Google just dropped another new device in the Play Store. Well it’s not really new. But the Moto G is now available on Google Play as a Google Play Edition device. What’s strange is that Google is calling this a Google Play Edition, but we’re left wondering what is actually different from the normal Moto G? Since the Moto G is basically stock Android, in fact I don’t think there’s any Motorola tweaks in the Moto G like there is in the Moto X.
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The Moto G Google Play Edition is on sale now for $179 for the 8GB version and $199 for the 16GB version, which is the same price as it is at other retailers, like Best Buy, and Amazon, and even Motorola’s site. This is a pretty surprising move from Google. On the Play Store Google is describing it as “a 4.5″ HD display, quad-core speed, all-day battery, interchangeable backs and the latest version of Android from Google starting at less than $200.” Remember the Moto G is featuring the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz quad-core processor, with quad-band HSPA+, so it’ll support T-Mobile and AT&T’s network. But it only supports HSPA+ 21mbps network, and not T-Mobile’s 42mbps. It’s also got a 4.5-inch 720p HD display. Along with Android 4.4 – KitKat, which it already had.
Now this puts just about every OEM with a Google Play Edition device. HTC, Samsung, LG, Sony, and now Motorola. So perhaps, this is one way that Google is helping manufacturers get the latest version of Android on their devices sooner? It’s rather strange, especially putting the Moto G as Google Play Edition. We’re going to have to check out the differences here, but it looks like the only difference is the wallpaper, so far. As updates do still come from Motorola.
How many of you are thinking about rocking a Moto G for a little while? Let us know in the comments down below.