It looks like all the noise being made by developers in the Android community about Motorola’s locked bootloaders is about pay off. In a statement made to Irwin Proud, the man behind the locked bootloader petition on Groubal, a spokesperson from Motorola has said the following:
In terms of your question – we completely understand the operator requirement for security to the end user, and as well, want to support the developer communities desire to use these products as a development platform. It is our intention to enable the unlockable/relockable bootloader currently found on Motorola XOOM across our portfolio of devices starting in late 2011, where carriers and operators will allow it.
This shouldn’t necessarily be taken as a win quite yet, especially because “carrier and operators” may not be so keen on this right away, but it’s certainly a step in the right direction. What do you think, if Motorola really started adding unlockable/relockable bootloaders to all of their devices, would you be more inclined to purchase?