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Jan
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Wow - Google just decided to drop a [small] bomb on us this morning, a la the Google Play Edition Moto G, available immediately on the US Play Store website.

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The 8GB model will cost the same $179 that it does at 3rd party retailers for the Motorola version, and the 16GB edition is a mere $20 more, at $199. We definitely didn't see that one coming today!

The device features the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz quad-core processor, quad-band HSPA+ connectivity, and 4.5" 720p display as it was originally unveiled with. The only difference, of course, is that it is running 100% stock Android 4.4, not that Motorola's own software strays too far from that experience to begin with. Head over to Google Play to grab one now.

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David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • https://steamcommunity.com/id/m-p-3 m-p{3}

    Moto G Google Play edition (16GB) is not available in your country.

    :(

  • Aaron Berlin

    I'm not sure I entirely understand the rationale for this - the Moto G is getting timely updates and is basically stock Android as it is. Who is this for?

    • h4rr4r

      People who realize that won't be the case for long. Soon the carriers will back burner those updates.

      • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

        Except you buy the G unlocked, without the carriers getting in the way. So that's not enough.

        • h4rr4r

          You really think that will be the case with the one on VZW prepaid?
          How about me make a friendly wager, sixpack of beer work for you?
          Be warned I like expensive beer.

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            Except the prepaid Verizon one has no relevance to the off-contract GPE one. This one won't work on Verizon. So apples to oranges.

          • h4rr4r

            It is still a Moto G. I bet if AT&T retails one it would be the same.

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            Sure, but my comparison has been over the UNLOCKED Moto G that was the first announcement of this phone. You can buy it unlocked, carriers unspecified from Motorola for $180-200. That's what I'm comparing, as it's the only direct comparison. They're two non-contract, unlocked phones running nearly the same OS.

          • h4rr4r

            Anyone but motorola I would still say GPE gets updated faster and longer. They have come a long way.

          • http://thanhtnguyen.net/ Thanh Nguyen

            You do realize that it's still Motorola providing the updates for the GPE, right?

          • h4rr4r

            The website says the updates are from google.

            Google needs to get the drivers for this stuff into mainline and then they can just build android for them easy peasy.

    • TY

      fastboot oem unlock

    • Marcell Lévai

      At least developers will have more sourcecode available to work with. (Right?) I think Google really wants to make GPE devices mainstream, to a point, where a manufacturer might only release a GPE device (without any other flavor).

  • usaff22

    Wow! What's interesting is that it has the Google Dialer with business search (only the Nexus 5 has that atm) but the stock Moto G with the 4.4 update doesn't.

    Edit: it also has GEL launcher according to the front photo, but not on the side photo (on the side one it has the AOSP launcher, but with the filled-in, listening search box!)

    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      Yeah, the KitKat dialer was one thing I realized this would gain, which is nice, but I think I've generally heard the camera app on the Moto line is preferred, so that's the loss. And of course the Nexus 5 launcher remains only on the 5. This one proves tricky now...

    • Matt

      "Google Dialer with business search (only the Nexus 5 has that atm)"

      Where are people getting this? This is the second AP article today with people posting about the business search only being on the Nexus 5. It's definitely available on the stock Nexus 4 as well.

    • Mislav

      Not true, Moto G on KitKat has the same dialer as any Nexus on Android 4.4

      • usaff22

        You're wrong. It has the same look, but not business search. Do you see "Search contacts & nearby places" in the dialer app? Nope

        • Steve B

          This. I think people are confusing the two. Maybe not.

        • Mislav

          I don't have phone currently on me to tryout, but I guess you are right...
          The look of app lead me to believe it is 100% the same

    • Steve B

      Where do you see the GEL? I'm not seeing it anywhere.

      • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

        Who said GEL? They said DIALER.

        • Steve B

          Above dick

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            You mean above as in an entirely different comment thread? Because you're replying directly to a comment that says nothing about GEL.

          • Friso Wels

            Actually he does reply tot the right one :p

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            No, he doesn't. The comments about GEL were edited in AFTER he commented.

