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Motorola's Droid X is Popular Smartphone, Just Don't Mess With It

Jul 19, 2010, 18:36 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Patrizio)

"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 partner.

"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."

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