- Jul 9, 2010
Reported by AndroidCentral, Motorola responded to an inquiry about the possibilities of a locked bootloader in the upcoming Motorola Atrix with the following:
@tdcrooks if you want to do﻿ custom roms, then buy elsewhere, we'll continue with our strategy that is working thanks.
Motorola has not had a good history of releasing development friendly devices beyond the Motorola Droid on Verizon. Even the international versions of the phone (Milestone) were severely locked down. It is clear that their current strategy is to lockdown and prevent what they consider to be undesired end-user modifications. It is not fair to expect Motorola to make any exceptions for the retail Motorola Xoom either.
The Xoom is certainly not going to be the only Tegra 2 tablet out there with Google support. But if the industry expects this to beat its rivals with a policy like this, it certainly isn't a very convincing stance to take.