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Breaking: Motorola Announces RAZR “Developer Edition” With Unlockable Bootloader for Europe, U.S. Variant Too

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That headline is not a joke, folks. Motorola, through their community blog, has announced the RAZR “Developer Edition” which has an unlockable bootloader. No release date was given in the post, but from the sound of it, the device should be here very soon. A pre-order page is in the works here.

In even better news though, they also announced that a U.S. version would be available in the “coming months.” Now, we have heard fine promises like this in the past from Moto, but will try our hardest to take their word for it seeing as they are pushing an actual device to Europe. We have no idea if it will have Verizon radios or not. Since the European version is GSM, you could easily come to the conclusion that the U.S. will see an unlockable GSM version too. That’s unconfirmed, of course.

Info on the unlocking and relocking process will be available at the MotoDev site.

*Note – It looks like they posted this news a little prematurely. Proof after the break.


  • hoef

    please tell me the Dev addition has a removable battery, otherwise devs will hate this thing during stability tests (turns out battery pulls would be a bit of a pain in the ass if you had to crack the whole phone open every time)

  • Gary Patrowicz

    my first moto device was xoom fe also will be my last moto sux

  • shdowman



    Moto releases (yes, a very much delayed) Bionic. Weeks later release the Droid Razr, weeks after that, lower the price on the RAZR and release the MAXX, now telling everyone that there is a “special unlocked” phone they can buy at full unsubsidized price? Allow unlock of the ones that people already paid good money for Moto.

    I’m sorry, but even the most devout loyalists to Moto HAVE to be thinking of raising bloody hell with them. I realize that VZW has a small part in this as well, but FFS, why there is not an outcry/boycott brewing for their products right now is beyond me.

    And don’t tell me that this is just business, no. This is straight out screwing their customers. If that Best Buy buy back commercial was ever true, it was now.

    Their crappy incremental updates over the past year and a half were one thing. This however….

  • If this device has a PenTile screen, no amount of unlocking can save this phone. {{-_-}}

  • DBK

    lol Hater logic, gotta love it. I am a real fan of open Android (I can root, unlock, and ROM with the best of them) yet I still prefer Moto’s quality over the others.

    While I do agree with most of what you said, I disagree with the following:

    Quality: Whether you want to believe it or not, Moto’s hardware is the best out there right now. My OGD, D2, D3, Bionic, and RAZR all attest to that. My Inc and Inc2 sadly have not faired as well.

    Phones that are behind: The RAZR and it’s PROVEN ability to outperform the other current phones in many areas would disagree with you. Actually most of Moto’s phones are usually current and sometimes ahead (when compared to what is currently available).

    Xoom: Actually many Xoom owners like their device, and they just got ICS. All things considered, the Xoom is still one of the few devices they got right (they just got ahead of themselves and did a subpar job of correcting that).

    Droid 2/X: I have a Droid 2 and have never had any problems with it. It’s gotten even better with the Gingerbread update. A lot of X owners feel the same.

    The point is you can hate all you want, but it doesn’t change the facts (or your clouded perception of them).

    • Justin Ellis

      LOL bless your little heart. You have such a chubb for Motorola its not even funny. 

  • After my last 4 android devices have been Motorolas, I’m moving on. I got screwed over with the Bionic…bought the razr because bionic sucked so bad…now within one month there is a “new” battery within the phone and now there is one with an unlockable bootloader…seriously? Why would someone buy this? I wish I had waited on the Nexus now….Motorola better offer the chance of us to unlock our bootloaders vs paying almost $700 to get the same phone lacking a few lines of code. I hope Google does something with this in the next few months or else I will getting a different manufacturers device. Sometimes the iPhone does sound better..Apple controls you but at least they don’t make the same phone “new” every month…once a year is more I like it. I’m tired of being screwed over. 

  •  you want to make $85 hourly and $7000 per month like me just working on laptop for few hours! Would you like to be your own boss!Opportunities like this don’t come by often. Don’t let this one pass you by! { cashhuge } . { c ö m }

  • KevinC

    other than the unlockable bootloader, what makes this phone different than the other razrs?  why didn’t they just unlock their phones like HTC did?

  • Anonymous

    So much for not flooding the market this year with tones of the same phone in differnet varients

  • Kris Brandt

    I’m not jumping on the Moto-hate bandwagon here.  Yeah, their business model sucks, but announcing a dev moto phone?  That is good news.  Yeah, it sucks that this wasn’t done originally, but it hints at an even better future.  With the sales of the Galaxy Nexus going well (and other manufacturers have taken notice of its sales), maybe Motorola has finally realized that there is a substantial market for such phones.  Maybe we are much more likely to see a dev version of one of their top-tier phones from now. Even though I doubt few would buy it at retail, it does provide hope for Moto doesn’t have its head completely up its ass.

