Welcome to the newer, friendlier Motorola, where every would-be Android modder is catered to. After creating developer editions of both the new Droid RAZR M and Droid RAZR HD for Verizon (the first from the manufacturer-carrier combo since the XOOM) Google's new acquisition is spreading the love to AT&T. The company announced the ATRIX HD Developer Edition, complete with unlockable bootloader, via its Twitter account today. There's currently no price or date available, beyond the fact that it will be available soon.

atrix hd dev edition

If Moto follows its pattern with the Verizon phones, the ability to unlock the bootloader will not be made available to customers who bought their phones from the carrier, on-contract or otherwise. Presumably this means that the phone will only be offered in a full-price version. Technically that means that you should be able to use it on other GSM carriers, though with AT&T's unique LTE bands, you won't be going any faster than 3G. The render on Motorola's blog features the same AT&T logo as the original, while the ATRIX HD Developer Edition page has no logo. It'll be interesting to see which one actually makes it into users' hands.

Of course, announcing a developer edition with an unlockable bootloader almost five months after the release of a highly-anticipated phone isn't going to win Moto any points with those who bought it on day one. For those who did so, I'd humbly suggest waiting for the next flagship phone to arrive - it'll probably have a more mod-friendly version available immediately.

Motorola - ATRIX HD Developer Edition

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • J. Gilbertson

    Droid Razr M, not I

    • Jeremiah Rice

      You're right - thanks for the catch.

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    It sorta made sense with the previous couple of Developer Editions...That was all still the remaining landslide of insanity from the previous regime. I don't really understand why Google didn't axe this one in advance. They can't possibly see this as a logical release. This far after the release of the original, and in light of the Nexus 4, this phone is useless to regular people and to developers (moders and app developers).

  • mgamerz

    Or motorola could just make ones with unlockable bootloaders, like samsung. Quit screwing people (and devs!) over motorola.

  • CD

    Unlockable or not, they know where they can stick this. I'm left with an Atrix 4G with no OS upgrade path other than a custom ROM.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=667020551 Jose Torres

    Coming soon huh? Knowing how Moto is lately, they'll wait until the last minute, and announce that "Atrix HD will remain unlockable"

  • Jeffrey Smith

    They need to be unlocking the phones that they are leaving out in the cold, such as the Atrix 2 (which came out 13 months ago), and the Atrix 4G (which was still available for purchase 13 months ago). If they're going to stop supporting their hardware so quickly, they should at least hand over the tools they have to let us support ourselves. I would take that over their $100 joke rebate any day.

  • FUMotorola

    Newer, friendlier Motorola?-- HA! I scoff at the notion! The newer, friendler Motorola just left me in the dust with a new Atrix 4G phone that they "promised" would get the ICS upgrade.

  • Jesse Gruber

    why do i have a 'sponsored by microsoft' ad at the end of this...lol

  • ProductFRED

    I've been saying this from the beginning. Nexus fanatics were downvoting my comments that said that it's cheaper to buy a carrier model, unlock it, and put Cyanogenmod on it. And more importantly like you said, these devices miss the point. The fact that Google is selling them, but not supporting them as Nexus devices is a HUGE deal, and was the entire point of their inception. It's nice to know that I'm not just crazy for saying that.

  • Wozn2

    It's not a chin - the top (white) cover is just not lined up with the phone chassis. Look at the speaker grille at the top...