Google quietly puts Moto G Play Edition for sale at $179, announces it via a Tweet

Certainly no one seen this coming – The Motorola Moto G smartphone has been treated to some Google Play Edition goodness and it has already gone on sale through the Mountain View giant’s online store. The handset is the first mid-range devices to join the series and it will sell for $179 with 8GB of storage.

Google is certainly expanding its Play Edition lineup with new types of devices. We recently seen the first tablet and phablet make their debut on the Play store and now, the company is also picking non-flagship devices like the Moto G. The handset’s arrival was formally announced via the official Android Twitter account. Also, the 16GB model has been made available for $199.

Moto G Play Edition

Compared to the international version, the Google Play Edition Moto G is no different in specs and features. The former does have a few software enhancements from Motorola, but mostly a next to pure vanilla experience. Well, even those subtle attributes will be omitted in this release. Apart from this, software updates will be much quicker, but that isn’t much of a worry considering that Motorola is already quick on its feet to deliver new versions of Android.

Here’s a quick look at the specifications:

– Android 4.4 KitKat
– 4.5-inch 720p HD screen with 329ppi pixel density
– 1.2GHz quad core Snapdragon 400 processor
– 8GB or 16GB storage; 1GB RAM
– 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front snapper
– HSPA+, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
– 2070mAh Li-ion battery
– 143 grams
– 129.9mm x 65.9mm x 11.6mm

The Moto G Google Play Edition can be picked up in the US through this link.