Moto G Announcement

Motorola officially unveiled the Moto G this morning, when it revealed that the phone would launch in Brazil and parts of Europe today through Motorola's website for just $179; it won't arrive in the U.S. until Jan. 2014. At around the same time, Verizon Wireless chimed in on Twitter, announcing it will be offering the low-cost smartphone on a prepaid plan starting in early Q1 2014.

It makes sense that Verizon is pairing the Moto G on a prepaid plan instead its typical two-year contract. The company has made a strong push for LTE, which Motorola's new smartphone doesn't support. There's still no word on how much the carrier will charge for the device, though we suspect it won't be too far from Motorola's own pricing.

The Moto G comes equipped with a 4.5-inch Gorilla Glass 720p display, a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB or 16GB of internal storage and a battery that Motorola claims will last all day. The budget handset comes running Android 4.3 with a promise that it will upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat in the near future.