When the Motorola Moto X was revealed to the world, some people were disappointed with the specs or the pricing, but there was one glaring highlight that had everyone scratching their heads. If Google owns Motorola, why isn’t the Moto X launching with the latest version of Android? Well, at least the update is coming soon.
As you know, the Moto X should become available toward the end of this month, but it will ship initially with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. That being said, the Motorola Mobility CEO says that the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update is almost ready for primetime and it should be pushed out soon.
And even though Motorola is owned by Google, the Android update won’t be pushed out to you the same way that you get updates on a Nexus device. Instead, it’ll go through the regular channels that you find for non-Nexus devices, as the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update will be the responsibility of the individual carriers. Motorola wants the carriers to “develop” the software, meaning that they’ll have an opportunity to put in the usual bloatware, too.
So, I guess if you really want the purest Google experience and the latest Android versions all the time, you’ll really have to stick with the official Nexus line or a Google Play Edition handset. Realistically, though, the difference between 4.2.2 and 4.3 isn’t all that big. We’re just waiting for Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie.