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Meet the Moto X4: The First Android One Phone in the US

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Last month, Motorola officially introduced the Moto X4 to the public as the latest entry to their Moto X series. Considering the smartphone manufacturer entered into a merger with Lenovo last year, it's been a while since a device was released. When Motorola finally unveiled the Moto X4, it excited a lot of people. Not to mention, there were earlier rumors suggesting Motorola would be the new hardware partner of Google's Project Fi.

So when Google made an announcement today confirming the Moto X4 as the first Android One device in the U.S., it gave both Android One and Motorola fans something to look forward to. Not to mention, it also targets budget-conscious users who are looking for a new device to switch to.

Today's announcement means that an Android One version of the Moto X4 will be coming in a couple of weeks. This model will be available with a pure version of Android sans the bloatware. As an Android One device, the Moto X4 will not be available with Alexa integration as the other models will be shipped with.

As for hardware, these remain the same as the regular Moto X4 models-- a 5.2-inch 1080p display, a 2.2 GHz Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor with 3GB of RAM, 32GB onboard storage, microSD card slot of up to 256GB memory expansion, and a 3,000mAh battery. Camera-wise, the device has a dual rear configuration with 12-megapixel and 8-megapixel sensors and a 16-megapixel front-facing camera.

All of these things stay the same on the Android One version except for its software. In addition, Motorola's enhancements (Moto Voice, Moto Access, attentive display, and one-button navigation options) will not be available on the Project Fi-ready device. In its place, the Moto X4 Android One version will run Google's Android version. Although it will be running Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box, the Moto X4 is scheduled to receive an Android Oreo update before the year closes. Sources also reveal the device is among the first slated for an Android P update.

One advantage of getting the Moto X4 Android One version is that it will be available with unlimited full-quality storage in Google Photos. This same feature was offered on the Google Pixel and the Pixel XL.

The Moto X4 Android One version is priced at $399 and will be available in black and silver color options. If you are interested in this model, you can place a pre-order on Project Fi's website. Another option is to save up to $165 by trading in your Nexus device (selected models only). If you trade in before October 5th, you also get a $50 Project Fi credit.

Project Fi is an MVNO operating under three different wireless carriers in the U.S. The idea is that the connection on your phone will depend on your location and the signal strongest in that area. Other than the Moto X4, the other devices that officially support Project Fi are Google Nexus and Pixel models.


Source: XDA-Developers, TechCrunch

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  1. This article is very confusing. I'm pretty sure "Android One" and "Project Fi" are not the same thing, but the article seems to be conflating the two concepts.

    What if I want the Android One X4 but I am not interested in Project Fi? Can I still get the phone?

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  2. Android One is a version of the Android OS. Project Fi is Google's MVNO. The Android One X4 is an Android One phone that can be used on Project Fi. It will also work on other operators.

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  3. MotoX4 is the first one coming to U.S under Android One channel.

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  4. Remember the good old days? When Google bought Motorola, made a few phones, didn't capture much market share but gleaned several thousand patents...timely updates for OS & monthly security updates...

    The good old days when low end was e, midrange was g, & flagship was X.
    Now we get c, e, g, m, x, z.....hit or miss on software updates beyond 9 months...

    I'm a Moto X Pure owner. Where's my Nougat update? I keep hearing its coming but words are just words.

    And now they throw this Moto Z look a like at us & stick an X on the label? HORSE PUCKEY!

    Motorola had already destroyed itself, & Google ate its ashes. That's all.

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    1. I have a Moto E4 from Boost, loved it, but sadly stopped using it because I know there will be 0 support. Went back to my Galaxy J7 Perx and am very happy I did.

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  5. Is Android One like a budget Pixel? They both run stock Android, right? I'm not really sure what the differences are.

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  6. It's a poor man's Pixel, but not a frugal man's G5 Plus.

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    1. I thought it was the pauper's BlackBerry KeyOne, or a Palm Pilot for connoisseurs of free government cheese.

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  7. How noticeable is the difference between Google Photo's compressed "high quality" setting and the original images?

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    1. This post has a good explanation along with before and after sample photos Google Photos "High quality" vs "Original".

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  8. When I see my Moto X Pure upgrade to Nougat is when I will entertain the the idea of ever purchasing another Moto product.

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    1. "When I see my Moto X Pure upgrade to Nougat is when I will entertain the the idea of ever purchasing another Moto product."

      That will happen when hell freezes over. Or apple actually produces a stylus for their tablet. Oh wait.

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