Motorola has made some great developer-friendly changes to their policy for developer edition devices. The biggest change most people will be pleased with is the fact that requesting a bootloader unlock code will no longer automatically void your warranty.
This means you can get down and dirty with your device and you won’t have to worry about Motorola turning you away in case you need some help. That doesn’t mean the warranty can’t be voided by other means, though — it’s still not wise to try and take the device apart or get it wet — but at least you aren’t being penalized for being a bit exploratory with your software.
Beyond that, Motorola will also provide restore files to get you back up and running on factory firmware. It’s a good tool if you happen to soft-brick your device or if you just want your device to be as clean as the day you bought it before you have to send it back.
I should note that this applies not only to new devices, but those that have already been purchased, as well. If your existing device’s warranty was already voided due to requesting an unlock code, Motorola will automatically reset your warranty and you can live on happily ever after. I don’t know about the rest of you guys, but I’m starting to dig this new Google-backed Motorola.