Motorola launched the Moto X4 last month, and a release date for the United States wasnâ€™t included. The company only said the phone would arrive this fall.
Now weâ€™re getting a better idea of whatâ€™s coming. It turns out the Moto X4 could be released in the U.S. as the countryâ€™s first Android One phone.
Well isn’t this interestingâ€¦ pic.twitter.com/QrC8bJz1pX
â€” Evan Blass (@evleaks) September 9, 2017
Evan Blass, the mobile industry leaker at VentureBeat, shared an image of the Moto X4â€™s back. The phoneâ€™s already official, so thatâ€™s not new. Whatâ€™s different here, though, is the inclusion of Android One branding near the bottom.
Motorola letting Google use the Moto X4 as an Android One phone in the U.S. would be the best possible move for the programâ€™s expansion into North America. Unlike other brands that have created Android One phones, Motorola is well-known in North America and around the world. Consumers in the U.S. remain very unfamiliar with Xiaomi and General Mobile. Partnering to have the Moto X4 on Android One could also be a major step in changing the perception of cheap Android devices.
This isnâ€™t the first time weâ€™ve heard about the phone getting special treatment. Google first confirmed in June that a mid-range phone from a partner would be compatible on Project Fiâ€™s network by the end of the year, and Blass revealed Motorolaâ€™s Moto X4 to be the device. With the latest piece of information from him, it looks like the two companies could be planning much more than compatibility on Project Fiâ€™s network.
Android One phones rely on Google for software management. Because Google is handling that area, the phones ship with minimal bloatware and software updates arrive quickly. Lenovo, Motorolaâ€™s parent company, has been notoriously slow with software updates; therefore, joining Android One should mean the Moto X4 will be among the first to get software updates to the latest version of Android.