By Stephen Schenck | July 11, 2012 6:53 PM
Remember how Motorola was supposed to provide users a way to unlock the bootloaders on its Androids? No? We’d hardly blame you, as it’s easy to forget an empty promise made well over a year ago without seemingly any progress towards coming true. Now that the Atrix HD is official, the topic of locked bootloaders has come back up, and Motorola wants you to know that it still intends to provide an unlocking tool… at some point. Is anyone holding their breath?
Regarding the Atrix HD, Motorola unsurprisingly intends to launch the phone with a fully-locked-down bootloader. Of course, it gives the less than convincing argument that it simply had no other choice because it wanted to “meet requirements”, rather than manning-up and just saying, “sorry, AT&T insisted”.
As for the fabled bootloader unlock program, Motorola insists that there are “more details to come”. At this point, Motorola, just give us anything: a vague description of how the system will work, a heads-up on any unexpected restrictions, anything. An ETA would be absolutely lovely (not that we’d put that much faith in it, with the manufacturer having missed all its earlier estimates for the start of the program), even if it’s just “Q4″ or “maybe sometime in 2016″.