View Full Version : Droid X lockdown


scottjl
07-15-2010, 10:44 AM
http://www.mydroidworld.com/forums/droid-x-discussion/3330-how-droid-x-locked-down-let-me-tell-you-what-i-know.html

if you were considering this piece of hardware, you might want to re-consider if you like to hack your devices.. hardware lockdown, ouch!

kjk
07-15-2010, 10:55 AM
Motorola actually had an honest response:
http://community.developer.motorola.com/t5/MOTODEV-Blog/Custom-ROMs-and-Motorola-s-Android-Handsets/bc-p/4290#M432title=Custom

We understand there is a community of developers interested in going beyond Android application development and experimenting with Android system development and re-flashing phones. For these developers, we highly recommend obtaining either a Google ADP1 developer phone or a Nexus One, both of which are intended for these purposes. At this time, Motorola Android-based handsets are intended for use by consumers and Android application developers, and we have currently chosen not to go into the business of providing fully unlocked developer phones.

HansTWN
07-15-2010, 07:43 PM
Such actions by Motorola seem especially dumb since the Droid X (and its future GSM variant) would be exactly the kind of hardware that appeals to hackers and tinkerers. What a waste! Worse than Apple. Sony Ericcson did the same "I-will-just-shoot-myself-in-the-foot" with the beautiful hardware of the X10. Well, Samsung and HTC will pick up the slack. And I might just get that Dell Streak, after all.

scottjl
07-15-2010, 08:15 PM
regardless of what kind of end-user i am, the last thing i want is a self-destructing device. with almost 40 years in the IT industry i know all too well how our pal murphy strikes when you least expect it. a glitch out somewhere causing you to power cycle your phone and then it mistakenly locks itself up? a manufacturer update that bricks your phone? even worse, a hacker with a virus that extorts money out of you to keep your phone from bricking and you losing data? there are all too many ways this is not good for the consumer all for what? so motorola can insure that you see their android skin and can't replace their installed apps? no thanks.

i sure hope this doesn't become a trend.

HansTWN
07-15-2010, 09:18 PM
regardless of what kind of end-user i am, the last thing i want is a self-destructing device. with almost 40 years in the IT industry i know all too well how our pal murphy strikes when you least expect it. a glitch out somewhere causing you to power cycle your phone and then it mistakenly locks itself up? a manufacturer update that bricks your phone? even worse, a hacker with a virus that extorts money out of you to keep your phone from bricking and you losing data? there are all too many ways this is not good for the consumer all for what? so motorola can insure that you see their android skin and can't replace their installed apps? no thanks.

i sure hope this doesn't become a trend.

My only hope is that every blogger and every journalist will pounce on this every day until Motorola's sales slow to trickle, their stock goes to 50 cents and their CEO gets the boot. Things should get so bad that no one never, ever will consider doing something so evil again.

Sonist
07-16-2010, 03:37 AM
Yep, dumb move from Motorola. Good luck for the Samsung Galaxy S and its carrier variants.

I actually think Motorola has lost its way and makes ugly phones nowadays, so I wasn't even tempted.

On the other hand, it does Flash....

Lemurion
07-16-2010, 06:04 PM
I have a Droid - haven't flashed it but that's my choice.

My take is simple - they don't need to prevent people from flashing their phones - but they have every right to refuse to service and support phones that have been flashed.

Sounds fair to me.

wodin
07-16-2010, 08:02 PM
As a Moto stock owner, I am VERY disappointed. Moto had a chance to compete with excellent phones like the EVO and Samsung, and instead they shoot themselves in the foot. I wonder if HP wants to buy yet another hardware manufacturer.

HansTWN
07-16-2010, 08:47 PM
As a Moto stock owner, I am VERY disappointed. Moto had a chance to compete with excellent phones like the EVO and Samsung, and instead they shoot themselves in the foot. I wonder if HP wants to buy yet another hardware manufacturer.

Moto stock owner? You poor baby! :cry:

wodin
07-18-2010, 03:07 PM
Moto stock owner? You poor baby! :cry:

Yes, it was an accident. Moto bought a company that I had stock in, and converted my stock. They were doing well at the time, so I just kept it. Actually, it hasn't been bad until recently. It was up nearly 50% for a while. It lost all of that and is now down about 9%. I keep hoping!