Former Writer · Aug 18, 2012 at 04:30 pm

Motorola Releases HTCDev-Like Unlocking Tool

Motorola and their locked bootloaders have been a topic of discussion here on the XDA Portal on multiple occasions. They have locked down all of their newest devices, and have even released updates to lock down the older ones. This has caused a lot of backlash from members here on XDA, especially since Motorola was acquired by Google not too long ago. This caused speculation as to whether Motorola would take the open source values of their parent company, and if so, when this would happen. It seems as if this may be starting to happen now.

Motorola has released the first version of their bootloader unlocker tool. It has a lot in common with HTCDev. Users will need the Android SDK and the Motorola drivers. Then, it’s a matter of signing in to the MotoDev website, submitting your Device ID, obtaining an unlock token, and unlocking that bootloader. This is great news, as there are many Motorola users who have been waiting to have their devices unlocked.

Of course, with the good there comes the bad. It is not yet compatible with many devices. The first release supports the Developer version of the Droid RAZR, the Verizon and WiFi Xoom, and the Motorola Photon Q on Sprint. That’s it. However, those with other Motorola devices should not be disappointed, as this is the first step toward Motorola revising their bootloader policy.

XDA Senior Member xateeq has started a discussion thread, complete with links with additional information. Feel free to head over there and join in the celebration.


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