Motorola and Google are finally acknowledging one another via the Play Store. Though perhaps a bit unnecessary as Motorola doesn’t heavily skin Android, the Moto G is now available as a Google Play Edition device. Starting at $179 for the 8GB model, and a mere $199 for the 16GB model, the Moto G is available now via Google. This brings with it a real unfiltered option for fans of Android, and prepaid mobile.
If you’re unaware, the Moto G was Motorola’s answer to mid-range devices, and it’s a good one. With a slew of respectable hardware, like a 4.5-inch 1280 x 720 screen and 5MP/1.3MP camera ensemble, the Moto G still makes us scratch our head at the pricing. Backed by a Snapdragon 400, the Moto G is easily the best bang for the buck, or lack of bucks, as the case may be.
This device is compatible with both AT&T and T-Mobile, as it's the US GSM version, not the global edition. What it offers is more flexibility, not tying you into one carrier, and making travel easier. This version is also on offer directly from Motorola — for the same price. With the Motorola version, you get things like Motorola’s camera software, and Moto Assist. Here, you get bone stock Android. It's an interesting choice to make, and slightly confusing as to why it's necessary.
It’s great news for those who like Google Play Edition devices, stock Android, and unlocked devices. Losing some of those Motorola touches that make the Moto G great might not be worth the stretch, though. Google is asking the same price as Motorola, so you really have a choice to make, here — Motorola stuff, or not. You can’t go wrong either way, but the fork in the road is definitely there.