I know the photo does not match the title of this post! Motorola announced its new lineup of phones today and it was all very exciting. The phones will be incremental updates to the current lineup and will feature HD screens. The Razr HD, Razr HD Maxx, and Razr M all look to be pretty sick devices. Motorola also announced today that they would make developer editions of all the phones. This is good news right?! I guess it depends on how you look at it. This means that Verizon has no plans of selling devices with unlocked bootloaders. A "very scientific" survey amongst android fanboys especially of the Droid kind was conducted today over at Droid-Life. The question was asked "are you buying any of Motorola's new Razr devices". The response was a bit surprising. Almost 3,000 participants 65 percent said they wouldn't buy any of the devices, over 1,000 or 25 percent said they would buy the Razr MAXX HD, while only 125 or 3 percent said they would consider purchasing a developer edition version of any of the three phones. Keep in mind the survey was conducted on a website that was built on the popularity of the Original Droid amongst readers who are Android fanboys. The overwhelming majority of consumers will buy their phones from Verizon, Amazon, or any of the other of the Big Box stores and will never be presented with the option to purchase the developer edition. They will end up with a phone that has a locked bootloader. When they decide they want to modify their phone they will end up on a forum site like this one and realize they have a phone with a locked bootloader that is not easily modified.
I still do not like this approach by Verizon. If you are going to allow the consumer to run a device that is unlocked on your network, and the only thing you are worried about is warranty replacements, why not just have an unlock tool that has to be registered to the device which voids the warranty when the phone has been unlocked. This way every consumer has the option, and does not have to purchase a separate developer friendly version.
All this being said. Kexec will more than likely be ported to the consumer version of the new Razr phones and it won't truely matter at that point that phones have locked bootloaders. What are your thoughts? Are you excited about these phones and do you care if the bootloaders are unlocked? If you are considering buying one will it be the consumer version or the developer edition?
Survey results via Droid-Life