When the Moto X hits the Play Store it will not be Google Edition (pure stock)
0. phoneArena 09 Aug 2013, 12:03 posted on
It has been confirmed that the Motorola Moto X will eventually be sold through the Google Play Store, but the original report that we heard made it seem as though the Moto X would be sold as part of the Google Edition lineup. If this were true, it would mean that it would have the extra Motorola features stripped out, and it would be running pure stock...
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2. PapaSmurf (Posts: 9078; Member since: 14 May 2012)
I'm not trying to be a smartass or anything, but it was pretty obvious...
7. PapaSmurf (Posts: 9078; Member since: 14 May 2012)
To add, why would Moto strip down the two features that are the selling point of the phone? The Moto X runs almost vanilla so I don't expect it having to wait over three weeks after the Nexus OTA updates are pushed.
9. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2913; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
3 weeks? You might be disappointed. I guess we'll see.
10. PapaSmurf (Posts: 9078; Member since: 14 May 2012)
I'll stick to my answer. Only thing left to do is to play the waiting game.
14. gagdude (Posts: 31; Member since: 18 Mar 2013)
android 4.3 was released nearly 3 weeks ago. I don't see motorola hitting your made up deadline until much later
15. NexusPhan (Posts: 581; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)
Sorry. You're completely wrong. It's launching in 2 weeks with 4.2.2
At that time, 4.3 would have been out for 4 weeks with no update. We'll be luck if it's 3 months
18. PapaSmurf (Posts: 9078; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Phone hasn't released yet. Yes it's being shipped with 4.2.2, but I highly doubt it will take 3 months to upgrade a flagship device that's running 99% stock android once it finally launches.
28. andynaija (Posts: 489; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)
What does it mean when someone says that something is vanilla?
4. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5653; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
hopefully Google will take some initiative and offer it for less unsubsidized. o:
6. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2693; Member since: 26 May 2011)
It will likely be an unlocked, full price version of the device, like all other devices on the Play Store.
8. roldefol (Posts: 3227; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
But if, as the latest news states, the carrier cost is only $350, might they knock a hundred or so off the price? $499 would be a sweet spot.
11. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2693; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Google isn't going to piss off the carriers by undercutting them on the unlocked price. Same reason why Nexus tablets cost the same on Play as on Best Buy or Staples or wherever.
13. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5653; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
Google did it already with the Nexus 4 though.
T-Mobile still sells it for $432.
16. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4749; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
That's tmobile and they don't do contracts anymore.
17. o0Exia0o (Posts: 432; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)
T-Mo was selling the N4 at a higher price than the play store even when they were still doing contracts. Try again.
21. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5653; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
they do contracts with the classic plans and the Nexus 4 came out before the un-carrier initiative.
20. grahaman27 (Posts: 353; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)
Google ought do whatever they please! Disrupt the system, don't play along.
22. roldefol (Posts: 3227; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
But how many customers buy phones full price from the carrier? As long as Google isn't touching the contract price, I doubt the carriers will notice. $199 on contract or $499 from Google seems like a win-win.
25. 14545 (Posts: 1160; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
Nah, win would be 399. Screw the carriers. A 150 dollar subsidy which they gouge(and I use that term loosely because we are dumb enough to buy it on contract for that price.) us for an extra 300-400 dollars on contract. or 250-300 off contract. I think not. If moto was smart they would sell on the play store for 350-399 and give us what we are asking for. I would buy at 399.
27. roldefol (Posts: 3227; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I was being generous. ;) $399 for base 16 GB, plus $50 each for 32 GB and customized back plate, to a maximum of $499.
5. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5653; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
maybe this means Motorola will update the Moto X at around GP Edition speed.
the one sold through Google Play wouldn't have to go through any carrier testing so i don't see why not. o:
12. boosook (Posts: 1132; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
IMO the Moto X is probably the only case where the stock interface not only is not needed (because the motorola interface is already almost stock), but it would be worse because the unique moto x features like active notifications and always-on voice control are among its major selling points.
19. suyash1629 (Posts: 22; Member since: 09 Aug 2013)
what might be its price for non-carrier version?
24. Zero0 (Posts: 591; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
As far as I know, the Google Play Editions of the Galaxy S4 and HTC One are not pure stock, either. They should have a couple of added features (for example, camera and sound optimizations).
26. Genersis (Posts: 210; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Not to mention most of Motorola's additions are thanks to the customised hardware, which would still be in the Google Play version, and would go unused if striped to stock, making it all a bit pointless really.