    • Justin Foster

      How do you know this?

      • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

        Because all GPE devices do.

        • Justin Foster

          Ah, I didn't know this. From what I'd read, the new dialer and launcher were Nexus 5 exclusives. Thanks for that info

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            Launcher is, mainly because it relies on specific properties of the Nexus 5's hardware. But the dialer is Nexus and GPE exclusive.

          • Justin Foster

            Ah, that's great. That means I could possibly use the dialer, with some trouble, on a 4.4 ROM.

  • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

    Hmmm... I'm actually unsure of the point of this. The standard one is very nearly stock (more so than the X), and got updated to 4.4 crazy fast. If I were to buy this for my mother, which is my current plan, I might actually prefer to get her the non-GPE version as it seems to have a few useful value adds. Wonder if someone will write up a clear comparison for us, or review them against each other so we can know if things like battery life change.

    • Brandon Jiang

      Not as fast as you may think. Sure, the American Moto G got a handy dandy kitkat update sometime in december, but the europeans were stuck on jellybean up until about a week ago... which, btw, around 2 months after the initial release of 4.4.2. i would also believe this one will get updates faster than the non GPE, even if only a week or two, still faster

      • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

        Did the Europeans have the Moto G? I thought the X and G were only in the US, at least until today's X announcement.

        • joser116

          Moto G was sold outside the US before it came to the US actually. BTW, if you are trying to get your mom a Moto G, I would consider buying from HSN. They give you a $50 rebate plus Flexpay options. They will also throw in a case of the color you choose, an optional downloadable suite of apps worth a lot of money, and a free car charger.

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            Hadn't realized that.

            And yeah, not really a fan of HSN. Don't need Flexpay (I try not to finance anything, ever, if I can help it), and I'm pretty sure all their freebies are junk. $50 rebate MIGHT be worth something, though.

          • joser116

            Yeah, on top of that, the initial price is 150 instead of 170. And freebies are freebies, considering that no one else offers them.

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            Oh, that's the Boost Mobile edition, which sells for $130 everywhere else, and I need unlocked. That does me no good.

        • Brandon Jiang

          The X didn't go to europe until today, you're correct, but the G has been there basically around the same time north america got it

  • h4rr4r

    I might have to get one of these just as a toy.

    • GreatNews

      A $200 toy.... Hmmm not bad...

      • h4rr4r

        That was what I thought. Officially cheap enough to make it one.

  • GreatNews

    And why did Google chose the Moto G over the Moto X?

    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      I think so much effort went into the special hardware in the X that requires their custom software that it would actually be a less useful phone as GPE. That said, I'm trying to figure out what the G gains by going GPE, besides the dialer.

      • h4rr4r

        Timely updates for more than a couple months?

        • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

          But we don't know it's only for a couple of months. We know nothing about its future support at this point, only that the first one got updated to 4.4 record fast, and that the Nexus 4 got updated to 4.4 the same day as the Moto X. So that advantage might not be there anymore with the Moto line.

          • h4rr4r

            The Moto X has totally broken Activesync support. It is on 4.4 not 4.4.1 or 4.4.2, which would have fixed that.

          • BOb

            But we DO know the GPE will be timely updated for the foreseeable future.

            Why chance it on a phone that MIGHT be updated when you can have one that WILL be updated?

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            Because the features might be worth it, or it may be purchased for someone who isn't that concerned about the updates. My mother, for instance, won't even know updates exist. She will know if the camera is confusing, or the battery life suffers from lack of optimization.

            Besides, it's Motorola. A Google Company. At this point I have no reason to have the most remote concern that their flagship, non-carrier-specific (so not counting Droids) line of phones won't be treated as first-class citizens anymore. They've already killed Blur and focused on being as stock as possible with minor customizations, and they've shifted most of their special apps to Play Store distribution to ensure they can be updated outside of the OS. Everything's in place for these to be one step removed from GPE, and I don't see Google and Motorola doing that for any other reason but to lead the way in this regard.

            I'm not saying there's no benefit to GPE. But I think between an unlocked G and a GPE G, the differences in this regard are going to be minor.

