One of the reasons that Motorola’s so fast in delivering Android platform updates to its latest smartphones has been how minimal the company’s own UI enhancements have been; we’re a long way removed from the old days of MOTOBLUR. But even for as unobtrusive as Motorola’s software is, some users are always going to prefer the pure stock look of Nexus phones – maybe just out of principle. Last year, Google started making that kind of experience available on more hardware than ever before, thanks to the introduction of Google Play edition devices. We’ve seen that lineup expand from phones to include tablets, and today it adds the Moto G to its family.
The 8GB and 16GB Moto G GPe are both available, and at the same $180 and $200 prices that you’ll pay for the standard versions of the phones; sure, that’s pretty much what we’re used to from GPe models, but we’re not used to any of this happening to phones with Nexus-level price tags to begin with.
Both look ready to ship, and orders placed today will go out later this week.
Separately, the regular Moto G is now available at Boost Mobile, where shoppers will be able to score the 8GB model for just $130 with one of the carrier’s no-contract plans.