Motorola’s Droid X is awesomeness redefined. However, it features an annoying eFuse tampering prevention technology that prevents it from being rooted! Motorola defines this as measures of precaution and it has earned Motorola a lot of hatred from the world of hackers and modders.
However, it is highly unclear what Motorola will achieve with this. In all probability, they did this just for the quirk of it because surely, this no-rooting policy is going to affect sales adversely.
Motorola happily flaunts eFuse and explains it saying,
If the eFuse fails to verify this information then the eFuse receives a command to “blow the fuse” or “trip the fuse”. This results in the booting process becoming corrupted and resulting in a permanent bricking of the Phone. This FailSafe is activated anytime the bootloader is tampered with.
However, what is barefaced is that if the phone is bricked by this method, only Motorola can fix it. This can have serious legal implications if framed properly.
The whole buzz and craze around Android is based on the popularity and the endless possibilities with the Android platform. These restrictions will kill people’s interest in Android and will simply make people opt for other phones. Motorola is using this technology with huge risks; as MobileCrunch already hates this protection and goes on to suggest users against this phone.
However, contrary to this, Boygeniusreport thinks that this is just a rumor. This security is part of the M-Shield hardware security technology and already exists on the already hacked Droid and on the Milestone as well. However, people who believe that a hack is possible are of the opinion that a root on this phone may be hard to carry out, but it will surely not brick the phone.
The Droid X will soon fall into the hands of Android hackers and we will know the truth soon enough.
Update: Motorola confirms that “eFuse will fuse your bootloader” is just a rumor.
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