Motorola appears to have awakened to user requests for more control over their smartphones in the form of an unlockable bootloader. On their blog today, Motorola announced that they have worked with their partners to respond to market demand for unlockable bootloaders. The fruits of these efforts will first appear with the Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE coming to the Sprint network which will have an unlockable bootloader. The final comment on the blog post indicates Motorola will “be looking to offer this option on other devices as well” moving forward. So it seems we can expect to see this capability of new phones in the future. However, a tweet from Motorola Mobility indicates they will not try to apply this retroactively to devices already on the market.
Like ASUS and HTC, the expectation is that phones will be delivered in a locked state, but a tool will be made available for users wanting to unlock their bootloader. Use of the tool will likely void their device’s warranty. Watch for further details as users get their hands on the PHOTON Q.
source: Inside Motorola blog