A few days after it unveiled the Moto X smartphone, Motorola filled us up on the Moto X bootloader status. It revealed the few carriers who were offering variants of the smartphone with unlockable bootloaders. Motorola also said that it will offer two Moto X models “just for developers.” Today the company has finally announced the Moto X Developer Editions. The one for Verizon is available for online purchase today, it costs $649.99.
The Developer Edition units come with 32GB of storage as well as the all important unlockable bootloader. There’s also a special color combination for these units, black up front and woven white on the back. There’s also a “stamp of approval” on the back that touts the user’s developer status. A GSM version of the Moto X Developer Edition, which will work on both AT&T and T-Mobile, is going to be available for online purchase on Friday. Sprint subscribers need not worry, the variant their carrier is selling already comes with an unlockable bootloader. An unlocked bootloader allows developers to tinker around with the device’s advanced settings, and even flash a new kernel. Its important for developers who’re creating custom ROMs. Even if you buy a developer edition unit, do keep in mind that unlocking the bootloader will void the warranty.