Motorola Droid Bionic Unlocked Bootloader: Looking Less Likely

The Motorola Droid Bionic Android smartphone continues to be the subject of much anticipation and speculation. We finally have an idea on when it may be released (late July or early August) and we also have more of an idea of the new ‘enhanced’ Droid Bionic from recent leaked promo material. What we still don’t know though is whether it will be shipped with an unlocked bootloader but it has to be said it’s looking less likely.

Back in June we spoke about whether the Droid Bionic would have an unlocked bootloader or not. Many who like to customize their handsets would be very pleased to see the Bionic arrive unlocked and OSM’s Tim Ollason told how Motorola conducted a Facebook survey asking what fans wanted most for new Motorola smartphones, in which an unlocked bootloader totally dominated the main things desired. Motorola then followed this with news that it was listening to customers and it intended to supply new handsets from later this year with unlocked bootloaders. At first it appeared that the Photon 4G would be unlocked but then Motorola announced it would be locked after all, disappointing many.

Attention then turned to the Motorola Droid 3, which has now become available online and will be in stores from next week. Many had hoped that this phone would be released with an unlocked bootloader and that would certainly have given hope that the Droid Bionic would come unlocked too. However the signs are not looking good for the Droid Bionic as according to a report on Wireless and Mobile News, those who have managed to get their hands on a Droid 3 already, say that the bootloader is locked. In their earlier statement though Motorola did say that it would come later in 2011 where operators and channel partners allow. Maybe it’s the case then that Verizon, which carries the Droid 3 and will also carry the Droid Bionic, has thrown a spanner in the works.

Earlier today we spoke about the Samsung Galaxy S2 still not seeing a release in the US and said that as the Motorola Droid Bionic was confirmed as a 4G LTE phone for Verizon, this might give it an edge if the Galaxy S2 came without LTE connectivity. Now if Motorola could just ensure that the Droid Bionic came with an unlocked bootloader too, an awful lot of people would be very satisfied. For now though it’s just a case of wait and see but we’d be interested to hear your thoughts on this. If the Droid Bionic were launched with a locked bootloader would it put you off purchasing it? Let us know with your comments.

  • http://twitter.com/BrianB13 BrianB13

    If the Bionic comes with a locked bootloader you can wait for an update from Motorola a couple of months down the line or root the phone.