When the Moto X was announced, many people were incredibly disappointed. Most of that disappointment didn’t stem from hardware or features, but price. Charging a high-end price for a phone that’s not quite high-end did not seem right to many, and we understand. However, some held out hope that the Google Play edition of the device would be Moto X’s saving grace in the enthusiast sector.
Thinking about it, a Google Play edition of the Moto X makes very little sense. The device already runs a build of Android that’s fairly close to stock, so AOSP fans should be fairly happy with the stock ROM as it is. Plus, taking out its “always listening” features would be ridiculous, considering how much hardware they dedicated to it. The Moto X8 chip would be rendered useless.
Luckily, Guy Kawasaki has confirmed that the Moto X that will be sold on the Play Store won’t be a Google Play edition. Instead, Google will be selling the same device that’s going out to carriers, extra software features and all. While this is great news to us, the most important detail is still unknown, and that is the price. Not many will pay $600 for a Moto X, so they’ll need to price it very well.
If Motorola’s near-stock ROM isn’t good enough for some AOSP enthusiasts, that’s fine! It’s rumored that Motorola will be making the next Nexus phone, so you may get your AOSP Motorola needs fulfilled soon. We’ll see when Google announces the new Nexus phone, won’t we? Are you happy that Motorola will keep its software features on the Google Play Moto X? Or would you rather have real AOSP? Leave a comment!