You can’t put down a man named Proud. This Aussie fellow (first name: Irwin) bought a Moto Atrix 4G in anticipation of the manufacturer living up to its word — that it would offer an unlocked bootloader. (The company promised a developer-friendly solution on Facebook in January, but controversy erupted when a Motorola rep commented on an Atrix video on YouTube, telling people interested in this to look somewhere else.)
So Proud contacted the manufacturer (several times), petitioned the company about it, and finally got a response:
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.
Is this for real? Yes, says AusDroid. It reached out to the company’s North Asia division and got confirmation. But before you cheer, note the last part of the message: “…where carriers and operators will allow it.” So it could come later this year, like the statement says. But if it doesn’t, Moto seems to be saying, “Don’t blame us.”
Side note: I still think Proud has… well, a lot to be proud of here. He started a Groubal page less than a month ago, which has already gotten 8,800+ signatures, and managed to prompt a response from a heavy hitter like Motorola. So score 1 for the little guy who’s not willing to be ignored by a big multinational company. And fingers crossed that it’s not all in vain.