Early in 2011, Motorola announced that they were looking to develop a “Bootloader Solution” (What is a Bootloader?) for their Android based handsets to allow developers to begin once again using Motorola devices to develop on. This announcement coincided with the confirmation of the Motorola Atrix 4G release date and was misconstrued by many users that the device would be unlocked or unlockable.
Because many people purchased this device under an incorrect expectation that it would be unlocked, a petition was set up to get Motorola to provide more information about the locked bootloader situation that they would develop a solution for. This petition now has around 10,000 signatures and has been forwarded onto Motorola for response.
This inspired Motorola to then say they would be looking to unlock devices by the end of 2011. However, Motorola will not respond with answers to questions, such as whether it would support any phones currently in production, or what devices will begin to support such features. The most information that Motorola has shared with the users who invested in a crippled Atrix was stating that some bootloaders will be unlocked by the end of 2011.