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Ready to unlock the bootloader on an older Motorola device? Not so fast

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:33PM EST

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Consumers waited over a year for Motorola to finally ease up on its controversial bootloader policy. While its smartphones continued to sell well, a small fraction of the Internet was left unsatisfied. Last week, the company launched its online bootloader unlocking tool, and even though the service was only available for a limited number of devices, it represented a step in the right direction. It seems Motorola can’t take a step forward without taking two steps back, however. When asked if older models will have access to the unlocking tool, a Motorola employee revealed on Twitter that older models such as the DROID 3 and DROID Bionic are “not currently in the plan.” Motorola’s bootloader unlocking tool is currently available for the Photon Q, RAZR Developer Edition, and Wi-Fi and 3G/4G XOOM tablets.


Dan joins the BGR team as the Android Editor, covering all things relating to Google’s premiere operating system. His work has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business and Yahoo News, among other publications. When he isn’t testing the latest devices or apps, he can be found enjoying the sights and sounds of New York City.