Motorola Says Buy A Different Phone If You Want To Flash Custom ROM’s

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With the launch of the Droid X coming on July 15th, I’m glad that Motorola has made this statement before you went out and bought one if you wanted to crack it. The same bootloader found inside the Motorola Milestone is in the Droid X, to put that in better perspective, the Milestone has yet to be cracked. This causes a lot of problems if you had plans of running custom ROM’s on your Droid X.

“We understand there is a community of developers interested in going beyond Android application development and experimenting with Android system development and re-flashing phones.  For these developers, we highly recommend obtaining either a Google ADP1 developer phone or aNexus One, both of which are intended for these purposes.

At this time, Motorola Android-based handsets are intended for use by consumers and Android application developers, and we have currently chosen not to go into the business of providing fully unlocked developer phones.”

Not everyone who flashes custom ROM’s are developers, there is a whole community of users who mod and flash custom ROM’s and donate to their developers. Motorola should be reminded that Android is open-source and if users are paying top dollar for these top devices, they should be allowed to do what they wish. So, if you would like to customize your device, do not buy Motorola.

Source: Android and Me

How many of you are not getting the Droid X now that you cannot customize it? Leave your comments below.

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Alex Smith
I once served in the USMC from 02'-08' I purchased the G1 in 2008 and then watched the Android OS turn the mobile world upside down. I then got the Nexus One followed by the Samsung Vibrant. I also have the HD2 running Shubcraft CM6. I've been following the Android community for a while now and couldn't be happier doing anything else. "Go Green, get -C}[\][D[R[-][][D-"

  • http://AndroidSpin Jason Bowdach

    Well, that killed this device for me. Samsung or HTC it is. Motorola’s comments will be sure to affect people’s interest in this device, as a TON of people root…not just developers. Very poor choice, imo

    • Alex Smith

      Yeah man, I think this device is dead. With Samsung reaching 110 countries, they will have a big following from Android development. I’m still keeping my eye on HTC. I feel something big from them, and very soon.

  • Alex Smith

    Yeah man, I think this device is dead. With Samsung reaching 110 countries, they will have a big following from Android development. I’m still keeping my eye on HTC. I feel something big from them, and very soon.

  • Kenny

    That is just damn stupid.

    • Alex Smith

      Well said @Kenny

  • Kenny

    That is just damn stupid.

    • Alex Smith

      Well said @Kenny

  • medroid

    feel sorry for Moto to go that route. I currently used T-mo but thinking of switching to Verizon just be cause the Droidx, but NVM now.

  • medroid

    feel sorry for Moto to go that route. I currently used T-mo but thinking of switching to Verizon just be cause the Droidx, but NVM now.

  • Raj

    Man!, I am disappointed, looking forward to buying the droid X. Android overall been underground since T-mobile’s G1 came out. My GF has a iphone just two months ago she didn’t know anything about Android. Motorola and Verizon did a good job marketing and advertising DROID!, now kids look at my G1 and ask, “what is that a droid”?. Android is definitely here to stay and getting bigger. As for Motorola the only thing positive is that they disclosed this information before it hit the selves. Android gave Motorola smartphone market life, now they just damaged their potential in unit sales.

  • Raj

    Man!, I am disappointed, looking forward to buying the droid X. Android overall been underground since T-mobile’s G1 came out. My GF has a iphone just two months ago she didn’t know anything about Android. Motorola and Verizon did a good job marketing and advertising DROID!, now kids look at my G1 and ask, “what is that a droid”?. Android is definitely here to stay and getting bigger. As for Motorola the only thing positive is that they disclosed this information before it hit the selves. Android gave Motorola smartphone market life, now they just damaged their potential in unit sales.

  • MJarquin

    As much I hope it doesn’t sell well so Motorola gets the point, I think the phone will still sell do to the popularity of Android and the Droid. Only modders will avoid it due to this.

  • MJarquin

    As much I hope it doesn’t sell well so Motorola gets the point, I think the phone will still sell do to the popularity of Android and the Droid. Only modders will avoid it due to this.

  • james moore

    Motorola=fail

  • james moore

    Motorola=fail

  • Darnell Champen

    Well I wasn’t planning on getting one but now I’m going to not recommend it to people who want to be able to customize their phone their phone.

