An update on Motorola’s locked boot-loader situation

So you may recall from a few months ago we brought you an article about the little Aussie taking on Motorola US. Well it seems today that Irwin Proud has gotten some face (phone) time with Christy Wyatt, Vice President of Mobile Software for Motorola Mobility. Irwin spent a just under an hour chatting with Christy and was able to get a better understanding of Motorola’s predicament and their perseverance to work closely with Carriers to get devices unlocked and Dev friendly.

Motorola is firmly committed to delivering an unlockable/relockable bootloader solution. This will be applicable to all devices that are scheduled to receive updates in the second half of this year, indicating the possibility that existing, locked devices may receive updates to unlock them in Q3 or Q4 2011.

To give you some assurance how this will be achieved, Motorola will be building all versions of their Moto flavoured Android from the same unlocked source code. However, Motorola did confirm that these updates are still subject to carrier approval, which could cause some issues.

The biggest reason for the delay in getting this solution out at the moment is the stringent testing that is executed by the carriers. This sounds like a stalling tactic, but Motorola did indicate that the unlocking and re-locking that was provided for the Xoom was well received (by carriers) and this would be the same method used for the upcoming updates to other devices. Motorola is working closely with their partnered carriers to help facilitate and encourage that each device that will receive an update will also get an unlocked bootloader.

Motorola seems to have a sincere desire to get their devices unlocked – this was demonstrated when Chrsty joked that they wouldn’t be in this predicament if it wasn’t for how good they are at security.

Motorola were passionate about showing their commitment to a bootloader solution, that they were happy for Irwin to share his encounter with the community that rallied so enthusiastically behind the cause.

Irwin is confident that Motorola will honour this arrangement. “Christy appeared very genuine about their plan of attack and seemed almost exasperated with how hard they’ve worked to get to this point,” said Irwin when interviewed by Ausdroid.

So there you have it folks, it seems there is still hope for the large American manufacturer and from what Irwin has heard it does look like we can expect to see future and current Motorola devices getting the freedom that the community fought so hard to see.

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