Moto X2 Release Date Announced for Summer 2014, Will Run Android

Picture: Reuters/MotorolaA picture of the Moto X Phone with the Wood backing

The Moto X2 release date was announced for summer 2014 by Motorola earlier this week.

The company confirmed the news during this year's Mobile World Congress during a Q&A session. They said "the next version of Moto X" will arrive sometime in "late summer." Motorola also plans to expand availability of its current smartphone lineup and the Moto Maker tool for its customers. Motorola will bring it to Europe and Mexico.

The company also plans to stick with Android as its primary OS. It also confirmed that the original Moto X will be released in India and Australia during the next few weeks.

The Moto X launched in August of last year and functions as the company's flagship handset. It feature specs that failed to wow many critics, but seemed to execute well in other areas including its integration of the Android operating system, which is similar to what is found on the Nexus line.

Motorola was recently sold by Google, but the smartphone still seems to be receiving significant support from the company. A lower-spec Moto model was released shortly after the Moto X and carved out its own lane in the handset market.

The device known as the Moto G packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, a 5-megapixel rear camera, 1.3-megapixel front shooter, Android 4.4, KitKat or Android 4.3 depending on the variant, a 4.5-inch LCD display with 720 x 1280 resolution at 329 ppi and 16GB of internal storage.

The Moto G received rave reviews and was even crowned Product of the Year at the 2013 TrustedReviews Awards. The smartphone is an extremely affordable SIM-free handset, which makes it even more appealing to the average customer not looking to lock into a contract.