Motorola Moto G Google Play edition now available

Motorola Moto G Google Play edition now available
Here's a pleasant surprise. The Motorola Moto G Google Play edition has just appeared in the Google Play Store, in both 8GB and 16GB variations. The price is listed at $179 and $199 respectively, and the Moto G GPe will run over the 3G networks belonging to AT&T and T-Mobile. This is essentially the GSM version of the phone with a stock Android build of Android 4.4.

Besides having stock Android, the Google Play edition of the Moto G will receive updates faster than unlocked and carrier branded versions of the phone. Considering that Motorola has stuffed some useful tools into the device, you might want to weigh the pros and cons of buying the phone with stock Android.

It seems that Google has a plan here that includes offering a Google Play edition of major Android releases in the U.S., regardless of the price range of the phone. The bottom line is that it gives the Mountain View based tech giant more control over the speed of updates on Android devices.

Thanks, Anonymous Tipster!

source: MotorolaMotoG (Google Play edition)

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Moto G
  • Display 4.5" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB
  • Battery 2070 mAh



1. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

i think thats a crazy good deal if google stopped hogging its GPE devices in the U.S

31. jackxp99

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 18, 2014

The sharpest 4.5" HD display in its class, all-day battery, quad-core speed, Android 4.3 with guaranteed upgrade, and colorful backs to customize your phone.

2. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

I sure can't wait for Nexus 5 GPE! Lol

3. sianto

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

Or the Lumia 1020 GPe!!!

5. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

thats like saying i can't wait for a mac with os x

9. Feanor

Posts: 1413; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I mean... please! How did they come up with this idea? How far from stock Android is Moto G? And how late is Motorola with updates recently? Not at all... Generic Moto G is already at Kit Kat. This is nonsense!

11. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Google is trying to cover range of products that run stock android. It helps oem to release fast updates for devices with similar soc. I am sure there are many devices running on S400 apart from Moto G.

16. Feanor

Posts: 1413; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Exactly, so they should release a GPe of one of those. Not of the Moto G. Anyway, all this is just Google taking care of the internal US market. Outside of the US there are no GPe devices and Nexus devices are rare too (except Nexus 7).

4. Semion

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 27, 2013

So what is the difference? Only faster updates and no Motorola software?

6. MrWilli5

Posts: 77; Member since: Feb 13, 2011

so im guessing this has the 4.4 dialer?

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Just when I got my mother a new phone from T-Mobile for $240 for her birthday...

8. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Which one did you get her? My family's switching over to T-Mobile next week, and I'm encouraging my mom to pick up a Moto X. Like the new profile pic, by the way.

12. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Galaxy Light. Surprisingly, for $240, it has LTE and a snappy quad-core processor. The camera isn't nothing to write home about as it performs the same or better than the one found on the iPhone 4, and the battery lasts her over a day - even on LTE.

27. Kaiser2007

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 16, 2013

I bought Galaxy Light too, for $150+tax, onsale price. Just received it today, but haven't set it up yet. It has T-Mo LTE. Hope DL speed will be much better than my old phone T-679 (which has only 3g).

28. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

I had the T679 too and it was replaced by a Nexus 5. Of course, the Nexus 5 has a much more responsive UI and better screen resolution. But I have to say that the speed depends more on the network than on the air interface, for though it had only HSPA+14, its typical speed is about the same as the Nexus 5 on LTE. At least for where I live. Please, share your experience.

10. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Well the normal Moto G has been out for a month now. You should have just picked her up one of those. I bought one and I'm surprised with how well it works.

13. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

We'll considering the Moto G only runs on HSPA+21 and not LTE was worth the few extra pennies. Updates aren't an issue as 4.2.2 is more than enough for her. She was running 2.2 on a Samsung Dart (2011) and was happy.

19. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I get 10 Mbps on my US Band Moto G on T-Mobile. I'm sure yo momma doesn't need much more than that. The only noticeable difference I see between my T-Mobile 21 Mbps HSPA Moto G and my AT&T Note 3 on LTE is that my Note 3 has a little faster initial data connection. LTE is just a little quicker to first byte. But that's something a trained eye notices when side by side with a slower device. I highly doubt your mom is a tech nerd. Also the few extra pennies for LTE probably bought her a phone with a slower OS experience because I've not seen anything this smooth for this cheap south of the Nexus 5 at $349. What did you buy her BTW? I bought my dad an Alcatel One Touch Evolve for $49.99 through Best Buy which consistently gets a 4.0 Mbps download with its 7.2 Mbps radio and an unlocked 16 GB Moto G for my mom.

26. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

1. LTE = future proof 2. She browses a lot on YouTube, so it does matter 3. Phone is completely smooth... 4. Battery life is better than on a N5 I can assure you

14. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

The neat thing about the Motorola online store is that one can buy the global Moto G even from the US, which comes in handy when giving it as a gift to a relative who lives abroad. The Google online store does not let one do that from the US, which means that it is not available at the US price to those accessing the store from abroad, if at all available then.

15. Killertech2099

Posts: 148; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Good idea just bad timing, they should have released it way before it would have sold a lot more. Just weird since it already has 4.4

17. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Quite pointless knowing the regular version has a near-stock experience.

20. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Yeah. I was thinking that myself. I don't really know why I'd pick this over the Motorola version. But in some carnal Nexus desire I wish I ordered the GPE instead of Motorola's. Oh well too late and I'm happy with mine anyways.

18. Professor

Posts: 223; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

The one that I want is a Samsung Note 3 GPE...

21. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I would agree if the Note 3 had an on screen multitask button. The fact that it has the menu button totally ruins the flow for me. I have to run an app called Swipe Home Button to get a webOS style upswipe that seems more natural and quicker to open recent apps than the long press on the home button. Honestly if the Note 3 had a GPE version then the Swipe Home Button app probably wouldn't work because it would just open Google Now.

23. Professor

Posts: 223; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

To wake up my Nexus 4 in press the power button and just move the on-screen padlock to the right. I only use the home button to go back to the main screen when needed. I have never ever used "Google Now" and probably never will. I don't know why a GPE version of the Note 3 cannot work the same way (with the home button just being used as a quick way to go back to the main screen).

24. Professor

Posts: 223; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

My main reason to desire a GPE of the Note 3 is because the only reason I have not buy it yet is because of all the useless (for me) software that comes with the regular (T-Mobile) one. I prefer to use as bare as possible Android software and add the programs I need or want to use by myself. (Even Google pure Android has too many programs that I don't use already installed). Now, if there was any way to erase all those useless programs that comes installed then there was no need for a GPE version...

22. alextheZowner

Posts: 33; Member since: Jan 01, 2014

Can someone give me the website for the Google play store I can't find it I would like to look at the N5 and this phone or other GPE phones but I don't know how to get to the store.

25. Professor

Posts: 223; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

Just go and select "Play" then "Devices"

29. bwhiting

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

Man that sucks that it won't work on my Verizon network though. Could of been a cheaper device I could of had on hand for me to use.

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