Motorola Photon Q to feature unlockable bootloader

Looks like Motorola is going to finally start unlocking the bootloader on their devices, starting with the Motorola Photon Q. Today, the company announced that the bootloader on the Photon Q, the new phone that is heading to Sprint in August, will have an unlockable bootloader. In addition, Motorola says that other phones that they release after the Photon Q will also have unlockable bootloaders.

The announcement was made today via the official Motorola Twitter channel and their blog at

For months now we’ve been working closely with our developers and carrier partners to provide users a way to unlock the bootloader on their Motorola Mobility device while keeping the networks secure and satisfying carriers’ requirements. And we’ve finally found a solution.

Starting with the MOTOROLA PHOTON Q, users will be able to unlock the bootloader. Other products will have this option too in the future.

MOTOROLA PHOTON Q will be available on Sprint in August. Specific details on unlocking PHOTON Q’s bootloader will be available then.

If this is the first step to unlockable bootloaders on Motorola devices, it’s about time! With an unlocked bootloaders, true custom ROMs and custom kernels will be available for this upcoming Motorola devices, as well as future ones.

Source: @Motorola | Motorola Blog