Motorola is famous for locking the boot loaders of their devices, minus a few here and there, and that has kept many Android lovers from being able to customize their device to their liking. That all seems to be coming to end, and Motorola may finally be giving users a choice.
Lately, their has been quite a bit of debate amongst Android enthusiasts and more regarding Motorola’s choice to lock their boot loaders. We have seen everything from, demands for an option, threats to stop buying Motorola products, and petitions against locked boot loaders, but it seems that Moto has heard our cries and is willing to do something about it.
Thanks to the man that has been behind the petition, Irwin Proud, Motorola has finally answered questions regarding their future plans.
“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.”
This is definitely great news for the Android Community, and many are glad to see Motorola finally change their views on developers. However, their is still a small issue and that is the part where Motorola says “where carriers and operators will allow it.” While we may be seeing unlocked bootloaders, it still rests on the heads of the carriers and whether they want such devices on their network.
So while headway has been made we may still have a little ways to go, but this is still great news to hear from Motorola. We will keep an eye on this and keep you all posted.