At one point in time or another, we’ve all gotten very fiddly with the camera settings on our Android devices–maybe it was because you had just discovered that your camera actually had settings, you were playing around with a new mod or port, or perhaps you even thought of yourself as a ‘street photography’ connoisseur. With this said, if you own a Moto G and find yourself simply not satisfied with the customization options for your phone’s camera, you might want to check out XDA Forum Member GodOfPsychos’s tutorial.
GodOfPsychos has written a tutorial which teaches you how to ‘unlock’ the advanced camera settings and options for your Moto G. Originally hidden by default, these settings include:
In order to access these settings, all you need to do is make a simple edit to the build.prop and reboot. After this, simply swipe out the settings wheel in the camera interface and tap the ‘Ladybug’ icon. Furthermore, if you are wondering why you need such extensive settings and how they’ll impact picture quality, XDA Senior Member juanchotazo99 has conducted a couple of tests and image comparisons with differing setting options for you to judge for yourself.
If you would like to give this a go, head over to the Moto G camera settings thread to get started.
September 12, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
The Moto G is one of those, wallet friendly devices that is definitely not considered “low end.” In fact, this device from 2013 can easily compete with the “higher end” Google Nexus 4 on many levels. While the G has been updated to Android 4.4.4 a long while ago, the Boost Mobile variant was still stuck on an older Android firmware version. The situation has changed and now, all of you using Moto G on Sprint’s prepaid arm can expect an OTA update heading your way.
As you all know, Android 4.4.4 is not exactly a major update. Google released it to fix some bugs related to stability and security, so don’t expect wonders after rebooting your device after updating. This update isn’t that boring as it may sounds, however. Motorola has added some of their own enhancements to the phone dialer, which received a new layout, and they added a few tweaks to the camera app.
Here’s a full changelog provided by Motorola:
Android™ 4.4.4, KitKat® – Android 4.4.4, KitKat, is the latest release of the Android platform. This release includes accuracy improvements to the power profile, several stability, framework and security fixes including update to OpenSSL.
Camera – Pause video recording – Added the ability to pause video recording with a convenient pause/resume button on the viewfinder.
Updated Phone dialler – Updated Phone dialler with a new graphical layout and colours to improve consistency and usability.
Enables Motorola Alert Application download – New Motorola Alert application sends periodic alerts with your location to your selected contacts. Now available for download from the Google Play Store.
If you own a Moto G on Boost Mobile, you should expect the OTA to arrive to your device shortly. Keep in mind that in order to receive and successfully apply this update, you first have to revert to stock recovery.
Just yesterday, we wrote about how XDA Recognized Developer Tasssadar‘s MultiROM technology had been ported to the Moto E. As it turns out, the Moto E isn’t the only budget-friendly and critically acclaimed Motorola device to receive a port. The popular Moto G has also received a port, and now it too can enjoy all of the multiboot fun.
This unofficial MultiROM port for the Moto G comes courtesy of XDA Forum Member montamer. And in the roughly half month since its official release, the port has made quite a bit of progress. It works both on standard and GPe devices, WiFi connectivity works in both ROMs, touch selection works, and of course the core multiboot functionality is fine as well. That said, there are a few issues that remain such as sporadic secondary ROM boot failures that require a reboot and occasional permission denied errors requiring a ROM reinstall.
As always, multiboot modifications like this one are not for the faint of heart. This is a large scale modification, so make sure you are comfortable with all of the available tools to recover in case something goes wrong. And of course, make sure you have a good backup. Head over to the MultiROM for the Moto G thread to begin.
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.