When Motorola announced its long-awaited bootloader unlock tool we assumed most new devices would be supported. The bigger question, however, is if older devices — like the DROID 4 or the original Motorola Photon 4G — would be supported, as well. They were asked the very question on Twitter, and the news was far from good. The answer is not… not yet, anyway.
Motorola says supporting older phones “is not currently in the plan,” and while that exact wording may leave room for them to eventually come around to bringing support it’s not wise to hold your breath for too long.
The best thing you can do is hope the community can somehow find their own way around Motorola’s encryption, and unless the unlock tool gives deep insight into bootloader encryption for older devices I’d say chances are that won’t be happening any time soon.
So there’s the jig: you can buy a newer Motorola phone and hope to be able to unlock it (remember that support is subject to carrier approval), or you can pray to the development gods that they come up with a solution before too long. [Twitter via Droid-Life]