Motorola may not be the least friendly manufacture around when it comes to unlocking bootloaders, but if not, it’s darn close. A precious few Motorola Androids are supported by the company’s official unlocking site, and in many cases, you’ll still need a developer-series handset; for a serious Android tinkerer, it can be enough to drive you away from Motorola altogether. Luckily, it looks like the community is coming through where Motorola itself has not, and an exploit has been announced that should be able to let owners of a few Motorola Androids open up their phones’ bootloaders.
While the exploit itself is still private, word is that it will enable owners of the Atrix HD, Droid RAZR HD, HD Maxx, and RAZR M unlock their bootloaders. Phones based around TI OMAP chipsets are out of luck.
Sure, this still voids your warranty and all the usual risks of unlocking apply, but merely giving users the ability to make unlocking decisions for themselves is still a huge deal. There’s no word on when the tool may be released, but for the sake of all those Motorola owners, we sure hope it’s soon.
Update: Full details on the exploit are available.