Great news! And yes it’s actually true although we’ve heard Motorola sing this tune before. Today they’ve announced that starting with their new Motorola PHOTON Q they’ll be unlocking bootloaders. On a very brief Blog post Motorola outlines that they’ll also offer this to other devices in the future too — but who knows how long that will take. We can probably all thank Google for this too.
Motorola has been the target of heavy criticism with regards to bootloaders on their smartphones, and it looks like that Google acquisition is finally doing some good. Unlocking the bootloader to allow developers full access to devices has been a large burden as of late. Motorola has remained tight on this front (probably because of Verizon) but are ready to come clean and join HTC and ASUS.
For months now we’ve been working closely with our developers and carrier partners to provide users a way to to unlock the bootloader on their Motorola Mobility device while keeping the networks secure and satisfying carriers’ requirements. And we’ve finally found a solution.
Most likely this will be some sort of unlock tool similar to HTC and ASUS’ current implementation. Hopefully Moto doesn’t screw it up though. They don’t reveal any details and only mention that the PHOTON Q announced this morning will be the first to enjoy this treatment. They then mention “Other products will have this option too in the future.” And that is as far as they went.
This is great news and we’ll surely be looking for more details. Who’s excited to fully enjoy Motorola’s hardware in the future?