This is the moment Iâ€™ve been waiting for. I deliberately avoided discussing this subject until some official word was released from either Verizon of Motorola. Well, today Motorola made a statement to engadget regarding this topic. Most hackers made claims that the bootloader on the Droid X was locked down and this made the device near impossible to mod. According to Motorola you will not brick your device but it will be useless.
Motorolaâ€™s primary focus is the security of our end users and protection of their data, while also meeting carrier, partner and legal requirements. The Droid X and a majority of Android consumer devices on the market today have a secured bootloader. In reference specifically to eFuse, the technology is not loaded with the purpose of preventing a consumer device from functioning, but rather ensuring for the user that the device only runs on updated and tested versions of software. If a device attempts to boot with unapproved software, it will go into recovery mode, and can re-boot once approved software is re-installed.Checking for a valid software configuration is a common practice within the industry to protect the user against potential malicious software threats. Motorola has been a long time advocate of open platforms and provides a number of resources to developers to foster the ecosystem including tools and access to devices via MOTODEV at http://developer.motorola.com
There you have it folks, the Droid X is essentially locked down. If you install software on your handset this is not â€œapprovedâ€ you will only be able to boot into recovery mode. Although this is better than bricking your brand new device, itâ€™s still renders your handset useless. This move by Motorola is not a good one and it goes against the open nature of Android. Developers will likely shy away from this phone. If youâ€™re into customizing your phone the way you like, get something other than the Droid X. its rumored that the upcoming Droid 2 has the same internals as the X so avoid that one as well. If you donâ€™t mind stock firmware and can wait forever for updates than this move shouldnâ€™t bother you anyway.