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Motorola releases Android bootloader unlocking tool

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 19 Aug 2012 12:17 User comments (7)

Motorola releases Android bootloader unlocking tool Motorola has 'finally found a solution' for customers that have Android devices with locked bootloaders.
The new web page, called simply 'Unlock My Device,' will guide you through a few step process to unlock your Android phone.

For the time being, the supported device list is very limited, with just the Photon Q, RAZR dev edition and XOOM tablets available.

Despite the new page, Motorola still "recommend[s] you DO NOT unlock your device because doing so will allow you to run software that could damage it irreparably."

If you still want to go through the process, you will first sign in to Motorola's site, install ADB, and send Motorola your device ID. You will then use fastboot to unlock the bootloader.

Check it here: Unlock My Device

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7 user comments

119.8.2012 15:23

This sounds GREAT!!! Now maybe some folks can get .621 rooted & I can get some of this crap from eating the resources off my phone again.

All hail the hacking community!


219.8.2012 17:25

Not surprising after Google bought them, but good to see nonetheless.



320.8.2012 6:54

Good, finally I can unlock my Droid...oh wait...did that years ago when they were blocking me. Maybe I could unlock my Bionic...oh wait...it died after 15 days...and motorola refused to honor warranty because I had installed a non-root wired tethering app.

Screw you Motorola. The best thing google can do with this company is to drop the name entirely (as well as all the practices) and just use the patents.



420.8.2012 8:10

I hope the Droid X2 is up next. It's just a year old & I can't even run Google Chrome on it.

521.8.2012 7:43

Originally posted by mbtuner:
I hope the Droid X2 is up next. It's just a year old & I can't even run Google Chrome on it.
It was rooted long ago; type "root droid x2" into google some time.


621.8.2012 8:15

Originally posted by KillerBug:
Originally posted by mbtuner:
I hope the Droid X2 is up next. It's just a year old & I can't even run Google Chrome on it.
It was rooted long ago; type "root droid x2" into google some time.
My phone has been rootable for a long time now but a locked bootloader prevents updating to a stable version of Ice Cream Sandwich & Jelly Bean. (so far) It prevents me updating my phone with some software that won't run on the older operating system. It would cost Motorola & Verizon nothing to allow it to have an unlocked bootloader but they choose to keep us from doing so.

The world would get pretty upset at Microsoft & Hewlett Packard if they kept people from updating one year old computers for no reason other than greed. When I buy my new computer this month I'll be able to upgrade it for years, as long as I see fit. I may have to pay a fee each time but I won't have to throw away what I've got to stay current.

I feel pretty trapped in a two year contract for a device that they've conspired to make obsolete already.

721.8.2012 9:08

Originally posted by KillerBug:
Originally posted by mbtuner:
I hope the Droid X2 is up next. It's just a year old & I can't even run Google Chrome on it.
It was rooted long ago; type "root droid x2" into google some time.
Try again KB... After the .621 update you have to do a major SBF file dance to get the root to take again. And even then it really isn't even "rooted" per se. It's kind of running a custom firmware with a facetop that 'looks' like your your original running software.

Thus my original comments. I have the Droid X & running Voodoo, it didn't save me when the firmware update came a knockin...
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