We've already taken a look at the international Moto G, and today Google surprised us with the formal announcement of a Google Play edition Moto G based on that same international hardware. I was impressed with the international Moto G and think it's a great device for shoppers who want a device that feels great in the hand, isn't overly large, but still performs very well in every day tasks. 

The Google Play edition Moto G like others eschews some software features in favor of an entirely Google-derived experience. Motorola arguably has the closest to stock implementation of Android right now, but if you want something even more of an expression of Google's vision, the Google Play edition Moto G probably makes sense. Pricing for the Moto G is what you'd expect –  $179 for the 8GB version and $199 for the 16GB version. There's only one hardware version, essentially the UK GSM version with quad band GSM/EDGE and quad band single carrier HSPA+ on 850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz. The handset will work on AT&T in the US and T-Mobile in markets that have WCDMA running on 1900 MHz (essentially markets that have T-Mobile LTE). 

Of course the tradeoff with Google Play edition devices is that although they run the OEM's kernel and have a stock build of Android on top, it eschews the software preloads and often many of the OEMs custom additional functions. Google has listed these nicely on a support page as usual:

FM Radio
Motorola Assist
Motorola Boot Services
Motorola Camera
Moto Care/Help
Motorola Connect
Motorola Device ID

One more thing to note is that the Moto G doesn't run the Google Experience launcher, that's still exclusive to the Nexus 5. We're looking forward to getting our hands on the Moto G GPe as soon as possible and taking a closer look at what's different versus the device we've already looked at. 

Source: Google Play, Google Support

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  • plupien79 - Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - link

    Crap... there needs to be a VZW version of this phone for PagePlus users. Reply
  • Quiem - Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - link

    Nope, if you are Verizon user you get what you deserve. Reply
  • aktariel - Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - link

    ...great coverage? Reply
  • anandreader106 - Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - link

    ...wildly inflated cost of service for great coverage? Reply
  • pixelstuff - Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - link

    Proprietary U.S. only CMDA technology at wildly inflated costs, but great coverage? Reply
  • austin835 - Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - link

    And let me guess? ATT users? the same ones who pay double the price for slower coverage that cant be found unless living under the tower? Reply
  • themossie - Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - link

    *grin* What he said. Of course, with PagePlus you're not paying wildly inflated costs... if you don't need much data :-) Reply
  • gregounech - Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - link

    Wow, I hope google decides to ship non-Nexus Google Play devices to other regions soon, tired of seeing great announcements being US only Reply
  • phoenix_rizzen - Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - link

    Yeah, especially to countries that, you know, share a border with the US! I can understand not wanting to ship overseas right away, but to exclude Canada from the GPe program? Shipping is virtually free, and we use the same cellular bands for pete's sake.

    What's worse is that Motorola won't even let you buy a phone via their website, due to their stupid "exclusivity deals" with Telus (Moto G) and Rogers (Moto X). FFS, you can't get either if you're on Bell! (Okay, you can buy them outright from either company and then unlock them since all three use basically the same cell bands, but it's still a lot of extra hoops to jump through.)
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  • twotwotwo - Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - link

    Standard off-contract G might even be better here. Same price, has latest version of Android and a pretty low-key skin already, Moto replaced that stock camera UI that folks complain about, and hey, who doesn't want an FM radio? Reply

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