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Moto X Developer Editions Now Available for Both Verizon and GSM Networks, Priced at $649

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The Developer Editions of the Moto X are now available for both Verizon and GSM networks. Priced at $649, these two devices feature a custom look with black face and white back, along with the words “DEVELOPER EDITION” so that you don’t forget how much of a tinkering boss you are. Should you choose the dev-style, you’ll also get 32GB of storage and an unlockable bootloader. 

Motorola points out that with a Developer Edition you can “change settings, flash a new kernel, and pretty much gain superpowers,” which of course also means that you will void your warranty in a hurry.

From a specs standpoint, outside of the 32GB of storage, these Developer Editions remain identical to their carrier-locked counterparts. The Verizon version runs on LTE band 13, but also has global roaming capabilities that will land it on HSPA+ networks. The GSM version runs on LTE bands 2, 4, and 17 (700/AWS/1900MHz), so you should see LTE on T-Mobile and AT&T.

The Verizon version is currently in stock. The GSM version is showing as “out of stock” at the moment.

We should probably point out that the 32GB version from AT&T runs $629, so yes, you are paying a premium just to have an unlockable bootloader and two-toned color job. Worth it? You decide.

Update:  The DROID MAXX Developer Edition is available as well.

Links:  Moto X Dev Edition (Verizon | Moto X Dev Edition (GSM)


    I ordered mine soon after this was posted. I just received an email notification that mine has shipped. FedEx tracking info promises a Tuesday (9/24) delivery. I am so ready to ditch my Bionic.

  • Joe Fischer

    Called Motorola…They can’t offer any details as to when the Verizon version will be back in stock. Time for me to start mashing my refreshing button for the next few days

  • DanWazz

    Page says it’s sold out. Not like I have $650 to throw away anyway.

  • aDROIDfreeworld

    Somebody tell me the differences other than the color and memory? Maybe these agree free if all f Verizon’s bloat ware?

    • Joe Fischer

      If you have to ask this, you probably shouldn’t buy this version. Buy the carrier version from Verizon’s website.

      • aDROIDfreeworld

        and what is that supposed to mean? Lol all I want to know is if the verizon moto x developer edition has Verizon’s bloatware on it or not. Like NFL Mobile, My Verizon, etc,.

  • Just as I was about to order the Verizon version, it’s “not available” anymore.

  • Kanaga Deepan N

    This (Dev edition) is the phone Google chairman Eric is using (in old photos) right???

  • Joe Fischer

    The Verizon version is listed as “not available” now….

  • Ian

    Does anyone have the smart actions apk by chance? Moto assist is not cutting it for me

  • whoa

    Is the Verizon logo etched in or is it removable was waiting for this phone but if I’m paying full retail I don’t want carrier branding. Etched or unable to remove no sale!

  • sonicemerald

    I was thinking of trading my S4 for the X, I wish this could be a verizon’s on-contract pricing…

  • DDelcourt87

    So does that mean that if I get the Verizon edition and plan to switch to T Mobile at some point in the future that I can then use the Verizon edition on HSPA+?

  • ranlil

    Dumb question… I just ordered this. Do I get a SIM from Verizon, Motorola, or do I need to cut mine from my Bionic?

  • Charlie

    someone on XDA has TWRP installed on the G2. that makes my decision easier – i’m not dropping 7 hundy for this…

  • Gr8Ray

    Does anyone know if this will be available through Verizon on contract? I don’t really see the point in paying full retail for a device when I’m not going to be leaving the best network in my region for the foreseeable future.

    • That’s the whole point why they create the Dev Edition. Put it simply, Verizon doesn’t want you to have a phone that has a unlockable bootloader. So, they ask the phone maker (in this case, Motorola) make a Dev Edition that one must pay at full retail price. Chances are, if you ask this question, you are not this phone’s target audience.

  • mec

    $599 for 16GB locked on verizon… $650 for 32GB unlocked… seems like a reasonable jump compared to verizons baseline…

    But, $599 is pretty steep to begin with.

  • shecalledmejay

    Whenever the Moto Maker comes to Verizon will it offer the Dev. edition?

  • PolarBear

    Moto X > iPhone 5s

  • Sean Bello

    yeesh…that’s rough. any word on whether touchless control and active notifications are present? I’m guessing not.

    • bboyairwreck

      They should be. This is not a google edition but a dev edition. So unless you flash a custom ROM on there, they should still be there. Its just unlockABLE.

    • MasterEthan

      It’s not a GXE device. It’s a Moto X with an Unlockable Bootloader, so it has everything as usual.

  • socarwolverine

    Honest question, if these are already rooted, why is an unlocked bootloader necessary? What additional benefit do you get over a locked bootloader Moto?

    • Stewie

      Custom Kernels for major reduction of batt life, and possibilities of overclocking if you want to make it faster.

    • googlyeyedfrog

      also, it seems that the developer community pours more effort and support into devices that have unlockable bootloaders. At least, that’s what I’ve noticed

  • TJWaterskier

    Just ordered it. Good bye behemoth-DNA!

    • justapotato

      at that price??? There are so many other better phones out there. You must be on verizon

      • Timothy Bracken

        The things we will do to keep unlimited data.

