Linked by gsyoungblood on Tue 20th Jul 2010 18:01 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless On July 15th the latest Android super-phone was released by Motorola and Verizon Wireless. All hail the Droid X. The release was not without controversy though. The Droid X, while greatly raising the bar for Android phones in general, does so at the expense of the very power users and community that made the original Droid the gotta-have phone it became. Alienating this group may have far reaching consequences for Motorola.
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RE: uggg
by werpu on Wed 21st Jul 2010 07:39 UTC in reply to "uggg"
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people have to understand the Motorola didn't make this thing for people to tinker with. They made it to be a polished super phone for normal people, not devs who want to play with the hardware and load custom images on it. I do a lot of embedded work and while it would be cool to use the droid x as a platform to mess around with, it's not what it was marketed towards and thats not something that will impact it's sales more than 0.01% if that.

all in all its a great phone for what it is; a consumer smart phone with a nice big screen.

Motorola made this so people are prevented to tinker with their phone. Their locking of the bootloader and other measures are artificial timebombs to retire the phone support and force people to buy the next phone. It is as simple as that. Phones have become so powerful over the last 2 years that the OS does not bring the phones to their limit. One way to enforce people buy a new phone is to block them to install the latest shiny updates on the phones themselves.
Motorola is not alone in this, basically everyone does it, it is just that Motorola has the strongest protection on unlocking and has had since the Milestone. The sad thing is, that contracts usually run for two years and people should be able to get OS updates and fixes for exactly this period, but most vendors including Motorola usually drop support within 6-12 months with one big update in between if at all (Samsung usually does nothing at all)

The problem is not that the phone is rendered obsolete, but since Android could not be considered feature complete before 2.2 and still in some small areas is not it is vital go get those updates.
So for Motorola it makes a lot of sense to put such a time bomb in, for the user well less, because after all after a year he is basically screwed with one year left to go on his contract. (The Milestone users have had exactly that situation, they still wait for a bugfix update to fix the worst bugs, and Motorola now leaves them hanging dry with no 2.2 and a locked bootloader on an unrootable phone)

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