          • http://thanhtnguyen.net/ Thanh Nguyen

            Forseeable future being the next 18 months.

          • miri

            Moto X launched with 4.2.2, skipped 4.3 and is now on 4.4 with no eta on 4.4.2. Moto G launched with 4.3 skipped 4.4 and is now on 4.4.2. The difference with Nexus/GPE devices is that they're guaranteed to get ALL updates in a timely manner until EOL (CDMA Galaxy Nexii notwithstanding). While Motorola's turnaround on updates has been admirable, there's no such guarnatee.

      • GreatNews

        Google dialer is only for Nexus 5 for now!

        • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

          No, the dialer is on all GPE devices, as well. It's the Nexus 5 launcher that's only on Nexus 5.

          • GreatNews

            You are right mixed it up a bid

          • makapav

            The dialer is also in the stock Moto G from Motorola. It is not exclusive to the GPE of the Moto G so you are wrong about it. What you are referring to is the 4.4 Launcher which is a Nexus 5 exclusive.

          • Steve B

            Stock Moto G has the business search?

          • http://blog.tonysarju.com/ Tony Sarju

            Yes, after the KitKat upgrade.

          • jcopernicus

            Moto G doesn't have the search dialer.

          • chenxiaolong
          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            Very cool. Hope someone can do that with the GEL functions so we can get them in apps like Nova and Apex soon.

          • Marcell Lévai

            GEL is essentially Google Now, which is a closed source application by Google. When you use GEL, you are using Google Now. I don't think it's possible to create an application that works similarly by a third party.

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            I was under the impression that the GPE-exclusive dialer was also closed-source, hence the reverse engineering. Google Now is accessible in various ways to other apps now, as far as I'm aware, with API calls, and a wide variety of apps are already created to enable always-listening functionality to call it. I'm simply wondering if someone will figure out how to do so built into the launcher in a way that doesn't impact battery life, just like the GEL.

      • Tony Byatt

        Play Store has those features...

        Moto GPE can be done...

        • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

          Yes, and those apps drain the battery HEAVILY. Just because it CAN be done doesn't mean it SHOULD. the Nexus 5 has hardware that let's it do this without a battery hit. Other devices don't.

          • Tony Byatt

            How would it be a battery drain. The apps were designed for the Moto X...

            Not following...

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            Moto X uses entirely different software and methods than the GEL does. They'd have to custom-design an entirely different software solution that would take it entirely outside of AOSP.

          • Tony Byatt

            Other GPE devices maintained some of their original features. A Moto X GPE would most likely maintain Touchless Control and Active Display...

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            The features they maintained were minimal, and very quickly swept into AOSP, such as infrared support. Other features weren't there at all. Active Display and Touchless Control are Moto X exclusive features, meant to differentiate them from others. Supporting them in AOSP would kill that nature of them.

          • Tony Byatt

            Some of the features maintained in the other GPE devices are exclusive. But we will have to agree to disagree...

      • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

        The Moto X has some really nice non-standard Android software.

        • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

          Agreed. It's been rather tempting. I have a Nexus 5, so I feel like going X would technically be a downgrade in a variety of ways, but it's a really compelling device. When it's replaced with a new model, it might replace my 5.

          • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

            Honestly the only reason I want the Nexus 5 over the gsm Moto X is that the radio does Sprint but the more I think about that the more I want a Moto X for the battery life and the screen.

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            I left Sprint, and feel like it's becoming less and less likely anyone will actively WANT to move to Sprint, so I'm not worried about that personally (but options are nice). As for screen, that's tricky, because the screen on my 5 is gorgeous, and coming from a 4, I realize I can still see the pixels on 720p screen. I'm not anxious to go back to that. But having had Samsung phones before my 4, I do miss the deep blacks of SAMOLED. I'm not certain the battery life on the X is actually better than the 5, though. I know on the G it's spectacular, but I think on the X it's comparable or slightly better. Could definitely be wrong. But I did get my hands on an X once, and the two things that really struck me were how SMALL it was compared to my 5, and how stunning the build quality was. I just wanted to keep holding it. I didn't anticipate it being that dramatic.

