The unlocked, unbranded new Moto X could come as the “Pure” edition



Motorola has yet to release any specific details about availability of their Moto X as it has yet to even get an official release date, but one interesting detail has risen ahead of availability. According to The Verge, Motorola will look to offer the unbranded, unlocked version of the Moto X as the “Moto X Pure Edition.” We imagine they went with this name because of the fact that it’d likely be the first in line for OTA updates and should receive support well ahead of any carrier branded versions.

What we still don’t know is whether or not this version of the phone will be treated as a developer edition (that is, come with an unlockable bootloader). Phandroid’s Derek Ross made an interesting observation that the Pure edition could become the developer edition as Motorola might be signaling that unlockable bootloaders and faster updates appeal to more than just actual developers.

We imagine its name doesn’t make much of a difference considering tech buffs would know which exact version they would want, but whatever the case may be it certainly won’t hurt anything. What we’re more interested in is the prospect of getting this “pure” version of the phone through Moto Maker, something a Motorola rep confirmed to Phandroid would be possible with this year’s developer model. Of even more importance is its release date, though we’ll have to wait a while yet before those exact details are forked over.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. Let me guess — Will not work on AT&T or Verizon.

    1. As far as I know, Tmo phones work just fine on AT&T, but not all AT&T phones will work fully on Tmo. That’s because Tmo has one old school frequency they still use.

      They’re reframing this frequency to a newer one, but if you’re not in an area with the reframed frequency, then the AT&T phone won’t be able to fully work.

      I’m not sure if I’m using the right words, but I know it has something to do with a reframing.

  2. I like this name, it alludes to the fact that carrier versions are impure, which they are.

  3. I wonder if/how t-mobile’s WiFi calls would work on that model. Would I need to install any specific apps to get it to work? I’m totally clueless about how that would work.

    1. Won’t have it at all most likely

    2. With T-Mobile supporting WiFi calling, Sprint recently adding it, and AT&T apparently adding it next year, I’d like to see it come baked into Android L. Sounds as if the iPhone 6 has it baked in, so why not Android?

  4. Of course it WONT be available on Verizon……..

  5. Is this the next nexus?

  6. The new Moto X is starting to sound more and more like a Nexus to me..

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