According to the Motorola support forums, the newly released Droid 3 will be shipping with a locked bootloader. Other Android device manufacturers, like HTC, have announced that they will be shipping their phones sans shackles, but most companies feel it necessary to restrict devices to their own customized version of Google’s mobile OS.
Motorola promised unlocked bootloaders in “late 2011″, and it looks like they will drag the fight out as long as they can. Unlocking a bootloader is a process akin to jailbreaking, and could take days, weeks, or even months. It’s unknown if Motorola will issue an update later this year to unlock the device, but we’re sure developers will manage to squeeze CyanogenMod on the handset somehow.