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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.


  • Rumors are that the RAZR Dev edition will have improved specs in line with the RAZR HD released in Asia

  • Kuboo99

    Well, that’s cool but I am going to wait and see if maybe there will be a Motorola nexus. That would be awesome.

  • Ahku Droid

    So, if I am reading it correctly, they are going to sell full retail/non-subsidized by carrier developer editions directly like Google tried to with the original Nexus?  Not going to lie, this pisses me off since I was going to buy a MAXX tomorrow.  They just don’t get it…

    This is showing how much of a hold Verizon has over Motorola’s dangles.  

  • Jim

    omfg i’m fuming right now. i’ve made plenty of empty promises to never buy motorola phones again but this tips the scale

  • Pmagent2013

    stop the hating, Motorola was the savior of android and still makes the best hardware and the least obtrusive skin and updates their devices much quicker than anyone else. They have made a few mistakes but they are still one of the best in the business.

    ….and enter the obnoxious remark  

    • Faster buggy updates. Fixed it for ya.

      • Pmagent2013

        i dont have a single prob with ics for my xoom, didnt have a prob with gingerbread for my DX or DX2.

        • My first DX was amazing up till they released Gingerbread for it, then I started getting keyboard freeze ups, random reboots, sliders ( to answer call, unlock phone etc started lagging), I thought it was my phone, so I replaced it, got another one with the same issue, replaced that one, and the one I have now does the same thing the past 2 did. It’s either that I’m unlucky or the updates themselves blow.

    • im compleatly with you man moto hard ware is the sickest hardware around ….i have litteraly have every android phone vzw has ever put out and the razr by far is the best to hold and look at….now i really dont understand why they dont just i unlock the existing razrs but hell we all know what were in for when we buy these phones ….especially when we get them subsidized at an fraction of the retail cost………we are stuck with them for awhile think of it like this ….you buy a new car …..3 weeks later they they come out with a new and improved version…..does it make your car any less good ? no it just means that you dont have the newest and greatest thing out there but come on people just enjoy what you have or pony up and buy what your lusting after 

      • it makes your car worth less, which is not good

    • trumpet444

      While true, the problem is unnecessarily locking down all of their devices. Yes the D1 and Xoom were unlockable, but why lock down everything else? Its not Verizon. They “allowed” the D1, Xoom, and the G-Nex. It’s Moto’s fault. That’s why everyone’s pissed. Unlock the CURRENT line, not a ‘newer’ phone that requires another $600 dent in your pocket

  • Anonymous

    We don’t want “Developer Edition” phones, we want the current crop of phones unlocked, you know, the “Consumer Edition” phones.

  • lol its gonna be the same hardware, just a new fastboot file 

  • @Motorola, when people say Android is about choices, that doesn’t mean you release 3 phones every 2 months

  • Everyone is attacking Motorola but isn’t this in reaction to creating a ‘liability free’ phone for the carriers.

    • Staticx57

      You mean how all Samsung, HTC, and LG phones are unlock able? This is a joke and so is Motorola.

    • Tim242

      Hmmm neither my unlockable Nexus, nor my unlockable Thunderbolt understand your “logic.”

  • This would be great (so would the MAXX) if I didn’t already buy a G-Nex and get the extended battery. ICS, unlockable, dev modes, and I have no issues with battery life… so… yeah

  • Droid RAZR Developer edition released……
    A week later…
    Droid RAZR MAXX HD announced! …Comes out..
    A week later…
    Might as well buy it from Costco when it comes out so you get 3 months to replace your phone, 4+ Razr phones will be out by then. 

  • Anonymous

    when this comes out devs may just get their hands on one and figure out how to unlock regular ones. 

  • Wyveryx

    sounds like moto is becoming the new apple. Here’s a new variation of the device you just purchased.

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    • Kuboo99

      Is it just me or does the face palm picture look a lot like Captain Picard?

      • Teng247

        Thats cuz its supposed to be picard…

      • EC8CH

        there is no greater facepalm than the Picard facepalm

    • Anonymous

      Well, it seems to be a pretty successful business model considering. Not saying it’s a good one but there are plenty of people out there with too much money of too much credit that will buy.

      @3b7d2c8acb5629b844469b73f4cdc1ed:disqus it is 😉


  • Anonymous

    Whtever, just get ICS out to my damn Verizon XOOM already. Motorola LOVES to piss off their existing customers by jist leaving them hanging.

    • Anonymous

      The worst part is some people still have unreasonable love for them.

      • DBK

        Hey now. My D2 was and still is a beast. Have had no problems with it and it has even performed better with the GB update. Now granted the D3 and the D4 should have been the same device, but the D2 was pretty solid (unfortunately it was released at a weird time – thus the 3 versions). It’s my GPS now (rockin a RAZR Maxx), but it’s still going strong (and it’s still rooted). 


