If you are among those who purchased a Developer Edition handset and want its bootloader unlocked to tinker with the operating system, this one goes out to you. Up until now, requesting such an unlock code would void the warranty for your Developer Edition device. But in an interesting step towards pleasing the developer and enthusiast communities, Motorola has introduced two big changes to its Developer Edition Program.
The official Motorola blog mentions what the company is now promising:
• Requesting an unlock code will no longer void the device’s warranty
• We will start posting return-to-factory software images
It’s important to note here that the first point is actually retroactive. In other words, warranties that were previously voided from Developer Edition phones purchased in 2012 and 2013 due to the unlock request are now reinstated.
According to the company, “For customers who have previously purchased a 2012 or 2013 Developer Edition device directly from Motorola and who have requested a bootloader unlock code, we will reinstate the warranty effective from the date of original purchase. (You’ll recognize these models because they come with a printed “Developer Edition” across the back and include the Moto X DE (for GSM networks), Moto X DE (for Verizon), and Droid Maxx DE (Verizon).)”
To make the deal more appealing, the Google-owned company has also promised to release return-to-factory software images for their Developer Edition phones. With these images, “a developer or enthusiast can use this image to restore their device to run with its original factory software.”
Hope these changes make Motorola’s Developer Edition devices even more desirable to be tinkered with!