Motorola Moto G still tops best-selling smartphone charts

The Moto G is Motorola’s best selling smartphone ever - we’ve known this since February. What we didn’t know is that, even now, 8 months after the handset was initially released, it’s still a top seller. We’ve checked Amazon’s best selling unlocked smartphones in six countries, finding out that the Moto G is no. 1 in four of them: UK, Germany, Spain, and France. The handset is the second best-selling unlocked smartphone in the US and Italy, where two Samsung models (the S3 Mini and S III Neo) seem to be a bit more popular. India, Brazil, Mexico and others are also markets where the Moto G is hugely successful.

Motorola did not say how many Moto G units it sold until now around the world, but we assume the number is in the millions. As you probably know, the smartphone is offered for as low as $179 (8GB non-LTE version) and, as our Moto G review concludes, that’s an outstanding price for what the device is offering.

A second-generation Motorola Moto G was allegedly photographed earlier today, but we can’t confirm its authenticity. In any case, it makes sense for Motorola to introduce a new Moto G soon, doesn’t it?

source: Amazon (US, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy)

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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. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Good on Moto, patents weren't needed to stay in the game.

2. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Patents still help at keeping the wolves at bay. I look forward to the next gen Moto G and Moto X if they really do have dual front facing speakers. Motorola phones were always pretty snappy even on dual core procs.

5. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

True, thankfully they're still in the chain of Android. Google will be fair, even might not bother to charge OEM for usage, and will protect them better then some may or could.

10. sid07desai

Posts: 290; Member since: May 03, 2012

@AfterShock. Too bad its banned in Germany due to patent infringement.

11. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Happens if you don't covers others rightful payments. No stone should go unturned.

13. sgodsell

Posts: 7208; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Motorola didn't have to stop its sales in Germany. In fact Motorola is redesigning the antenna.

14. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

A patent on how to apply an antenna to a curved surface... this is one of those things that have been done several times over so I find it hard to believe that the laser company has something so unique in doing so.

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Got my cousin a Moto G with Cricket and she couldn't be any happier.

4. teerex42

Posts: 221; Member since: Jun 14, 2012

I don't know how anyone can like a phone with inferior specs to the S4's and S5's of the world. I wouldn't take a Moto G if it were free!! You can't tell me the Moto G sells more phones than even the Motorola Droid Maxx, which has superior specs and killer battery life!!! I"m pretty sure the people who are buying the G don't care about specs and it's obvious if the G is Moto's best selling smartphone!!

6. palmguy

Posts: 979; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

It's not the specs, it's the experience. My bamboo back(had an ebony wood back - cracked it. Motorola replaced for free. So used free code they gave me and created a new phone) Moto X to me is the most enjoyable phone since my old Sprint Palm Pre, which I still use on WiFi.

7. Damian0303

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

Believe it or not, some people can't afford to spend $500+ on a phone. The Moto G was aimed at emerging markets and as an affordable way for people to obtain a decent smartphone. Most consumers don't follow the further evolving tech world daily and probably could care less.

12. needa

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

i gues you have not seen the videos where the moto g outperforms the s5. moto e and moto x also btw.

16. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Well, for people who can't afford a $500+ device off contract, there's your answer. And most of the world doesn't use the subsidy system like the US has, even though they seem to be slowly moving away from it. Another reason might be a stock experience, and a strong radio, two things where Samsung is lacking.

8. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Good. This may offshoot other OEMs to puissantly improve their low/mid range phones.

9. Topcat488

Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

In any case, it makes sense for Motorola do introduce a new Moto G soon, doesn’t it? That's the "million dollar" question we'll have to ask Lenovo...

15. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Well Lenovo is always announcing products and they are slimming down their production of smaller tablets, probably to supply more focus to the other mobile lineups (along with those tablets not being good sellers). Hopefully we'll be seeing it in a couple of months or so.

17. dufis

Posts: 79; Member since: Jun 27, 2014

my still is on 4.4.2 android,no updates

18. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1175; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Stunning little gem that Moto G, Motorola did a great job with it, I hope Lenovo don't ruin all this

19. lfbranco

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Can anyone tell me when the 4G version was released? I've got the 1st version, my 1st smartphone so don't have great reference for comparison but can't complain so far. I would just have preferred to have the 4G version... naturally. =P

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