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Liveblog: Motorola's announcement of the Moto G - cool Android for the masses

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Liveblog: Motorola's announcement of the Moto G - cool Android for the masses
Motorola outed the Moto X earlier this year, and while the phone has failed to become a super-smash-hit, it's still rather cool little guy that truly impresses us with large screen but small dimensions, near stock Android experience and lovely always-on voice recognition capabilities. However, the Moto X never left the US, which means there are still a lot of people around the world waiting for their Moto handset.

Well, the good news is that their Moto handset is on the way, in the form of the global Moto G. Motorola is holding an event in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where it's going to unveil its latest Google-powered creation. While there isn't that much info about the phone right not, there are enough indications to make us believe that the Moto G is going to be a low-cost Android smartphone that will still aim to deliver a more than satisfying Android experience.

Join us as we follow the Moto G unveiling event as it unfolds - you can find our liveblog below. Things are expected to kick off at 9 AM ET | 8 AM Central | 7 AM Mountain | 6 AM Pacific | 2 PM GMT | 3PM CET.

Live event tracker

08:33And, that's a wrap. Stay tuned to PhoneArena for the rest of our Moto G coverage!
08:32The concept behind the G is that it'll be filling the gap for a cheap smartphone at an affordable price, that also delivers good experience.
08:31It's coming out in the US in the beginning of next year.
08:30The Moto G goes on sale today in Brazil and parts of Europe.
08:29
08:29Dennis Woodside, Moto CEO, is back on stage to wrap things up.
08:29Another quick promo video for the Moto G, showcasing some of its key features.
08:2765 GB of free online Google Drive storage will be bundled with the Moto G.
08:25Motorola Assist is reappearing in the Moto G, and so is Motorola Migrate.
08:24The Moto G is said to be even faster than the Galaxy S4 when it comes to basic tasks such as calling or texting... which is really nice.
08:24"We didn't build TouchWiz UI or Sense UI." Motorola has focused on doing some minor improvements to the OS that create value for the user.
08:22The KitKat update for the Moto G should arrive by January 2014.
08:21
08:21Apparently, Moto looks to build upon the stock Android experience, without competing with Google's offerings, such as TouchWiz or Sense.
08:19OK, Punit Soni from Motorola, Software Product Management, is on stage to share some details about the software of the Moto G.
08:17
08:17They are now rolling a video to talk up the Moto G.
08:16The 16 GB Moto G will cost $199 off-contract. That's really a wonderful price!
08:15Moto G with 8GB storage will sell for $179 off-contract in the US.
08:15
08:15Moto G will have a removable battery cover, allowing you to customize its look on the fly. There will also be bumpers and flip cases for it.
08:14The Moto G will ship with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean — rather disappointing — while Motorola guarantees an update to 4.4.
08:12That solution is... the Snapdragon 400... well, not really top-notch, but should be fast enough for smooth experience, if done right.
08:12Moto has worked closely with Qualcomm to deliver a solution that is both powerful and power-efficient.
08:11The display will measure 4.5 inches, with a resolution of 720 x 1280.
08:10The Moto G retains most of the design elements established by the Moto X, such as a near edge-to-edge display and a curved back.
08:10
08:09
08:09Charlie, product management leader is on stage now to talk more about the Moto G.
08:08"Today, we're introducing Moto G." "A smartphone that delivers a premium experience at a third of the price of an iPhoen 5s or Galaxy S4."
08:07According to Woodside, the most popular smartphones out there are costing about $200, and those don't deliver a good experience right now.
08:06"You've gotten used to incredible applications that save you time"..... "but most people in the world can't afford" such an expensive phone.
08:05"Most of you in this room have really nice smartphones."
08:03Android 4.4 KitKat update is "within a matter of weeks" for the Moto X.
08:03"We're really excited about Moto X." Apparently, Motorola considers the Moto X a great success.
08:02
08:02Sergio Buniac, GM of Latin America South, Motorola Mobility, has come out to introduce Dennis Woodside, Motorola CEO.
07:53
07:52
06:58Stay tuned - we have an hour left before the start.
06:57Hey people, welcome to our liveblog of the Motorola Moto G event!

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posted on 13 Nov 2013, 07:58

1. NexusPhan (Posts: 503; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


Cheap interchangeable back?!! Friggin sweet.

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 08:31

2. orca99 (Posts: 87; Member since: 05 Oct 2013)


Give us the full spec. There are so many variations of Snapdragon 400.

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 08:37

3. aditya.k (Posts: 463; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


MSM8226 was the rumor...

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 08:39

4. aditya.k (Posts: 463; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


http://www.qualcomm.com/snapdragon/processors/400

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 08:51

5. orca99 (Posts: 87; Member since: 05 Oct 2013)


Well.. that's disappointing. No LTE.

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 08:59

6. aditya.k (Posts: 463; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


That maybe for the markets wiht no LTE! US and other 4G available countries might get an LTE enabled device. Not sure, since they have not said anything about the processor! :)

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 09:15

7. taikucing (unregistered)


At that price you want LTE? Buy Samsung Galaxy Note 3 or iPhone. Or buy the octacore mediatek phone for $200 but you still don't get LTE.

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 09:46 1

8. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)


A person who can't afford a 400 dollar phone will use LTE on their smartphone? You have gotta be bloody kidding me.

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