August 31, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Just yesterday, we talked about how the wallet-friendly Moto G 4G had just achieved a major milestone in acquiring official CyanogenMod 11 support. This, however, isn’t the only good news for the Moto G variant, as the device codenamed peregrine has now received an easy-to-use toolkit from the same developer responsible for bringing you the aforementioned CM11 nightlies.
The aptly titled Moto G 4G EasyRecovery Toolkit was created by XDA Senior Member Somcom3X. As its name implies, it is a toolkit that allows you to easily root your device, install a custom recovery, unlock or lock your bootloader, and flash the stock boot logo.
The toolkit itself comes in the form of an elaborate batch file in either Linux shell script or Windows batch file format. To use it, simply run the appropriate file for your OS, plug in your phone, and make sure USB debugging is enabled and the appropriate drivers are installed. From there, simply use the menu driven interface to navigate to the appropriate task.
If you’re a new Moto G 4G owner and you’d like to get started rooting, unlocking, and flashing your device, head over to the Moto G 4G Toolkit Thread. Then once you have unlocked your device and installed a custom recovery, you should also feel free to try the previously mentioned official CM11 nightlies.
When the Moto G was initially released to the world in November of last year, very few actually believed that Motorola would be capable of producing a high quality smartphone with an unsubsidized price of under $200 US. In the nearly ten months since its original release, the G has more than proven that not only can a $200 smartphone be decent, but it could actually be quite desirable. Much of this comes down to its almost entirely vanilla flavor of Android, with only the most minimal OEM customizations. And building off of the success of the original, Motorola soon released a 4G variant of the device for not much more cost.
Despite the fantastic and untainted stock software, many still choose to replace the G’s firmware entirely and enter the world of custom ROMs. Now, a new milestone has been reached for the Moto G 4G, thanks to XDA Senior Member Somcom3X (with help from shabbypenguin). The device now rocks official CyanogenMod 11 nightlies, and since this is of the official variety, essentially everything works. Naturally, you’ll need to unlock your bootloader and flash a recovery first, but all the steps are listed in the official thread.
Now with even more aftermarket development love, the G continues to prove that a device doesn’t have to be an expensive flagship to be great. If you’re a Moto G 4G (peregrine) owner and you’d like to get in on the CM11 love, head over to the CyanogenMod 11 for the Moto G 4G ROM thread to get started.
June 30, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Towards the tail end of last week, we saw several Google Play edition devices receive their official updates to Android 4.4.4. This started with and update for the LG G Pad 8.3 GPe, and continued with an update to the Sony Z Ultra GPe, which itself followed the update for the non-GPe variant. Now, the update has arrived for the GPe variant Moto G.
The update started making its way to consumer Moto G GPe devices late last night. And given that the device never received an official update to Android 4.4.3, it takes users straight from 4.4.2 (KOT49H) to 4.4.4 (KTU84). The update will be making its way to users gradually via a staged OTA rollout, and as such, not every device will be in the initial wave. Luckily, XDA Forum Member salxs captured the update link and XDA Archivist in Chief oldblue910 was quick to update his stock firmware thread with the OTA URL.
You can get started by visiting the Moto G GPe Stock OTA thread. Naturally, you must be on stock firmware and recovery in order to take this update, but for those who aren’t, you can easily restore to the GPe firmware.
June 6, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Back on Tuesday, Motorola let us know that they would start rolling out Android 4.4.3 updates to their “Moto” line of devices some time this week. Naturally the flagship Moto X was the first to receive the update goods with an update earlier today. But now, we’ve gotten word that the Moto G is also in on the 4.4.3 action with an update of its own.
The update comes in the form of a 169 MB incremental OTA, and it brings the device up to system version 210.12.32.falcon_umts. The update itself appears to be rolling out to users in various regions including the US and several other regions. According to the update’s release notes, the update brings a few goodies in addition to the upgrade to Android 4.4.3. This includes the ability to pause/resume video recording, as well as the new Moto Alert application.
These updates are gradually trickling out to consumer devices. Naturally, it may take some time before it arrives on your device. Luckily, XDA Senior Member SamsungAdmire was kind enough to capture and mirror the update for the US GSM XT1034. Naturally, you must be stock (or very, very close to stock) and on stock recovery in order to proceed. At this point, it’s unclear whether this captured update will work on devices from other regions, but it’s highly likely that these devices need to flash the existing US 4.4.2 firmware first.
