Unlocking bootloader, is it important? If you wish to exploit the best features of Android, I would say yes, it is important and perhaps the first step for you to deal with if you wish to proceed with any hacking activity on your phone. Unlocking bootloader becomes necessary if you wish to flash a custom kernel which further lets you increase the number of clocks per cycle of your phone’s processor which is termed as overlcocking and in some cases you need to flash an insecure kernel to root your device.
Motorola has finally launched an official page for you to unlock your device’s bootloader. On their site, Motorola makes it very clear that you are taking a risk by doing this, Motorola is not responsible for any damage that your device might have to face and that you will lose the warranty of your device after you unlock its bootloader.
Before you unlock the bootloader of your device, you need to perform the following tasks:
- Check whether your device can be unlocked
- Install fastboot and the Android SDK
- Install the latest Motorola USB Drivers
- Verify fastboot recognizes your device
- Sign a warranty waiver and release
Currently, the following devices can be unlocked from their official page:
- Photon Q 4G LTE (Sprint)
- Motorola Xoom (Verizon)
- Motorola Xoom WiFi (Worldwide)
- Motorola Razr developer edition (Europe)