A locked bootloader on a new handset is potentially a devastating proposition for an Android manufacturer. There’s no secret that the development community within the Android Army is a powerful one, with a very loud collective voice, so it’s a wonder that any handset manufacturer out there would still want to create a locked device, with no official way to unlock it. Motorola has walked that line in the past, but they look to be aiming right for the development community with a “Developer Edition” of the RAZR.
The company is releasing the Motorola DROID RAZR Developer Edition in Europe soon. While no exact date is given in the release, which you can read below, it does say that customers based in the EU can pre-order the handset right now. In addition, Motorola confirms that they do plan on releasing the Developer Edition of the RAZR here in the States as well, “in the coming months,” but no specifics were given. Motorola has said that future software updates would unlock the bootloader on previously released devices where acceptable from carriers in the past, but we’ve yet to see that materialize into anything noteworthy. So the future release of developer-specific handsets is probably an easier way around that, even if it does mean folks have to buy another phone.
New Motorola RAZR™ Developer Edition will feature unlocked bootloader in Europe
We have some news for the community of people interested in unlockable/relockable bootloaders. Today, we announced a step forward in Europe with the availability of an unlockable version of our most in-demand product: the Motorola RAZR™ Developer Edition. This solution allows us to continue meeting our carrier and regulatory obligations, but also meets the needs being expressed by our developer community.
In the coming months, we also plan to introduce an unlockable developer device in the United States through MOTODEV, Motorola’s global developer network. Stay tuned to Motorola’s Developer site for additional info.
EU-based consumers can pre-order the Motorola RAZR Developer Edition through the Motorola Shop. Post-purchase, the MOTODEV site will contain all support info for unlocking, relocking and locating build files, as well as access to additional developer resources. The Developer Edition will have all the same great features as the Motorola RAZR: an impossibly thin design, hyper-vibrant Super AMOLED Advanced display, KEVLAR(R) fiber and more.