  • Darnell Champen

    Well I wasn’t planning on getting one but now I’m going to not recommend it to people who want to be able to customize their phone their phone.

  • Darnell Champen

    Well people are still going to find ways to root phones. You can lock something that’s naturally open so, big mistake on Motorola’s part

  • Not Stuart

    Yep. Definitely buying a Galaxy S now. Motorola has successfully alienated a huge chunk of crossover customers from the Droid 1, that is, developers.

  • Darnell Champen

    Well people are still going to find ways to root phones. You can lock something that’s naturally open so, big mistake on Motorola’s part

  • Not Stuart

    Yep. Definitely buying a Galaxy S now. Motorola has successfully alienated a huge chunk of crossover customers from the Droid 1, that is, developers.

  • jwbose

    Definitely a dumb move on Motorola’s part. I love my droid and me and my wife are both eligible for upgrades. We had planned on the x but will wait to see what else htc has coming. I won’t be buying motorola anymore as long as this locked boot loader is included in them. If I wanted a locked down phone I would have bought an iPhag 4.

    • david

      Same mistakes again had the market as leaders with the flip phone, “took their eyes off the ball” went down the tubes…CEO, mgt left then new ones came in….HIT it BIG with Android and wait…IF YOU DO NOT LEARN from the PAST YOU WILL repeat the same mistakes..SELL the stock as they are going down again….

  • jwbose

    Definitely a dumb move on Motorola’s part. I love my droid and me and my wife are both eligible for upgrades. We had planned on the x but will wait to see what else htc has coming. I won’t be buying motorola anymore as long as this locked boot loader is included in them. If I wanted a locked down phone I would have bought an iPhag 4.

    • david

      Same mistakes again had the market as leaders with the flip phone, “took their eyes off the ball” went down the tubes…CEO, mgt left then new ones came in….HIT it BIG with Android and wait…IF YOU DO NOT LEARN from the PAST YOU WILL repeat the same mistakes..SELL the stock as they are going down again….

  • Nate

    Bye bye Motorola. Really dumb btw

  • Nate

    Bye bye Motorola. Really dumb btw

  • live

    lol regardless of what they said people are still gonna buy the phone because that’s the way the world is now. people just want to get the newest thing. they don’t buy for the features and potential abilities like we do.

  • live

    lol regardless of what they said people are still gonna buy the phone because that’s the way the world is now. people just want to get the newest thing. they don’t buy for the features and potential abilities like we do.

  • lou

    Android practically saved Motorola IMO. They have a right to do what they want with their devices but the majority of android users are ones who enjoy rooting their phones and flashing roms so best of luck to Motorola. I always prefer to have HTC android devices to begin with so it doesn’t bother that they choose to only design phones for consumers

  • lou

    Android practically saved Motorola IMO. They have a right to do what they want with their devices but the majority of android users are ones who enjoy rooting their phones and flashing roms so best of luck to Motorola. I always prefer to have HTC android devices to begin with so it doesn’t bother that they choose to only design phones for consumers

  • dcheng11

    Bad, bad move by Motorola. I haven’t seen as many ads for the Droid X as I did for the original Droid, but I’m sure it’s going to be a pretty popular phone for the average consumer. That’s a real letdown for the people who actually mod their phones; over on the AC forums, I’ve been hearing a lot about people wanting to switch over to Verizon to pick up the Droid X–I guess that’s not happening anymore.

  • dcheng11

    Bad, bad move by Motorola. I haven’t seen as many ads for the Droid X as I did for the original Droid, but I’m sure it’s going to be a pretty popular phone for the average consumer. That’s a real letdown for the people who actually mod their phones; over on the AC forums, I’ve been hearing a lot about people wanting to switch over to Verizon to pick up the Droid X–I guess that’s not happening anymore.

  • chris

    Motorola picked the wrong crowd to take that position with.

    If we wanted stock we would buy iPhones.

  • chris

    Motorola picked the wrong crowd to take that position with.

    If we wanted stock we would buy iPhones.

  • http://www.tacomatomorrow.com ChrisK

    What a waste of perfectly good hardware, Motorola.

