News by Dan Seifert on Tuesday June 14, 2011.
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There have been reports bouncing around the web today that Motorola has indicated it will enable unlockable bootloaders via a software update this year. We reached out to Motorola for confirmation on the matter, and the manufacturer confirmed plans to do just that.
Motorola will release software updates for its phones that will enable an unlockable/relockable bootloader, similar to the one found on the XOOM Android 3.1 Honeycomb tablet. An unlocked bootloader allows developers to install custom software, like a different ROM or OS, on a device. The updates will require approval from carriers though, so it may not be a guarantee that phones like the ATRIX 4G will get an unlockable bootloader. Updates are expected to begin rolling out later this year.
The statement from Motorola is as follows: "We've confirmed that Motorola will enable an unlockable/relockable bootloader, currently found on MOTOROLA XOOM, in future software releases where channel and operator partners will allow it. It is our intention to include this feature in software releases starting in late 2011."
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