Yes, there will be a Motorola Moto X Google Play Edition
Details are pretty scarce at the moment, but the information is confirmed that Google is interested in partnering with Motorola in producing a perfectly clean Moto X, powered by an untouched version of the Android OS. Unfortunately, we don't know when this device is going to become available, which isn't really a shocker, considering that we still don't know when the regular Moto X itself is going to launch, though chances are this is going to happen sometime near the end of the month.
As you probably know, the regular Moto X will be offered by all major US carriers plus US Cellular, which is quite the exposure, and we can guess that for most people out there, the almost stock nature of the software on board will be good enough. It'd actually be a bit weird for this phone to be followed by a Google Play Edition, having in mind how similar the two handsets are going to be software-wise, but nevertheless, there are some other pros to buying a phone from the Google Play Store, and probably the biggest one is immediate software updates. While the carrier versions of the Moto X won't differ from the GP edition that much in terms of software, updates issued by Google will have to go through the carrier verification process, which may cause significant delays until they finally reach the handsets of end-users. Of course, with a Moto X Google Play Edition, this will never be bothering you, as all Android updates will be pushed to your device as soon as they are ready for distribution.
1. pradeepreddy (Posts: 49; Member since: 01 Apr 2013)
"Google is interested in partnering with Motorola..."
2. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
Now that Motorola is a part of Google I wouldn't be too worried about timely software updates even on a non-Nexus device. Well, unless you're on Verizon...
It all depends on if you like Moto's skin more -- but it's already pretty minimalist anyways.
3. jellmoo (Posts: 727; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
This is the first good news I've heard about the Moto X today! Maybe now us Canadians won't have to go through... ugh... Rogers to get one.
5. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1313; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
Good news? This phone should have stock Android out the box. How can a company that is owned by the software provider come with outdated software? The specs are a fail, the price is a fail and it shipping with 4.2.2 is a fail. 3 fails and you’re out!!!
6. jellmoo (Posts: 727; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
The specs are perfectly fine. Considering the bugs in 4.3 right now, I'm actually rather happy that it's shipping with 4.2.2. Plus the experience on it as is seems pretty damn close to stock to begin with.
The advantage to the Google edition is getting the thing right from Google, without a carrier contract. That's what I'm happy about. Also, the possibility of actually having the customization options, which we in Canada don't have (thanks Rogers!) Otherwise, it looks like a great phone.
13. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1313; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
Great phone yes but there's plenty of better phones at the same contract price. Even the RAZR mini looks better at the $100 price point.
4. Captain_Doug (Posts: 822; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Sounds like I'm waiting for another little bit. There's no way I'm signing another contract. Spec wise this phone is all I need but the real winner is how compact of a phone it is for having a 4.7" display. I'm okay with spending $500-600 for the Google Play edition if it means getting the latest version of Android, no contract, and a great feeling device.
9. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Nexus 4 $350 for pretty much the same specs with a better cpu.
11. Captain_Doug (Posts: 822; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
The size is a big difference. The screen ratio of the Nexus 4 is wider and the bezels are larger making a noticeable difference. I'm interested to see battery life on the Moto X too. To be clear, The Nexus 4 is a great phone, I'm just not feeling it.
7. softfurryanus (banned) (Posts: 232; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)
I wonder if the GP edition will still have the customization options.
8. AK4TAY7BEN (Posts: 6; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)
Please be cheap! Or I'll just wait for the the next nexus
10. alltechinside (Posts: 247; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)
I'm probably going to get hated for this, but I think this is just a waste of resources from Google. We had the Google edition of the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4 because many tech enthusiasts wanted a pure vanilla android onto these devices. I don't even know if the Original Moto X is going to sell either and I'm unsure why people would buy these (and the original) in the first place when this is similar in terms of specs with the Nexus 4. And the software in Moto X is almost pure android with just few features. This seems completely pointless and wasteful IMO.
12. xpr3ss10n (Posts: 55; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)
This was a pure marketing scam. Get people hyped about an outdated phone and cash in.
14. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)
" probably the biggest one is immediate software updates." HTC one and S4 already had the 4.3 update??
For me google edition is a big flop
16. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Google Edition was a scam, I will laugh when custom roms are running 4.3 before the real thing.
15. rob5150 (Posts: 132; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
All in all pretty lame introduction after all the hype.
No news on actual release dates. Actual price off contract.
17. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3101; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Nice... we'll get updates sooner and can also will have switchable options from Moto to Google Play and vice-versa.