    I’m sticking with open and moddable devices with qwerty keyboards. My G1 still works fine, but I’ve yet to find a (T-mobile) replacement that I know I’ll be happy with for another two years.

    • boss5

      You should check out the mytouch slide. Fast and rooted, full steam ahead with htc and will make I believe great replacement for your g1.

  • http://www.tacomatomorrow.com ChrisK

    What a waste of perfectly good hardware, Motorola.

    I’m sticking with open and moddable devices with qwerty keyboards. My G1 still works fine, but I’ve yet to find a (T-mobile) replacement that I know I’ll be happy with for another two years.

    • boss5

      You should check out the mytouch slide. Fast and rooted, full steam ahead with htc and will make I believe great replacement for your g1.

  • Jarred

    As much as I like my rooted Droid, I would not count this phone out. You guys must not know very many normal people to say Moto will fail for doing this. I hate to say it you guys are not in the majority here.

    • Linuxluver

      Jarred: Understood. But is discouraging the early-adopters, Motorola will be relying on their own marketing efforts. Maybe Android is now mature enough they can do that. Whatever…I won’t be buying one unless and until I know some clever person has worked out how to root the thing.

  • Jarred

    As much as I like my rooted Droid, I would not count this phone out. You guys must not know very many normal people to say Moto will fail for doing this. I hate to say it you guys are not in the majority here.

    • Linuxluver

      Jarred: Understood. But is discouraging the early-adopters, Motorola will be relying on their own marketing efforts. Maybe Android is now mature enough they can do that. Whatever…I won’t be buying one unless and until I know some clever person has worked out how to root the thing.

  • HighRidas

    what happened to the opened source part of android if the manufactures dont want people flashng custom roms then use a diff. platform mayb the iPhone os

  • HighRidas

    what happened to the opened source part of android if the manufactures dont want people flashng custom roms then use a diff. platform mayb the iPhone os

  • Brian S

    I don’t see what Motorola can possibly gain by disabling the ability to root there phone/phones? After all the Android OS is supposed to open source. Thats is the only reason I purchased my G1 when it became available. Then I learned to root my G1 and thanks to people like Cyanogen I have been able kept my OS up to date. So I would not buy nor would I recommend any of my friends to purchase an Android based phone that dose not have the ability to be rooted.

  • Brian S

    I don’t see what Motorola can possibly gain by disabling the ability to root there phone/phones? After all the Android OS is supposed to open source. Thats is the only reason I purchased my G1 when it became available. Then I learned to root my G1 and thanks to people like Cyanogen I have been able kept my OS up to date. So I would not buy nor would I recommend any of my friends to purchase an Android based phone that dose not have the ability to be rooted.

  • Droid Legion

    Well, I just checked Motorola’s stock and it’s up $0.25/share. I wonder how it’ll do in the coming 2-3 week period if the number of X’s are not sold compared to their projections.

    I know a lot of people who can’t get the Incredible are shooting for the X, instead.

    Time will tell.

  • Droid Legion

    Well, I just checked Motorola’s stock and it’s up $0.25/share. I wonder how it’ll do in the coming 2-3 week period if the number of X’s are not sold compared to their projections.

    I know a lot of people who can’t get the Incredible are shooting for the X, instead.

    Time will tell.

  • Linuxluver

    Motorola don’t really understand their environment. From their products, it’s clear someone understand something….but the final result is the folks who don’t get it were just a little too involved.

    I was looking favourably at Motorola as a contender for my next Smartphone.

    Now…..not. Off the list. Maybe they don’t care. Neither do I.

  • Linuxluver

    Motorola don’t really understand their environment. From their products, it’s clear someone understand something….but the final result is the folks who don’t get it were just a little too involved.

    I was looking favourably at Motorola as a contender for my next Smartphone.

    Now…..not. Off the list. Maybe they don’t care. Neither do I.

  • Jon6206

    Remember the old Droid commercials where they asked if your phone can do this and that then said Droid does after each question?

    Can your phone be rooted thus enabling an almost endless number of uses? Droid X cant.

    DROID!

  • Jon6206

    Remember the old Droid commercials where they asked if your phone can do this and that then said Droid does after each question?

    Can your phone be rooted thus enabling an almost endless number of uses? Droid X cant.

    DROID!

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