Motorola has come clean about the eFUSE questions, and we're all relieved to hear the Droid X won't blow up if you try to hack it. I can imagine that my questions were just a drop in the bucket and Moto had a stack of e-mail that they couldn't ignore. They reached out to Engadget with the following, saying (among other things):
"The Droid X and a majority of Android consumer devices on the market today have a secured bootloader. In reference specifically to eFuse, the technology is not loaded with the purpose of preventing a consumer device from functioning, but rather ensuring for the user that the device only runs on updated and tested versions of software. If a device attempts to boot with unapproved software, it will go into recovery mode, and can re-boot once approved software is re-installed."
The good news is that your shiny new Droid X won't go boom if you try to hack it. The bad news is that Motorola has placed another layer of security in an attempt to thwart people from customizing or modifying their Android phone. One that I'm sure has a big old target on it now -- the biggest challenge draws the brightest people :) I hope Moto's new trick doesn't work, and that they change their ways in the future, but I'm not expecting it. In the end, all I really wanted was an official statement from Motorola, and they delivered. Now it's up to us to show them the error of their ways. Check out the source for the full quote. [Engadget]