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Motorola Adds RAZR M and RAZR HD “Developer Editions” to Bootloader Unlock Program

On Wednesday, Motorola announced developer editions for the RAZR M and RAZR HD on Verizon. Those devices, are now officially a part of Moto’s Bootloader Unlock program. Previously, only the Photon Q on Sprint was listed as a “supported device,” but moments ago, these two RAZRs joined the party.

If you plan on picking up a developer edition of either of these devices, be sure to check out our guide on how to use the Bootloader Unlock to unlock your phone. We walked through the entire process with a Photon Q a few weeks ago. It’s simple, but there are some quirks that you may run into which we address.

The RAZR M Developer Edition is available for pre-order today at $549 – the RAZR HD will be a month or so.

Via:  Motorola

  • Droid4Rage

    So you still have to use the unlocker tool to unlock the bootloaders on the Dev editions? I assumed they just came that way, hence the term “developer edition.” What’s the difference between the Dev and regular editions, is my question?

  • c4v3man

    Props to Motorola for disclosing the presence of a developer edition so quickly, unlike Samsung, who accounced the developer VZW S3 way too late for some buyers.

  • gus

    Do developer editions come with Verizon’s bloat?

    • nhizzat

      Why would that matter?

  • J Nano

    Well i learned my lesson again! From now on im going with a pure nexus device.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-Andrew-swwrz/100000106816316 Thomas Andrew שוורץ

    While I think this is ridiculous, people have nothing to worry about with the locked bootloader on the standard edition…When the dev community was trying to unlock the Galaxy S3 bootloader…they said it would be completely possible to take the bootloader from the Dev Version(that was oddly never released) and port it over to the standard version…but the fact that Motorola will actually release both within a good timeline of each other…the bootloader on the standard version should be unlocked in no time.

  • Robert Jakiel

    This just made the new RAZR’s even less appealing. Bad enough you have to buy the developer editions outright with no subsidies now you get to void your warranty too! If this is the “New Motorola” that Woodside was talking about it is just more of the same. Looks like Google is holding true to its’ word with the no interference. Motorola sucks just as much now as it has when Sanjay was in charge.

    • KleenDroid

      You speak the truth…. Motorola is screaming loud and clear that they no longer want us.

    • nhizzat

      An unlocked Galaxy Nexus has no warranty. Same goes with an HTC phone. I don’t understand the outrage.

  • RW-1

    The truth here is:
    1. Moto has been saying it is Verizon forcing them to lock the BL’s. – False.
    2. Verizon says it will not allow unlocked phones on it;s network because it negatively affects customers. – FALSE.
    #1 is false because now they are releasing dev editions that work on VZ networks, and voiding warranties because they figure there will be people bricking them.
    #2 is totally false due to the simple fact of the answer itself. they cannot determine if your phone is unlocked period, or there would be a way to prevent unlocked phones from functioning on the VZ netowrk in the first place (#2)
    They all cant get theri stories straight, basically moto still has no balls to shove an unlocked model down VZ’s throat. The Gnex got by because in order to qual as a nexuws it has to be open, but … so they might determine status, you get an unlock symbol on it.
    It’s garbage people, and there is no excuse from either of them that will make me want to go back to moto, or possibly stay with VZ when I’m ready for a new unit.
    Lastly, I’m certain that neither can support the claims of hurting the network, or making a warranty return due to a failed unlocking/rooting of a phone, 98% of those who believed they bricked them had in fact, not. The facts as the community knows it sheds bright lights on this BS and they have to scurry away from it like rats ….

    • nhizzat

      1. Enlighten us on why the S3 on VZW is the only variant that has a signed bootloader then. Or how you can only unlock your HTC phone by registering it on their website.

      2. All phones come locked from the manufacturer. Only 1 is currently sold with an oem unlock and it didn’t sell all that well.

      #1 isn’t a valid argument because how many people do you think are going to be buying these developer editions? Very very few.

      #2 but they can deny your warranty claim by looking at the bootloader.

      So you don’t think the assholes that use their phones as a WiFi hotspot at home and abuse their unlimited data don’t hurt the rest of us? Or the assholes that brick their phones and get a new one? Regardless of whether the phone is truly bricked or not, people are abusing their warranty to receive a new phone when they shouldn’t.

