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    [New] Motorola responds to Droid X rumors, promises eFuse won't destroy phone



    Over the past week, rumors have been swirling in regards to the eFuse chip, and the possible ramifications of attempting to install custom software on your Droid X. Alarmists in the Android community went as far to say that if one were to install a custom ROM or kernel, attempt root, or hack the bootloader, the "eFuse" chip would trigger a hardware malfunction on your phone. Others argued that the eFuse chip is not a new technology at all, and has been used in many other smartphones, including the Moto Droid, Milestone, and HTC Incredible; that the only limitation with the Droid X lies in the encrypted bootloader.

    Motorola has kept its silence about the "eFuse" situation, until now. Engadget reached out to Motorola with these issues, and today James King, Marketing Director for Motorola, finally responded:

    "Motorola's primary focus is the security of our end users and protection of their data, while also meeting carrier, partner and legal requirements. The Droid X and a majority of Android consumer devices on the market today have a secured bootloader. In reference specifically to eFuse, 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. If a device attempts to boot with unapproved software, it will go into recovery mode, and can re-boot once approved software is re-installed. Checking for a valid software configuration is a common practice within the industry to protect the user against potential malicious software threats. Motorola has been a long time advocate of open platforms and provides a number of resources to developers to foster the ecosystem including tools and access to devices via MOTODEV at http://developer.motorola.com."
    So, it seems that the eFuse chip rumor has been official squashed by Motorola. Everyone can now breathe a sigh of relief, as it won't trigger a hardware (or software) malfunction. Instead, as with any bootloader, the Droid X's encrypted bootloader will check if a device is attempting to boot unapproved software. If the software is indeed unapproved, the Droid X will not flash anything. It will boot into recovery mode, from where you can reboot back into the Android OS.

    So as a final wrap-up, are the conspiracy theorists yet convinced? And does this development spark any new interest in purchasing the Droid X?

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    Called that way before now. Too many panicked about this, even when our own Droid has eFuse ...
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    moto needs to approve cyanogen so we can load that then :P lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by TekHawk View Post
    moto needs to approve cyanogen so we can load that then :P lol
    lol, that would be something.
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    Well good deal... now people can quit opening new threads on the subject.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wuyanks View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by TekHawk View Post
    moto needs to approve cyanogen so we can load that then :P lol
    lol, that would be something.
    Thinking about recommending this to them to be honest if they only want approved software running maybe they should just approve the most widely used community mod and make everyone happy right?
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    Flashing OH MY

    with this news that the efuse poses no threat to the X and that the Droid one has the efuse and taking into account that the boot loader on the X is encrypted. does this mean that once the encryption is broken and a new recovery is flashed to the X similar to how a droid flashes roms are root and custom roms likely on the X anytime soon
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    So the X is rootable then? I know that's not a word but I'm just saying.
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    If you feel strongly about open handsets and ownership please go to this link:

    Response from the FSF and a possible alternative legal recourse

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    Well, now i can consider bying the freaking phone later on.



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