Buyers who placed pre-orders for an HTC One Developer Edition were probably expecting to receive a shipping notification yesterday or at the latest today. Unfortunately, the lack of shipping notices raised suspicions of a delay that has now been made official by HTC. Emails have been sent to those who placed an order that reads: » Read the rest
HTC announced via their Twitter account last night that they would start taking pre-orders for the HTC One Developer Edition today. The Developer Edition comes with 64GB of memory, an unlocked SIM and bootloader, and comes in silver. The special edition version of the HTC One will be available for $649 and can only be purchased by customers with a US Zip Code. According to HTC’s site, the Developer Edition will be ready to ship on April 18th, the day before the new device is scheduled to be available from both AT&T and Sprint. If you are ready to try to grab one of these limited quantity versions of the HTC One, head over to their pre-order page at http://htconeprereg.com/brands/HTCPreReg/homebrands/index.htm. As a bonus, HTC is throwing in a free case and free shipping.
Those of you with a U.S. zip code will be able to buy the HTC One Developer Edition around the same time the standard HTC One is released in the U.S. The Developer Edition features an unlocked SIM and bootloader right out of the box, but everything else is the same. As far as radio frequencies, you get HSPA/WCDMA: 850/1900/2100 MHz, GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, and LTE: 700/850/AWS/1900 MHz (US). Unfortunately you won’t be able to grab this one on contract as it will run you $649 and quantities will be limited.
Following in the footsteps of the Samsung Galaxy S III on Verizon, Samsung appears to be ready to release a Developer Edition of the Samsung Galaxy Note II. A special version is needed due to Verizon locking the bootloader, effectively blocking developers who need an unlocked device for testing and development purposes. The new version has been revealed just over a week after the Galaxy Note II’s bootloader was cracked. Samsung is listing the 16GB Developer Edition on their web site, although there is no information regarding an expected date of availability.
On the heels of releasing the DROID RAZR M Developer Edition and the DROID RAZR HD Developer Edition, those anxious to be able to do the same type of customization with the Atrix HD are in luck. The Atrix HD Developer Edition from Motorola is now showing up on their website, but in information registration form only. There are no specifics as far as pricing or availability. All the requisite warnings will still presumably apply and the second you purchase the device, your warranty is void. Basically, there is no warranty. However, this edition does let you customize to your heart’s content like custom software and themes thanks to its unlocked bootloader.
Following last month’s release of the DROID RAZR M Developer Edition, those anxious to be able to do the same type of customization with the RAZR HD are in luck. The DROID RAZR HD Developer Edition is now available from Motorola via their website. Be warned though: The second you purchase this bad boy, your warranty is void. Basically, there is no warranty. However, this edition does let you customize to your heart’s content like custom software and themes thanks to its unlocked bootloader. Having this luxury will set you back a cool $599. The Developer Edition will begin shipping on October 22nd.
Well I thought most folks would be excited about the fact that Motorola is releasing an unlockable edition of the Droid RAZR, however that move is leaving a bad taste in their mouthes. While it does lend to the saying “give an inch, take a mile,” I can honestly see why. Those that recently bought the locked RAZR feel slighted, bamboozled or hoodwinked in the release of this device; so much in fact that disgruntled Motorola users are joining forces and starting online petitions. These petitions are in an effort to raise awareness to Motorola’s lack of follow through in regards to promises of unlocking bootloaders.
Operation: MOSH (Make Ourselves Heard) is out to raise awareness much like they did last year when they applied pressure to Motorola to unlock their bootloaders in the first place. Motorola promised to comply back in January of 2011, and again in April and also stated that we would see bootloaders unlocked on all their devices by the end of 2011. Given that we are almost through the first month of 2012 and we have yet to see an unlocked bootloader until now; people are frustrated that their devices are still locked up tighter than Fort Knox. The demands of this movement are quite basic. They are: » Read the rest
Well it appears that Motorola has heard the development community’s cry for an unlocked bootloader as an article on the Motorola blog suggests that they will be releasing a “Developer Edition” of the powerhouse Droid RAZR sometime soon. The article was posted and quickly redacted suggesting that the news was released a little too soon. If you look at the image below, courtesy of Droid-Life, you can see that the article is dated for the 30th (tomorrow).
Right now the phone is only to be available in Europe but Motorola gives word that it will be seen in the United States. Even though Motorola said they were working on a bootloading solution over a year ago, and again in April of 2011, until now we had yet to see it happen. The only difference between this version of the RAZR and the one out for sale now, is the fact that it has an unlockable bootloader, as the original shipped with a locked bootloader. Otherwise it’s the same ridiculously thin, powerful device.
Right now the blog link in the source is down and you’ll get a “You 404′d it, Gnarly Dude” message. However the folks at Droid-life were able to snag a screenshot of the article before it went down. Hit the break below to check it out. I don’t know about you guys, but this is one heck of a win for the development community and who knows, this may be the start of a beautiful thing. Motorola hardware with unlockable bootloaders… You can’t beat that. Enjoy! » Read the rest