Android smartphone maker Motorola plans to make its devices more friendly for modders to use as a development platform.
According to a report on Wired, the company plans to release a firmware patch by the end of this year which will allow hackers to easily jailbreak a device’s core operating systems in order to make modifications.
“Motorola will enable an unlockable/relockable bootloader, currently found on Motorola Xoom, in future software releases where carrier and operator partners will allow it. It is our intention to include the unlockable/relockable bootloader in software releases starting in late 2011,” the company said in an emailed statement to Wired.
Earlier, Motorola’s Android phones used to ship with unlockable bootloaders that allowed hackers to make modifications in the device’s operating system. However, starting with Droid Two, Motorola chose to lock out the developer community by equipping the phones with a locked bootloader.
The company claims that it wants to strike a balance between adequate security for end users and the ease with which advanced users can hack into a device.
Motorola might release the unlockable bootloader patch by the end of this year, but it would be up to mobile phone operators whether to allow advanced users to hack into the operating system or not.