Moto G Google Play edition with KitKat arrives in the US

Summary:Motorola's Moto G has been reborn as an unlocked Google Play edition device.

The Google Play edition Moto G. Image: Google

Motorola's low-cost Moto G is now available in a Google Play edition (GPE), but for now, only US customers are able puchase it.

The Moto G joins the Google Play editions of the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One which, as GPE branded products, contain pared-back 'pure' versions of Android and generally get OS updates ahead of variants that come directly from OEMs.

The unlocked device, which is compatitable with AT&T and T-Mobile in the US, is available in 8GB and 16GB models, which cost $179 and $199 respectively. Both versions are available from the Play store.

The GPE Moto G comes with Of course, Google owns Motorola, and the device maker has been quicker than others to rollout KitKat to its devices, in particular the Moto G's higher-end sibling, the Moto X , which arrived in the UK this week .

The Moto G, however, which launched with Jelly Bean, only got Android 4.4.2 last week in the US as well as the UK . The GPE version should get future updates in line with other GPE devices.

The 3G device has a 4.5 inch-HD display with a 1,280x720 resolution and is powered by a quad-core 1.2GHz processor with 1GB RAM.

Though Motorola skipped LTE support for the the device, the Moto G has been widely praised for the quality of its build and price. The Moto G launched in the UK late last year SIM-free for around £135 , but quickly got discounted to £120, putting it on par with the popular low-end Nokia smartphones, the Lumias 520 and 620. 

Sadly for European customers, Google Play Edition devices aren't available yet. The non-Play version of the Moto G is now available in a handful of European countries , however.

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Topics: Mobility, Google, Hardware, Smartphones


Liam Tung is an Australian business technology journalist living a few too many Swedish miles north of Stockholm for his liking. He gained a bachelors degree in economics and arts (cultural studies) at Sydney's Macquarie University, but hacked (without Norse or malicious code for that matter) his way into a career as an enterprise tech, s... Full Bio

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