  • http://twitter.com/Belatukadro Justtyn Hutcheson

    With Developer Editions in the wild, I think there might be a breakthrough here. The simple fact is, the primary resaon that Moto’s haven’t been cracked before is that they’ve used TI OMAP processors, which are built from the ground up for maximum security, going so far as to have completely separate secured processing section of the SoC, which pretty much kills any attempt at unlocking the bootloader.
    However, these new devices run off of Qualcomm S4 chips, which was already successfully cracked on the GS3. Depending on how harsh Motorola was with their encryption, I feel there is a solid chance we could be looking at the first fully hacked Motorolas since the Atrix and Photon (which used Tegra2 procs).

  • djxkxoz

    I’m not a Dev but I know enough to be dangerous (crackflasher). My question that maybe a Dev could answer is, would it not be easier to reverse engineer a locked bootloader by having an unlocked bootloader? If this is the case, would it not be smart to support our Dev’s by throwing in a few $ to get the developer versions of these phones in their hands? It’s a question that has been bugging me for awhile and honestly would be the only reason to purchase the developer version IMO.

    • http://twitter.com/Belatukadro Justtyn Hutcheson

      I always agree with supporting devs, but I think it would be better to start with a regular device and attempt to crack it than to attempt to reverse-engineer the unlock tool. The new RAZRs use the exact same processor that was successfully cracked on the GS3, so there is a significant chance that these can be cracked as well.

      • djxkxoz

        Appreciate the response as your previous post gave me a bit more knowledge as to how these were locked. I didn’t understand the structure of the security of the bootloaders. I thought maybe it could be something like adb (not adb but something similar) flash unlocked bootloader over locked bootloader. But now it makes more sense

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000586268256 Daniel Churco

    I already unlocked my Moto RAZR M developer edition. The process was easybut they completely void your warranty when you do this though.

    • KleenDroid

      You actually got this phone? I am sure it is a nice phone as most Moto’s are… but I would give serious thought during your return period.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000586268256 Daniel Churco

        I got it from the press event for free so no return period. I like it though. Feels small, but screen size is good. This it’s coming from a S3.

        • KleenDroid

          Oh… Nice…. free phones are the best kind. :)

  • Maxx

    Sad. So they’ll only have unlocking tools for their dev edition phones?

  • chris125

    So much for unlocking bootloaders. Only doing it for developer editions is pretty weak moto.

    • KleenDroid

      Agreed

  • sc0rch3d

    can you buy a dev edition phone subsidized on contract? anyone ever tried?

    • JoshGroff

      I’m sure if you threatened to switch carriers, VZW customer support might consider doing it. Or you could ask for a per month discount. (I know that worked when I initially considered switching to VZW from T-Mobile, ended up breaching contract with an ETF after a few months anyway though.)

    • mustbepbs

      Considering you aren’t buying it through VZW, there’s not much to try.

  • Guest

    So how is this useful? Developer edition phones are supposed to have unlocked bootloaders. This is not exciting at all, in fact it seems awkward that one would have to unlock a Developer Edition phone separately. Developer phones are also expensive and I foresee them having a very weak community given the price point and how few people would be willing to shell out that much money.

    • http://twitter.com/strifejester Justin Ellenbecker

      I have started to make the shift to full retail for phone to avoid the contract nightmare moving forward. Unfortunately without the phone being useful on a different carrier it really only save you from ETFs. If the phone was dual-sim or truly useful on any carrier of choice then it is well worth paying retail and having the freedom to switch around all the time. Once my contract it up I am going to seriously consider porting my main line into Google Voice and buying one of these so that when I am ready to switch carriers I still have my number.

    • PC_Tool

      You are mistaken, which accounts for your confusion (though your commentary on it’s usefulness still holds)…

      The Developer Edition devices are not unlocked, they are un-encrypted. Big difference. (as a reference example, Nexus devices ship with the bootloader locked)

      All the site does is walk the user through unlocking the bootlaoder, much like the thousand or so threads on XDA for the other devices that are not encrypted.

      • KleenDroid

        Yes but the Nexus is a simple oem unlock. Motorola wants you to still jump through their online tool. All Motorola phones should be like the Droid 1. It was locked, but we easily unlocked it because it was not encrypted.

        • PC_Tool

          Obviously.

