Moto G Google Play Edition confirmed, frankly we're baffled

Moto G Google Play Edition confirmed, frankly we're baffledWell, the whole Motorola slash Google slash Nexus story is about to get a whole lot more confusing. The story so far: yes, Google owns Motorola; yes, Google’s devices are Nexus branded; no, the Moto G is not a Nexus device, though it was developed under Google's watch.

But wait; here comes the Moto G Google Play Edition with stock Android, giving the phone semi-Nexus status. Sort of.

The Moto G Google Play Edition joins a growing army of Google Play Edition devices, including the Samsung Galaxy S4, Sony Xperia Z Ultra and LG G Pad 8.3. And we’re still not really sure what the point is.

See, one of the great advantages of Android is supposedly its open source nature, and the ability for OEMs to tailor the software experience as they see fit. Conversely, Windows Phone handsets are largely identical when it comes to the UI.

Why, then, is all that hard work undone with Google Play Editions? Well, speedier Android updates, I guess. Otherwise? I’m out.

Indeed, the Moto G is perhaps the most confusing Google Play Edition to date, in the sense that the handset already rocked near stock Android, and was pretty quick to grab a slice of KitKat Android 4.4.

But hey, the Google Play Edition phones tend to stick to the US, so let’s not dwell on it too much.

via: Google Play

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JanSt / MOD  Jan. 15, 2014 at 14:35

Baffled was Brin's choice of name for the Android OS - didn't you know that?

CTPAHHIK  Jan. 15, 2014 at 16:19

I got Tesco Moto G and about to return it. It's missing languages I need. I'm hoping that Google Edition ROM will have appropriate international support.

Pondlife  Jan. 15, 2014 at 21:21

Don't return it you can flash the unbranded rom from what I read on hukd

Pondlife  Jan. 15, 2014 at 21:25

"And we’re still not really sure what the point is."

Think that's just you.

Lots grumble about how the manufacturers bloat the whole experience up too much so I can definitely see a reason for them for people reluctant to flash roms.

Agree that this one is more confusing as very similar anyway, but suspect there's still some motorola junk in there normally

Pondlife  Jan. 16, 2014 at 00:27

I got Tesco Moto G and about to return it. It's missing languages I need. I'm hoping that Google Edition ROM will have appropriate international support.

Maybe this would help http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2602704

Pondlife  Jan. 16, 2014 at 00:39

Oh and looks like you may be able to flash the google play rom too if it does have the languages.

Also outlines some differences.

http://www.modaco.com/topic/368243-motorola-moto-g-google-play-edition/?p=2189326

tabled  Jan. 16, 2014 at 09:23

"And we’re still not really sure what the point is."

Think that's just you.

Lots grumble about how the manufacturers bloat the whole experience up too much so I can definitely see a reason for them for people reluctant to flash roms.

Agree that this one is more confusing as very similar anyway, but suspect there's still some motorola junk in there normally


Very well said, I work in Mobile Technology for a University (Looking at all sorts of things but mainly "Corporate Devices"). Customisations seem to be how companies want to "Stand out from the crowd" and we get loads of requests for Samsung devices. However, customisation often leads to updates being few and far between (If at all once a new model is released). For a consumer, this probably isn't a massive problem. However, some/most of those updates contain security fixes.

As such we've stuck to Nexus devices to ensure the longest lifetime out of our devices. If google play edition phones were available in the UK we would probably be looking to offer those as well.

What really needs to happen is a separation of the customisations from the OS. So the OS is sock and Manufactures keep their customisations in the app layer.

Just our two pence :-)

CTPAHHIK  Jan. 16, 2014 at 11:21

I got Tesco Moto G and about to return it. It's missing languages I need. I'm hoping that Google Edition ROM will have appropriate international support.

Maybe this would help http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2602704


Thank you, I will give this a try.
I will not be returning it anymore, since there will be a Google Play version ROM.
Right now I'm running Unofficial CM, but I don't like it too much and waiting for official Google one to leak.

Pondlife  Jan. 16, 2014 at 19:09

What really needs to happen is a separation of the customisations from the OS. So the OS is sock and Manufactures keep their customisations in the app layer.

Just our two pence :-)


I was reading an article in the last month that was saying in a way Google was doing this as more and more of the parts that used to be stock functionality, the keyboard, the sms/messaging, google search, the browser(chrome) all being moved to the Play store and so meaning that they can update much of it separately.

Meaning less core functionality and less to be updated with new android version.

Also possibly part of why they seem to be trying to push auto updates to apps on the user more.



Oh and Google play version should mean that the Moto G will see next three android updates...

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