The Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) Moto X smartphone will be available on the Sprint Network tomorrow according to a statement from the carrier. The phone, which is the latest premium offering from Google’s Motorola division, will be available to Sprint customers for the first time at $199.99 with a two year contract.
The Moto X, which was dubbed the Google Phone for much of its development, is the first Motorola smartphone to come out after the company’s reorganization under Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG). Despite the phone’s one time monicker, it did not receive any notable design input from Google, and still runs on the company’s older Android 4.2.2 OS.
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Moto X sales
The Moto X first became available on rival network AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) back on August 23,and it hit Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) stores on August 29. To round out the big four, the device is confirmed for T-Mobile, but a release date and price have not yet been announced.
The Moto X boasts a full rage of premium features and it sells at a premium price. It’s far too early to tell how sales of the device will come in yet, but Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is said to be fully behind the phone, planning a $500 million marketing spend on the device. Google is, it would seem, still planning to release a device with its own brand name, the Google Nexus 5 in the coming months.
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is in an unusual place ion terms of the hardware market with its own offerings competing with each other directly. The company is also selling Google Play versions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One directly from its web store.
Moto X features
The Moto X certainly includes premium features, but the lack of any special Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) touch on the phone disappointed the tech community. The smart phone has a 4.7 in 1280×720 screen, 2 GB Ram and a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro at its heart.
The phone also boasts some unique features including “Touchless Control,” a voice command service that allows users to manipulate their phone in advanced ways using just their voice. The smart phone is certainly comparable to the other premium Android models out there, and with Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) backing the coming months may be the best Motorola has seen in years.