Those wondering whether Motorola's recently-announced Atrix HD will carry a locked bootloader can exhale – in a string of tweets earlier this evening, Moto confirmed that, yes, the Atrix HD's bootloader will be locked and signed.

That being said, Moto indicated that their "goal" is to provide a way to "unlock the bootloaders on our devices to those who wish to do so," adding that more details are "to come."

What this means for the end user is that (for now) customization of the Atrix HD will be severely limited. A bootloader that is both locked and signed (as opposed to unlockable) essentially prevents any alteration to Motorola's kernel on the Atrix HD, making many tweaks (custom ROMs included) difficult until Motorola provides an unlock method (though the device will likely still be rootable). Of course, we'll keep you updated on this story pending more details from Moto.

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  • Dima Aryeh

    Didn't they say they'd provide an unlock method for their phones about a year ago, slated for early 2012 or late 2011 or something?

    • Jose Marie Maquinay

      With Google owning them now, there's a high probability they will keep their word now. OR maybe its just that I trust Motorola a lot.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Shad0wguy Chris Jutting

      Not only that, they've actively locked bootloaders on existing devices with updates, such as on my Photon.

    • pepcok

      yeah they said "..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" - just empty words. Sorry for the harsh words, but that company (or it's representatives) can't be really trusted and I don't think Google will change that, since they wanted to let Moto do its own stuff. I wonder how that "channel/operator allows" fairy tale applies for retail devices though.. LOL

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1555110034 Saul Martinez

      They unlocked the bootloader on my OG Atrix. I was ecstatic.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1002064505 Adan Hinojosa

        They didn't unlock it. Some crazy dude got a hold of a copy of an engineering bootloader and leaked it. Big difference.

  • MicroNix

    Hmm, does Motorola really expect us to believe that load?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Susan-Martin/100003697994211 Susan Martin

    A Warning to anyone remotely considering, in Australia buying a Motorola Tablet or phone, give it very considerable thought. Just take a look at there Facebook page, there service and backup is rotten.

    • Luke Jones

      You should try NZ!
      Btw I run an ics leak now. Flash SEARAT rom, do ota update, flash leak through stock recovery.
      Pretty sure the aussie phone is the same as nz, just may need to flash stock radio.img...
      Xda forums are your friend.

  • Big Rich

    I bought an Atrix 2 last October....bootloader is still locked, Moto blames AT&T, AT&T blames Moto.....and it still doesn't have ICS and Jelly Bean is just a few days away from release. The A2 was a very nice device when it came out, albeit overlooked and underappreciated. And at $99 it was a steal, spec wise. With the GS3, HOX, just released recently and the GNex sporting JB coming out in days, I imagine this is another decent device that will not get the shine it probably deserves. And having a locked bootloader helps nothing!

  • Chris

    I believe in unicorns so, maybe this will show how we can unlock our bootloaders.

  • Randall Walsh

    I used to like Motorola phones. I would never buy one now.

  • http://twitter.com/ToysSamurai Toys Samurai

    Their unlock methods -- let me guess, will be exactly like what Samsung will be doing to the Verizon S3: buy a developer phone.

    If there's any dream that a Google owned Motorola will be more hackable, those people can wake up now.

  • Daniel McDermott

    Still love my original Atrix, which I unlocked the moment the tool was released. Hope they keep their word this round, allowing the original Atrix to be unlocked has kept a lot of life in the dev community for it, though we do need the source for ICS to make it fully complete.

  • Bruno

    I see. Every year Motorola misses april's fools.

    • fixxmyhead

      Lol. These guys are fucking liars.

  • mgamerz

    Motorola keep your bullshit, cause we all know that's what it is.