Hardware Acceleration on some aging Motorola devices has been a long time coming. My Motorola Defy is one of those aging devices. Last week, Quarx2k and Epsylon3, our wonderful Defy developers, released builds for the Defy and Defy+ with full HWA support. However, this wouldn’t have been possible without the work of Kabaldan, who discovered a method that could bring full HWA to any locked down Motorola device, such as my Defy and the Motorola Milestone.
Hardware acceleration for Android is (in the most basic of terms) the use of the GPU to aid in the drawing operations done by a given application or view. Aside from allowing the CPU and GPU to work simultaneously, this also allows the drawing operations to be done on much more specialized and efficient hardware for the task. This results in a better overall user experience.
Quarx2k released his first full HWA build on July 6. There’s since been another build for both Defy and Defy+. You can find all builds by Quarx2k here.
The best part of having HWA for me, is having a fully functioning Chrome in Android now. Something I’ve been waiting to have on my Defy for quite some time.
No, the Motorola Defy bootloader hasn’t been unlocked (yet). Rumor has it that a few individuals do have Defy’s with unlocked bootloaders though. Why is having an unlocked bootloader important you ask? Have a look at this article from AddictiveTips for a good summary of what a bootloader is, and why they are often locked.
The OP in a thread on XDA that I came across earlier today claimed to have found a method to unlock the Motorola Defy bootloader. The OP said he would be posting a video with proof of the bootloader unlock, which I don’t think ever came. I checked the thread again later and was disappointed to see that it had been removed from XDA. So, it was likely someone taking Defy owners for a ride, getting our hopes up without actually having a method to unlock.
This doesn’t mean it won’t happen. Epsylon3 is believed to be working on this, and if anyone can do this, it’s him. He recently managed to brick his original Defy, but received enough donations so that he could buy a new one. So, it sounds like he will continue working on the bootloader unlock.
There’s two threads on XDA that you should follow if you’re interested in keeping up with the status of unlocking the Motorola Defy bootloader.