Aug 01 AT 3:12 PM Dustin Earley 22 Comments

Google Play edition Moto X in the works

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Disappointed with the availability details surrounding the Moto X? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. As of right now, all we know is that it will be coming to just about every carrier in the US, for around $199 on a two -year contract. We’ve heard that it will land for around $600 from carriers off contract, but details on an unlocked version are scarce. All we know is that one is coming, in the form of a Google Play edition device.

Much like the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4, there will be a Google Play edition of the Moto X. While the Moto X that is going to be available from carriers will be close to stock Android, it’s not quite there. Carriers have had their way with it, throwing in some subtle branding on the back of the device, and there are some preinstalled apps (bloatware). The Google Play edition Moto X will be pure Android.

Unfortunately, there are more questions about the Google Play edition Moto X than answers at the moment. Will it be customizable? Will it be priced closer to a Nexus device or other Google Play edition devices? Will it get updates faster than the carrier versions? Will it have an unlocked bootloader? (The carrier variants do not). We’ll bring you more as soon as we can.

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  • Nate B.

    Nice but I’m curious to know what unique looks and features the next Nexus will have. I hope the open mind put I to this is also put into the next Nexus device.

  • halo0

    Seems like it would omit some of the features that make the X unique, like the on-screen notifications?


    BOOOOOOOO! We’ve been bamboozled! I want the time I wasted thinking about this phone back, Lol. Taylor you owe us!

    • Taylor Wimberly

      I owe you what? Moto said they will sell and unlocked version on the Google Play store. It’s just coming later than we all expected it.

  • jamal adam

    I assume it’s going to be priced like the One and S4 GPe, unless Google has a surprise for us.

  • asdfdf

    For 600, I’d rather buy a One X or an S4

  • mattcoz

    $600?! @#$%!

  • SGB101

    there goes the $350 device people was expctinng

    • vforvortex

      that means we have to wait for the new Nexus/Nexus 5/Nexus 4 2013 model to get that price point and a high end phone.

  • Brian King

    Motorola is not Google. I can understand Motorola wanting to make a profit. So $5-600 is not a shock to me. $300 would be awesome. But that’s the way it goes in business. You can’t operate at a loss. Even if you are owned by Google. Not like Google operates the nexus line at a loss, just no margin. They make it up with the traffic through Google Now. Trust me….these companies always make money.

    • Matt Creed

      Motorola is not Google but doesn’t Google own Motorola?

    • Dima Aryeh

      You’re absolutely right, Motorola needs to make a profit off hardware where Google doesn’t. However, $600 is a little high for non-high end specs.
      And even though Motorola is owned by Google, they are still separate companies (to the person who also replied to this)

      • clocinnorcal

        Agreed. Motorola needs to earn profit from hardware sales. Still, the $600 price point is a bit steep considering the HTC1 and GS4 GE’s are superior (hardware wise) and priced in the same ballpark.

    • Brian King

      I agree that $600 is high even for a high end device. The mark_up is 300% on some models and I can guarantee this is not a $250 cost to build phone. I am sure this is a $400 off contract phone. But we will see won’t we. Just don’t get your hopes up.

      And yes Motorola is owned by Google. But Google had said they are not directing Motorola business only in culture…and money.

  • Matt Creed

    Sorry forgot the phone is made in the USA so yeah they’ll charge up the b-hole

  • KennyG

    600 bucks…….SHAZAM!!

  • SGB101

    Just watching an interview with guy kawasaki, (with Leo laporte), and he said there is a GE phone in the works.

    I don’t know how much it is really needed tho, as he is stressing so much, that the moto X, is very stock android, and the at&t version only has a couple of apps on it.

    So I’m thinking you’ll be giving up more than you will be gaining going GE.

    • SGB101

      To add, he has dodged the battery question, saying he hasn’t done a battery test, and plugs in when ever he can, so can’t comment on battery. Being the marketing guy, he should be able to. In the next brethren he goes on to advertise motos new external battery (p400 or summit similar).

      I’d bet the battery isn’t as good as we have been led to belive.

  • vforvortex

    I will start with the good.
    1.Making most of the mid range specs by showing optimizing to the fullest is best rather than adding higher end specs without it.
    2. The customizations : colors & matching accessories are really good looking and they have done a
    3. form factor of the phone being round and comfortable to hold and the right size.

    The bad…How does this phone change the status quo?
    1. Sold end of august, weeks after Launch instead of on the same day.
    2. At&t Exclusivity for customizations for near future, Rogers if in canada
    3. Locked devices have carrier bloatware, locked bootloader
    4. Delayed Updates , maybe sooner for GooG Play Editions.
    5. Non-removable battery (expected being a google company and current trend)

    one thing is more clear now from this. Google does treat Motorola like another OEM.
    I thought about switching to At&t for their fast LTE network so it might have worked out if i do that. But for now, I think i will wait to see what Nexus has to offer this year.

  • Steve McQueen

    Not meaning to deviate too much, but the forest green and orange scheme on the Moto X shown in the picture is damn sexy.

  • Pravas

    I’ve to start saving…

  • donger

    Not a bad phone by any means. It just would have been one of the best if its’ specs were better.