In a message today, Motorola confirmed some bad news for owners of earlier Motorola-made Android devices saying that it doesn’t have plans to include any older devices – Droid Bionic and Droid 3 included – in its unlocked bootloader program that it announced last year.
The news comes just a few days after Motorola finally launched its bootloader program in which the bootloaders on the Photon Q, RAZR developer edition, Xoom for Verizon and Xoom WiFi can now be unlocked.
Devices of the future will likely have their bootloaders unlocked as well though it looks like aging devices won’t be included in the program.
@clumsyninja21 That is not currently in the plan.
— Motorola Mobility (@Motorola) August 22, 2012
This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise to owners who are by now used to having their bootloader encrypted and locked down. And for owners of many of these devices who won’t get the opportunity to unlock their bootloader, this development stings, especially after the long wait for the program.
However, it probably stings worse for owners of the Motorola Droid Bionic who have been let down time and time again by their manufacturer and carrier overlords.
Very quickly, for those taking score at home, let’s run it down:
- First announced at CES 2011, the Motorola Droid Bionic is delayed all the way until September.
- Motorola and Verizon decided to announce the Motorola Droid RAZR soon after the launch of the Droid Bionic. The Droid RAZR is superior in almost every way.
- Motorola promises Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in “early Q3.” Early Q3 comes and goes without a peep from either company about the update.
- Motorola does not include the Droid Bionic in its bootloader unlock program which means that owners will not be able to fully customize their device or easily install leaked software. It also completely gimps the Droid Bionic development community.
This is just another sad chapter in a saga that will likely come to an end with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is likely out of the question and the Droid Bionic will be as forgotten about as the Motorola Droid X2.
So while I feel bad that devices like the Droid 3 and Droid X2 won’t get their bootloaders unlocked, I feel worst for Droid Bionic owners who have again been let down by Motorola.
Any Droid Bionic owners out there as peeved as I am?