A couple of days ago Motorola finally unveiled the Moto X smartphone, its first major smartphone after being acquired by Google. The device has caused quite a stir in the community, many people are anxiously to see how it performs in the market, particularly among competitors such as the Galaxy S4 and HTC One. The Android modding community is no doubt concerned about the Moto X bootloader status, the company has described the situation on its website. Moto X available from T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Sprint and Rogers in Canada will have an unlockable bootloader, whereas the company is going to offer two Moto X models “just for developers.”
Vice President of Product Management at Motorola, Punit Soni, reiterated this on Google+, adding that the company will also offer a Verizon Wireless Developer Edition as well as a “general North American Developer Edition” Moto X version. The latter is likely to be for AT&T, the carrier’s love for locked bootloaders isn’t a secret. A problem with Developer Edition smartphones is that they’re available in limited numbers, not everyone develops ROMs, but a vast majority of Android users just like having the option of being able to tinker with their devices. So the supply definitely does not meet the demand. The company has also confirmed that it will release a Google Play Edition of the Moto X, so if tinkering with your new Motorola device is on your agenda, weigh your options before making the purchase.