Yes, there will be a Motorola Moto X Google Play Edition

Yes, there will be a Motorola Moto X Google Play Edition
Even though the just-unveiled Motorola Moto X is going to feature a near-stock Android experience, we know that's never going to be enough for the purists out there who just won't settle for anything less than pure Google. That is why we guess so many of you will be happy to learn that there's going to 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.

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Moto X
  • 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)



1. pradeepreddy

Posts: 65; Member since: Apr 01, 2013

"Google is interested in partnering with Motorola..." lol! :) :)

2. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 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: 2660; Member since: Oct 31, 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: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 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: 2660; Member since: Oct 31, 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: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 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: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 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: May 29, 2013

Nexus 4 $350 for pretty much the same specs with a better cpu.

11. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 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

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

I wonder if the GP edition will still have the customization options.


Posts: 6; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

Please be cheap! Or I'll just wait for the the next nexus

10. alltechinside

Posts: 248; Member since: Apr 21, 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: 58; Member since: Dec 15, 2011

This was a pure marketing scam. Get people hyped about an outdated phone and cash in.

14. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 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: May 29, 2013

Google Edition was a scam, I will laugh when custom roms are running 4.3 before the real thing.

15. rob5150

Posts: 183; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

All in all pretty lame introduction after all the hype. No news on actual release dates. Actual price off contract.

17. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Nice... we'll get updates sooner and can also will have switchable options from Moto to Google Play and vice-versa.

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