According to new reports, AT&T’s yet to be launched Atrix HD could come with a locked bootloader. Unfortunately for expectant users, playing around with the bootloader will not be possible with the new Atrix HD. Motorola gave out this info via Twitter, by saying that it was done so as to meet the “requirements” of AT&T. While this new revelation is sure to bring a frown on developers’ faces, a regular user wouldn’t be too concerned. The idea that someone is trying to mess around with the bootloader isn’t too appealing to AT&T, it seems. As a consolation though, it is believed that the company will roll out a few tools to unlock the bootloader. This however will not be anytime soon with the company only saying “more details to come”.
The Motorola Atrix HD was announced yesterday after being spotted in a number of leaks. The device features a 4.5-inch HD display, dual core 1.5 GHz CPU, 8MP camera on the back, 1.3MP front facing camera, 8GB of onboard storage (expandable up to 32GB), 1GB of RAM, 4G LTE on AT&T’s network and Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich.
The company’s decision about the bootloader doesn’t really come as a surprise. The previous iterations of the Atrix have all come with locked bootloaders, so it wouldn’t make sense for the company to think otherwise with the new Atrix. It’s not the end of the world though, as the company has promised a few tools for the unlocking process.
We saw a similar story on Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S III which packs a locked bootloader. But the carrier in accordance with Samsung, announced a variant of the device with a fully unlocked bootloader, though for a hefty price and without contract. We can’t expect similar things from AT&T though. Carriers have always been supportive of locked bootloaders as it doesn’t give users the liberty to play around with it or potential brick it.
Will this new revelation stop you from getting the Atrix HD?