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Mario Tomás Serrafero · Feb 3, 2015

Motorola’s Success: The Repertoire That Saved Them

Motorola had a big turn-around in just a few years. While their Droid line-up was one of the devices to kick-start the hearts of Android fans, they had a short period of time where their direction was not all that clear. For a while they released devices like the Droid Razr that weren't bad in themselves, but failed to stand out against giants from Samsung and others. In particular I remember the Galaxy S getting a lot of buzz, yet...

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GermainZ · Nov 28, 2014

How to Control Both Moto G and Moto E LEDs

Notification LEDs offer a great way to check for notification at a glance on the Moto G (2013) and Moto E. That being said, you may want greater control over them to check on charging status as well or even your eMMC (internal or external storage) activity. All of this is possible, assuming your device is already rooted. XDA Recognized Contributor matmutant has written two detailed tutorials on how to control your device's LEDs for various uses. As it turns...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 2, 2014

MultiROM Ported to the Moto E

Few categories of Android development are as intrinsically interesting as the ability to boot into multiple operating systems. Multiboot, as it's most commonly known, allows one to do exactly this. The most popular implementation of multiboot that we've seen on the Android platform comes in the form of XDA Recognized Developer Tasssadar's MultiROM. MultiROM has been officially and unofficially ported to a wide variety of devices. Today, one more device has been added to the list, the popular and wallet-friendly Motorola Moto E. The unofficial MultiROM...

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Samantha · Jul 13, 2014

Get to Know Your Moto E Inside Out with All-in-One Guide

Ever since it was announced and released earlier this year, the affordable and powerful Moto E has been embraced by a very active community here and hence has seen much development. Of course, this is also due to the open nature towards aftermarket support Motorola has given it, as seen with gestures such as the prompt release of the device’s kernel source and Motorola’s official method of unlocking the bootloader. With so much to play with, it is without a...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jun 28, 2014

Let’s the Games Begin! SlimKat and Unofficial CM11 Ported to the Moto E

The Moto G, which was released back in 2013, has seen great success. The cheap and powerful device almost immediately found its way into the pockets of many XDA users around the world. Lenovo, after purchasing Motorola, decided to release an even more budget-friendly successor, the Moto E. The Moto E's firmware is close to AOSP, but in contrast to Nexus devices, the device tree wasn't released. A while ago, we talked about a device tree by XDA Recognized Developers JackpotClavin and cybojenix. We're pleased to announce...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jun 12, 2014

The Moto E is One Step Closer to Source-Built ROM Goodness

Motorola released two very successful devices last year: the Moto G and Moto X. Both were (and still are) great smartphones in their respective categories. And by releasing the G, Motorola showed other OEMs that good devices don't have to be very expensive. Not too long ago, Motorola released the even more wallet friendly Moto E, which is poised to conquer the developing markets. Right after the Moto E's release, XDA Recognized Developer cybojenix managed to root it and create a custom recovery. Nearly a month later, there is quite a bit...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 3, 2014

Android 4.4.3 Rolling Out to Moto X, E, and G Starting Today!

Folks, it looks like Good Guy Moto is at it again! Just yesterday, we covered the launch of Android 4.4.3, and today we took a look at the latest version of KitKat what exactly has changed in 4.4.3. Also earlier today, the update started making its way out to the WiFi-only version of the Nexus 7 (2013). Now, we've got some great news for Moto device owners, as Motorola has just announced that it will begin rolling out Android 4.4.3 to the Moto...

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Will Verduzco · May 31, 2014

GPL-Mandated Moto E Kernel Source Finally Released, Razr M/HD Source Updated to KitKat

We've talked quite a bit about the highly affordable Moto E ever since its launch earlier this month. We first shared a system dump a little under two weeks ago, and that was quickly followed by a preliminary TWRP build. Then two days after that, Motorola graciously allowed us to bootloader unlock the device. Despite all of this early progress, one thing had been missing up until now, and that's functional kernel source. Now, however, Motorola has finally complied with the GPL-requirements and released the open...

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Will Verduzco · May 20, 2014

Motorola Now Lets You Unlock the Moto E Bootloader

We've talked quite a bit about the recently released Moto E in the past week. From its official launch to a system dump, root, and unofficial TWRP recovery, the device has had an active start. And thanks to its incredibly low, unsubsidized price point, relatively decent specs, and hallmark Motorola support, it's no big surprise that many consumers and developers have shown interest in the device. Now, yet another milestone has been reached on the E. This is of course official bootloader...

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Tomek Kondrat · May 18, 2014

Root and Unofficial TWRP Recovery Available for the Moto E

It's been a short while since Motorola, now owned by Lenovo, announced the Moto E. In many ways, the E is quite similar to the extremely popular Moto G thanks to its affordable price point and great user experience. This cheap, but capable good device may well become a big success. The Moto E was launched with a near stock Android firmware and an unlockable bootloader. And soon, the custom ROM madness will arrive, since a system dump was just released by XDA Senior Member Saumitra Yadav. But the above...

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Will Verduzco · May 18, 2014

Pick Apart the Guts of the Moto E with a System Dump

You may recall that we recently added a forum here on XDA for the Moto E. Following up on the highly regarded and wallet-friendly Moto G, the Moto E manages to undercut the G on price, while still offering competent specs capable of delivering a great user experience. Naturally given the device's performance/price ratio, it is destined to become a crowd favorite here---both for developers and end users. And what do people do with popular devices? Mod them to hell and back, of...

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Will Verduzco · May 14, 2014

Forums added for the Moto E, LG G3, and LG L3 II, L5 II, L7 II, L9 II

We recently added a few forums for some upcoming devices from LG and Motorola. First up is Motorola's offering. Back near the tail end of last year, Motorola released the highly regarded (and budget friendly) Moto G. What made this device special wasn't its spec sheet or its hardware design, but rather the fact that Motorola could produce a wallet-friendly device worth truly wanting. Now, Motorola has followed up on the G by unveiling the even more affordable Moto E. While technically offering...

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