Good News/Bad News: Motorola Atrix Bootloader Locked Tight; Xoom Bootloader Unlockable

There’s good news and bad news for Motorola Android device fans. First the bad news:

Motorola puts the hammer down to Atrix 4G modders (ZDNet)

The very cool Moto Atrix 4G phone’s bootloader will be locked tight making it very difficult for hackers (in the good “modding” sense) to modify its firmware.

On the other hand, the Motorola XOOM tablet based on Android OS 3.0 will have an unlockable bootloader.

Motorola XOOM will have an unlockable bootloader (Liliputing)

Unlocking the bootloader and modifying the Xoom’s firmware probably voids Motorola’s warranty. But, at least Moto has provided that option to let people make their own choice on whether or not to experiment with a tablet that cost them $800 ($600 with 2-year Verizon contract).