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

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  1. wuyanks

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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?

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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
     
  4. wuyanks

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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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