  • http://blog.tonysarju.com/ Tony Sarju

    This is an instance where i'd say the original device is the better buy versus the GPE. Motorola only adds very useful Android enhancements and updates are pretty on point.

    • h4rr4r

      Huh? The Moto X on VZW is still on 4.4, activesync is a total failure on the thing.
      The GPe devices are on 4.4.2.

      • Guest

        You can't use Verizon Droid phones as examples. They're a different breed. He's talking about Moto devices.

        • mustbepbs

          I don't even..

          You're a different breed.

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            I deleted my comment instantly as I realized my error. yet somehow it allowed you to respond to a deleted comment.

        • h4rr4r

          The Moto X is not a "Droid" branded device.

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            Which is why I immediately deleted my comment as I recognized my error. Somehow you managed to reply to it anyway. How odd.

          • mustbepbs

            "You can't use Verizon Droid phones as examples. They're a different breed. He's talking about Moto devices."

            And here it is for all to see :)

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            Gee, thank you. How "helpful".

          • Nathaniel Webb

            Are you a dick IRL too?

          • h4rr4r

            When I replied to it already said Guest as the name. Was I aware you had intended it to be deleted I would not have replied.

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            No worries. What an annoying system that "deleting" a comment doesn't actually do so.

          • PhilNelwyn

            Yeah.
            What I do is I edit the comment first, then delete it, like that:

          • PhilNelwyn

            Test

          • Justin W

            Disqus no longer allows you to "delete" comments, only to remove your name from them.

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            That explains why I've seen so many comments in various places suddenly turn to "Guest." That seems rather dumb, especially if nobody's replied to it yet.

          • Justin W

            Agreed, but at least they allow you to edit it unlike some comments systems.

      • http://blog.tonysarju.com/ Tony Sarju

        I purchased a US Moto G directly from Motorola for a client and it was updated to 4.4.2 weeks ago. And this is about the Moto G, not the Moto X.

        • miri

          Moto X launched with 4.2.2, skipped 4.3 and is now on 4.4 with no eta on 4.4.2. Moto G launched with 4.3 skipped 4.4 and is now on 4.4.2. The difference with Nexus/GPE devices is that they're guaranteed to get ALL updates in a timely manner until EOL (CDMA Galaxy Nexii notwithstanding). While Motorola's turnaround on updates has been admirable, there's no such guarnatee.

      • Gabernasher

        You can't use this on VZW.

        • h4rr4r

          So you are saying this is an improvement? I agree.
          The point was Moto is behind again in updates and worse leaving folks on a version that is broken. No activesync means useless to a lot of workers.

    • Mike Reid

      Yeah.

      Google "helpfully" removes the FM radio app for us. (LOL.) And maybe some of the low level support too.

    • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

      Yeah I'm picking this up in a month. Going to go through Motorola. I don't even know if I need to root anymore with the enhancements Google has been adding over the last couple releases.

      • Gabernasher

        Why wouldn't you want root? Xposed, Titanium Backup, ROM Toolbox Pro, other things. Doesn't make sense not to root, it's like somehow disabling admin right from your Windows PC.

        • http://the-jade-domain.com Jaime J. Denizard

          Don't forget about Tasker. :)

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            I run Tasker without root.

          • http://the-jade-domain.com Jaime J. Denizard

            As did I originally; But as I got deeper and deeper into what Tasker could do, I realized it was totally worth it to finally get around to rooting my Nexus 4 for all the other things Tasker could offer me. The Secure Settings plug-in alone is a good enough reason.

  • http://about.me/emmanuelvq Emmanuel

    GEL: Nexus 5 launcher

    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      No, that's exclusive to the Nexus 5. Hence the name.

      • http://about.me/emmanuelvq Emmanuel

        The picture says it all

        • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

          That's exactly what the 4.3 launcher looked like. Notice the lack of "Say 'OK Google'" text in it.

          • Bluewall

            And what the 4.4 looks like too :)

          • akshay7394

            Not really. Not the launcher he's talking about.

