Motorola launched the Moto X4 smartphone recently at the IFA event 2017 in Berlin. It appears that the company is not yet done with the smartphone though, as now there are rumors that the company is working on another Moto X4, but with Android One branding.
What to expect from the Moto X4 Android One edition
Earlier this year, 9To5 noted that Google was apparently working on the phone to bring a more controlled, stock version of Android to the United States. Now it seems like the Moto X4 could be the phone powered by the Google Android One program. A few days ago, trusted tipster Evan Blass leaked an image of the recently-announced Moto X4 carrying the Android One branding, which almost confirms the speculations.
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In addition, The Information claimed earlier that the phone, which will launch in the United States under the Android One program, is expected to arrive later this year. Further, the report states that the device will be priced somewhere in the range of $200-$300.
It is expected that the Moto X4 Android One edition will come with the same specifications as the Moto X4. That would mean the handset would have a 5.2-inch full HD (1080×1920 pixels) LTPS IPS display with 424ppi pixel density and Corning Gorilla Glass protection. Like its predecessor, the Moto X4 Android One edition is expected to be powered by the 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 Octa-core SoC paired with the Adreno 508 GPU and 3GB of RAM.
For those wondering how the Moto X4 Android One edition might differ from the regular Moto X4, the Android One edition will probably have regular, guaranteed Android updates. Further, the handset will likely offer a pure Android experience with applications specifically made for the operating system. Services such as Google Assistant and Photos will probably also be optimized to offer the best experience. Additionally, it is expected that the Moto X4 Android One edition will come with the Google Play Protect security feature out of the box, notes Gadgets 360.
Google’s second attempt with Android One
There are reports that the Moto X4 Android One edition will launch around the same time as Google’s next Pixel. However, that would not be the best choice for either company. There are also good chances that the phone will not be called the Moto X4, so the companies may give it an altogether different name.
Once the Moto X4 Android One smartphone is launched, The Information says that other OEMs could also be allowed to release their own versions of the phone in the United States. LG and HTC might be interested in offering the Android One-based smartphone.
This is Google’s second attempt with Android One, the customized version of Android for entry and mid-level smartphones. Google launched Android One in 2014. However, the operating system was not very popular with OEMs. Since then, Google has been working to improve its operating system and forge new partnerships.
Further, Xiaomi has already announced that the Mi A1 will be its first Android One phone. Xiaomi stated that the Mi A1 is part of a new collaboration with Google and will offer a stock Android experience at a reasonable price.