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

#OPMOSH says 'Motorola Mobility Inc. has become famous for its lies, slanderous ways.'
Written by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Contributing Writer

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.

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