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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.

Display4.5-inch LCD, HD (1280 x 720), 326ppi
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, quad-core @ 1.2GHz, Adreno 305
8GB, 16GB
2070 mAh
5 MP rear LED flash, 1.3 MP front
GPS, GLONASS, microUSB, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 LE
129.9 x 65.9 x 6-11.6mm
Black/White, replaceable colored backplates
Android 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.