Sprint’s upcoming Photon Q Android smartphone looks like it’s coming out of the gate with a few design strikes against it, but one very big win. If you can look past the odd shape and slider keyboard, you’ll find something that the North American market hasn’t seen in a very long time: a Motorola-built Android smartphone with an unlockable bootloader.
This does grab my attention. Per a statement released by the Moto Live Blog, we learn that this has been a long time coming
For months now we’ve been working closely with our developers and carrier partners to provide users a way to to unlock the bootloader on their Motorola Mobility device while keeping the networks secure and satisfying carriers’ requirements. And we’ve finally found a solution. Starting with the MOTOROLA PHOTON Q, users will be able to unlock the bootloader. Other products will have this option too in the future. MOTOROLA PHOTON Q will be available on Sprint in August. Specific details on unlocking PHOTON Q’s bootloader will be available then.
I believe the community is likely going to be as skeptical as I am. It’s great news that this device will ship from Motorola with an unlocked bootloader, but we’ve seen far too many times in recent memory carriers requiring OEMs to lock their bootloaders. I’m optimistic that going forward we’ll have devices from the now Google-owned company that will be more in line with the expectations of the Android enthusiast community. This will have no bearing on past devices, including any of the former Motorola Droid phones.
Is anyone excited for the Photon Q? Does the possibility of an unlockable bootloader make it a more compelling purchase?]]>