Photon Q

Rather than waiting for the inevitable question, Motorola has taken to their blog and Twitter to confirm something that always manages to come up when a new device is announced and eventually released. Will the bootloader be unlockable? In the case of the Motorola Photon Q and some other upcoming unnamed devices:

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.

Starting with the MOTOROLA PHOTON Q, users will be able to unlock the bootloader. Other products will have this option too in the future.

MOTOROLA PHOTON Q will be available on Sprint in August. Specific details on unlocking PHOTON Q’s bootloader will be available then.

Nice to see Motorola opening up a little bit more and coming right out and saying it. Now, about those other products, tell us more.

Source: Motorola

There are 18 comments

jcastag says:

Why is AC posting an article from a year and a half ago?

Oh wait, I just saw the part where is said that devices will have an unlocked bootloader and remembered that moto made the same claim back then.

thejesusegg says:

Agreed. If they found a solution, then why did they bother to lock down the Photon's bootloader with the latest update? I'll believe it when I see it.

DWR_31 says:

Motorola is a Google company now.
Wouldn't want to give the big Google a bad name, now would they?

bplewis24 says:

Well done. I was planning on posting the same thing :)

The only reason I purchased the Bionic was because they "promised" future devices would be unlockable. I sorta knew they would reneg, but I purchased anyway. Tis okay, I have a Nexus for a reason now.

I read something somewhere that the clock widget on the atrix hd (looks just like the one on photon q) can be downloaded, if anyone has the name or a google play link thanks!

Pierce09 says:

One More Clock Widget:

The clock theme is "Chrome Rings" for that exact clock.

Thanks many times!!! its got clock weather and battery % i love it! Thanks again! although i just searched the atrix hd widget and wonder could i use that apk on my droid x2? maybe *going to be the pig on this one*

VDub2174 says:

There's only one way to find out :p

hmmm says:

Hopefully it is true. I assume the method will be similar to HTC's method.

Meister_Li says:

Hell's freezing over, the Glaciers are boiling lava, it's raining frogs and fire is wet.

Still less surprising than Motorola actually going to do this.

dwh1996 says:

Dear Motorola, Unlock My Photon NOW

brandogg says:

Hopefully these "other devices" include everything they've locked...especially the Bionic.

codiusprime says:

LOL have you NOT been noticing the direction that Verizon has been taking with its Bootloaders?

codiusprime says:

Prove it Moto. Talk is cheap, as has been said we've been promised this before and burned.

(not that anything would be unlockable on Verizon anyways)

x1208x says:

+1. SMH Verizon. Even if they did unlock my RazR Maxx now, there would be hardly any development now. But we all know Verizon are some greedy mother effers anyway and won't allow anything else unlocked on their network. Might be time to switch soon.

cenkaetaya says:

When will they release a 5-5.3 inch screen phone like the galaxy note, bit fat and with a slide out keyboard?

i really want a crazy geek phone that has everything, sure itl be a bit large, but man a galaxy note with a full slide keyboard, an awesome battery, and everything else improved.

il buy immediately.

mechaphil says:

All I'm hoping for is a Razr HD with an unlockable bootloader. Moto hardware with AOKP running on it!

mechaphil says:

All I'm hoping for is a Razr HD with an unlockable bootloader. Moto hardware with AOKP running on it!