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Motorola Moto X to launch with Android 4.2.2, almost stock

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Motorola Moto X to launch with Android 4.2.2, almost stock
Surprise, surprise, it turns out the Motorola Moto X is going to launch with Android 4.2.2 and not Android 4.3, which is the latest official Android build. Yes, you heard that right - the Moto X, which is produced by Motorola, which is owned by Google, which develops the Android OS, is not going to launch with the latest Android version... which is weird, to say the least.

Announced last week, Android 4.3 bring a number of under-the-hood improvements and will be the OS on board the upcoming Nexus 7 tablet by ASUS and Google, but it looks like Motorola Moto X users will have to wait for a while before they receive the latest Android goodness on their future devices. That became clear today as Motorola and Google introduced a smartphone that promises to shift the focus from specs to user experience.

With the changes and improvements featured in the latest Android updates getting smaller and smaller, having Android 4.2.2 at launch actually isn't a real deal-breaker, as long as Motorola and Google are quick to update the handset. This is where the Moto X's near-stock software should come in, as the fact that the customizations made by Motorola are extremely minor should also make it easy for the company to prepare an Android 4.3 update package for the phone.

Although no official release date is available yet, the Moto X is said to come to the five biggest carriers in the US - Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular.

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posted on 01 Aug 2013, 15:04 6

1. Johnnokia (Posts: 464; Member since: 27 May 2012)


The price shocked me ... Really epic fail, and I won't buy it.

posted on 01 Aug 2013, 15:09 4

2. GTR722 (Posts: 222; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)


Really...I had high hopes for this phone.....mid end specs...and Google....I was hoping $250 unlocked...but no...$199 contract...this is a 100% fail......and no micro SD slot...

posted on 01 Aug 2013, 15:14 4

5. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


$250? You're crazy. Seriously, I can't even imagine how you thought that would be a realistic price. I was thinking along the lines of $400 unlocked.

I will admit though that $200 on contract did surprise me. I thought it'd be $100 maybe.

posted on 01 Aug 2013, 15:15 2

7. GTR722 (Posts: 222; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)


Dude...for real?? you can get a 299$ Nexus 4 unlocked, with better hardware. 250$ for this phone "was" ok.

posted on 01 Aug 2013, 15:42 1

10. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


I don't think you understand what the Nexus program is...

This is why introducing products at a low price point can be dangerous... this is also why now every app has to go free and how many developers are hurting and how it's hurting the quality of applications you can find.

posted on 01 Aug 2013, 15:24

9. alltechinside (Posts: 236; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)


I've been hearing rumours that it is going to be around $600 off contract. This would make sense why Moto didn't talk about it... This is trying to compete with the Galaxy S4 and HTC One with midrange specs.... Apart from LTE, Nexus 4 is a much better product than Moto X imo.

posted on 01 Aug 2013, 15:12 1

3. MrKharming (Posts: 8; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


This is a MAJOR DISAPPOINTMENT !!!! I am really let down I really hoping this would be a device for the people .....

posted on 01 Aug 2013, 15:13 2

4. HASHTAG (unregistered)


I think many of you are not getting what Google is really going for with this phone. I can agree with most on the price, but with the specs it's a different story.

posted on 01 Aug 2013, 15:15 1

6. DaNTRoN (Posts: 135; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)


does no one at moto or google keep track of their fan base expectations.

they hyped this phone at a pretty decent price with decent specs and outstanding user experience.

the fan base was pumped about the price and the overall offering.

their offering is good, and as expected seems to be user oriented, but the price is a mistake, IMO. it doesnt allow them that much difference in the choice consumers make. this is motos first big device since google acquired it, suck it up, subsidize the phone heavily and gain traction for further releases.

i hope this phone sells, moto does deserve it, they put a lot into it. but the fan base seems over the hype at this point

posted on 01 Aug 2013, 15:23 1

8. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


The specs I can understand, but the contract price I cannot. I want a clean, near-stock experience as much as the next guy, but with these specs, I'd say $100 is fair.

posted on 01 Aug 2013, 19:02 1

11. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 413; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


For the X phone, Ray is fine for that it isn't 4.3 out of the box. On the other hand, he was disappointed at Xperia ZR's 4.1.2 because it wasn't 4.3 out of the box and Sony is now seeding the 4.2. -_-

posted on 02 Aug 2013, 01:07

12. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2337; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Nice, but if there's almost stock then why Google Play edition is coming.

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