in an attempt to get a better idea of the apps their end users want to see. You know things like Netflix or certain gaming title no yet available in the Android market. What Motorola got back was some pretty interesting information – and ironically funny. Motorola’s Facebook page got back over twenty thousand votes, 1,300 of which wanted a way to remove MotoBlur, 800 wanted more device updates, 600 were looking for Netflix and a whopping 20,000 users voted for un-locked bootloaders. Pretty staggering numbers, looks like Motorola now knows what a good portion of their users want, but will they deliver. Unlocking your devices bootloader is necessary for rooting and flashing your phone. Giving end users direct access to something this is something OEM’s like Motorola have been trying to protect.
Recently Motorola announced and launched the Motorola Xoom – not sure if you have heard of it, but it’s a pretty amazing 10 inch tablet. The Motorola Xoom in a sense broke Motorola’s stance on locked bootloaders and gave users of the tablet the ability to lock and unlock at will. After the ‘poll’ on FaceBook Motorola’ issued a statement, it goes like this:
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.
Now while I would like to believe this statement whole heartedly and I know Motorola means well, that last sentence they tossed in there makes this whole debacle pretty much useless “where carriers and operators will allow it.” So they pass the buck onto the carriers, which generally speaking don’t really want you to have root access to your phone. We shall see how this all plays out, but one thing is for certain Motorola now knows what a good percentage of its users want and seems to want to play ball. Hopefully Motorola will see the open source dream Google had in mind when crafting Androids business model.
Here’s to unlocked bootloaders and the OEM’s that loves their users. Let us know what you think about Motorola’s prerogative on this. Looking forward to the day of unlocked bootloaders on your Drooiiiid?motorola, Android, xoom, Motorola Mobility, Flash