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Moto G Google Play edition appears on the Play Store’s virtual shelves

7 months ago 16

Things were pretty quiet on the Google Play edition front following the launch of the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4 GPe units last June, but that changed with the emergence of the LG G Pad 8.3 and Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition hardware last month. Today the flow of GPe devices continues with a new offering from Motorola.

Google just added a Moto G Google Play edition to the Play Store’s virtual shelves, giving consumers the opportunity to pick up Motorola’s new handset with a clean build of Android 4.4. The Moto G GPe hardware is the same as the GSM model that debuted last year, right down to its GSM/EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900MHz and 21Mbps HSPA+ 850/900/1900/21000MHz connectivity. The one big difference is that, just like the other Google Play edition hardware, this Moto G runs a vanilla flavor of KitKat and will receive updates in speedy manner.

While the Moto G sold by Motorola does include a few custom apps, such as Motorola Migrate and an FM Radio app, the version of Android that it runs is fairly barebones. That’s why it’s kind of surprising to see Google introduce this Moto G Google Play edition. Having more choice when shopping for a new smartphone is always a good thing, though, so I’m not going to complain about getting the opportunity to snag a new Moto G GPe at the same price as Motorola’s store.

What do you think of the Moto G Google Play edition? Is your mouse cursor hovering over its “Add to cart” button?