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Motorola 'Moto G' trademark surfaces - does G stand for Google?

A new trademark has now surfaced for a new Motorola device under the name "Moto G". The big question is whether this might be the Moto X Google Play Edition or something else entirely.

Published onOctober 22, 2013

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Thanks to some expert sleuthing on the part of Phandroid, a new Motorola trademark has surfaced for an upcoming device named the “Moto G”. So what exactly is this mysterious device? Good question.

Turning to the trademark filing, we really learn very little. The description says “mobile phones, smartphones and accessories therefor, namely battery chargers, adapters and removable covers” – this sort of sounds like gibberish, and really tells us next to nothing. That’s where a little speculation comes in handy.

Going by the description, this probably isn’t the previously rumored Motorola tablet, as it wouldn’t really fall into the “mobile phones, smartphones” category. That leaves us with four more likely conclusions: this is either the Google Play-bound Moto X we’ve been waiting for, another name (or the official name) for the Motorola DVX, a new product that Motorola has yet to reveal the details of, or simply a routine trademark filing that Motorola may or may not ever use.

Theory #1: If this is really the Google Play version of the Moto X, the G could stand for “Google”, but why would Google go out of its way to set the Moto X’s name apart from other GPe handsets? If I may suggest a theory, maybe it’s because the Moto X won’t run on vanilla Android, and therefore isn’t a true GPe device. After all, having 100% stock Android really removes most of the Moto X’s advantages and makes the handset just another dual-core device.

Theory #2: Since we already know that the DVX is coming in dual-SIM version, perhaps Google plans to sell a single-SIM variant under the name Moto G, via Google Play? Again, pure speculation.

Theory #3: This is a brand new device, or perhaps even the previously rumored Motorola smartwatch. It’s also possible that this is merely just a filed trademark that will never actually be used at all.

For now, all we can do is speculate. Sure, our guesses could be totally wrong, but it doesn’t make coming up with wild theories any less fun. What are your thoughts, what might the Moto G turn out to be?

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