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Droid X’s eFUSE not a self-destruct mechanism: Motorola

Saturday, July 17, 2010 13:33imageIt’s already been known that Motorola locked down the bootloader on the Droid X to make it more difficult (or well nigh impossible) for custom ROMs to be loaded on the device. While it probably won’t prevent rooting,rumors started floatingearlier this week that the technology involved, eFUSE, included a chip that would brick the phone if it detects someone trying to hack the device.

Well, the horse’s mouth (Motorola) has responded to this, and although they say that indeed they don’t want custom ROMs loading on the device, they don’t want the device bricked. Instead, the device will refuse to boot until an “approved” ROM is detected.

Here’s what Motorola told enGadget:

“The Droid X and a majority of Android consumer devices on the market today have a secured bootloader. In reference specifically to eFuse, the technology is not loaded with the purpose of preventing a consumer device from functioning, but rather ensuring for the user that the device only runs on updated and tested versions of software. If a device attempts to boot with unapproved software, it will go into recovery mode, and can re-boot once approved software is re-installed.”

Indeed, this won’t make the life of hackers easy, but at least a self-destruct switch is not part of the Droid X. So go out there and get in line (since it’s alreadybackordered).