          I never said the situation was ideal…

  • jldleo

    Patiently waiting for the Nexus edition Razr HD you can Keep everything else..

    • TheRobotCow

      I’m wishing for a droid nexus with an intel!

      • Mike

        If Google ever name their phone “Droid” they should jump off a cliff. That’s a disgraceful name for a Nexus

        • chris125

          no worse than their “galaxy” nexus….

  • Mack

    Anyone have any idea why there is no RAZR MAXX HD developer’s addition? I would think if Moto wasn’t going to offer developers editions of both devices they would go with the MAXX rather than the regular one. Price point I guess?

  • Naga Appani

    This RAZR M is super cool, It could’ve an HD screen, I would be sold myself…. But, I still want it… I still want it….

  • Guest

    I don’t see why we need “developer editions” Why don’t companies just release the unlocker similar to how Asus does?and have a giant disclaimer saying they void warranty etc.

    • Greg Morgan

      It’s all about Verizon. THey’re behind it. The Photon Q isn’t a DE bc Sprint doesn’t care.

      • JoshGroff

        If only their coverage were better. :/

        I actually have respect for Sprint.

        • Greg Morgan

          Same here. I’m hoping by the end of my contract that their LTE is more widespread and I’ll switch to them or to TMobile. But I’m done with VZW and At&t for that matter.

          • TheWenger

            Sames. VZW Gnex has been sweet coming from Sprint, but I odn’t want to support VZW aymore.

          • chris125

            same here. Once my contract is up I am done with verizon. And will save some $$ in the process.

        • Asuriyan

          I switched a month ago. I can put up with 3g speeds and occasional (free) roaming to be a part of the only carrier member of the Open Handset Alliance. My bill is 30% cheaper as a bonus.

          • michael arazan

            Sprint is already 6 months ahead of starting their true lte service starting in 5 or 7 cities like KC/MO and SF/ CA and Houston TX. I think that is a great start to be ahead of schedule considering they said they weren’t starting till 2013.

        • chris125

          And if they would get some high end moto devices like these, but of course not with carrier exclusives.

    • Mack

      I assume it’s because Verizon still has a pretty strong hold on Motorola in this regard. It’s a step in the right direction regardless but I do agree with you completely.

      • RedPandaAlex

        What does Verizon have to lose? If they didn’t want unlocked phones running on their network, they wouldn’t be doing developer editions, and if it’s an issue of support, an Asus-like disclaimer should cover them. Seems like they’re trying to allow romming but discourage them by pricing them higher

        • http://twitter.com/strifejester Justin Ellenbecker

          This is kinda true but the percentage of people that are willing to pay for a “developer” edition are not the average person who reads somewhere on the internet that rooting is good. They are basically doing this so that the average consumer doesn’t buy the phone since they will generally take the susidized version over the full-retail one.

          • JoshGroff

            Also, it prevents said average consumer from messing with stuff they don’t understand.

          • KleenDroid

            There are many that should not mess with their phones. However it is truly so easy on a phone like a Nexus that is easily unlocked that almost anyone can do it. And it’s almost impossible to truly mess up your phone. With recovery tools almost everything can be recovered. And if you lost your warranty so the idiots didn’t just swap their phones out most would learn how to fix their mistakes.

            We should all have the choice to have an unlock a phone if we choose. If there is a consequence with the warranty it should be for us to choose.

        • TheRobotCow

          I think this is a way for motorola to get us these unlockable phones to us and not going through verizon

        • Butters619

          By forcing people to buy an unsubsidized dev edition to unlock, they are minimizing the number of people who would even consider it.

          By allowing subsidized phones to be unlocked you are going to have tons of people unlocking and a lot more bricked phones from people who don’t take 5 minutes to read a couple XDA posts.

          • KleenDroid

            This may be true. But if you lost your warranty by unlocking I bet more people would go do some research and fix their phones.

            99.9% of screwed up phones can easily be fixed. A true brick is very far and few between.

          • Butters619

            The problem is the same people who mess up their phones because they don’t read are the same people who won’t read anything after they mess up their phones. They just take them back to the carrier and cry and complain. And I have never heard of anybody with a phone warranty (carrier, best buy, etc) be denied a replacement because of bootloader unlock.

