Moto G Google Play edition now in the Play Store: stock Android hits $179

by: Bogdan PetrovanJanuary 14, 2014

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Nexus devices aren’t exactly expensive, but with the new Moto G Google Play edition, getting on the stock Android bandwagon becomes cheaper than ever.

Without so much as a press release (at the moment of this writing) Google and Motorola launched today the Google Play edition of the Moto G. The device is now available in the Play Store, going for $179 for the 8GB version and just $199 for the 16GB version.

The Moto G is one of the most impressive devices of the moment, thanks to its ultracompetitive price tag and great specs. The phone packs a 4.5-inch HD display, a Snapdragon 400 processor running at 1.4GHz, and 1GB of RAM. The Google Play edition of the Moto G should be identical in terms of hardware with the regular version.

Moto G specifications

Display4.5-inch LCD, HD (1280 x 720), 326ppi
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 400, quad-core @ 1.2GHz, Adreno 305
Storage8GB, 16GB
Battery2070 mAh
Cameras5 MP rear LED flash, 1.3 MP front
ConnectivityGPS, GLONASS, microUSB, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 LE
Dimensions129.9 x 65.9 x 6-11.6mm
ColorsBlack/White, replaceable colored backplates
SoftwareAndroid 4.3

Check out our video review, that should give you a good idea of how the Moto G looks and feels.

The Moto G seems a curious choice for a GPe device, considering that it runs Android 4.4 (following updates) with little modifications and just a few added apps from Motorola. The Moto G GPe joins the Galaxy S4, HTC One, Sony Z Ultra, and LG G Pad 8.3 in the Play Store. As a reminder, these devices are sold at the same price as their regular counterparts, but run stock Android and are guaranteed fast updates to the latest version.



  • Brendon Brown

    Cant wait till Google Play editions becomes international…

  • AndroidBoss

    Next thing you know, there will be a Google Play Edition iPhone.

    • MasterMuffin

      I’d buy one!

      • AndroidBoss

        I would if it had a larger display lol.

        • MasterMuffin

          Well it’s rumored that iPhone 6 will have a 5″ display (though I don’t believe in that rumor one bit). I’d buy it just to support such big collaboration between Apple and Google (so that there could be GPE iPad!)

          edit. such big
          much companies
          very pricy

      • Jayfeather787

        I’m sorry, but I won’t touch an apple product with a ten foot pole. They have great ideas, but when I touch one, I feel my skin melting, I just have such a strong hatred for iphones.

        • MasterMuffin

          iPhone isn’t the only Apple product. And as I said below, I’d support the collaboration between Apple and Google (so that there could be a GPE iPad and iPads are nice). Also you really wouldn’t touch the latest mac pro? That’s a beast!

        • apianist16

          I didn’t know iPhones were that hot! :P

          • Jayfeather787

            Yeah, bad thermald. Will damage the internals.

        • hatred for iphone? :( okay

    • Tuấn Ankh

      A Google Play Edition of the new iPhab 6 with 6″ display. I’ll buy one!

    • nickfury

      yeah i really like the iPhone size factor and design, one hand usage no problems at all, thats what i missed when i changed over to Nexus 5 (yes there are smaller android phones,but i would only buy nexus or gpe because software)
      This GPE iPhone hybrid will be awesome, one can only dream…

    • Lindle

      Actually, I want a Google Apple Nexus 5

  • AndroidBoss

    I’m buying this for sure.

  • MasterMuffin

    I don’t quite get the idea of this, Moto G already has almost stock. I guess they just want to spoil those people of USA even more with faster updates compared to the rest of the world >:/

    • It’s interesting to observe the accelerated time line Google gives to a company that is ‘independently run’ ;)

      • Luka Mlinar

        They keep saying it’s not true but i guess but it’s like a kid saying “it wasn’t me”

      • MasterMuffin

        I don’t believe for a second that the Android team and Motorola aren’t secretly working together!

        • Wezi427

          Is that a bad thing? ;-)

    • MadCowOnAStick

      …b…bu…but I live in America! xD

  • Luka Mlinar

    The G has a more or less clean build that’s optimized to run even faster. Buy buying this you are essentially buying a slower device.

    • MasterMuffin

      buy buying? :P Agreed though

    • Wavefunction Collapse

      Some just want a 16 GB version. We can’t get that (16 GB) in Canada. We can only get the 8 GB, Amazon won’t ship the 16 GB, Motorola won’t either… turns out that the Play Store won’t either… I don’t know why we can’t get a 16 GB Moto G in Canada… in whose interest is limiting that?

      • Guest123

        Now that is stupid. Maybe a drop ship service?

      • Thomas

        We can’t get GPE devices in Canada either though

    • Jayfeather787

      You are correct, the optimized moto dalvik is very good if you want to use xposed framework, and want something close to the speed of ART.

  • jjordan

    1.2 ghz

    • Jayfeather787

      should be 1.4 typo in the article

  • Omar Khairy Abdul-Hamid Rostom

    Does anyone knows wether the GPe is GSM unlocked or just US unlocked ?

    • Jayfeather787

      GSM unlocked completely. Should work with every carrier.

    • Guest123

      Unlocked GSM/UMTS/HSPA+
      GSM/EDGE/GPRS (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
      UMTS/HSPA+ up to 21 Mbps (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)

  • geel

    The same price as a non-GPE? Strange decision

    • asdf

      why? gs4 and htc one GPE’s were also the same price as their non-GPE’s

  • Jayfeather787

    Adreno 305 is not as powerful as I would like, but my Adreno 220 handles Riptide GP2 just fine, and my Adreno 205 is not bad either, so the Adreno 305 should be pretty good. That, and it has less pixels to push around, so it should be on par with some higher-end phones.

  • Elise Wolski

    I bought the GPe and now I’m curious if the camera will be different since Motorola put in their own camera app? I know you can just get motorola assist for free so I’m not concerned about that.

  • Sudeepto Dutta

    Please Motorola and Google , launch this device in INDIA ASAP …..

  • Steven Dolbey

    Google actually leaked this and the Sony GPE a while ago on the Android Devices page.

    Notice the Moto G on the right and the Sony in the top middle.

  • Anthony Böttcher

    Should i fix my old nexus 4 screen and back vor just go ahead and get this one?