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Google Play-only Availability for T-Mobile Moto X?

T-Mobile might be launched via Google Play only according to the latest reports in the business. That’s what I call a dumb move. Or at least that’s what a leaked image suggests.

The information comes from TmoNews website and it’s based on a leaked screenshot that says the US carrier will sell the Motorola flagship smartphone through “Google Play only,” while the release date is listed as “TBD” (to be decided). The screenshot fails to reveal anything about the price of the T-Mobile Moto X but it will most likely be set to $199.99 with two-year agreement similar to the price at any other US carrier.

We’re not entirely surprised to hear that the T-Mobile Moto X will be available thorough Google Play as the carrier did announce the the smartphone will be available directly from Motorola. Anyway, it’s still odd to hear that Google will help T-Mobile sell the Moto X as the only variant of the Motorola smartphone expected to hit the Play Store was the Google Play Edition that is supposed to run stock Android out of the box.

For the time being, the Motorola Moto X is only available at AT&T and Verizon, but both Sprint and US Cellular are expected to have it in their portfolio in the coming weeks.

In case you don’t know it already, the Moto X was announced early August and it’s the first smartphone co-developed by Google and Motorola after the search engine giant acquired the Chicago-based phone maker mid 2012. Even though it doesn’t come with the technical specs of a high-end smartphone, the Moto X has the likes of becoming a popular smartphone, with the highly customizable design being one of its major selling points.

The Moto X is powered by what Motorola likes to call X8 mobile computing system, which is basically a customized Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset. Based on a quad-core Adreno 320 GPU, a dual-core 1.7 GHz Krait CPU and two low-energy processing cores which handle the natural language and contextual computing processing affairs.

The handset also comes with 2 GB of RAM and 32/64 GB of internal storage, while sporting all the connectivity features worthy of a modern smartphone: 4G LTE, NFC chip, all standards of WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy, and microUSB 2.0.

As I was mentioning above, the highly customizable design will be the main selling point of the Moto X. Courtesy of the Moto Maker website, you will be able to choose the color of the front panel (black or white), of the back lid (18 colors available), and accents (volume rocker, power button, and the ring around the camera). Unfortunately, AT&T is the only carrier with Moto Maker support, but things may change in the near future.

The Moto X is running almost stock Android 4.2.2, which comes with a couple of nice Motorola touches like Active Notifications, Motorola Assist, always-on voice commands, and a gesture based camera app, powered by an unaltered Android interface.

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