      • Anonymous

        Unreasonable? Because there are so many other stock Android tablets out there with HDMI out, a storage card slot, and 4G. This, almost a year after the XOOM was released.

  • Jim


  • Anonymous

    What will Jha think up next?  This guy is just a machine of great ideas lately.  

    • Anonymous

       Don’t worry.  He still has the Razor with 13mp, Razormaxx with 13mp camera, Developer Razormaxx with 13mp camera, Razor HD, Razormaxx HD, Developer edition Razor HD, Developer Razormaxx HD, Droid 4 HD, Developer Droid 4 HD, Droid razor with 13mp camera, Developer Razor with 13mp camera, Razor HD with 13mp camera, Razormaxx HD with 13mp camera, Pink Razor….Brown Razr….Orange Krazr………………………………………. Brain just exploded!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

     Developer edition my ass.  Just unlock the phones you already sold starting with the Droid X.  Another damn Razr model added to the lineup! 

    • Anonymous

      Sold my X on swappa and grabbed an Inc2. The difference in the two phones is amazing…

  • Anonymous

    I hope it’s actually a dev maxx! And on vzw of course 🙂

  • Knkguillot

    So glad I got the Galaxy Nexus. I’m not going back to motorola again.

    • Anonymous

      …unless they get a Nexus. This place will do a complete 180 if a Moto Nexus is released.

      • …with obligatory “I’m not going back to Samsung again” comments.

  • 4th time bionic owners got screwed. LOL

    • Tim242

      Eeeek I forgot about that bunch : /

  • Jag28co

    Can’t wait to get my nexus

  • Anonymous

    Another RAZR variant instead of just unlocking existing RAZRs? Haha these guys are even stupider than I thought.

  • I’m putting my money on that it will not be released directly through a carrier, it will require a full retail purchase from Moto themselves.

    Wayyy too little too late Moto, I had my Droid2 only because my 3rd replacement OG died and I moved on to Samsung…..yanno there is a reason why they are so popular, maybe you should try and follow suit?

    • Anonymous

      Yeah its probably an unlocked version not sold through carriers and its a good bet it’s a US GSM version. It’s hard to sell an “unlocked” CDMA phone when it has to be flashed for the specific carrier. SIM cards just make the whole ordeal simpler.

      • Anonymous

        Unlocked bootloader, not carrier unlocked.  They’re pretty much independent from each other.

        • reading > you

          Toby never said anything about carrier unlocked

          • Anonymous

            “It’s hard to sell an “unlocked” CDMA phone when it has to be flashed for the specific carrier.” implies carrier unlocked.

          • Anonymous

            Actually, I did read the comment.  You can get CDMA phones on different carriers.  I’ve heard of either Sprint or Verizon phones on Cricket before.  SIMs do make a big difference, but not always.  Look at the iPhone.  For a long time it was locked to ATT, but they carrier unlocked it for T-Mobile.  And you might want to re-read yourself: “Unlocked version not sold through carriers” = carrier unlocked.

          • VZW phones can easily be programmed for Cricket or any other CDMA2000 carrier, that’s indeed true.

            The only difference is that you won’t get those PRL updates by dialling a number; you have to flash it manually.

  • Uncle Paul

    No custom kernels=half assed soltuion.

  • Arnoldt2007

    How about an unlock tool instead of a new phone? Dear Lord!

    • trumpet444

      I’ve heard of another smartphone company that instead of offer up a software feature or tool, opted to lock said feature/tool to a completely different phone. Hmm…. I wonder what the name of that company is……

      • Anonymous

        Cept Motorola built their security into hardware so that a piece is burnt off the chip unless a jumper is installed.

  • Uncle Paul

    Wow look who finally caved to the onslaught of flat out abuse on twitter,facebook. petitions, etc..

    I wouldnt hold my breath, they also said they woukd be intruducing a bootloader unlock solution similiar to what HTC has done..

    I will believe it when i see it Moto, but your late to the party has just about every respectible dev is working off a galaxy nexus at this point and everything else is a port from there.

    What is that i hear? Soundslike the priceis rigth loser

  • Spiros Zangotsis

    too late motorola, you dumbasses

  • Justin Ellis

    Moto fanboy with a defensive comment in 3….2…..

  • Kiel Macewan

    how many times can they rehash the same hardware? 

    • Anonymous

      Take 1: Bionic
      Take 2: Razr
      Take 3: Razr Maxx
      Take 4: Razr Developer Edition
      Take 5: Razr Maxx Developer Edition?

      • You forgot the HD version that for some reason hasn’t made it over here yet….coming this spring/summer?

        • Ahsan

          Nah, It’ll be announced a few days after the developer edition hits the market.

        • It won’t make it to the USA because most Americans buy subsidised phones.

