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

Discussion in 'Android News' started by wuyanks, Jul 16, 2010.

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    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:

    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?

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



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    I really hope this isnt the start of the end for us hackers...
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    It doesn't really change much though. The bootloader is heavily encrypted..just like the milestone. By the time this thing is unlocked there will be phones with twice the firepower as the X and there will be no point in buying one at that point. Plus, it doesn't change the fact that the phone doesn't work with custom ROMs.

    I have been loving my droid, but I guess I will have to give HTC a try.
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    "Motorola responds to Droid X rumors, promises eFuse won't destroy phone" only the smartphone experience
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    I submitted the following in response to their post on this site. ( i had no plans to purchase the droid x, but hopefully the community feedback will make them have a change of heart, either now, or later...meanwhile hopefully we find our way in anyways):


    Statement on recent bootloader and eFuse questions - MOTODEV Discussion Boards





    These phones are Motorola's devices to sell and market in whatever manner they choose too. This I understand and it is how it should be. I have been very happy with my original Droid phone and I have enjoyed tinkering with it. As my first smart phone it is has come across as an amazing piece of technology for me. I've met others for whom this is far from their first smart phone and it also has been just as rewarding for them to use this device. Well done Motorola and thanks for a great device.


    I can buy a computer from a variety of companies. I can then totally wipe that original software off of there, and install another OS. I do not want a windows computer to "protect" me from installing a newer version of windows, or even from installing a different OS such as Linux, which comes in many different flavors. Maybe even a more efficient version than what I first had. I may even overclock the unit.


    I'd rather have that control via an app that registers my wishes and thus lets the hardware maker know I've opted out of coverage for a variety of items, such as toasted circuits if that is their concern, but perhaps not for items such as keys falling off the keyboard.


    I'd like to mention that it appears the press out there indicates a more widespread community of "rooters" than what was perhaps first thought existed. This community has promoted the Droid, and helped with its sales. Good chance the reason for some of the press out there is due to that same community. You have to take the good press with the bad I guess.



    Being happy with the moto-droid I've recommended it to many. In the future I will follow your advice and purchase a device such as the Nexus One that lets me use my device how I want to use it, as I should be able to, as long as I'm not violating any laws. Motorola has stated the original Droid was created with an open bootloader for business reasons. I'm curious what those were. I'm also curious how this hurt Motorola or end users and brought about a change in policy.
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    lot of people out there tonight sticking their foot in their mouth.

    nom nom nom
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    Anything can be hacked, ANYthing.

    The question is the amount of time, and if it's worth it, if not.. it won't be. If so, someone will keep working until it's cracked, and rooted. of course by then no one may care.
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    Of course, if the root/hack attempt fails this means you need the software to install the valid rom plus the valid rom software itself too. Without those in hand you still would need to return your phone for some fixing. With the droid 2 not far off the hackability of the droid x may not be all that high. Of course the droid 2 most likely will be just as hard to hack. So...meanwhile we sit back and let the hackers do what they do best. Here's wishing them some heapin' amounts of good luck.
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    Just wanted to drop in to gloat a little. I just noticed an app in the market, it easily roots your phone, and it works on droid x. :) logged on here to see it on the home page, its a good day
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    but root is not all that's needed here. Root is one thing, but then people remove system files ( i know of 4) then the phone won't boot. Guess what happens when thy find no sbf files and a locked boot loader :icon_eek:. Can you say BRICK......back to moto for re flashing since even VZW does not have the software in their stores.

    So I ask what good is efuse being "open to approved software" if we aren't past to locked boot loader
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    baby steps
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