Samsung readying Galaxy S 5 Developer Edition for Verizon

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The Samsung Galaxy S 5 may be globally launching today, but some of you may want to wait a tad longer on purchasing one. A Developer Edition of the Galaxy S 5 for Verizon has been spotted on Samsung’s site and is listed as “Coming Soon!” The model number for this device, which comes in Charcoal Black only, is ET-G900VMKA and it (obviously) features everything that the regular GS5 has.

So what does the Developer Edition get you? Likely an unlocked bootloader. The cost off contract will presumably be over $600, so make sure you are expecting a rather hefty price.

Source: Samsung

Developer edition of all new HTC One (M8) to be offered in Amber Gold or Gunmetal Grey

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HTC will be releasing 4 versions of the all new HTC One - the normal carrier locked version, a Google Play Edition, an unlocked version, and a Developer Edition. You can get the Google Play Edition from Google Play now, with an estimated shipping date of 2-3 weeks. The Developer Edition is now available directly from the HTC web store.

While the Google Play Edition runs stock Android, the Developer Edition is based on HTC Sense 6.0, and even comes with an unlockable bootloader.

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[Deal] Moto X Developer Edition on sale for $399, GSM or Verizon

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While you are eagerly waiting for Motorola’s Moto Maker site to come back for that $349 Cyber Monday deal, you might want to consider grabbing the Developer Edition for only $50 more. Priced at $399, you won’t be able to customize it, but you will get 32GB of storage (as opposed to 16GB) and it has a fully unlockable bootloader. Motorola has even said they will be lenient on warranties regarding those that unlock and root.

You will have your choice of either the GSM version (T-Mobile/AT&T) or the Verizon version (out of stock at the moment). Both come with a black front and a woven white back. You can also opt for Moto’s new zero down program with interest free payments for 6, 12, or 18 months.

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Unlocked HTC One and Developer Edition receiving KitKat today

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Own an unlocked or Developer Edition HTC One? Well, you’re device is going to be receiving the Android 4.4 KitKat update starting today. The HTC USA account tweeted that both of those variants will have KitKat and Sense 5.5 brought to them first. Since this is a roll out, be aware that you may not receive the update for a few days or weeks.

Source: HTC USA (Twitter)

Motorola gives nod to custom development, reverses decision to void warranty on unlock codes

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Previously (as in, before today), your warranty on your Motorola device would be voided if you requested the Bootloader to be unlocked. It was an evil, but perhaps a necessary one.

But today, it seems that change is in the air. If you request an unlock bootloader code for your Moto device  you can keep your warranty. Not only that, but Moto will be posting the return-to-factory software images. Awesome, right?

This news serves as even more proof that Motorola has become more and more “Google-fied” since it was purchased by the search giant.

Moto will also be reinstating all warranties to Developer edition devices that were purchased from 2012-2013.

Remember, this information is only for Developer edition devices, and it’s definitely not expected that they’ll do the same for other devices. Still, great news.

Source: Moto Blog

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Developer Edition to come to Verizon, leaked on Samsung’s website

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There are only a small amount of reasons you wouldn’t want to own a Galaxy Note 3. It’s an amazing device with amazing specs. However, the locked bootloader may be a deal breaker for many would-be consumers— but good news for those of you that previously used that as the reason holding you back from pulling the trigger…

Samsung’s own support website actually “leaked” the Galaxy Note 3 Developer Edition for Verizon— if you use the site’s search box to  look up the Note’s model number, one of the results comes up as “Coming soon! Samsung galaxy Note 3 (Verizon) Developer Edition | SM-N900VMKEVZW.”

Pricing and release date isn’t given anywhere, but we guess that the price will be close to the retail price of the original Note 3, $699.

“Leaks” are not guaranteed to be true, but since it seems to be a mistake on Samsung’s part, this one is almost 100%. (Or, of course, a Samsung employee is just trolling us all, which would be very, very cruel.)

Via: Android Authority
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HTC One Developer Edition in U.S. expected to get Android 4.3 this week

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Owners of the HTC One Developer Edition in the U.S. will be happy to know that Android 4.3 is finally here! You’ll get all of the obvious 4.3 additions, including Bluetooth LE, OpenGL ES 3.0, updated photo DayDream and some other great features.

HTC hasn’t added too much to the device on their end, other than some bug fixes, faster system performance and a new battery charging animation while the phone is powered off.

It isn’t an enormous update but the changes that are being made are certainly welcome.

Remember, this is just for the U.S. edition, so if you’re international, you’ll have to wait a bit more. Those in Canada are expected to get it some time next month, along with those in Europe.

Moto X and Droid Maxx Developer Edition devices arrive for AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile for $650

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moto_x_devAs soon as the Moto X was released earlier in the summer, we heard that a Developer Edition device was on its way. It’s finally here. The device comes in two 32GB variants, the GSM version for use on AT&T and/or T-Mobile, and the Verizon version. They are each $650, and do not come with SIM cards. The GSM version is listed as “coming soon,” while the Verizon device is currently available.

Also, the Droid Maxx is now available as a Developer Edition device, also for $650. You can purchase any of the phones from the source links below.

Source: Moto X Verizon | Moto X GSM | Droid Maxx

Moto X Developer Edition in the works

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In another unsurprising move, Motorola has announced that a Developer Edition of the Moto X will be available in the Google Play Store as well. Not to make the phone more “available,” as it’s already going to be sold on all major U.S. carriers, but to offer a more “stock” Android experience without the new software features added on by Moto. (The phone is very close to stock Android anyway.)

This means that the mid-range specs of the Moto X will be competing with the high-end specs of the Galaxy S 4 and the HTC One, which will certainly be tough to beat out. Remember, all of the awesome sensors/features in the Moto X are essentially useless if it is going to eventually be released as a Google Play Edition device. The one thing it really has going for itself is the super-efficient X8 computing platform, which will most likely help it beat out the other Google Play Edition phones in battery life.

Pricing and storage information is not yet available, but we do know that the Developer Edition Moto X will be an unlocked GSM device for T-Mobile and AT&T.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Developer Edition slated for AT&T and Verizon

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Looks like there’s news that Verizon and AT&T will both receive a developer edition of Samsung’s Galaxy S4. Both of these versions of the S4 have a locked down bootloader, so it makes sense for a developer edition to come out on both of these companies. While developers over at XDA have already dismantled and un-locked the bootloader in both of these respective devices, it is still nice to see Verizon and AT&T releasing an unlocked version for those who wish to purchase one.

Lets not get confused with the Google Edition of the S4 that’s due out to be released next month, these two developer phones are still running TouchWiz and not stock Android. The only difference is that the bootloader is unlocked compared to the regular versions of it that Verizon and AT&T currently sell.

Anyone on AT&T or Verizon nabbing this?

source: Samsung