    • Papapau

      Huh? How does your statement differ if they’ll just allow unlocking bootloaders of current owners who wants to?

  • Anonymous

    Nothing interesting here. They announced unlockable bootloaders last year.

  • Hmmm….so with everyone set on NOT buying it….will Motorola come back and say “see, unlocked bootloaders do NOT increase sales”

    • Anonymous

      this is exactly what will probably happen.  they’re doing this on the third iteration of a phone whose specs may start feeling dated by the time it’s anywhere near available (where carriers and operating partners allow it.. hahaha).  then they can pat themselves on the back and get back to screwing people over.

      i hope by this time google’s fired all of the management and execs.

  • Anonymous

    motorola at its finest.  screw over the customers who bought your previous “editions” by one-upping them weeks later.  this is almost like a slap in the face.  and it almost makes no sense.  why wouldn’t they just unlock the razr itself?  why a new phone?  google needs to kick them in the ass when this takeover is complete.

  • Anonymous

    There’s a reason the droid x was my last moto phone. And I haven’t recommended one to anyone since.

  • Wade Wilson

    So instead of releasing the Razr with a stock 3300mah battery they had to release an entirely new version.
    Instead of releasing the Razr with a stock HD screen, they plan a release of an entirely new version.
    Instead of releasing the Razr with a stock unlocked bootloader, they plan on releasing an entirely new version.

    And this is the point at which I am far too glad to have bought a Nexus instead of the Razr like I contemplated. Why anyone continues to buy Moto devices is beyond me. I mean are people really too blind to realize that a month after they buy their Blur’d device, an updated version is going to be released. Sure Motorola has been a savior for Android devices, but it’s all just become one giant money hungry operation.

    Just my 2¢.

    • Sporttster

      Yea I bought the RAZR but it’s my last Moto phone. I’m done with the madness. Now I find I’m stuck with a phone that has a small battery when there’s a bigger batt unit now available and THEN to find out that now they’re talking about releasing a unlocked bootloader dev phone of the same frickin thing…..yea, I’m done with them. Make it right the first time. Should have unlocked and put the bigger batt in the regular RAZR. Instead they’re ticking people like me off….not a good business model…..

      • Anonymous

        You’ve been Motorola’d!!!

    • And they still use PenTile screens. #FAIL {{-_-}}

      • Wade Wilson

        Good point. The Bionic’s screen gave me a headache every time I looked at it, and now after using the GNex, the Razr’s is begining to look worse and worse every time I see one. I hate PenTile just as much as anyone else but the Nexus atleast makes it unnoticeable on most screens (grey/white can get ugly sometimes -.-) 

        • Samsung invented PenTile so of course THEY know how to use it better. Moto is using their technology as a battery saver but it is incompatible with the screens Moto uses so the display comes out disgusting as hell.

          So they’re crippling their phones with a technology they don’t even own and they won’t listen to anyone about it? And they still won’t unlock their bootloaders?

          I’m seriously hoping that Google will set Moto straight. If not, I think I’m gonna have to write them off as a device manufacturer. Two more years is too long to stick with a company that doesn’t seem to know what the hell it’s doing. {{-_-}}

  • guest

    This sounds like HORRIBLE news as it implies they have no intention of unlocking the existing phone. Perhaps I am mistaken but that is my take on the announcement.

  • Anonymous

    Unless they can get their custom rom from a dev phone to run on a locked bootloader phone it is pointless.  Even then only devs will buy it.  Consumers aren’t going to spend full retail for extra customization.  If it that important to them they’ll probably just get a Nexus.

  • Anonymous

    It’s clear that Motorola decision makers don’t pay any attention to the community built up around their products.  If they did, they’d know this move would piss off a lot of people.

  • FTG

    what so they’re releasing a developer GSM edition here in the US? Nuts to that, I wanna keep my unlimited data.

  • Imanjja

    Didn’t everyone here hate on this phone cause it was locked now that they are unlocking it your still hating moto. Can’t win

    • this is droid-life dude, it’s Nexus-or-GTFO round here. With a big heaping side, of pretend to be outraged for the customers who don’t really give a damn, and a big gulp of acting like Motorola never supports their devices(which is probably the reason for the bootloader thing anyway).