          • Baleeted

            I can assure you that the stock 4.4 launcher does in fact look like that.

          • akshay7394

            Well neither he nor I are talking about the stock one, we're talking about GEL. Google's launcher. Not stock.

          • Baleeted

            If you actually read the conversation above, the OP stated that it looked like the GEL and I stated that the stock 4.4 launcher looks exactly like the launcher in the image. So yes, you are technically talking about the GEL and stock launchers.

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            Right. But my point of saying it looked like the 4.3 launcher was that it's an easier differentiation. He said the photo shows the GEL, I showed that it looks just like the 4.3 launcher, therefore clearly the photo doesn't prove GEL.

          • Baleeted

            If anything the photo disproves GEL because the app page launcher thing using GEL is translucent white/grey and stock is transparent.

          • Chris Lambert

            Isn't that the GEL App launcher icon?

            Also the res is poor but it does look a bit like it says "say OK Google"?

            Actually, yeah. The image on the Play Store is GEL, might be an error. The image in the article above is stock 4.4.

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            No, it's not. And it definitely doesn't. The photo is quite clear.

          • Chris Lambert

            Which photo? There are 2.

          • akshay7394

            Jesus, I know I'm talking about GEL. I'm NOT talking about stock launchers. Stock vs. GEL is not the same. Stock is what's on AOSP. GEL is not on AOSP. I'm saying the 'stock 4.4 launcher' is != 'GEL'. I read the conversation above just fine. I was correcting the first comment, not yours; just responded to yours too.

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            Right, but that's not the GEL.

          • Baleeted

            I know it isn't, I never stated that it was.

          • Chris Lambert

            There are 2 images. One is GEL.

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            I clearly see only one image, and it is definitely NOT GEL. GEL is exclusive to the 5.

          • Chris Lambert
          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            Yes, but my point was that the photo doesn't show the GEL launcher. It shows a launcher identical to the 4.3 launcher, which is essentially what the non-GEL launcher is.

          • http://about.me/emmanuelvq Emmanuel

            No and No, search Google

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            I don't NEED to search Google, I own both a Nexus 5 and a Nexus 4. I know what the launchers look like. GEL is exclusive to the 5, and that photo looks IDENTICAL to the 4's launcher.

          • http://about.me/emmanuelvq Emmanuel

            Put glasses, GEL - No GEL see the difference?

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            What?

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            Your images weren't loading initially. Now I see your PhotoShopped version, yes.

          • Chris Lambert

            FFS. Shows up as GEL on the UK Play Store, maybe different images for different locales.

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            More likely a rushed image.

          • Chris Lambert

            Maybe, but it's not 'shopped. Google seems to like winding up Android fans though, so it's probably not going to come installed.

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            What UK Play Store? I go there and I see NO GPE devices. Just Nexus devices.

          • Chris Lambert

            Ohhh, high res:

            https://lh3.ggpht.com/teLzY8rIaaYqOBoyVwBfjRt_8FSK5kUViYbmNBn4hS4Lj8ZcU0KkNyBIuKzfVIq5Edo=w800-rw

            Oh, right click on YOUR image in the play store and open the pic in a new tab. You'll see the URL isn't one I've hijacked...

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            Yes, but what's the source site?

          • Chris Lambert

            "Oh, right click on YOUR image in the play store and open the pic in a new tab. You'll see the URL isn't one I've hijacked..."

            Late edit.

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            My image? I didn't post an image. I'm sorry, but I'm not clear on what image you're telling me I need to view the source of. The only images here I've seen were posted by Emmanuel, and their source URLs aren't Google.

          • Chris Lambert

            ...Go to any image in the Play Store and check the URL. They're all hosted at: lhX.ggpht.com. As is this image.

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            Ah, THAT's the context I needed. Strange. My guess? It was an early image with a simulated screen, as all the screenshots are taken with the phones off and that's added later, and they used the wrong one. They quickly replaced it on the site, but not for conspiracy theorists decided to believe it first.

          • Chris Lambert

            Yeah, except it's odd that that's the image that non-US users appear to be seeing.