To learn more about the update or check for captured OTAs for other regional versions of the Moto G, head over to the Moto G 4.4.3 discussion thread. And if you’ve got your hands on the US GSM version and wish to manually update your device, head over to the mirror linked above.
[Screenshot courtesy of guest commenter.]
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 X, Moto G, and Moto E.
You may recall that just a little while ago, Motorola Mobility was acquired by Chinese computer manufacturer Lenovo. This naturally led many to wonder whether Googorola’s trademark timely updates would then be passed along to Motonovo. Well, judging from today’s announcements, any potential fears have been allayed.
Understandably, not every device in every region will receive the update immediate. But starting today, as stated by Motorola, the OEM will begin rolling out Android 4.4.3 to the following devices:
- Moto X T-Mobile users
- Moto G users who bought online in the U.S. (includes Moto G 4G LTE) and at retail in Brazil
- Moto E users who bought online in the U.S. For Moto E users, you are still up for the next major Android update as well. Consider this the cherry on top.
We don’t have any captured update OTAs, but we’ll be sure to update you when they pop up. Good job Motorola, this is the way to keep your customers happy!
February 19, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
Before Motorola was acquired by Lenovo, the OEM released two very interesting smartphones. The Moto X and Moto G were the first and probably the last devices made by the formerly American OEM in a cooperation with Google. Not so long ago, we talked about the Moto G receiving an unofficial CyanogenMod port. Now, however, the G and a few other Motorola devices will receive official CyanogenMod nightlies.
The CM team has released three unified builds, which is a bit of a surprising move, considering that the list of supported devices is quite long. The “mysterious” moto_msm8960 build will work with the Photon Q, Atrix HD, Razr M, and Droid Razr HD. The second build, dubbed moto_msm8960dt, should work with dual-core devices like the Moto X, Droid Maxx, Droid Mini, and Droid Ultra. You need to figure out which phones are which, as builds for other devices will simply not work properly or even can brick your device. So be sure to double check before flashing, and check your home forum here on XDA to get the necessary info.
A build for the Moto G is separate due to its internal hardware. And I can’t can’t write about official nightlies for device code named falcon without mentioning XDA Senior Member dhacker29, who did a terrific job bringing up the device tree for this phone.
Motorola devices aren’t the only receiving these new unified builds. A couple of Samsung devices will receive unified builds as well. The list of phones is quite long and includes following devices:
Builds include only Qualcomm-based devices, as Exynos devices are still using platform-specified builds.
As you can see, the CyanogenMod team are on fire and make things as easy as possible both for developers and end users. The builds are located over on the official CyanogenMod download page. You can also check out the source code by visiting team’s Github and typing the name of the device in the search box.
[Big thanks to XDA Recognized Contributor herna for the tip!]
February 14, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Android KitKat 4.4.2 is now available for the unlocked and developer edition HTC Ones! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the announcement that CyanogenMod 11 Milestone 3 is available for 50 devices and their is now a way to turn your Moto G into a Play Edition! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for Complete Action Plus, Jordan taught us about ART the Android Runtime compiler, and TK gave us an Android App Review of Quickr. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
One might say that there really aren’t many perks that the Moto G GPe can offer over its regular counterpart. Thanks to Moto G’s timely updates from the previously Google owned Motorola, the near stock Android platform its running, and the uninvasive and minimal additions (or tweaks) Motorola has included with the regular Moto G, this opinion may not be too far from the truth. But the GPe still does has its appeals, with the most obvious being its undisturbed, intact Android experience.
So if you are after the GPe experience but currently own a regular Moto G, you may want to check out MotoTool All In One (AIO) by XDA Senior Member alonsoch. Much like the previously featured MotoTool, AIO performs a number of functions a new owner of the Moto G, both regular and GPe, needs to do to get started, such as:
What makes AIO different, however, is its ability to also convert your regular Moto G to the GPe with only a few clicks. Just download a GPe firmware, place it in the designated folder on your PC, and press “Convert.” If you come across an issue where there is no signal after conversion, alonsoch has provided the a brief guide on overcoming this.
So if you are interested in giving this tool a go, visit the original thread for more information.
The Moto G is a fantastic low-end device with some great mid-to-high-end specs, so we totally understand why you might be considering the device’s potential for aftermarket development when choosing the next phone you’re going to purchase. Now for those who have already purchased and received the device, a great starting point to your new journey is the MotoTool.
