Bad news came this week from Motorola’s Punit Soni. For all of you using Verizon Wireless looking to purchase the new Moto X as a Developer’s Edition, prepare to be disappointed.
According to a post over at XDA Developers, HTC has begun pushing out the Android 4.4.3 OTA update for its flagship HTC One M8 Developer Edition. The update includes all of the small tweaks made in between .2 and .3, and HTC claims to have already included the security fixes that Google implemented in 4.4.4.
The update is intended for the SIM unlocked and developer edition devices, but currently on the DE devices are getting the OTA prompt. Hopefully we see this update make its way to more devices in the near future.
We’ve already seen a ton of leaks of the LG G3, so what could another few pictures hurt? The latest pics show off the device in a “lunchboxed” case that is supposedly to help keep the design of the device from leaking. If this was one of the first leaks we’d seen, that might help, but with the G3 leaking at least once a week, we’ve already seen just about everything there is to see about it.
Good news for HTC One (M7) owners — you might have thought with the release of the M8, HTC forgot about you. But now we’re receiving news that the developer edition and unlocked models of the phone are receiving a pretty large update (667 MB), including Sense 6.
However, because of the device’s hardware limitations, motion gestures and the advanced DuoCamera effects like UFocus, Foregrounder, Seasons and Dimensions Plus are not included in the update. This was expected though, because the M7 only has a single camera on the back, and does not feature a depth sensor like the M8 currently does.
Let us know if you receive an update and how it goes.
The Galaxy S 5 Developer Edition for Verizon has been quietly sitting on Samsung’s site for nearly one month. Today, it is finally available to everyone. The other carriers’ GS5 Developer Edition have yet to surface, but they are presumably on the way.
If you hit the source link below, you can by the Developer Edition of the GS5 for Verizon, but it does have a hefty price tag. Purchasing it will cost $600, but free shipping is included. The price is common among devices with unlocked bootloaders, so this really should not be a surprise to anyone. Also, only the Charcoal Black color is available.
Are you interested in the Galaxy S 5 Developer Edition?
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.
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.
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.
Purchase Motorola X Developer Edition – GSM version / Verizon version
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)
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