          Verizon won’t subsidise it because the price for it doesn’t match their model. If they did, it’d probably cost $450 on 2 year contract.

  • So you have to buy a new phone…. stupid.

  • Justin Ellis

    Motorola continues to not get it. Another slap in the face of their customers. 

    • Anonymous

      Double Like

  • Jamie

    Nice.  Just after everyone finishes buying a Razr or Razr Maxx.

  • Anonymous

    It’s obvious that Motorola’s goal is to have as many variants of the RAZR smartphone as the RAZR dumbphone had. 

    God help us all.

  • Anonymous

    Droid RAZR Maxx Developer FTW

  • Hahahahahahahahahaha @ everyone who bought the Maxx. Oh man, in 2 months they will announce the Razr Maxx Developer

    • Anonymous

      2 months? I give it a week and a half.

  • KevinC

    yeah, but all existing razrs will be locked. no thanks. any new features?  in the few months it takes to come out the razr hardware will be obsolete.

  • Sob157

    You had me at bionic.. and when I say had me, I mean I will never buy another piece of moto-shit ever again. I bought moto for years and this overhyped under impressing device has me yearning for competition.

  • Just what I needed. An announcement like this just before my contract’s up. I guess I just have to suck it up and jump in or else I’ll have this OG forever.

    • Anonymous

      Get the Nexus, don’t buy into this crap.

  • Matt Fitzgerald

    What total assholes….How about the Unlock the Bionic first??

  • Chris Sandoval

    Too bad the Razr is not Super Amoled Plus HD

    • that would be the Razr HD, but that won’t be released until after the Razr 3D

  • Motorola Promises to Release Fewer Phones:

    -Droid RAZR
    -Droid RAZR Maxx
    -Droid RAZR Developer 

    I guess “fewer” depends on your point of view. This is just embarrassing.

    • Anonymous

      I was thinking this too.

    • Chris

      You forgot the different colors lol

    • Potato

      Thought that was HTC who said that.

      • Anonymous

        They both did. It seems like the theme for 2012 is less phones, better support.

        • I think Sony said they would be releasing a bunch of phones in 2012, so they are going the other way

    • Ray

      next is the DROID RAZR MAXX Developer phone in white and purple lol

      • Good Job Moto

        Then DROID RAZAR MAXX Developer HD, they must of ment Fewer Phone Names

        • Anonymous

          That name is way too long. Hopefully they can fix that by releasing the Droid RAZR 2 the following week. Short n’ sweet.

          • Noyfb

            Don’t forget to add another$100 to the pricetag for being unlockable

      • No this version isn’t the MAXX. That’s coming 3 months after this. THEN the white and purple ones will come out.

      • Tim

        Since when do additional colors equal additional phones?

    • Anonymous

      it said fewer phones, not fewer variants. 🙂

      • Anonymous

        This is actually a really, really good point that people would do well to take note of.

    • Droid razr super ultra maxxx dev with kevlar and stuff is gonna be released right after dev..

    • Michael Radcliffe

      Actually, HTC and Motorola both have stated it.

    • Droiiiiiiiiiiiiiid

      there are actually 4 variants….
      -Droid RAZR 16GB
      -Droid RAZR  32GB
      -Droid RAZR Maxx
      -Droid RAZR Developer

      Moto fail…..

      • Anonymous

        They’re attempting to fail and much and as hard as they can before Google steps in and forces them to stop.

      • JamesKirk

        Don’t forget about a Droid Razr Razr, where it is a touch screen on the front, turn it around and it flips open to make calls

      • Anonymous

        The hell are you talking about?
        Oh yes! Lemme go put a bigger SD card in my old Continuum. BEHOLD! It’s now the Continuum 34GB, a completely different model!!!
        Really dude, really?

        • Anonymous

          Yes, really.

        • Anonymous

          Ha! You own a continuum!

          Really dude, really?

          • Anonymous

            Yup, it was super amoled goodness without the wonky GPS of the Fascinate. You got a problem?

        • DBK

          The 32GB (internal) one has no external SD card and was released after the 16GB (w/ external card), therefore it is another version/iteration of the phone (and yes the model numbers are different, thus different phones). And if you really want to be picky, you can throw the different colors in there too (since they were released afterwards – thus more versions of the same phone).

          • Anonymous

            Uhh not according to verizon’s website, it states it has 16 gigs of onboard storage and a 16 gig sd card. So uhhh…no it isn’t a different version…it’s the how the original Razr came with $50 slashed off the price.
            And if I were that picky I’d hate myself. You mean to tell me everytime you drive down the street and see someone in the same car with a different shade of paint, that that counts as a separate model in that automaker’s lineup? Don’t be silly.

          • DBK

            They released a 32GB one w/o an external card, genius. Therefore it’s another version (and has it’s own model number). Do your research before you start correcting people.

