When the Moto X hits the Play Store it will not be Google Edition (pure stock)

When the Moto X hits the Play Store it will not be Google Edition (pure stock)
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.

Apparently, that isn't true. Leo Laporte said yesterday on This Week in Google that Motorola's own Guy Kawasaki said that when the Moto X is sold through the Play Store, it will have the same software that exists on any carrier. None of the Motorola enhancements will be stripped out. 

Really, this makes more sense than bothering with a Google Edition version of the device, because there are so few customizations by Motorola. There is the always listening voice command, the quick gesture to launch the camera, the Active Display notifications, Moto Assist, and Moto Connect. That's really about it. 

source: Leo Laporte

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  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 10 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Dual-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 2200 mAh(13h talk time)

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29 Comments

1. raghu67

Posts: 32; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

may be this hints a moto nexus

29. PootisMan

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

I really hope so.

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I'm not trying to be a smartass or anything, but it was pretty obvious...

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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 unregistered

3 weeks? You might be disappointed. I guess we'll see.

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I'll stick to my answer. Only thing left to do is to play the waiting game.

14. gagdude

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 18, 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: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 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: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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: 1265; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

What does it mean when someone says that something is vanilla?

3. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Will it be full price or subsidized?

4. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

hopefully Google will take some initiative and offer it for less unsubsidized. o:

6. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

It will likely be an unlocked, full price version of the device, like all other devices on the Play Store.

8. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 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: 2734; Member since: May 26, 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: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Google did it already with the Nexus 4 though. T-Mobile still sells it for $432.

16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That's tmobile and they don't do contracts anymore.

17. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

Mxy, 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: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

they do contracts with the classic plans and the Nexus 4 came out before the un-carrier initiative.

20. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Google ought do whatever they please! Disrupt the system, don't play along.

22. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 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: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 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: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 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: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 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: Aug 09, 2013

what might be its price for non-carrier version?

23. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Same as every other flagship.

24. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 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: 219; Member since: May 29, 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.

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