It's not often I look at a product or service and say "I really really hope this isn't real, and it's an elaborate fake". Alas, this day has come. It's time for a look at something which cropped up on my radar today, namely a service called FileThis. I won't do them the search-engine-ranking honor of providing a direct link to their site, but a quick search will find them, and their app on the Play Store and iTunes store....
Motorola Becomes Developer Friendly, Warranties on Developer Devices Reinstated
Motorola is on fire, seemingly copying the ways of Sony in becoming a developer-friendly OEM. Everything seems to be perfect, but wait, Motorola? Do I have to mention that our Recognized Developers spent countless hours developing toolkits to crack your bootloader? Perhaps thanks to Google’s influence, the new Motorola has become one of the good guys in the Android OEM scene.
Earlier today, we talked a little about the Moto G, a relatively powerful phone with an unlocked bootloader aimed at dominating the mid-range arena at just $179. Motorola has gone even further. Now, requesting an unlock code for developer edition devices will no longer result in a voided warranty. Moreover, all developer devices that lost their warranties due to unlocking will have them reinstated. Way to go, Motorola!
Last but not least, Motorola also released images for said devices. All in all, the company seems to be setting a great example for how OEMs should conduct their affairs. There are rumors that Motorola will produce the next Nexus phone, and actions like these only leave us more hopeful. Good move, Moto!Android Central]
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