Moto X bootloader will be unlockable on T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular, Verizon getting developer edition

by: Derek RossAugust 4, 2013

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Following the Moto X event last week, the development community was saddened to learn that the bootloader of the Moto X was locked. The next day, Motorola’s VP of Product Management, Punit Soni, took to Google+ to clarify the status of the Moto X bootloader. According to Punit, some variants of the Moto X will be have a locked bootloader and others will ship with a more friendly unlockable bootloader. If you haven’t figured it out yet, it boils down to carrier restrictions.

Versions of of the Moto X headed to Sprint, US Cellular, Rogers, and T-Mobile will have an unlockable bootloader. If you’re on Verizon Wireless or AT&T, you’re not going to be so lucky. Verizon will be getting a ‘Developer Edition’ of the Moto X, so there’s some good news. There was no mention of a specific AT&T ‘Developer Edition’ however a ‘North American Developer Edition’ was mentioned. We’ll go ahead and assume that it will work on AT&T and possibly other GSM carriers.

[quote qtext=”Perhaps this got missed in the launch hullabaloo … Moto X on the Sprint, US Cellular, Rogers and T-Mobile networks will have an unlockable bootloader, and in addition, we will be offering a Verizon Wireless Developer Edition and a general North American Developer Edition. Hope that clarifies some of the questions out there.” qposition=”center”]

Will these developer editions be available when the Moto X officially launches? We’ll let you know when we find out.

  • EvenInTheDarkestHour

    Why would an unlocking bootloader be important to their target sales group? Lol

    • Gnex

      They probably know how many Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners are in need of an upgrade.

      • Exactly, that phone couldn’t even last two years. It’s show it’s age and has been for a few months.

        • Gnex

          Yeah, but 4.3 has been a huge improvement. 4.2.2 was TERRIBLE.

  • T.J.

    What are the odds the Verizon developer edition will be sold in the Play Store at a Google subsidized price and customizable?

    • I doubt it would be sold on the Play Store. It’s not a Play Store Edition. Moto could sell it themselves as other manufacturers have in the past for developer editions. However, I doubt it will get Moto Maker until the AT&T exclusivity ends. We shall have to wait and see.

      • T.J.

        As long as it’s subsidized under $400 and I’m not locked into a new contract (have to keep my unlimited data). I can wait, I want the wood back anyway.

        • Um – I don’t think any version is going to be “Google Subsidized”. It will be like the GE GS4 & the GE HTC1- full retail of $650 or whatever it is.

          • T.J.

            They subsided the Nexus 4. $299 in the Play store and right now it’s $439 at T-Mobile.

          • True – but the X isn’t a Nexus. It will be a Google Edition X like the GS4 and the HTC1. Neither of those received subsidies. The X will go for full retail.

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  • Infinite7154

    I am completely and totally disappointed with the whole Moto X. The hype was unbelievable, my hopes were sky high…and then nothing. I defended the specs. I applauded the made in the USA. I was gung ho for all of the cosmetic customization options. The Moto X let me down worse than A-Rod. I was willing to accept last years specs because the phone would be Google subsidized. Now it’s clear that Motorola and Google expect us to pay full retail for an S4 or HTC One when in reality I’m getting an S3 or an HTC One X

  • M8806

    SO lemme get this straight, Google has a company to make phones for them -da company with a substantial amount of “legacy” in the biz & their 1st device together DOESN’T have NFC/no updated OS(since KLP is obviously out the box) & its not even a Nexus? Idk im beginning to think this Moto X is just another device now. Once (my) otter box goes on those colors will be null&void. IMO I’d like for Google/Moto to do what they do best but now they can do as a team.. I don’t like Apple phones, stop tryna compete with them with the [IPhone6]wacky ideas & you guys will DOMINATE..I’m sticking with my Sprint G’Nex for now