Some things about Motorola'sare unconventional, like its funky curved back and assembled-in-America customization. But the rollout of the Moto X, which began with AT&T and slowly spread to other carriers, has been painfully conventional.
Finally this week, tinkerers got their wish as two developer editions of the Moto X and another for Motorola's Droid Maxx went on sale, all with unlocked bootloaders.There must have been some pent-up demand for digging into the digital guts of Motorola's latest offerings. The Droid Maxx Developer Edition and CDMA version of the Moto X Developer Edition that comes with a Verizon SIM card are both already out of stock on Motorola's Web site.
Both phones sell for $649. Apparently, that price tag doesn't come with the opportunity to customize your nerdy Moto X in Moto Maker. The order page only offers a "special black and woven white Developer Edition design."
A GSM version that comes sans SIM and works on AT&T and T-Mobile in the United States will be available Friday.
There's some chatter online over whether a Google Play edition of the Moto X is still forthcoming in addition to the Developer Edition. It was my understanding from speaking with one of Motorola's VPs at the August unveiling of the Moto X that we could expect an unlocked version, but he didn't specify whether it would be a "Google Play" device or not.
I've reached out to Motorola for clarification and will update this post when I hear back, but my bet is that these developer editions are likely to be the only unlocked versions of the Moto X we see for a while.
Of course, Android fans can also hold out hope for a deal on an upcoming, which is expected any week now. The pure Android Nexus 4 from LG and Google was offered unlocked at the bargain price of $299.