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Mario Tomás Serrafero · Apr 3, 2015

On Emerging Markets and The Future of Ecosystems

The smartphone industry is one of the most rewarding businesses out there for the manufactures involved, and while companies like Samsung and LG offer much more than just phones, their smartphones are arguably some of the most important products in their repertoire. Samsung’s S6 unveiling alone raised so much optimism among shareholders that Samsung stock is predicted to rise substantially and redeem the company’s debilitation over last year. The multi-billionaire industry, however, has changed dramatically since its early year. The...

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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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Mario Tomás Serrafero · Jan 4, 2015

Xiaomi Unveils Game Changing Budget Phone

Fast-growing Chinese OEM Xiaomi has revealed its next iteration of the Redmi lineup with a successor appropriately named Redmi 2. This phone will feature mid-range specifications that are considerably higher than those of most mid-range offerings and for a surprisingly low price, in a package that also seemingly beats most handsets the in the middle gamut when it comes to aesthetics and build quality. The new smartphone will feature leading specifications in its segment, featuring a rich 4.7" 720p IPS display with...

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Samantha · Dec 15, 2014

Restore Your Softbricked Moto G after Lollipop Update

Being one of the handful of devices released by when Motorola was still owned by Google, the Moto G has finally been updated to Android 5.0 in the past week through an OTA update and an update leak. As Moto G users are installing and experiencing Lollipop, it’s inevitable that some issues would occur, such as a softbrick, especially with the different variants of the device. So, if you’ve managed to get your Moto G softbricked after updating it, a...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 14, 2014

Moto G (2013) GPe Also Gets Android 5.0.1, OTA Captured

Motorola has been a smartphone OEM for a very long time, but recent years have been quite difficult for the company. As a result, this American company found itself acquired first by Google and then by Chinese giant Lenovo. When the Moto G was released, Motorola was still a part of Google and Android's creators ensured that the budget device would ship with great support and an AOSP-like experience. In the last few weeks we've seen many devices getting their...

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Samantha · Dec 7, 2014

Relocate the Dalvik Cache to Get More Space on your Moto G with Mod

Having little to no memory left on your Android device is a bummer especially when you’ve already tried cutting down your files, music, videos, photos and apps to only the very bare essentials (which definitely has a wide scope needless to say). For owners of devices without SD card slots, this can be pretty frustrating, and the non-LTE variants of the Moto G is no exception. This is because the internal eMMC storage of the device has an approximately 600MB...

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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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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 15, 2014

Android Lollipop Builds Land on Next Batch of Devices

The Android hype rages on, as we continue to see source-built ports of this OS for many devices practically every day. Some of them are ready to be considered daily driver status, while others aren't just yet. Regardless, they are all great because once again the community says no to arbitrary limitations imposed by OEMs. A short while ago, we talked about the Sony Xperia L getting an Android 5.0 port. Since then, XDA Recognized Developer and Contributor varun.chitre15 managed...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 13, 2014

Moto G (2014) Gains Root Access on Lolipop

The Moto G and the Moto G (2014) have proven to be quite successful devices. And for many, these phones have proven that you don't need to spend flagship dollars in order to get a high quality device. One of the major reasons why people decided to get the Moto G was its vanilla-like Android builds and incredibly low price relative to its specifications. It didn't take long for Motorola and Google to provide an official Lollipop update for the 2014...

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Samantha · Sep 29, 2014

Unlock Hidden Camera Settings on Your Moto G

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...

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Tomek Kondrat · Sep 12, 2014

Moto G on Boost Mobile Finally Receives Update to Android 4.4.4

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...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 3, 2014

MultiROM Also Makes its Way to the Moto G

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...

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Will Verduzco · Aug 31, 2014

Just Bought a Moto G 4G? This Toolkit Does all the Basics

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...

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Will Verduzco · Aug 30, 2014

Moto G 4G Receives Official CyanogenMod 11 Love

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...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 30, 2014

[OTA Captured] Moto G GPe Gets Its Share of the Official Android 4.4.4 Goods

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...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 6, 2014

[OTA Captured] Moto G Now Receiving Android 4.4.3 as Well!

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...

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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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Tomek Kondrat · Feb 19, 2014

Dozens of Motorola and Samsung Devices Receive Unified CyanogenMod 11 Builds

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...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 14, 2014

Android 4.4.2 for Unlocked HTC One and Moto X, Convert Moto G into Play Edition – XDA Developer TV

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...

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Samantha · Feb 12, 2014

MotoTool All In One Converts Your Moto G Into GPe

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...

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