Motorola on Locked Bootloaders: “Buy Elsewhere,” Then Apologizes
Motorola had a bit of a slip-up yesterday in PR department, but they were quick to try to make it better with their customers. On the , the following comment and response pair appeared yesterday — and have since been removed:
Even though this phone seems to have the best hardware specs yet, no sale if the bootloader is locked like the Motorola Milestone I have. It’s really upsetting to not be able to put custom roms on MY device…There’s something to be said for shooting straight, but to me, this seems like a little bit over the line. Apparently, someone else at Motorola thought so, too, because last night on Facebook, and today in Youtube comments, was the following message:
Please Moto, do the right thing. [For your customers, that is]
@tdcrooks if you want to do custom roms, then buy elsewhere, we’ll continue with our strategy that is working thanks.
We apologize for the feedback we provided regarding our bootloader policy. The response does not reflect the views of Motorola.So it’ll be good to see how things develop on this. Motorola seems to be looking for the happy medium between “protecting” customers, and locking them out of development completely. A worthwhile goal, and we wish them luck.
We are working closely with our partners to offer a bootloader solution that will enable developers to use our devices as a development platform while still protecting our users’ interests. More detailed information will follow as we get closer to availability.
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