Motorola Backing Off Locked Bootloaders. Promises More Dev-Friendly Devices In The Future.

  • April 26, 2011 3:52 pm

The Australian-based Irwin Proud is winning his (and many other Android users’) fight against Motorola’s increasingly tight control over their Android devices. A campaign started by Irwin has garnered 8,820 signatures asking Motorola to get rid of locked bootloaders. And as hinted at a few sentences prior, Motorola is listening.

Its important to note that Motorola’s uber un-locking move wouldn’t be universal across the board (unfortunately), and that it will ultimately be up to carriers to give the final yes/no as to whether or not a particular device will ship with an unlocked bootloader.

“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.”

Even though it’s still a rather strict approach considering Android’s “open” nature, it’s a direct 180 from Motorola’s previous statements on the matter. Of course the irony in it all is that Motorola’s original break-through device that brought the company back from the brink of extinction was the 1st-gen Droid — a completely unlocked, dev-friendly device. Of course, Motorola also has to deliver on their promise.

All we can do now is hope that change comes, that Motorola gives in to consumers’ pleas, and that stock Android ships on more phones. Fair enough?

Via: Electronista



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