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Motorola Releases an Official Bootloader Unlocker 123

Posted by Soulskill
from the uncommonly-helpful dept.
New submitter Nertskull writes "Motorola has released a tool to allow anyone to unlock the bootloader on their phone/tablet. The only supported device so far is the Photon Q 4G LTE, though three other devices are supported through their developer unlock program. Support for unlocking other devices is supposedly on its way." Motorola leads into the unlocking process with this amusing tidbit: "WARNING: Motorola strongly recommends against unlocking the bootloader and/or modifying or altering a device's software or operating system. Doing so can have unintended, unforeseen, and dangerous consequences, such as rendering the device unusable, violating applicable laws, or causing property damage and/or bodily injury, including death." Careful, folks; unlocking that bootloader might kill you.
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Motorola Releases an Official Bootloader Unlocker

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  • Actually... (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 18, 2012 @10:43AM (#41036125)

    Unlocking your bootloader *can* kill you. Mind you, it also requires that after unlocking, you also root your device and send the CPU into overdrive, causing the Li-Ion battery to melt/explode. So it's not a proximate cause, but the potential is still there.

  • Re:Now for iOS? (Score:0, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 18, 2012 @10:50AM (#41036177)

    when they start to become irrelevant.

  • by oakgrove (845019) on Saturday August 18, 2012 @10:51AM (#41036193)
    You know what else would be nice, Motorola? With your unlocking tool, how about updated drivers for the latest version of Android for at least 3 years into the life of each phone. Having an unlocked boot loader is great but actually being able to install Android version++ and having everything work would be even better.
  • Re:Wow (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anrego (830717) * on Saturday August 18, 2012 @11:10AM (#41036327)

    Adding a few words to a disclaimer and accepting a little mockery is a hell of a lot cheaper than the lawsuit when someone, somehow manages to kill themselves with a software change...

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