Update On Motorola Locked Bootloaders

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    Yes, you just heard right folks. According to a Twitterer by the name of @IBProud, Motorola may in fact be doing the implausible. Mr. Proud, who started a petition 5 months ago called “Unlock teh Bootloader,” was able to receive around 10,000 signatures and prompted a response from Motorola basically saying, “We’ll look into it.”
    Well, not much has been heard from Motorola since then and I’m sure you’ve heard all of the negative feedback from users on the subject. Not to mention Moto just continued pumping out device after device with encrypted bootloaders which lead many to believe the petition had simply been ignored.
    Bootloaders has been a hot topic these days with Sony Ericsson being one of the first OEM’s to offer their phone’s unencrypted with HTC quickly following suit after a similar public outcry type situation on their Facebook page causing their CEO to finally cave in and announce that they too, will no longer be encrypting their bootloaders.

    Motorola is firmly committed to delivering an unlockable/relockable bootloader solution. This will be applicable to all devices that are scheduled to receive updates in the second half of this year, indicating the possibility that existing, locked devices may receive updates to unlock them in Q3 or Q4 2011.

    After a phone call with Christy Wyatt, Vice President of Mobile Software for Motorola Mobility, Irwin Proud received some shocking news about Motorola and their plans for the future of their bootloaders. According to Christy, Motorola has taken this bootloader policy very seriously and have in fact been listening to the developer community. Moto has been hard at work on preparing an update for their devices that will allow for an unlockable/relockable bootloader. They hope to push out the update sometime in Q3 or Q4 of this year.

    So what’s been holding them back? Has Motorola locked up their bootloaders so tight that even they have had a hard time trying to crack them? Well not exactly. Once again, it’s those darn carriers. According to Motorola, carriers have to fully put these updates through their paces to ensure not only compatibility, but to make sure everything is up to their security standards as well. Bet you didn’t know so much was going on behind the scenes, right? All of this simply to allow a user to flash a custom ROM or develop on a device. Motorola also pointed out that the unlocking/relocking update on the Xoom was well received by carriers and they’re optimistic that each of their future devices that receive an update in the future, will be getting their bootloader unlocked in the process. Wow.
    So that’s pretty much the gist of it. Straight from the guy who single-handedly got this bootloader ball rolling and straight from the horse’s mouth. I’ve always been one to skim through the comments on our site and to say to say the popular opinion on Motorola has been negative, would be an understatement. So with this breaking news, does this change your opinion on the company and can you perhaps see a Motorola device in your future? Can’t wait to read your feedback.

    SOURCE: An update on Motorola’s locked boot-loader situation | Ausdroid
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    Yes, I had not planned on buying any further devices from Motorola. This will obviously open the door for them as far as I'm concerned.
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    according to motorola, most devices receiving updates after Q2 will most likely recieve the unlocked bootloader update
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    Sounds like a bad deal for my DX. Why not just release the codes and let the community take care of it.
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    No doubt, at this point just let us have it.
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    correction, i guess its all devices that were scheduled to recieve update by Q2 not after =)
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    so what is that - D2, DX, DX2(?)
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    well ur thinking of only verizon devices..there are mor updated devices on other networks lol...
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    What? My Verizon guy said they were the only U.S. carrier I could use... :p

    I was just thinking about the devices that were supposed to "receive an update by Q2" - that can't be too many more - Atrix? Defy? XPRT? Citrus? Surely not the Backflip? :)
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    I'd sure like to see my X2 unlocked, having the same processors as the Xoom the potential of this phone is boggling.
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    first CM4DX, and now this? good week.
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    I bought another DX just so I can experience CM7 on it....yeah it's that good. The idea of having it as unlocked as my Xoom or my former D1 is almost too much to be true....time will tell.
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    It will be interesting to see what is in this software update once it is pushed out. We'll probably have to wait a bit to see what the XDA devs have to say about it. Will they change around the partitions? Put in software checks to see if bootloaders are unlocked or not?

    It's possible they'll do the same exact thing that they did with the Xoom software (which I don't know anything about). But considering they plan on doing this over the entire portfolio of their devices going forward, it's quite possible they've put a lot of thought into how this unlockable/relockable will be specifically implemented.

    Brandon
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    This sounds like good news. I will delay any future MOTO or smartphone purchase until I see evidence this is occurring. Until then, I will wait and see.

    Overall,very hopeful!
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    this would open the door for me to buy moto again.. but right now i am happy with my thunderbolt and have 0 intentions on switching .. sold the X to get rid of the locked bootloader.
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    This DX is my 1st Moto device and will be my last if they continue to lock the BL. I've always owned HTC devices in the past and will happily go back as I never had a single problem with HTC.

    Honestly the manufacturers should stick to their individual mission statements despite what the carriers have to say. Serve the end customer and not the carrier. If every manufacturer produces unlocked phones and doesn't negotiate with the carriers then what are the carriers going to do...just not ever buy any new phones? They are forced to use the available supply of devices and those devices should cater to customers' requests within reason.
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    This story was published here yesterday...then pulled. Or maybe I'm psychic and knew about it a day in advance, but that's not likely.

    So, what happened? Did Motorola send a "Cease and Desist"? What happened?!?!

    -Matt
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    well theres a similiar thread on it but this is a recent update as of the 13th i believe
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    OK, here is what I remember...yesterday, morningish, a story was posted at the top of the home page, that Motorola was unlocking bootloaders. It had the standard quote about "carriers have to approve yada yada."

    Then late afternoon, it was pulled off the main page. I also didn't see it in News, and when I did a google search, I got "page doesn't exist."

    I love a good conspiracy theory...and this one just makes me curious...

    -Matt
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