Good news for all those who have been eagerly waiting for Motorola to launch a website that would help them unlock Motorola’s preinstalled bootloader. Unlocking Motorola devices would provide a fully optimized, certified and tested version of Android. The website has been launched after enormous public demand. Motorola has been promising about launching such a website, since almost a year.
The website currently supports a limited number of devices only. As of now, there are only two phones and two tablets which the website supports. The phones are the Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE and the Motorola RAZR Developer edition. The tablets include the Motorola XOOM for Verizon and its Wi-Fi version.
However, Motorola would be adding more phones and tablets in the near future. Before going through the setup, it is recommended that you check here, whether your device can be unlocked or not.
The setup process is quite simple. You just need to install Android SDK and Motorola’s updated Drivers during the setup. After they have been installed, Verify Fastboot recognizes your device. It then signs a warranty waiver and then releases your handset. That’s it. Your Motorola device would be successfully unlocked.
However, as Motorola’s website reads, unlocking the bootloader would allow you to make modifications to your phone that could damage it permanently. You can read the risks involved in going through the set-up process here. The website clearly states that unlocking could damage your Motorola device irreversibly and that warranty would be void if you attempt to unlock your device.
The consequences of unlocking the bootloader include:
- Reinstallation of all the installed apps downloaded from Play Store
- Lose all the media and data currently on your device
- You won’t be able to play DRM protected content, like HD movie rentals from Play Store
- Some applications might not work
- Encryption support might become void
- You could also lose some key functions like Telephony, Radio, and Audio playback.
- Unlocking the bootloader does not alter the subsidy lock status of your device
If you’re bugged by Motorola’s Bootloader and are keen or running a more avant-garde version of Android, unlocking your phone might just do the trick.
However, if you don’t know what you’re doing and are wary of its sinister consequences, we recommend you stay away from the Locking-Unlocking game.