Sep 07 AT 8:57 PM Alex Wagner 4 Comments

No Moto X (2014) Developer Edition for Verizon, says Motorola


Remember how Motorola offered a Verizon version of the Moto X Developer Edition last year? Well we hope that you aren’t holding your breath for a similar version of the Moto X (2014), because it looks like you’ll be waiting for a long, long, long time.

Punit Soni, VP of Product Management at Motorola, has revealed that there won’t be a Developer Edition of the Moto X (2014) for Verizon. These Developer Edition models feature unlockable bootloaders that allow owners to tinker with the device and easily load custom ROMs.

While Soni didn’t go into detail about why there won’t be a Verizon-flavored Moto X (2014) Developer Edition, we have a guess. As Android Police notes, Motorola likely didn’t sell enough models of the original Verizon Moto X Developer Edition to warrant doing the same with the new Moto X. That’s probably due to a combination of most consumers not caring about the status of their phone’s bootloader as well as the device’s high initial price tag.

Via: Android Police

Source: +Punit Soni

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  • Scott Wood

    I think it’s more a case of those people who were interested left Verizon for GSM carriers long ago due to Verizon’s hostility/indifference to this community.

    • HP

      Your correct Scott – the reverse also exist vzw does not want developers as their customers, 1. they are heavy data users 2. Devices get bricked and they do not want to have to replace etc.

      In the end app dev’s really do not care about service since apps are not service specific and they never will be since a dev wants his app on any and all devices.

  • aol

    Dev edition of the galaxy s 5 worked out well…NOT

    Very limited non dev community bought them in hopes of ROMS when devs got vanilla version and was more focused on unlocking the lacked down version and were successful.

  • Christopher Price

    Motorola said Dev Editions could be ordered on-demand from the factory now via Moto Maker. It sounds to me more that Verizon wants to curb DE’s for the masses… which is also a good reason why Motorola wouldn’t comment.