          • Anonymous

            Well google’s is turning up zilch when I search both “droid razr with 32gb internal storage” and “motorola razr with 32gb internal storage” and on Verizon’s website the Razr 32GB is clearly stated as having 16gb of internal storage. There’s also absolutely nothing mentioning a Razr with 32gbs of internal storage on Moto’s own website. So yeah I’m pretty sure you’re full of poo-poo and pee-pee

      • Anonymous

        Yet, no one speaks of it as a fail when *pple makes…
        -4S 16GB WHITE
        -4S 16GB BLACK
        -4S 32GB WHITE
        -4S 32GB BLACK
        -4S 64GB WHITE
        -4S 64GB BLACK………. they all have different model numbers, but it’s one phone?

        Also, how many “variants” of Samsung Galaxy II are there? Samsung was just smarter by using the SGII and getting less noticed for it.

        I admit, Moto has made mistakes, starting with a delay of the Bionic, not the release of the RAZR.  But at least this time Moto is using the ROMs. Only difference hardware wise, is if you want a thin phone or battery life, isn’t going to delay ANDROID 4.0 updates.  Moto is getting on track finally, calm down people. 

    • I’m not sure if you’re being serious or not, but those don’t even differ much in everything that isn’t the housing.

      Different colours are also a trivial undertaking.

      Or are you going to tell me that a RAZR MAXX that has essentially the same hardware and software as the regular RAZR, or a purple RAZR which is 100% the same as the original RAZR both require full-time investments like a whole new model does?

      Or that RAZR Developer edition isn’t just a RAZR with an unlockable bootloader?

    • Jay

      Point of view? Nah son. In 2011  they released 
      Atrix, Atrix II, DroidX2, Droid3, Photon, Bionic, and the Razr.
      The razr was released prior to that press release, so so far the Maxx is the only device they’ve launched.

  • angermeans

    Good god Motorola would you stop releasing a new (and better version) of the Razr? All you are doing is alienating your early adopters and early adopters are your biggest and best fans. Just make the current Razr (and other Motorola phones) unlockable much like HTC and ASUS are doing. This is a joke and yet another slap in the face to your fans. When will you get that?

    • Anonymous

      Ageed, and well said…they need to just do what HTC did, only better!

    • Riskwizzard

      That’s what it is the Moto Razr Dev is an unlocked phone for the development community. It is not for commercial use.

      • angermeans

        It doesnt mean that a good bunch of Moto’s fans that are developers didnt purchase the Droid Razr and Droid Razr MAXX. Now Motorola is saying well you have to buy our Developer edition to get the unlocked version. Its just a plain joke and a real slap in the face to what Android is. They lock their bootloaders for almost two years promising an unlock coming, but they didnt say that it would mean people would have to buy a different phone. Not to mention all these different versions of the Razr will certainly cause confusion at the very least. Moto is just milking the phones they have coming down the pipe while they await a certain buy out from all mighty Google. You can let Moto out on some BS fine print, but this is full reason I stopped buying Motorola hardware a long time ago. 

    • Monty Waggoner

      Early adopters know what they’re getting themselves into. All you can do is jump on board and hope for the best. 

      It would be nice to just unlock the phones that are out there already but maybe they’re just locked down that good that it’s not possible. (Doubt it)

  • Too little, too late.

  • Chris

    ………………………………….what? Am I seeing things?

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if this is just going to be one of their non-VZ RAZRs. I still don’t get this part: “regulatory obligations.” Has anyone ever explained what “regulatory” rules they are following?

  • And why couldn’t they just unlock the device like htc does via software?

    • shamwow

      Make you buy a new phone so they make more $$$

  • Wingshater21

    too little too late

  • Can we get this stock? Or maybe Motorola could at least do like what Sony is doing and release Alphas and Betas of their progress on updates for these devices. Either of those — or preferably both — as things they do with their Developer Edition would be great and could further show their support for their developers and/or tinkerers.

    • With an unlockable bootloader, you could make it stock in no time. 🙂

      • Ha. This is true. But flash-able updates on their progress with software upgrade would be very nice, and fitting.

      • Anonymous

        Kellex, nowhere in the release does it say the US version IS a RAZR. Just a device. Food for thought.

        “In the coming months, we also plan to introduce an unlockable developer DEVICE in the United States through MOTODEV”

  • Anonymous


    Too bad I already have the Nexus.

    • Anonymous

      Another Nexus owner just shaking his head.  Dummies would have been better off releasing a unlocked Razormaxx with 720p display and better camera on 11/11/11.  Would have beaten the Nexus but even Motorola does not have faith in their first attempt. 

      • Anonymous

        It would have been a lot tougher decision for sure. I can almost guess that the Nexus wouldn’t have meant as much to me if there was another unlocked phone available.

    • trumpet444

      drop the F

      • Tim242


  • IcRy Hard

    like dis i1 u cry erytim3