            Also, you should see the One X forums. Since there is a Tegra version and a Snapdragon version and the partitions aren’t the same people are bricking their phones daily because they don’t read and flash the wrong ROM. Some can be fixed. Some can’t.

            Having said all that, I would never buy a phone I couldn’t unlock.

          • nhizzat

            Everyone loses their warranty by unlocking…

    • Hmm….

      eFuse. Once it’s been tripped, it becomes a hardware issue instead of a simple software unlock. If they would stop using that kind of ridiculous hardware lock down, then they could simply issue an unlock tool like everyone else. The unlockable dev versions don’t have it tripped, the rest do. I do suspect Verizon may have been involved with the decision to lock them down so tightly (with the whole Droid campaign agreement). That’s just a guess though.

      • KleenDroid

        This whole unlock tool is a joke unless you were able to unlock every Motorola phone. The fact that they will not subsidize the Developer Editions guarantees there will not be enough sold to create much of a development community.

        Motorola knows this which means nothing has changed and their original statement that those that want to fiddle and hack should go elsewhere. They just softened it up to try and confuse.

        If Motorola really wanted to come back from failure they would truly allow every phone to be unlocked with consequences to the warranty.

        It almost seems as if they don’t want our business. Why else would they continue to be on complete lockdown and sell phones with 6 month old tech.

        Now we have to wait and see if they want our business in 2014. It is very sad because I would honestly choose a Motorola phone above any other if there were an option.

        Opinion: The Droid 1 was the last phone Motorola made that was of any value. It brought them back from the dead and it was a big hit. Motorola saw how much we were enjoying the phone and immediately locked down every phone since and stand behind their decision. (based on actual actions) I really wanted to stay with Motorola forever and tried with the D2 and the DX. But had to leave because they told us to go elsewhere.

        I doubt Motorola ever wants the tinkerers back again.

        • Hmm….

          Agreed. I did end up getting a RAZR MAXX just because I want to stay with them so badly. I do enjoy the phone (especially the battery), and it has a good group of devs behind it, BUT it’s a pain in the butt that they have to jump through so many hoops to get around what OUGHT to be a simple unlock. Not cool.

        • Robert Jakiel

          After my OG Droid I never looked back at Motorola. Switched to T-Mo and have been living the good life since. Great selection of devices, unencrypted phone and best of all GSM so my choices aren’t just devices available stateside.

        • nhizzat

          An encrypted/signed bootloader has absolutely NOTHING to do with Motorola’s sales, or lack thereof. We, as a community, are a tiny niche and barely make an impact on their bottom line.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-Larvia-III/41904444 Thomas Larvia III

    No DROID RAZR MAXX HD!? Come on Moto….it’s the best one from your new lineup…

    • http://twitter.com/wade_county John P

      I believe just like the RAZR and RAZR MAXX (1st edition) are the same phones (ROM), just one has a bigger battery.

      • JoshGroff

        Or it should be a simple “fastboot oem unlock” and done. Just like they did with the Xoom, and I believe the GSM Dev RAZR.

      • KleenDroid

        Agreed…. They don’t want you to, nor will many actually buy the developer editions. There are other options out there and they would rather we chose them.

  • Greg Morgan

    Good to see Moto (finally) following through on it’s promises…

    • Joe

      too bad it costs a minimum of $550 with no subsidization and the rate plan will cost exactly the same as if there was.

      • Greg Morgan

        very true, but a lot of people are more willing to do this now then before to keep their unlimited data plans.

        • RedPandaAlex

          You have to wonder if they’ll have any kind of development community when they’re priced like that though.

          • JoshGroff

            Don’t developers typically buy phones off contract anyway? I know I do.

          • KleenDroid

            Many do, but not enough people buying these phones to make it worth a developers time. I doubt a developer will buy any of these Moto phones. Maybe just a beginning dev playing around, but there will not be much out there to enjoy like real phones.

          • JoshGroff

            Well, it is essentially the same phone though, so if the boot-loader gets bypassed on the regular one, can’t stuff get easily ported over?

        • Joe

          they’re going to have to. the only way to keep unl on vzw is to pay full price, which is bs. but nothing I can do about it.

    • RW-1

      That’s NOT apromise, that’s a ripoff. Plain and simple. Motofail.

    • KleenDroid

      They are not following through on anything. This is simply to placate us.

      It would be a different story if the unlock tool was for all Moto phones.