It’s always in the back of every custom ROM lovin’, XDA divin’, Android modder’s mind whenever a new device is announced, “Will it have an unlocked bootloader?” This is the question many asked when the Moto X was announced last week, and while more information began trickling in after the press release, we learned that Motorola would be making a special “Developer Edition” of the X available shortly after launch, followed by a Google Play edition.
But what about those that are happy with their current carrier and don’t mind signing a 2-year agreement for a discounted device? Well, Motorola reached out to us and let us know that if you’re on Sprint, US Cellular or T-Mobile — you can enjoy a Moto X that comes with a fully unlockable bootloader. The process is said to be relatively easy and can be performed simply by visiting My Moto Care.
While Verizon and AT&T models of the Moto X wont have unlockable bootloaders (is anyone really surprised?), Motorola will provide both Verizon Wireless Developer Edition and general North American Developer Edition for ROM lovers on those networks. Keep in mind that unlocking your bootloader always results in the voiding of one’s warranty, of course that wont do much to deter ROM flashing addicts in need of their next fix.