Twitter announcements were plenty today. This one is coming from Motorola’s official account. Contrary to the Atrix 4g, which is locked down like camp david, the Xoom will feature and Unlockable/relockable bootloader. This comes as a huge suprise because Motorola is known for having locked down devices. Check out this comment from Motorola’s YouTube Channel
@tdcrooks if you want to do custom roms, then buy elsewhere, we’ll continue with our strategy that is working thanks.
As you can see, that wasn’t a tactful way to communicate the way Motorola felt as a company. The statement was followed by:
We apologize for the recent feedback we provided regarding our bootloader policy. The response was not appropriate and did not reflect the actual views of Motorola. We are working closely with our partners to offer a bootloader solution that will enable developers to use our devices as a development platform while still protecting our users’ interests. More detailed information will follow as such a solution is available.
Take note at the following statment, “We are working closely with our partners to offer a bootloader solution that will enable developers to use our devices as a development platform while still protecting our users’ interests.” Could this be Motorola’s attempt to make amends with the developer community? I believe this is a huge step in the right direction. With the Android 3.0 Honeycomb being finalized today as API Level 11, things are looking better for the Android & Motorola relationship.
Via YouTube & Twitter