Hey, Motorola! Where's that unlocked bootloader you promised?

Hey, Motorola! Where's that unlocked bootloader you promised?

Summary: #OPMOSH says 'Motorola Mobility Inc. has become famous for its lies, slanderous ways.'

SHARE:

Developers call on Motorola to make good on its promise to deliver handsets and tablets with unlockable bootloaders.

Over on XDA-developers Android developers have kicked off a campaign called OPERATION: Make Ourselves Heard (#OPMOSH). The call to action is like a speech from 300 or Gladiator:

Motorola Mobility Inc. has become famous for its lies, slanderous ways, and tendency to flat out prove time and time again that it cares not for its customers after they walk out of that store with their Motorola-branded device. Since the early days of Android, post Droid 1, we have sat down and took our locked bootloaders like a man. There came to be a boiling point - and a full-out war was launched on their social media sites. Sound familiar? The same thing that worked with HTC and now with Asus. We received a generic "second half of 2011" timing. Guess what! It's now Q1 2012, and not only have they missed their deadline, but they have IGNORED all bootloader-related questions, given NO official announcement of their plans still being in motion, and thus must have forgotten that we are a core, dedicated community that wishes nothing more than to enjoy the phones we were given. Let's make ourselves heard yet again, turn the heat up, and make Moto (like HTC) get off of their asses and DO SOMETHING. Everyone counts!

Yikes, harsh words. #OPMOSH is calling for a multi-pronged attack on Motorola in the form of:

  • FCC complaints
  • Email campaign
  • Twitter campaign
  • Facebook campaign
  • Sign a petition

If you're a developer, and you want Motorola to deliver on its promise of an unlockable bootloader, you might want to consider getting involved.

Topics: Tablets, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Talkback

5 comments
Log in or register to join the discussion
  • RE: Hey, Motorola! Where's that unlocked bootloader you promised?

    The core issue here is bloatware. If they did not load a bunch of horrible bloatware (to lower the price I guess) and force us to not have the option to uninstall it, then a locked bootloader would not matter. Having to take up almost 14.4mb of space on phone for a "verizon video" app or to pre-install a "ringtone" app w/o any choice in the matter is aggravating...not life ending but really aggravating.
    rgor@...
  • I must not get it??

    I went from an iPhone4 to a Droid Bionic and could be happier. I am not sure what all the fuss is about. Where is the few extra apps that are loaded on my phone hurting me?
    MichaelWells
  • RE: Hey, Motorola! Where's that unlocked bootloader you promised?

    It is not only the bloatware but also bugs in the firmware of older phones that motorola failed to fix. There is a huge developer community available that could fix those bugs. But with a closed bootloader it is impossible to fix some lowlevel bugs in the firmware.
    x10minute
    • RE: Hey, Motorola! Where's that unlocked bootloader you promised?

      @x10minute

      I understand now, thanks for sharing the information. I guess with the nutty Android update process this would be especially problematic. Since this is my first Android phone, I hope I do not have that to look forward to. Although Motorola does say that the Bionic will get Ice Cream Sandwich.
      MichaelWells
  • Motorola? How about B&N?

    Forget about Motorola, B&N not only locked the bootloader in the Nook Tablet, but the retroactively pulled a Sony and removed your ability to sideload apps in their latest firmware release. Now you are restricted to their extremely limited and poor excuse of an "app store" (most of what they actually *do* have in the app store is garbage anyway). So they've taken a potentially useful tool and turned it into nothing more than a grossly overpriced e-reader, with less functionality than something you could buy for 1/3 the price.
    jelabarre