Like to tinker with your Android handsets? Then you'll be interested in an announcement Motorola made today on its official blog. The company has revealed that it intends to release a version of the Motorola RAZR with an unlockable bootloader in Europe, dubbed the Motorola RAZR Developer Edition. Motorola adds that it also plans to make an unlockable device available to those of us in the U.S. It's not clear exactly what's planned for the States as the company only says that it will "introduce an unlockable developer device" through its MOTODEV developer network, but Motorola does mention that the product will debut "in the coming months." The original post looks like it's been pulled, but you can find the full announcement below.
Motorola has said a couple of times in the past that it intends to offer unlockable bootloaders in future software updates where allowed by its carrier and channel partners. We've yet to really see much of anything like that actually materialize, but an unlockable developer device could be a good way to appease the tinkering crowd for now. Any of you think you'd be interested in picking up an unlockable Motorola device that you could fiddle with to your heart's content?
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.