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Motorola locking DROID X and DROID 2 bootloaders

Motorola has disappointed ROM-tinkerers with the news that, unlike the Motorola DROID, future Android smartphones from the company won't be supplied with open bootloaders.  Instead, Motorola will be "securing" the software on handsets like the DROID X and DROID 2, making loading custom ROMs significantly more difficult. The company says their justification is "driven by a number of different business factors" and that is common practice; the DROID having an open bootloader, in fact, is described as being done for "a specific business reason" though that is not detailed.  "The use of open source software, such as the Linux kernel or the Android platform, in a consumer device does notrequire the handset running such software to be open for re-flashing" the company points out, highlighting that Motorola does "comply with the licenses, including GPLv2, for each of the open source packages in our handsets." [Thanks Toby!]

HTC HD2 gets Android 2.2 Froyo and Desire’s 2.1 Sense ROMs [Video]

The HD2 is another piece of endearing solid, discretely handsome HTC hardware, but its native Windows Mobile OS would normally make it unwelcome here at Android Community.  Thanks to the handiwork of xda-developers, however, HD2 owners can now get a shot of frozen yoghurt instead of their Microsoft dose; they've managed to port Android 2.2 Froyo onto the HD2. If Froyo isn't to your taste, there's also an Android 2.1 build with the same HTC Sense UI as on the Desire available.  There are still issues with each, including audio issues during calls and - on the Froyo build - some 3G problems, so these may not be everyday ROMs for you, but the good news is that the 1GHz Snapdragon processor in the HD2 keeps them running as slickly as you'd find on a Nexus One or Desire. Android 2.2 Froyo on HTC HD2: [youtube f891vm6vWHM] Android 2.1 with Sense on HTC HD2: [youtube rCwo9Z-JWG8] [via HDBlog.it]

Roger’s Liquid E, Reviewed by Slashgear

While we wait for our first Acer Android Device our friends in Canada now have the Liquid E. this is second handset in Acer’s Liquid series and it looks almost identical its predecessor. There has been a few welcome additions, first of which is the Snapdragon processor. Like the original Liquid, the Liquid E CPU is also under clocked to 768, so you dont get to enjoy the full befits of the 1GHZ clock speed.

LG Optimus Is Now Rooted

There hasn’t been much coverage on this device since it’s not available here in the US. It may never make it over here but in Europe (mainly France) this is a very popular handset. It has been rooted by none other than Paul aka Modaco.

HTC Hero Android 2.1 unofficial ROM released [Updated]

If you're not in Taiwan and thus waiting for the OTA HTC Hero Android 2.1 update to drop from carrier Chungwa Telecom, you'll be pleased to hear that there's already a hacked ROM suitable for any Hero out in the wild.  Master ROM-fiddler Paul O'Brien has released three different versions of the update. Two are rooted (one of which has the Chinese-specific functionality stripped out as well, and is the recommended path for most users to take) while there's also an unrooted version.  We're keeping a watchful eye on HTC's European support sites, and have a request in with their PR team for any public timescale they may be able to give. Update: We've just heard back from HTC's UK PR team, who say that they expect the Android 2.1 firmware for the HTC Hero to be released sometime in June 2010. Nothing more specific than that, sadly.
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