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Will the Bionic have an unlocked bootloader?
I am wondering if the Droid Bionic may not have a locked bootloader. As far as I can tell, the locked bootloader in the DX, D2, DPro, etc. is a direct hardware tie-in to the eFuse feature of the Texas Instruments OMAP Processors. The Droid Bionic is different from all of the above, however, in that it is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 2 Processor. I am curious if the Tegra 2 has a similar funcitonality for locking down the bootloader, or if MOTO may have to do something more like HTC and lock down the memory, which has an easier way of being hacked.
Thoughts, or anyone with more knowledge of the Tegra 2 specs than I?
- 01-14-2011, 10:32 AM #2
- 01-14-2011, 11:07 PM #3
- 01-14-2011, 11:50 PM #4
- 01-15-2011, 01:53 PM #5
According to black_man_x, it will have security of some sort. Almost guarantee it.
Maybe not Efuse, but definitely something. At any rate, why do people care? XDA and others will hack it eventually and with how many people are likely to buy that thing I would imagine it'll be done within a few weeks.
Heck, they eventually did it for the DX didn't they?
- 01-15-2011, 03:11 PM #6
Because custom roms are not everything since you can only put a kernel signed by moto you are stuck on whatever software they release. So as long as moto still supports the product it is not a big deal but we have still not seen how long they will do it yet. As long as it is 2 years it is not a big deal since that is the longest contract you will sign.
- 01-15-2011, 10:19 PM #7
- 01-16-2011, 12:30 AM #8
- 01-16-2011, 12:42 AM #9
- 01-16-2011, 12:50 AM #10
- 01-16-2011, 12:59 AM #11
Honestly I'm not sure I think I will be fine with it depending on the restrictions. If we can get a work around allowing us to replace the kernel I will be fine. I just don't want to have a phone for two years and after a year or so stop receiving updated and be stuckRooted for life
- 03-10-2011, 04:33 PM #12
- 03-10-2011, 07:32 PM #13
I don't know guy. The Atrix has a locked bootloader and the Bionic is very similar to it. I have a feeling it will be locked down.
One thing that I want to know is what happened to that statement that Motorola made after one of their employees responded to a comment for a youtube video (or maybe it was facebook) take it or leave it (in regards to the locked down bootloader). They said that they were going to try to make a compromise in the future but when will this compromise happen?
- 03-11-2011, 08:43 AM #14
- 03-11-2011, 07:16 PM #15
As stated.. the Xoom is a google experience device. As such it was unlocked and UNSKINNED.. The Bionic has a signed boot and will not be availible without it. I am sure that some folks will find a way to rom it the same way as the X and Droid 2.. Other the Blur this is a great phone and plenty fast if only a lil limited.Sent from my unreleased thingamagig using Tapatalk
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- 03-13-2011, 12:11 AM #16
I would think the Bionic will share the same fate. Hopefully it is very similar to the Atrix and if they are able to bypass the Atrix security then it will work on the Bionic as well.
- 03-13-2011, 12:20 AM #17
- 03-14-2011, 11:59 AM #18
Good point never really thought of it that way before. I personally am fine with the way it is for Atrix so long as the awesome devs keep making stuff like Gingerblur and the such. If I can theme and sideload I'm happy. I wasn't planning on doing overclocking or anything crazy like that anyways given the processing power of the Atrix and soon to be Bionic.
- 03-14-2011, 07:49 PM #19
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