By Stephen Schenck | January 7, 2012 2:06 AM
Many of us who choose Android as our smartphone platform of preference do so because of the nearly open-ended flexibility offered through all the avenues that exist to customize your phone. For a certain segment of users, that means custom ROMs. As a result, when shopping for a new phone, you might end up paying special attention to the phone’s bootloader status. A locked (or rather, well-locked) bootloader can seriously get in the way of your ability to later install custom software. This year, we saw some progress towards granting users greater control over their Androids, with HTC starting a bootloader unlocking program that targets a good number of its phones, with a still-growing list. On the flip side, there’s Motorola and its current indifference towards the bootloader issue, which is starting to generate some organized backlash in the form of Operation: Make Ourselves Heard.
Simplified as #OPMOSH, the movement seeks to hold Motorola accountable for earlier statements it’s made that indicated it would have a bootloader unlocking system of its own before the end of last year. As some customers relied on that promise when making their purchasing decisions, they’re rightfully upset at the missing feature.
#OPMOSH seeks to use a communication campaign to target the FCC as well as Motorola directly. The goal here is to force Motorola into some sort of action in regards to that earlier bootloader promise, and let it know that its users simply aren’t going to let things slide. If you’d like to help out, or just add your name to the petition, check out the group’s mission statement and links to its resources through the Source link below.