In addition to launching the original Moto X on all of the major U.S. carriers last year, Motorola also offered Developer Edition models in GSM and Verizon flavors for customers that wanted a Moto X with an unlockable bootloader. Unfortunately for Verizon customers that enjoy tinkering with their Android hardware, things are going to be a little different this year.
Motorola executive Punit Soni has revealed on Google+ that there won’t be a Developer Edition version of the new Moto X (2014). Soni didn’t explain the reasoning behind this decision.
While we may never know the exact reason as to why there won’t be a Moto X (2014) Developer Edition on Verizon, it’s possible that the original didn’t sell enough units to warrant a new model, as Android Police points out. After all, the vast majority of cellphone buyers probably don’t care about having an unlockable bootloader, and the fact that the Dev Edition models cost full retail price is likely a hurdle for some as well.
Do phones with unlockable bootloaders interest you or is that not an important feature?