After the infamous announcement by one of Motorola’s YouTube channel moderators that those wanting custom ROMs should “buy elsewhere”, it seems that Motorola’s PR department has taken control back: “We apologize for the feedback we provided regarding our bootloader policy. The response does not reflect the 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 we get closer to availability.”
Motorola Getting Nicer to Android ROM Devs and Rooters?
Submitted by poundsmack 2011-01-21 Wireless 4 Comments
I’ll believe it when I see it.
Regardless of how open their devices are, I think they need to focus just a little more on the physical hardware engineering. Every Motorola I’ve owned has started falling apart after about six months, and I’m meticulously careful with my phones. Granted I’ve never owned a normal phone made by them. Only smart phones that flip or slide. The build quality on them is appalling though. My friends who are rough on phones barely have theirs last two months before problems arise – minor niggling ones like the speaker perhaps not working, or a dead spot on the touch screen. The showstopper for me was when I could no longer flip my Backflip out without it shutting down. I would have sent it away on warranty, but I sent dozens of them away for similar issues (work in a phone shop) and Motorola just say it’s physical damage, not covered by warranty.
Until they learn to make their Android offerings out of something stronger than fairy floss, I honestly don’t care about their policy on hacking. The good thing about working in a phone shop is I won’t have to buy any of theirs to find out. Once you sift out the serial complainers, customers always show us what sucks and what doesn’t.
You know, when this story blew up, I saw several comments about HTC being a good alternative to Motorola in regard to their phones being more hacker friendly.
However, as I recall, it took a few months for my phone (the HTC Incredible) to be rooted, so I’m not sure where the notion that HTC was any better in this regard came from. Unless they’ve gotten better about it since the Incredible was released?
Personally, I think these vendors would do themselves a favor by keeping the bootloaders unlocked, and stop adding on shit like NonSense and MotoSuck. Or at least offer a ‘vanilla’ alternative, and let end users add on what they want, and not leave them at the mercy of XDA devs, trying to remove crap that they didn’t want to begin with.
I know there’ll be about 20 replies to my post saying to just get a Google phone, but since Google doesn’t offer CDMA versions of their phones, it’s impossible to do that in the US without ending up on a craptastic carrier.
Edited 2011-01-22 03:30 UTC
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