Aug 05 AT 12:47 PM Dima Aryeh 11 Comments

Moto X will have unlockable bootloader on most carriers, dev editions in the works


When it was announced that the Moto X will come with a locked bootloader, there was a lot of backlash from the community. Power users were already disappointed with the device when it was announced, they didn’t need more bad news. Thankfully, it’s not all doom and gloom. That bootloader on certain models may be locked, but it will unlockable (just like with Nexus devices). Unfortunately, not all carriers will offer this.

Motorola’s Vice President of Product Management, Punit Soni, has taken to his Google+ page to discuss which carriers will allow an unlockable bootloader for their Moto X model. Sprint, US Cellular, Rogers, and T-Mobile will have unlockable versions, while AT&T and Verizon (as always) go against their customers desires and lock their phones down without any unlock method.

Even if you are on Verizon or AT&T, there’s still hope. For those who can buy off contract, there will be Developer Editions for both Verizon and AT&T, the latter of which will come as a general North American Developer Edition. This will allow those on the evil carriers to modify their phones, but at a high price. Despite being developer devices, unlocking the bootloader will still void the warranty.

As you may recall, there is also a Google Play edition of the Moto X in the works. We don’t know how that will work out, but we’re excited to see it and the features it will ship with. So don’t lose hope if your carrier is intolerant of freedom. There are ways around it. Does this change your opinion on the Moto X?

Source: +Punit Soni

Dima Aryeh is obsessed with all things car and tech. His time is split between gaming and fixing his racecar. He also does photography in his spare time.

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  • jaxidian

    Good to know that some will be unlockable! I’m curious what the AOSP community can do with a device like the Moto X though. Seems like a poor choice to simply put AOSP on unless the dev community can use some of the extra magic in the phone! If that’s what you want, you might as well just stick with a Nexus 4.

  • Co1e

    If the GPE costs as much as the One and S4 then I’m out. I can wait for the Nexus 5 if need be.

  • thekaz

    Of course, when I read “on most carriers”, my brain automatically translates that to “not Verizon” … *sigh*

    • jaxidian

      I think AT&T officially said to start assuming they’re going to always be jackasses as well…

  • julian

    I’ve been reading this thing has awesome battery life and that its super smooth.. Even though every one is belly aching from over the processor I might get one

    • thel0nerang3r

      Some people make phrasing decisions based on benchmarks. This is not the phone for them. Seriously, I don’t understand how people spend $400 to $700 on a phone without seeing it first.

      • thel0nerang3r

        phrasing=purchasing…. my derp is string.

  • redraider133

    I think moto and google should have stepped their foot down and said either take it as it is and leave it unlocked or you won’t get it on your network.

  • Pete

    I don’t necessarily care if the bootloader is unlocked if I can get a version for Verizon that gets real, timely updates directly from Google (GPE? Developer edition?)

  • Gary Halcon

    Whats the difference between a Google edition and Developer edition?

  • donger

    All that time, effort and money spent to lock these phones and for what? They will be unlock someday, somehow.