      Yeah so apparently everyone who didn’t buy one around here because the regular models are locked down, now still won’t buy one and will continue to act like they care how other users feel. They’ll also pretend this means the regular razr models are now obsolete, and shall never again see an update. 

      Eventually i’ll come here for news one day, and not read rhe comments. Oh what a glorious day that’ll be.

    • this is droid-life dude, it’s Nexus-or-GTFO round here. With a big heaping side, of pretend to be outraged for the customers who don’t really give a damn, and a big gulp of acting like Motorola never supports their devices(which is probably the reason for the bootloader thing anyway).

      Yeah so apparently everyone who didn’t buy one around here because the regular models are locked down, now still won’t buy one and will continue to act like they care how other users feel. They’ll also pretend this means the regular razr models are now obsolete, and shall never again see an update. 

      Eventually i’ll come here for news one day, and not read rhe comments. Oh what a glorious day that’ll be.

      • Guest123

        you mad bro?

        • Well I’d have to be, I keep coming here and reading the comments. That’s pure madness.

    • DBK

      They aren’t unlocking anything. They are simply releasing yet another variation of a severely milked phone that is unlockable. Big difference (and possibly the worst thing they could have done). The few people here who still liked Moto are starting to become an extinct species.

      • Anonymous

        definitely the worst thing they could have done.  instead of trying to heal the wounds by unlocking the moto phones people are currently stuck with, they’re screwing them over again by releasing an unlocked phone that these people would still have to buy retail.  it’s a really dick move on moto’s part.  they don’t give a F about the dev community.

  • RW-1

    The true meaning of this post.

    Moto:”How can we sucker some more towards buying yet another model of something we really haven’t innovated in a while?”

    Make another tease post.

    Suckers. Stop buying into this and get something already unlocked. The only way to send a clear message into those big Jha ears is not thru them, but to his wallet.

    • Anonymous

      a better message would be firing all the top execs once the google buyout is complete

  • The positive side is that at least it seems like Moto is listening to what customers want…

    …However to figure it out they have to keep launching a new model. I
    am waiting for the Moto Razr Maxx Develpr edition with removable
    battery. That should only take about a couple months; Once the sales
    of the current Razr start to diminish.

  • Mark
  • Anonymous

    Why not just piss in everyone’s face and save having to release the phone?

    Why would a phone even require a spell version to get the bootloader unlocked?  Is it really that hard?

  • 来啦,好文章,转啦

  • Anonymous

    Ok. I bought the normal Droid Razr when it came out. 

    After seeing the 720p verison come out in Chine I was like ehh that’s pretty cool and I’m a little dissapointed they didn’t put on the US version, but my display is fine for me.

    THEN they come out with one with a wayyyy better battery like a month later and I thought,” wow, I’ve have my phone for 4 weeks and motorola already has a better one out” and to be honest I was kinda irritated.

    And now? They come out with another even BETTER one? At this point I feel like motorola is just fisting me without the courtesy to wait more than a couple months to give me a break

  • razrmaxxnow

    good news, moto is finally listening to its consumers

    • Ahsan


  • lol i kept telling people motorola is gonna sell as many razrs as possible through the apple method. How many times can we release the same thing and call it different?

  • Bobby Hill

    Why do all of these comments sound nearly the same?

    • Tim242

      Hmmmm I wonder why?!

    • Hank Hill

      Dang it Bobby! 

  • I plan to upgrade my phone this week…if they release a date for the US and its here shortly I will get this phone for sure if verizon gets it..I like Motorola phones, look, build quality…locked down is the ONLY reason why I am deciding Rezound or Gnex

  • Ahsan

    Damn, and I thought getting Bionic’d was bad.

  • Ahsan

    Will all old devices receive an unlock tool?


    Release a thousand RAZR variants just like with the original RAZR brand, didn’t see that one coming. 

    • Anonymous

      Interestingly enough, that flood of barely-differentiated RAZR variants from 2004-2008 is what almost doomed Moto the first time around (ie prior to the OG Droid). Something tells me thay if Google hadn’t swooped in to rescue them, Jha would have been eager to go down the same path again.

      • Jay

        It wasn’t that they were releasing an army of razr’s, it’s that they were releasing an army of clamshell phones when the iphone came out.They were lingering with a form factor that was going out of prominence.

        Unless something comes along that replaces touchscreen slabs, or everyone moves onto next gen processors and adds some killer feature that no one’s done before(and what on earth that could be I’d never guess), and moto continues pumping out OMAP4 powered slabs I don’t see a problem.

