Google just silently released the Motorola Moto G Google Play Edition on the Play Store. Limited currently to the US, the Moto G GPe is available for the same price as before – $179 for
the 8 GB version and $199 for the 16 GB version.
The Moto G GPe and the normal version don’t differ at all as far as the hardware is concerned, but when it comes to software, there will be a few changes. Motorola’s (owned by Google) additions to the OS on the normal Moto G won’t be available on the GPe – the Active display comes to mind, for one.
What this means other than those software modifications is that Google will release the source code and factory images earlier than before, and Motorola will have access to newer versions earlier than before, in theory.