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            But where are they seeing it? As I said, I can't find the phone on the UK's site. So what website is displaying this?

          • Chris Lambert

            If you visit the direct link it takes you to the page that says:

            "Moto G Google Play edition (8GB)

            Moto G Google Play edition (8GB) is not available in your country."

            And that image:

            https://plus.google.com/photos/115466728632711041689/albums/5968845489946005473/5968845493950863842?pid=5968845493950863842&oid=115466728632711041689

            That's what I and others are seeing.

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            Got it. Fits with my theory that they rushed a photo, then fixed it, but out of sight, out of mind for the non-US page which the webmasters are far less likely to notice is still wrong.

        • Chaosprower

          Is that an official picture? It has trasparent bars, unlike the one in the article.

          • http://about.me/emmanuelvq Emmanuel

            Yes, so seen from Spain at least

          • Steve B

            Go away troll. Stop spreading lies.

          • http://about.me/emmanuelvq Emmanuel

            You are a troll

          • Baleeted
          • Steve B

            Was that directed at me?

          • Baleeted

            Yes it was. The image on the Google Play page clearly shows the Moto G with the GEL. You should stop calling him a troll.

          • Steve B

            No it doesn't. This is what's showing: http://screencast.com/t/uO6Fd2eilJZ

          • Baleeted

            The image you posted didn't load until 30 seconds ago. I've just checked the play store page for it and you appear to be correct. Whether it releases with the GEL is a different story though.

          • http://about.me/emmanuelvq Emmanuel

            That's the point

        • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

          When this first loaded your picture didn't load with it, so I didn't know this is what I was supposed to be responding to. Nice PhotoShop.

          • http://about.me/emmanuelvq Emmanuel

            No photoshop

          • Steve B

            It's not photoshopped, he probably stole it from here: http://www.anandtech.com/show/7689/google-announces-moto-g-google-play-edition

            Either way, it's not official. Head to the Play Store to know what's coming with the phone.

          • http://about.me/emmanuelvq Emmanuel

            An apology would be nice

          • Steve B

            You should apologize for spreading lies.

          • Steve B

            Hey moron, go to the link above, probably the same place that you stole the photo from and read the last paragraph.

            "One more thing to note is that the Moto G doesn't run the Google Experience launcher, that's still exclusive to the Nexus 5."

    • Steve B

      That's a fake picture moron. Official Google press renders don't lie.

    • Steve B

      How long did it take you to photoshop that?

      • http://about.me/emmanuelvq Emmanuel

        Ask yourself to Google

        • Steve B

          Go to Google Play, look of the device. Done.

          Your image from above was pulled from some blog trying to break the story first.

    • Steve B

      Hey a$$ clown, now that the device is out and we have proof that it DOES NOT have the Google Experience launcher, I'll gladly accept your apology for being a complete idiot. Thanks and good day.

      • http://about.me/emmanuelvq Emmanuel

        Fuck You, you're so dumb that you have not understood anything. The picture is real, it even comes in the packaging. Go photoshopping your face

        • Steve B

          That doesn't change the fact that this phone does not come with the launcher you said it did. Now you just look like an idiot.

          • http://about.me/emmanuelvq Emmanuel

            jajajajajja

  • Bluewall

    Didn't see that coming. Don't really see the point. But hey, whatever float your boat ! :)

    • dreadfall

      the point is all GPE vendors get Android code even before they are released to public. so now updates will be much faster than 3 weeks

      • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

        Perhaps. I'm not certain at this point. Considering the Moto X started getting KitKat the same day as or before the Nexus 4, things are a little wonky lately.

        • dreadfall

          thats the point.. now imagine ATT,Sprint and T-mobile getting update the very same day Nexus gets the update.. those varient took more than a month to get it

      • joser116

        All OEMS get Android code even before it is released to public, not just "GPE vendors".

        • dreadfall

          Then you have no idea how Android development work. Android is developed closed by Android team and one day they will release it to public and thats the day all oem gets the code. now that has changed with GPE devices.

