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Motorola's Android Survey Backfires Hilariously

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Motorola has a history of thwarting Android rooters.

Even though the Android OS is billed as "open" and you're able to install unapproved third party apps, getting a new ROM or custom kernel for Motorola devices is needlessly problematic. The company locks down its bootloader, preventing a simple and full root of a device you own. And when the manufacturer was asked about installing a custom ROM on an Atrix 4G, one employee responded, "[If] you want to do custom roms, then buy elsewhere, we'll continue with our strategy that is working thanks."

Even Apple doesn't take such a snippy tone toward iPhone jailbreaking.

Well, the issue culminated beautifully a few weeks ago when Motorola posted a survey on Facebook. In it, the company asked, "What cool Android apps would you like to see next from developers?"

Surely expecting entries like Netflix or better music apps, Motorola instead received a rude awakening to what Android users really want: an unlocked bootloader.

Pocket Now's Joe Levi provides the screenshots:

Let that be a reminder to every manufacturer that, once we own a device, we should be able to do whatever we want with them.

(See also: Apple Secretly Tracking iPhone, iPad Users' Location and Apple iPad Killing US Jobs, Says Clueless Congressman)

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