A few months ago, Motorola announced that its "portfolio of devices" will be graced with unlockable/relockable bootloaders in late 2011. However, there was some confusion over whether this concerned future handsets only or current devices as well.
Yesterday, Ausdroid reported that unlocked bootloaders will be coming to all existing Motorola Android devices (or rather, those still on Moto's update schedule) later this year via a software update. Needless to say, this was excellent news, and it had many a DROID X user jumping for joy.
To confirm, we reached out to Motorola - here's what we got in response:
Motorola has announced we will enable an unlockable/relockable bootloader in future software releases where channel and operator partners will allow it. It is our intention to include the unlockable/relockable bootloader in software releases starting in late 2011.
Again, excellent news all around - so long as your device hasn't been update-forsaken, that is. Also, much as we hate to rain on anyone's parade, the big caveat in Motorola's original statement remains - "where channel and operator partners (aka carriers) will allow it." You'd better hope your carrier secretly has a soft spot for modders.
Even with that disclaimer in place, however, it's a good day for owners of Motorola devices - there could still be a glimmer of bootloader-related hope.
Further coverage: Ausdroid