The Moto X is official and it will be heading to all five of the nation’s largest carriers including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon Wireless. However, there will be another option for those that don’t want to deal with a carrier or its bloatware as Google has confirmed a Moto X Google Edition that will be launching sometime soon.
At a press event in New York City, Motorola finally debuted its long awaited flagship, the Moto X, which will be arriving on shelves in late August, early September, in two different variations. The first, a non-customizable model. The second, a fully customizable device that will be heading to AT&T’s LTE network in the coming weeks.
Those devices will receive updates from Motorola, with carrier approval, and will also come with carrier bloatware, otherwise known as carrier specific software as well. They aren’t Nexus devices. Those looking for a more Google experience with the Moto X will apparently get the chance as the company does plan to release a Google Play Edition sometime in the future.
The Moto X Google Edition will come unlocked with vanilla Android, just like the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition and HTC One Google Edition. It will also get updates straight from Google. What this means is that for a price, users will be able to get a Moto X that doesn’t have bloatware and doesn’t have updates that are subject to carrier approval.
Google isn’t talking release dates or pricing though The Verge says that the device will be coming sometime “soon.” Soon doesn’t necessarily mean tomorrow but it likely means that we should see the Moto X Google Edition arrive in the near future. It will more than likely run on AT&T and T-Mobile just as other Nexus devices do though Google isn’t confirming that.
While this device may not have the appeal of a Galaxy S4 or HTC One thanks to the fact that the Moto X doesn’t use a skin, it may appeal to those that want a Moto X that is free from carrier clutches.