The Locked vs. Unlocked bootloader battle continues and this time the weapon of choice happens to be the Photon.
No, no, siwwy head… not that Photon.
In case you missed the biggest news of the day, Motorola announced the PHOTON 4G and TRIUMPH for Sprint and Virgin Mobile respectively. Arguably the second and third biggest stories of the day canceled each other out when it was reported the PHOTON 4G would come with an unlocked bootloader and then, soon after, Motorola self-overturned their own selves. Meet the replacement:
“As we’ve previously communicated, it is our intention to include the unlockable/relockable bootloader in software releases starting in late 2011, where operator and channel partners will allow it. However, this feature is not included in the software found on PHOTON 4G.”
Of course Motorola recently promised a new policy of launching devices with unlocked bootloaders, but the timeframe provided was late 2011. Folks interested in the Motorola PHOTON 4G are painfully reminded it’s still the middle of 2011.
Question of the day: do you care? Let me answer that for you: Yes if you root your phone and no if you don’t. Feel free to debate the point (civilly) in the comments.