Android Phones

Motorola Droid X bootloader locked, potential for custom ROM’s looks bad

July 12, 2010 | by Robert Nelson

Android Phones, Motorola


It looks like those hoping to pick up a Droid X later in the week and proceed to install custom ROM’s are going to be meet with some disappointment. The latest chatter is that the bootloader, which is required for getting the phone into recovery mode, it locked down in a similar manner to that of the Motorola Milestone.

The bootloader on the Motorola Droid X is said to be “using a proprietary encrypted private key scheme.” In other words, the outlook of installing custom ROM’s looks bleak at the moment.

That said, all hope is not lost. According to the same chatter, root access may still be possible. And that means while you may not get a custom ROM for the Droid X, you could still be able to run apps that require root.

In the end, its not ideal, but at the same time the amount of people that will be affected by this is likely small as compared to the overall. The interesting part here will be to see whether those trying to crack the bootloader will continue on or move on past the Droid X. After all, they seems to have been cracking away at the Milestone for a while with little real progress.

[via Android Police]