Don’t Worry, A Google Play Edition Moto X Is In The Works
The most head scratching feature of the new Moto X is that it’s running Android 4.2.2 instead of the new 4.3 that was released last week, even though Motorola is owned by Google and theoretically should have early access to new Android software before it comes out.
If you’re bummed about not getting the latest and greatest version of Jelly Bean right out the gate with the Moto X, Google has some splendid news: it’s making a Google Play edition of the Moto X that will be available “soon.”
Exact pricing and a release date for the Google Play edition Moto X hasn’t been announced, so it might be a while before you can get the Moto X without the crapware carriers put on it.
AT&T says the full off-contract price for a 16GB Moto X will be $575, so we imagine the Google Play edition will be close to that. However, it might come in a little cheaper, like the 16GB Nexus 4 that only costs $349 on Google Play, but runs $499 at full retail.