Jun 10 AT 11:49 AM Alberto Vildosola 12 Comments

Bad Moto! Motorola Photon 4G has a locked bootloader

Now yesterday’s excitement has worn off from the Sprint-Motorola press event, it’s time for the bad news. Contrary to what we were told, the Motorola Photon 4G will launch with a locked bootloader. Here’s what Motorola said:

As previously communicated, it is our intention to include the unlockable/relockable bootloader in software releases starting in late 2011, where operator and channel partners will allow it. However, this feature is not included in the software found on PHOTON 4G.Motorola

In other words, you won’t see Motorola release an unlocked Android phone until this Fall. Which is really a shame, since other OEMs are already working around the clock to release unlocked devices in the near future. Add to this that MotoBlur is the least popular flavor of Android and that new phones like the Droid X2 fail to impress us, and we have to wonder if Motorola is losing its touch with the Android community.

Will Motorola unlock the Photon 4G’s bootloader via a software update in the future? Nobody knows. But if a locked bootloader is a deal-breaker for you, I’d recommend taking a wait-and-see approach with the Photon 4G. Or you could just take a look at other unlocked phones from a certain company that starts with an “H”.

Via: GottaBeMobile

Alberto is a college student living somewhere between Miami, Sarasota and the World Wide Web. Although a former iPhone owner, Alberto is now a proud Android enthusiast. You can follow Alberto on Twitter and Google+ for his thoughts unworthy of an article.

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  • http://Website Stang68

    It could have the same bootloader as the OG Droid, meaning it can be unlocked.

  • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)

    Don’t forget that LG and Samsung all don’t have locked bootloaders either. Also, Sony Ericsson’s 2011 Xperia line of Android phones all have unlockable bootloaders, too.

  • http://Website Vincent

    Just to bad for Moto, I’ll vote with my wallet.

  • TJ

    Well, E3D it is for me. I’m patently waiting for the 24th.

  • keridel

    i’m afraid i have lost faith moto since the appaling service they have given with the uk xoom. the fact that their bootloaders are locked suprises me not at all.

    htc are still the top android brand imo followed by samsung.

  • http://Website snowbdr89

    E3d is locked aswell and htc has not said if they will unlock it aswell this phone looks awesome a locked phone is as useless as a dick yarrell post!!

  • http://Website MagnaCartaHG

    Motorola. Behind the times and loving it.

  • http://Website rex

    HTC evo 3d is still superior to Photon. Although the Photon has some spectacular specs the locked bootloader is a definite disadvantage.

  • http://Website Darkseider

    Failorola FTW! The last good Android phone they made was their first, the OG Droid. What makes me chuckle even more is that AT&T has the Atrix, Sprint is getting the Photon and the VZW Bionic is MIA. Thankfully I have since left VZW and went to T-Mo and am rocking my G2X.

    • http://Website Frank C

      Used to sport the Moto cliq now happily rockin my G2x as well. Vanilla Android is where it’s at! Just look at the original Droid. It wasn’t just a success because of it’s hardware or marketing..it was the software that made is useable, user friendly for the non techies, and had tons of tech appeal. It’s great to have a superphone that can handle everything you throw at it but if you dump a U.I. thats not coded correctly, looks dated, & is plain slow in the long run, it kills the whole user experience. HTC makes awesome phones even with Sense, LG is a beginner in the Android superphone category and doing a good job for rookies but Moto should plain know better by now.

  • http://Website Gerbilstampede

    I know I’m in the company of HTC enthusiasts here BUT I just don’t understand how everyone can sit here and sing the praises of HTC when the Evo 3D and Sensation have a locked bootloader. If you prefer HTC to Moto I understand, they have a better track record especially with their recent flagship devices, but you might want to take a look somewhere else entirely if the bootloader is a deal breaker. HTC and Moto have promised to unlock the bootloaders for us “where carriers allow” we’ll see if either company comes through on that for us folks buying subsidized.

  • http://Website Plainbrad

    “late 2011″ ?

    I wanted this phone but I’ll wait until “late 2011″ … I’m sure no other phone with peek my interest until then, right?