"All the fuss around the iPhone hasn't totally sucked the air
out of the room for other smartphone. There are other phones out
there that are selling well, too. Motorola already had a hit with
its Droid phone last year, and now the Droid's big brother, the
Droid X, is following in its footsteps.
"However, like Apple, Motorola (NYSE: MOT) is contending with a
headache in the mobile phone blogosphere. There have been reports
that the Droid X's bootloader will brick the phone -- render it
useless -- if it finds any software other than the approved
software from Motorola and Verizon, the Droid X's exclusive
"The launch is being dogged by rumors among Android and mobile
phone blogs of a self-destruct chip called an eFuse, which operates
similar to a circuit breaker. In a typical circuit breaker, a
device is shut down in case of a hardware failure or heat. But in
the Droid X, the eFuse will supposedly brick the phone if it finds
unsupported software on the phone."