One of the more exciting (if extremely nerdy) specs to come out of today's Sprint Motorola Photon 4G event (
see our hands-on


) is that the upcoming Android smartphone indeed will ship with an unlocked bootloader. While we don't actually have a shipping date for the Photon just yet, it does sound like we'll see a Moto device with an unlocked bootloader sooner rather than later -- and well ahead of the "late 2011" time frame
we'd previously been given


.


Why should you care about having an unlocked bootloader?


If you're the type who likes to tinker, it's a much-desired feature.

And another one that should get you excited: The Photon 4G sports Gorilla Glass. That's the uber-scratch-resistant kind of display that, frankly, should be on every smartphone. Nicely done, Moto!




























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