Soni says there will be no Motorola Moto X (2014) Developer Edition for Verizon

Soni says there will be no Motorola Moto X (2014) Developer Edition for Verizon
According to Motorola's VP of Product Management, Punit Soni, there will not be a Developer Edition of the Motorola Moto X (2014) offered by Verizon. A Developer Edition of a flagship handset comes with an unlocked bootloader, allowing the user of the device to flash custom ROMs on to the phone. For the average Joe on the street, this is not a big deal. But for the hacker and modder who likes to customize his handsets, this is not good news.

Because developer models are sold without a contract, these handsets are not offered with a subsidized price. Considering that the Verizon Moto X Developer Edition sold out within 30 minutes of being offered online last year, you would have expected Verizon and Motorola to offer the handset again for the Moto X (2014) model.

The news that Verizon will not offer a Developer Edition for the Moto X (2014) came in a Google+ response by Motorola executive Soni, to an inquiry about whether such a model would be made available this year. Those with the GSM, unlocked version of the Moto X, should be able to use Motorola's existing method for unlocking the bootloader on such models.
 

source:  Google+ via AndroidPolice, AndroidCentral

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Moto X (2014)
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2300 mAh

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10 Comments

1. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Does anyone know if/when the Moto X (2013) will officially go on sale?

3. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I think it's already on a pretty good price point.

4. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Sure, but I wouldn't mind it even cheaper :P

5. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

you mean (2014) right?

8. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

(2013)

2. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

It'll probably be because of the Moto S or whatever other models Verizon will get. There will probably be dev editions of those.

10. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I wouldn't be so sure. This is Verizon (throw in your "300" jokes now) and they're not big on anyone else having control over "their" devices. They're probably also worried about people with an UDP setting one of these up for tethering. Besides that, Dev editions have always been few and far between on Verizon.

6. register unregistered

For once I misread Sony for Soni.

7. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

I misread it thrice xD

9. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

So is he the one responsible for that hidious dimple on the back of the new X? He should be fired.

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