          • joser116

            You have no idea

          • dreadfall

            yeah but PDK is still not Android code. they are hardware meant to test and build devices compatibility with future version of Android.

            this only help OEM to fix OEM codes like device drivers for camera, screen,chipset drivers etc which is not included on Android code.

            just with PDK you cannot build an update for example from 4.2.2-->4.4.2

          • joser116

            The PDK is an early look at the Android build, which is code. It is NOT hardware.

          • Gabernasher
          • dreadfall

            how is that even relevant?? pdk is used to build drivers and oem specific codes.. yes it will speed up some time but without Andoid code an update cant be build

  • Steve Secor

    Cool! The more GPE devices the better!

  • 16Bitz0r

    Good. Now do that to the Nexus 5 as well.

    • Bluewall

      Wait what ?

    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      I don't get the joke.

      • http://the-jade-domain.com Jaime J. Denizard

        I believe the OP is referring to the price.

        • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

          Closest thing to anything that makes sense. Thanks for translating.

          Still doesn't actually make sense, though, since the Moto G wasn't LOWERED to this price, it was always at this price. So there's still no comparison.

  • C-loZ

    i thought the moto G was a Quad-core phone, not dual ?

  • Oje Ballstrom

    You made a mistake in the article. Moto G has got a quad-core CPU, not dual-core.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Whoops. Fixed.

  • darth_suicune

    Hi guys, just wanting to point out what looks like a typo:
    "The device features the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz dual-core processor"
    The picture and page specs say quad-core.

  • Anon@mouse

    You said "The device features the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz dual-core processor" but the sites says "Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 Quad Core, 1.2 GHz" .

    Can we get an update or edit?

    • Ricardo Neves

      He already replied to you, you dont need 3 comments saying the same!

  • Whyzor

    Please stop using the slang 'drop' in official headlines (or any article for that matter). In business or any semi-official setting, it means dropping support, dropping the ball, messing up, or discontinuing something.

  • Chaosprower

    And Google Play Editions are still only for the US. Amazon has it unlocked for a similar price, but with Motorola's customizations.

    • John

      I use a Moto X, but I assume the Moto G's software customization is more or less the same.

      They haven't screwed with stock Android at all in terms of look and feel, and the few features they've added are actually useful. Overall, I think Moto's additions are an improvement over stock Android (which is still very good).

  • Dave Bowen

    So this might be a stupid question, but can I get this phone and use it on my VZW account?

    • mustbepbs

      No, it doesn't have the correct radios for Verizon. You can only get the G from their prepaid service, and you need to use it for 6 months to use it on a postpaid line.

      • Dave Bowen

        thanks

  • Frank Lopez

    with moto x dropping the price on the X - google selling the awesome nexus 5 starting at 350 and this moto G plus tmobiles uncarrier like push. The whole wireless carrier is starting to finally loose appeal. I been on a no contract between ATT & tmobile mostly tmobile for the last 4 months with my nexus 5 and the 30 dollar plan. I have to say. Best decision ever

    • Scott

      I ordered a moto x and a straight talk sim card. Here goes nothing.

      • David Hart

        I rack in an average of 9GB a month with Straight Talk T-Mobile.

        Whatever you do, don't choose ATT

        • Scott

          Well I'm not a heavy data user and T-Mobile doesn't provide coverage where I live and work.

          • Todd

            You'll be fine on AT&T then. I use them through Net 10's BYOP/SIM card plan.I'm not too heavy on data either outside of wifi at home. Infact they now have a cheaper plan than the 50 a month for 2.5GB.
            It's 40 a month plan and they throttlespeeds after 500MB. Watching my usage the past few months I'm lucky to break 500MB, so gonna save myself 10 bucks a month. If I start to go over, I'll just jump back to the 50 plan the next month. Nevertheless, gotta love the freedom of prepaid! :-)

          • http://the-jade-domain.com Jaime J. Denizard

            My dad is on a NEt10 BYOP/SIM card plan on AT&T's network as well. He has a Nexus 4 and whenever he's on the phone he doesn't have mobile data. Have you experienced this?

            Thanks!

        • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

          I was on the T-Mobile SIM with Straight Talk for about 4 months. I consistently used over 4GB of data, then one month they throttled me at the 2.5GB mark and refused to explain what changed. I left immediately. Don't feel safe.

  • Robert Alex Kibler

    Dang, if I didn't seriously want LTE, I would jump on this. I'm struggling to come up with the $350 for a Nexus 5, but I could handle $200.

    • Brad

      I'd wait a couple more weeks and get the N5 hardware wise... I'm not bagging on this phone, it's a great phone for if your daily driver breaks mid-contract... otherwise... nah...

    • Merri Mogridge

      Maybe you can take solace in the fact the Nexus 5 is $490/$550 in the UK. :)

  • Scott

    I actually like the Moto camera app better than the AOSP camera. Other than that, what's different about this other than updates from Google? Nothing? Well the few Moto apps I suppose.

    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      GPE dialer, with business search. But I'm not sure there's anything else.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

        I'm going to go with "feeling special about yourself."

        • Scott

          And the packaging is probably a little different...

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

            I'm sure it's super special.

          • Cesar

            I don't feel very special. Maybe I should buy one of these.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

            It's only $179 for all the special you can handle.

          • Cesar

            And they say you can't put a price on happiness. :)

      • Cesar

        I think that's pretty much it, but you trade that for Motorola Assist, which is a shame.

        • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

          Is Motorola Assist on the G? I hear good things about it.

          Yeah, at this point when I buy this for my mother, I'm leaning on standard over GPE.

          • Scott

            I'd get the standard over the GPE version just for the moto camera app because other than that they appear the same.

          • John Underwood

            The Moto G has Motorola Assist, but it doesn't support the Driving mode, which I think would be the most useful mode.

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            Ah, agreed. That's probably all I'd want it for.

          • Cesar

            I didn't know that it didn't support Driving Mode. That's a bummer.

      • Doc_152

        Also, if there is no hardware difference. Nothing is stopping people from flashing the GPE firmware onto a "normal" Moto G.

        Nice one, Google. You just did an Apple.

      • Scott

        Interesting. I just bought my g/f the Moto G from amazon saturday (well it arrived saturday) and then this appears.

    • moelsen8

      motorola migrate is actually really handy. takes the pain out of moving all of your crap over to a new phone manually. i think this is one instance where i'd pick the non-gpe edition. especially since it's the "global gsm" version.

  • Hiya

    Does anyone know if this can be used on Airvoice Wireless?

    • http://the-jade-domain.com Jaime J. Denizard

      What's an Airvoice Wireless? <.<

      • Hiya

        They are an AT&T MVNO, a prepaid carrier.

        • http://the-jade-domain.com Jaime J. Denizard

          Yeah I saw. I was just making a joke since I've never heard of it.

  • Mystery Man

    I rather have this to root then Motorola voided warranty one

  • http://www.therealpornking.com/ David Michaels

    Wow, nice. Hopefully we get the Samsung Galaxy S5 Google Play Edition as well.

  • http://the-jade-domain.com Jaime J. Denizard

    Has anyone else noticed that the spec list on the Google Play page for this phone doesn't list the 1700MHz band for HSPA+? I'm assuming it's another "Oops" like when they forgot to list it on the Nexus 4 page (even though back then it was a bigger deal since no "version" of the phone was out yet), but it was worth pointing out.

  • Todd

    They could drop it to 5 cents as far as I care. No expandable storage, no sale.

  • Anthony

    hmm this is very interesting. i think this would be a good buy for many people.

  • Jules

    Will GPe Moto G also have the patched versions of Dalvik and Bionic?

  • MartinCC

    I'd like a Moto G, and I'd prefer the GPe version (I already have a Nexus 7, I like plain Android) but it's not available in the UK. I have a relative in the States and I'll be over there in a few weeks. If I arrange to get a US GPe, bring it back to the UK, and put a UK SIM card in it, am I running a risk of any incompatibilities (aside from the power plug pin layout, obviously)?
    Thanks for any advice anyone can give.
    Martin

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