        Course the next significant device they produce could look nothing like the Razr, probably have some sort of ridiculous multi-core intel chip or something, and be released exclusively on AT&T and someone would still complain.

  • Tim242

    So, the one thing moto fans wanted most was an unlocked boot loader. They don’t keep their word of unblocking current models by the end of 2011. Then they release the Razr, with a locked bootloader for $300, just to.release a newer model with a bigger battery, then drop the price of the OG Razrto $200, just two months later. Now, they decide to release a third version already WITH AN UNLOCKED BOOTLOADER? Are you kidding me? They just really pissed off their user base. So glad I returned the Razrfor the Nexus. This is inferiorating!

    • Jay

      something tells me you’ve said something along the lines of “piss off their user base” about 5 times…how many times can this alleged user base be pissed off?

      • Tim242

        Actually, this is my first time.

        • Jay

          Well color me surprised.

  • Wheres the unlockable bootloader for Bionic??

  • Steve

    I’ll wait for RAZR “Developer Edition MAXX”

  • PeckerWood

    bfd.  this will be a UMTS phone on T-mobile….yawn

  • Anonymous

    Hard to believe that this company released one O.G. Droid which was considered one of the best Android phones for a long time.  Even the Droid X had a large following for some time. After that they started going down hill.

    Sent from the current best, the Galaxy Nexus.  

    • Anonymous


      • Anonymous

        +2. The DX was honestly awesome hardware at the time. But Blur absolutely ruined that device. It was (and still is, sadly) just a solid OS update or 2 away from greatness. In fact, that basically describes all of Moto’s current handsets.

  • So if this has an UNLOCKABLE bootloader, not an unlocked bootloader, will there be a tool to unlock it, and would this work on the original Razr? And as usual, another phone by Motorola that is unnecessary and will piss a lot of people off.   

    • Kiel Macewan

      most current devices don’t have unlocked bootloaders.  you unlock it via fastboot.

  • Anonymous

    I feel bad for the Droid RAZR and RAZR Maxx owners. Maybe the dev community can reverse engineer the RAZR developer edition and turn traditional RAZRs into developer models.

  • Anonymous

    This has to be a joke lol.  Why on earth would they decide this would be a better idea than allowing their current devices to be unlocked. 

  • Anonymous

    So glad I don’t have to deal with this company anymore.

  • Anonymous

    My advice people is not to buy anything Motorola.  It’s very obvious that the thinking at Moto is not logical and clear.   What a way to piss off you recent customers.  Google needs to get in there and whoop that ass and tell them to stop.  Apple will bring their heaving guns this year and Moto should just save this for a iphone 5 killer.  A developer edition Razormaxx with 720p display, quad core, 1.5 gig of memory,  fast and high quality 13mp camera could put them in a favorable light come summer/fall.  Doing this one feature at a time is just asking for trouble. 

  • Anonymous

    Droid Razr
    Droid Razr MAXX
    Droid Razr Developer Edition 
    Droid Razr MAXX Developer edition

    • Anonymous


    • Anonymous

       Enough phones to make me jump off a Foxconn building.  I now know how those Apple Chinese slaves feel. 

      • Anonymous

        Last i checked Those apple slaves you speak of make products for 9 different android OEMs….including Motorola

        • Anonymous

          Only the ones working for Apple actually jump. The rest only threaten to go through with it.

    • Tim242

      I just spit out my drink! Haha

    • Anonymous


    • Anonymous

      LMFAO. Best. Post. Ever.

    • Sirx

      Thank you for making my entire Monday worth it!  Who else read each word of every product name on every line?!  That’s what makes it extra hilarious! (no scsm, btw).  Now please email this to Moto so they’ll know how we really feel about their business model!

      But if they are not releasing the Droid Razr 2 4K HD Super-Duper Amoled MAXX Gloval 5G LTE++ DSLR R2D2 Developer Edition in “Black with Tiger Stripes” color, then no deal! 

  • Anonymous

    So the next phone that comes after this developer phone .. will be some other new droid.device..then 1 month later the developer version comes out. Lol. Lord.

  • Anonymous

    This would be why the Droid RAZR (original, sad to have to say about a phone that was released under 3 months ago). Was myfinal Motorola device for a long time, and I am glad I returned it. I have enjoyed the HTC Rezound and have not looked back.

  • Anonymous

    Sooo….. they’re not really unlocking any bootloaders. They’re just releasing another phone for hundreds of dollars to do what they said they would do for every other phone?
    Come on Motorola. I want my Bionic unlocked!