Motorola, a company notorious for shipping devices with locked bootloaders, has finally announced that they've found a solution to offer users the option to unlock their devices while still keeping carrier partners happy.

The first device to see this option will be the just announced Photon Q, which will be available on Sprint in the coming weeks.

The details surrounding how this process will work aren't yet available, but we expect more information to become available once the Photon Q hits the streets.

Welcome to Google's world, Motorola.


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  • Ron Amadeo

    The Google Effect.

    • Ranger_d

      The Sprint effect. Or well should I say the any other carrier besides Verizon effect.

  • Timothy Gelter

    Any news on older devices? They really ought to allow unlocking the RAZR line for example.

  • debtac

    are you ****in kidding me? unlock them all googorola!

  • Howard Z

    I want the older bootloader for my droid x. At least it allowed sbfing older version of android os

  • fixxmyhead

    did we suddenly enter bizzaro world?

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    I know it's news, but a part of me wants to laugh that they basically said, "We figured it out, it's gonna be great, but we can't tell you anything about it, and for now it's only for a phone that nobody has yet... But it's good..."

    I have a sneaking suspicion they are just going to copy HTC's approach. Carriers aren't likely to be happy unless they can invalidate warranty and support requests as a result of unlocking, so they will want something equating to a paper trail. It does make sense that Sprint is the guinea pig for this. They are smart to be as open as possible here.

  • mgamerz

    I won't believe till I see it. They said this last time too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Shinakuma George Millhouse

    and exactly are they going to do when Verizon says "no".?

    • Scott

      I imagine they'll come out with something like what HTC did.

  • http://twitter.com/iBolski Ivan Samuelson

    Yeah, but what about on Verizon? Fat chance.

  • JG

    Hopefully older phones will be able to take part in this as well (either officially or unofficially) in the not too distant future... I'd LOVE to be able to get a stable CM7.2 (and not a nightly) onto my Droid X...

    Of course I'd, naturally, be even more ecstatic if they'd somehow be able to get a CM9 (or even better, 10) fixed for it... But I know that's probably an unlikely event...