Unlike a vast majority of Android phones, one of the key features of the recently announced Moto X is that it appears to be running on an unskinned version of Android. This is in contrast to phones like the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Sony Xperia Z where the manufacturers have themed and skinned Android to their own design, installing a variety of tools and software which some users will appreciate, while others might complain about the unnecessary bloat.
Now word on the street has it that the Moto X could also be making its way onto the Google Play store, and what this means is that if you were to buy it directly from Google as opposed to the various carriers like Sprint or US Cellular, the model you would get would run on stock Android.
Like we said earlier, the default Moto X does not appear to be skinned, but since it will be making its way onto a variety of carriers, you can expect them to install their own bloatware and a variety of apps/tools that you may or may not use. Not to mention phones bought from carriers typically brand their logo on the phone, and will come with restrictions such as checking to see if you have tethering enabled on your account before letting you use it.
No word on how much this Google Play edition of the Moto X will cost or when it will be available, but if the idea of bloatware and carrier restrictions are a bit of a turn-off, check back with us at a later date for more details.
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