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Motorola Eases Up on Locked Bootloader Stance, Plans to Unlock Portfolio in 2011?

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    Motorola Eases Up on Locked Bootloader Stance, Plans to Unlock Portfolio in 2011?


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    With all the talk of locked bootloaders over the last few months... Motorola may finally may cave in. If you remember Motorola bootloader petition that made its rounds almost a month ago? The guy behind it (Irwin Proud) has made several attempts to contact Moto over the issue and here is the response he received…
    “In terms of your question – 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.”


    It looks like the Petition from the Android Community is Paying off!!


    Via: AusDroid
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    Dear world, we will now be taking you over.
    Sincerely,
    Motorola


    Now if only they could actually get their hardware out the door, there may be no reason to buy from any other manufacturer
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    This makes me almost as happy as the day i picked up the OG. Now moto, make that "late 2011" early enough to include the bioarga

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    I am so glad I signed a 1 yr deal for tbolt. 2012 may be a good time to rejoin the motorola family.
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    God I hope this extends to the other bootloader-locked devices like the D2G.
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    I hear that... I got the 2 year plan, but am more than willing to pay retail if Moto really does open everything up for its high end devices...

    But in the end, I will believe it when I see it. They even left themselves an out with this statement at the very end.... "where carriers and operators will allow it"

    Maybe its just me, but Verizon has shown me absolutely nothing over the past year where they will ever allow it to happen again. I just don't see it. They have said the right thing in the past, but when have they followed through?

    With everything that's going on with Sony and the PlayStation Network right now with hackers having shut it down for a week, this just reeks of saying the right thing to get the heat off until they find a way to lock it down for good. But maybe that's just my pessimistic ways.
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    But what makes you think that Verizon would allow it? This is starting to sound similar to early telephone companies who restricted what devices could be connected to their lines. Wouldn't matter in the above case if Moto /did/ unlock it.

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    Since I can't edit my posts here:
    Then again, we could replace the kernel.

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    good point, right now ima just play with my tbolt and enjoy hacking while I can.
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    I agree!!! Great point I do not see Verizon allowing this to happen.
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    They have the bootloaders locked down pretty well, but I'm sure they think they can do it better. And with Verizon coming down hard on people who illegally tether, you better believe they are pressuring Moto to come up with way to make sure they completely eliminate rooting the device, or at least making it next to impossible to tether without using their paid service.

    This mess that is going on with the PSN is going to have negative repercussions for the Android community. Hackers have shown they have the ability to exploit the smallest weakness into completely ruining the product for everyone involved. There is no way on Earth that Verizon is going to want that to happen to their data network, and there is absolutely no way they will work with Mods and Hackers.

    Its not illegal to root the device, but its not illegal to prevent it from happening.
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    Well, I was happy in reading the original post. After reading the subsequent comments though, the feeling quickly faded.

    I'll keep my fingers crossed.
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    Sounds good this makes me happy :)

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    With as great as the phones (and MODs) have been in the past, the only reason not to go with Motorola in the future would be the LACK OF DEDICATED NUMBER KEYS or the pipe (|) character... heheee

    I may stay with Samsung devices for these 2 features, but DIZ-ANG my D2 is ZIPPY-fast with Liberty 1.5 on it!!!
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    Lack of a Better Word!

    Boooyaaakkkaa!!
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    Hey the86, have you even heard of the rumors surrounding the droid 3? Theres your dedicated number keys.
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    Hopefully they can just lock down the teather option and then let the hackers go nuts!
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    Shoot, I really want to drop Verzion!

    Google in progress...
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    No way of doing that.