Motorola’s Atrix – “the most powerful smartphone in the world” if you believe the marketing men – and Xoom tablet will reportedly feature a locked down boot-loader, similar to its other Android devices.
Ultimately, this means users won’t be able to install custom ROMs, or modify root-only applications. Well, not right away, anyway. We’re sure the folks at XDA Developers will relish the challenge.
Android’s open-source nature and the ability to customise often make it more appealing than, say, iOS or Windows Phone 7. However, according to Slashgear, Motorola stands by its decision.
One customer contacted Motorola about its seemingly contradictory policy – locking down an open-source OS – and was told to ‘buy elsewhere’. Brilliant. The comment was reportedly later revoked.
The Motorola Atrix is available for £475 on Expansys, but no release date is given yet. Motorola traditionally hasn't seen the UK as a priority.