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Motorola Confirms Via Twitter that Droid RAZR will Have a Locked Bootloader

Discussion in 'Android News' started by dgstorm, Oct 18, 2011.

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    Unfortunately, the only thing not so perfect about the new Droid RAZR is that Motorola is sticking to its guns about having a locked Bootloader. Not only that, but they are also "passing the buck", claiming that it was Verizon's decision to lock the bootloader. I suppose that is a bit of a stain on an otherwise unblemished and incredible product. Does this effect your purchasing decision?

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    Interesting as VZW will get the next Nexus device (announced tonight)...which *SHOULD* have an unlocked boot loader.
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    The source should be droid-life...:)
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    I don't keep up with the bootloader news, but doesn't verizon have devices (Like the Charge) that have easily unlocked bootloaders?
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    No change in my decision!
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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think all of the new wave of Verizon Droid's (obviously not the OG) all have "locked" or "encrypted" bootloaders in some way shape or form. I think it simply comes down to the security put on the various devices by the device's respected manufacturer. I was under the impression that Motorola's security was just leaps and bounds better than the others, thus being the reason for why their devices are so "locked down". I could be wrong though so feel free if someone wants to step in and expand.
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    Hopefully locked but not encrypted. And hopefully this doesn't change anything with the Nexus.
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    I know a locked bootloader would be nice, and I'm all for it but it kinda takes the fun out of modding a phone, my opinion of course, still my two choices are Nexus and Razr hands down

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    Actually it was Twittered, so that is the source. :)
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    I simply want stock Android. On the DX, D2, etc. blur never seemed to be so dominating in terms of the OS. But after seeing all of the new "pre-installed applications features", I think it has gotten a little out of hand. I want stock android, bloat free. And I have a good feeling and announcement of just that will be happening in only 7.5 hours.

    True dat.
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    Bad news for the Nexus if it is in fact per Verizon. Being realistic with the way they announced the network optimization, and tiered data I will take Moto's side on this for the time being.
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    The only way I would consider this phone would be if the nexus prime sucks. Which it wont. Good job Motorola for continuing to ignore your potential customers.
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    It's not really news anymore when Moto locks the bootloader. It will be news when a device is finally released again without one. I don't expect that to happen anytime soon, regardless of what they said earlier in the year about unlocking bootloaders.
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    The Galaxy Nexus will be unlocked. Its a Nexus device so the bootloader will be unlocked. Google oversees the device not Verizon.
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    I agree, I don't know why so many people are acting so surprised about the news.
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    This makes me want to scream like Richard Simmons. This is what P3Droid is saying as well.

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    Potential customers?

    Does 95% of vzw subscribers even know what a bootloader is? Let alone care about an unlocked one?

    Fact is the DROID Razr is what the average smart phone user is looking for. Sleek, thin, and competitive specs. Not only do they have no idea what root and romming are, but they ultimately aren't going to care.

    We are the minority of vzw/motorola's customers.

    Though, one could say that since we are minority it would be that big of a deal just to unlock it. Since the majority wouldn't even know what to do with it.
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    The reason people are worried now is because Moto pointed out that VZW made them lock it down, so if not more than 12 hours later, another phone gets announced that VZW didn't enforce a lock down on (the Nexus, tonight), that would be a big middle finger pointed at Moto from Vzw and Google/Nexus.
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    Come on friends, this cannot be a shock. Verizon is incredible stubborn when it comes to this topic. This is the main reason we've never seen a Nexus device. Tonight that is supposed to change. What impact it will have on Verizon's relationships with manufacturers will be interesting to see unfold. Maybe the floodgates will be opened?
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    Can a bootloader be unlocked/unencrypted by an OTA update? If it is that simple, I have a feeling that if the Nexus breaks into this ground tonight, the Razr will be getting that update very shortly after launch.
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