While it is Motorola’s intention to include the unlockable/relockable bootloader in software releases starting in late 2011, the just released Photon 4G didn’t get it but the manufacturer reaffirms its commitment to the cause.
You might remember Irwin Proud that stood up for the cause against Motorola and the Australian had a long conversation with Christy Wyatt, Vice President of Mobile Software for Motorola Mobility about the issue. According to Motorola, all devices that are scheduled to receive updates in the second half of this year will get the unlockable/relockable bootloader and there’s even a chance that smartphones already on the market will get the “feature” around Q3 or Q4 2011.
To further emphasize its commitment, Motorola might build all its bits on Android smartphones using the same unlocked source code but even then there might be some delays due to carrier testing. Let’s just hope the battle won against Motorola — or Motorola’s smart move towards the consumer — won’t generate another fight with the carriers and everyone will get its Moto smartphone unlockable/relockable soon!