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Well, well, well, look at what Motorola has done today: it released the long-awaited, often-promised bootloader unlock tool! Unfortunately, the site doesn't appear to be finished just yet, as some of the more important parts - such as FAQ and Supported Devices list - are currently kicking back a "permission denied" error. Boo!

Update: The list of devices initially supported by the unlock tool has been published. Here it is:

  • Photon Q 4G LTE - Sprint
  • Motorola RAZR developer edition - Europe
  • Motorola XOOM - Verizon
  • Motorola XOOM Wifi - Worldwide

Motorola is promising to unlock more devices in the future.

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What we can see, however, is how the process works. For starters, you'll need fastboot and the Android SDK installed before you start the unlock process. And of course, the site is laced with warnings and disclaimers that the process will void the warranty, yada yada yada. We know the drill, Motorola.

While the supported devices list is null at the moment, we don't expect this service to be backwards compatible with existing devices (though it may be - there hasn't been official word at this point). With that said, we already know the Photon Q will be the first device to have support for the unlock tool, and all devices moving forward should also have the feature.

While we wait for the service to get up on its feet, feel free to go poke around on the site and drop us a line if you find any goodies.

[Motorola via Droid Life]

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • LAmDroid

    I already know Im going to hell, but now I know to bring a thick coat too

  • jammer

    It would be pretty cool if this worked on my old Droid2.

    • sgtguthrie

      Not really, it would still be a d2 ;-) LOL!!! JK...

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Hell has frozen over while the fat lady started to sing. And it was glorious.

  • KRS_Won

    Only works on Original Moto Droid..

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      No, it doesn't. The list of devices has been published - see the update.

      • Blackbullet4749

        It was a joke,I imagine, as the original Moto droid had an unlocked boot loader as far as I remember.

  • fixxmyhead

    wouldnt it be funny if this tool took u to the never gonna give u up video?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Maybe if you were a masochist.

      • fixxmyhead

        Damn it artem it was a joke. Motorola rick rolling people lol

  • http://twitter.com/xyrer Gustavo Parrado 

    And still my defy rocking jellybean will not be unlocked I bet ¬_¬

  • http://twitter.com/Mithrane Tom

    As I expected, only the developer version of the Razr, and there I was thinking maybe Motorola had done something that would make me like them again, silly me.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      That's the initial list - let's see what other devices support this in the future. Motorola said it would be rolling out more later.

    • sgtguthrie

      EXACTLY! I expected that when Google put their own guys in charge of the company we'd see changes quickly and maybe, just maybe see the unlock tool for ALL their phones. This would make them developer friendly just like Google typically is. Let's hope I was right... I'm thinking I wasn't though. At least not with Verizon :-

  • John

    Huh, any reason why Motorola goes as far as stating that unlocking your phone could result in bodily injury or death?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      If you bork it and can't dial 911 while your face is melting off in a car struck by a wild pack of elephants from Jumanji, you may die.

      • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

        This ^^^

      • Cheeseball

        Trust me, those elephants hurt.

  • OnMy2ndGP

    Feed my Droid X!!! Yeah right! HA!

  • http://www.facebook.com/awecz Martin Nedbal

    Well it would only make sense if they released unlock tool for devices that are no longer supported such as Droid/Milestone 1,2... this is a joke;(

  • sgtguthrie

    I'm confused... Doesn't the Verizon Xoom unlock with "Fastboot oem unlock"? What does the tool do for it besides void your warranty?

  • villagrana65

    is the xyboard considered the xoom?

    • sgtguthrie

      Was that a serious question?

  • grellanl

    "Sign a warranty waiver" *sigh*

    • sgtguthrie

      Ya, especially for the ones you can already unlock and re lock without their warranty voiding tool like the xoom :-

      • grellanl

        Precisely. This is worse than the existing unlock/relock arrangement, and this way your name goes on the "naughty list" so all you get is a sack of coal when your device fails because of a manufacturing fault.

        HTC's scheme is just as bad. I liked Azrienoch's rant on this when he was doing XDA videos.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001421570875 John Fah-q Smith

    Droid2 and Droid X not on the list?

    The Pinko-Commies...

    I'll never buy another Motorola device!

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