Motorola the past few years has come under fire for their locked bootloader flip-flopping, and it would seem they are seeking to fix that. On their Inside Motorola blog today they posted that they would be releasing a Motorola Razr Development Edition in Europe soon, with a release in the US to follow. They do note that doing this allows them to meet carrier and regulatory obligations – which is corporate-speak for “we want to make more money and recognize that we can do so by releasing an unlocked bootloader version because the carriers don’t want their versions unlocked – so let’s appease both camps.”
See the release below and let us know your thoughts on this tactic.
New Motorola RAZR™ Developer Edition will feature unlocked bootloader in Europe
JANUARY 30, 2012 : BY MOTOROLA
We have some news for the community of people interested in unlockable/relockable bootloaders. Today, we announced a step forward in Europe with the availability of an unlockable version of our most in-demand product: the Motorola RAZR™ Developer Edition. This solution allows us to continue meeting our carrier and regulatory obligations, but also meets the needs being expressed by our developer community.
In the coming months, we also plan to introduce an unlockable developer device in the United States through MOTODEV, Motorola’s global developer network. Stay tuned to Motorola’s Developer site for additional info.
EU-based consumers can pre-order the Motorola RAZR Developer Edition through the Motorola Shop. Post-purchase, the MOTODEV site will contain all support info for unlocking, relocking and locating build files, as well as access to additional developer resources. The Developer Edition will have all the same great features as the Motorola RAZR: an impossibly thin design, hyper-vibrant Super AMOLED Advanced display, KEVLAR(R) fiber and more.