Moto G release date: Merry Christmas! (Not happy new year.)

Moto G Dennis Woodside

Motorola Mobility honcho, Dennis Woodside, channels Gomer Pyle.

Motorola (NASDAQ:GOOG) surprises the world by announcing that the Moto G release date is nigh. Yes, its affordable and well-reviewed smartphone is already available for purchase in the U.S. Originally, the phone wasn’t supposed to be available for American consumers until January. But in an act resembling St. Nick, Motorola shimmied down the chimney with a December delivery date. For good boys and girls, the Moto G can be purchased with no contract and unlocked bootloader; sure to bring visions of sweet hacking to phone and software modding communities.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers shout joyful news like the town criers of a Dickens novel.

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Moto G? JR Raphael 'splains:

the Moto G is designed to be a low-cost phone aimed primarily at emerging markets. It'll be sold in the U.S., too...unlocked and off-contract. For perspective, the Moto X would currently cost you close to $500 off-contract. ... [It] has a 4.5-in. LCD display...a slower processor...near-stock Android user interface...HSPA+-level 4G...doesn't offer support for NFC.


The Moto G seems to be a perfectly decent budget far as budget phones'll elevate the playing field, which has been pretty abysmal up to now. [It's] a promising new contender to consider.  MORE


The faceless gnomes of Motorola mouth; telling us about selling to U.S.:

We’re giving people plenty of mobile goodness to gobble up this holiday season. Starting today, people in the US can purchase Moto G (GSM version) on with no contract, no SIM lock and an unlockable bootloader for USD$179 with 8GB of storage or USD$199 for 16GB.


Moto G is also currently on sale in Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Peru, UK, Germany, France, and Canada and is coming soon to other countries. ... Moto G will be in more than 30 countries with 60 partners by early 2014.   MORE


Mario Aguilar amps up the excitement:

A few weeks ago, we got our first look at the Motorola Moto G. For $180, you get a solid piece of hardware running Android Jelly Bean with a guaranteed upgrade to KitKat.


[Basically] the whole point of this phone is to be cheap off contract. It's smaller and not as slick as phones like the Moto X or Google Nexus 5, but its [features] are good enough, especially for the money. And maybe the best part: Upgrading from 8GB to 16GB costs only $20.   MORE


Chronicling tablets, Roger Cheng changes the narrative:

Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside [said] that early demand for the phone has been strong overseas. The company was able to ramp up the manufacturing process faster than anticipated...allowing for the early release of the phone. By launching now, Motorola also takes advantage of the holiday shopping season.


Woodside talked about tablets, noting that "it is always something we're looking at," but said [Motorola] wouldn't put out a product unless it could put a different spin on it. "There's some exploration, but nothing we can talk about right now," he said.


Lastly, Woodside weighed in on the possibility of Motorola creating a Nexus phone. He is open to working [Google's] Android team, and doesn't believe it crosses a line for Motorola to participate. But for now, it doesn't appear as if Motorola is in the running for a Nexus device.   MORE


Neil McAllister isster-ing at the calendar: [You're fired -Ed.]

The version of the handset [arriving] in December will ship with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, but Motorola has said that it will have...Android 4.4 "KitKat" ready by January, and that all Moto G owners are guaranteed to receive it free of charge.


Those who would like to receive the devices by Christmas might be advised to move fast, though. Motorola's website says the phones will start shipping on December 2, but...the ship dates for certain models have already slipped to December 9.   MORE


Michelle Maisto says Moto G aisto X, what iPhone 5C aisto 5S: [Ahem -Ed.]

The Moto G might be called the Moto X's iPhone 5C—it's a less-expensive version of the Moto X, Motorola's first smartphone collaboration with...Google. But unlike the 5C, it's available at a price that's likely to find it serious audiences in emerging markets...and make a difference for Motorola, which Google is still working to turn around.


Like the Moto X, the Moto G has a curved back that tucks nicely into a palm and, though to a lesser degree, is customizable. Motorola is selling what it calls Shells, back panels in different colors that users can snap on, along with FlipShells (backs with privacy-offering front covers) and Grip Shells (rubbery Shells intended for maybe more active lifestyles).   MORE


Count Chris Velazco in for a Moto G:

Motorola may have designed its cheap Moto X with international markets in mind, but cost-conscious phone nerds in the United States now join in the fun too - the company [will] sell both...versions of the device on its website starting today.


[It's] the price tag that's most appealing. You may not know it, but Motorola has spent years courting developing markets and the company has high hopes that its cheap Moto G will be enough to tip the scales in its favor across the the globe.


The Moto G is remarkable device. It's arguably the less talented sibling of the flash-bang Moto X released by [Motorola] earlier this year, but it's more noteworthy because it offers so much at such a stunning price point.   MORE


Meanwhile, Bobby Situkangpoles, sits down for a talk: [On a pole? -Ed.]

Punit Soni, Motorola’s head of software development, said that [Motorola] focused their effort to ensure that the [Moto G] can perform with zero lag and provide all day battery life. Subsequent reviews have so far supported [this] claim.


By offering a premium experience for just around $200, logically, there is no more reason for spend 400 to 700 bucks for a phone to complement their high end tablets.


[The] Moto G has the potential to...disrupt the sub $250 smartphone market but also the market for phones like the Galaxy S4 Mini or the HTC One Mini. If Motorola can pull it off, it [could] obliterate the market for such phones.   MORE

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