      • TJWaterskier

        Yup! Unlimited data, and service everywhere I have to travel. I also tried the 5″ screen thing and did not like it. The DNA is a great phone with a beautiful screen, however I want a phone that is entirely usable with one handed without having to shift the phone around in my palm.

    • trwb

      You got this over the DNA!? That’s taking a step backwards.

      • TJWaterskier

        With a DNA that I keep under-clocked and under-volted it really isn’t… Also, as I said below, 5 inch screen is personally too big for my liking. I am also intrigued by the X8 Mobile computing system and want to tinker with it.

        • trwb

          To each his own I guess. I agree that screen sizes are getting too big though.

      • flosserelli

        Seriously? The only thing the DNA has over the X is a better display (and a damn good one). But everything thing else is no contest.

  • A.J.

    I must say after going to the Verizon store and checking out all of the phones including the Moto X, I am very disappointed in the X overall, which is why I went with the G2.

    • flosserelli

      How does it compare to your previous phone? I’m still stuck on the fence.

      • A.J.

        Well I had the Galaxy Nexus and I love the G2. Of course I didn’t do a whole lot of ROMing or anything like that, so while I am technically a developer (I’m a Software Engineer) I’m not the hardcore person who changes ROMs every week.

        For me the battery, screen, and on screen buttons are what sold the G2 for me over something like the S4, Droids, or One.

    • MasterEthan

      I haven’t seen a actual Moto X last time I visited a Verizon Store, and I think DL Show mentioned that as well. Most likely to push the new Droids. So did they have a actual Moto X (on screen buttons) or just a Droid?

      • A.J.

        No it was an X and I was disappointed all the way around in it. I didn’t like the overall feel and it was just sort of “blah” to me. I didn’t even get to the store until after work on Thursday and I had to ask to see the G2 and even then it hadn’t been activated yet so I was the one that activated the floor model.

        • MasterEthan

          Oh okay cool. I’ll go back and take a look again. I also want to check out the G2 myself. Since now TWP is working for Verizon G2 and there’s nothing that I saw that really needs LGs UI, I’d most likely get a more stock rom on it when they come available.

          • A.J.

            I’ll probably root and rom at least a few times when things get a little more established. To me the LG UI isn’t nearly as intrusive as say Sense. When the Nexus comes out things will probably really start to get going for the G2

          • MasterEthan

            How about creating a Wifi AP? I have a Galaxy Nexus with Cyanogenmod and the built in AP just works and I don’t have to pay an ridiculous fees to Verizon to use it. So what about the G2? Will I have to root and flash a rom to get AP without Verizon Addon Fees?

    • hans wee

      really? the menu button on screen alone would kill the G2 for me. the menu button on a 4.x+ build of android is just plain stupid, like what if there is no menu. the arstechnica review of the G2 kind of goes into it.

      • A.J.

        I haven’t had any major issues with it. I was a little confused at first about how to get to the running apps because i don’t go through the tutorials, but after figuring it out it’s fine for me and I am coming from a Nexus.

  • Matthew Rebmann

    Looks like I’m in for the long haul: waiting till November for the Motomaker 32GB version with the DPP

  • MK17

    “We should probably point out that the 32GB version from AT&T runs $579”


    Is this only for black and white?

  • Averix

    Are there any valid promo codes out there for the MAXX developer or Moto X Dev? The Motorola checkout has a spot to enter one, but can’t find any valid ones.

  • Kevin

    i wonder how many non-devs will get this

    • Charlie

      not this non-dev.

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  • Charlie

    check me if i’m wrong, but when the Moto peeps were initially discussing the concept of the Moto X, didn’t they say that one of the goals was to make it more affordable??

    • guesswhat

      they did not say that for Moto x, they mean’t it more like long term direction and with there future products, now they are trying to make some money to stay afloat otherwise google will shut them down forever..

  • faganm24

    I don’t know why people are freaking out about this price (Both DROID Maxx and Moto X). It is inline with everything we have already seen. Verizon sells this for $599.99 for 16 GB. I don’t know if they have a 32GB version, but AT&T has a $50 upcharge for the storage bump. I agree that it is too expensive, but it is not a surprise…

    • A.J.

      Which is why I was surprised when the G2 came with 32GB of storage for $599.99. I don’t want to say I was “pleasantly” surprised that it was “only” $599.99 because $600 for a phone is ridiculous when you can get a tablet with essentially the same specs for less.

      • guesswhat

        only Google and amazon can bring down the price like that on hw ..as there bussiness model allows them to make money from other services rather than on hw ..

        • Not exactly correct. I think the phone makers actually get a cut from Google for ad referral. If I recall correctly, Google was actually Samsung is becoming so big that a lot of referral pay are going to Samsung.

  • Jordan Pfingsten

    Days guys. Days.

    • Timothy Bracken


      Tax is charged, so my final price was $688

      • Ian

        Reply fail. Thanks for the info though

  • Ian

    How much is shipping?

  • anezarati

    “Bring your own SIM” – best part about that.

    • Gr8Ray

      “Devices that have been unlocked are for your personal use only. Once you unlock the device, you can only use it for your personal use, and may not
      sell or otherwise transfer the device.” – worst part about it (legal agreement fine print).

  • Larry Wei

    This might be the closest thing to a Nexus 5 on Verizon