Developed by XDA Senior Member alonsoch specifically for the Moto G, the MotoTool has all the functions all you new Moto G owners will definitely need when setting up your devices. With only the prerequisite of an unlocked bootloader, which can be easily be achieved with the instructions alonsoch has linked, the tool allows you to:
Two downloads have been provided, the first with the restore function with a size of 530 MB, and the second without it but only coming in at 60 M. Additionally, alonsoch has provided additional instructions to help you root the Moto G as the tool does not do that automatically.
If you would like to check MotoTool out for yourself, head over to the original thread for more details.
January 29, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
The Moto G was one of the hottest devices of late 2013. Featuring relatively powerful specification and an incredibly low price, the G is a perfect budget phone that can easily compete with the last-generation Nexus 4. And Motorola’s close affiliation with Google makes the device even more enticing.
A device like the Moto G should be prime for some major aftermarket development, but this has been surprisingly slow in recent weeks. This is no longer the case, as a couple of custom ROMs are now available in Moto G forums. Big credit goes to XDA Senior Member dhacker29, who created a highly functional unofficial build of CyanogenMod 11. The build was almost completely fixed within the span of a week, and the developer claims that there are no bugs left. It’s an impressive achievement, considering that most phones need much longer than that for a fully functional ROM free of camera or radio issues. As this was the first source-built project for the G, now the flood gates are open for other popular ROMs to be ported as well.
If you are a happy Moto G owner and want to try something new, visit the development thread and give this ROM a try.
January 17, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Android 4.4 KitKat official builds for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the announcement that the Motorola Droids are getting Android 4.4 KitKat builds and you can get a Google Play Edition Moto G! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for Root Cloak, he then reviewed the Omate TrueSmart smartwatch 2.0, and finally he gave us an Android App Review of Calendar Status. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
January 14, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
It’s no secret that the highly regarded Moto G has been a major success ever since its launch a few months back. The device, which doesn’t delude itself with false flagship aspirations still manages to deliver a fantastic user experience. And perhaps more importantly, it does this at a price that doesn’t break the bank. Now, Google has just made the Moto G that much more enticing, by releasing the Moto G Google Play edition for the same $179 price that made the original device so ground-breaking.
Though recent Moto G purchasers may be upset to learn that a new GPe version is available, there will undoubtedly be ports made in no time, and we’ll be sure to cover them here on the Moto G section of the XDA Portal. Furthermore, the GPe variant of the G may not feature the same Dalvik and Bionic optimizations that make the current device so efficient. But if that’s the case, putting them back will be no issue.
At these prices, and now that there’s a GPe version, there’s almost no reason not to love the Moto G.
Let us know your thoughts on the newest member of the GPe family in the comments below, and make your way over to the Google Play Store links to get yours:
And of course, don’t forget to visit our Moto G forum, where you’ll be able to find all of the latest development work on Motorola’s fantastic little device!
January 14, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Google-owned Motorola keeps courting us by making all of the right moves, as they have been updating all of their current devices to KitKat left and right. We first saw the update make its way to the Verizon Moto X, even before the Google Play edition devices received their updates. And then a little under one month ago, Android 4.4.2 started rolling out to the Moto G.
Now, Googoorola has released the GPL-mandated kernel source code files for the well liked Moto G running KitKat. Back in early December, we saw the release of these same open source files for the device’s initial Jelly Bean firmware release. And now, they have been updated for Android 4.4, enabling your favorite aftermarket kernel devs to do what they do best. If you’re a kernel or ROM developer looking to get in on building a KitKat-capable kernel for the Moto G, make your way over to the SourceForge link below.
And in other Motorola news, the KitKat rollout that began on the Droid Maxx/Ultra/Mini as a preliminary soak test is now seeing a widespread rollout to the greater population of Verizon Droid users. This comes nearly one month after the initial soak test, and comes in at the same software version 19.5.3. Unfortunately, as we’ve seen from Verizon as of late, it also packs a little more bloatware. This comes in the form of a newly integrated NFL Mobile app, as well as the new “SSO client.”
Are you happy with Motorola’s efforts to appeal to the aftermarket development and enthusiast communities? Let us know in the comments below, and don’t forget to visit the Moto G and Droid Maxx/Ultra/Mini forums!