Motorola introduces new Moto Power Touch and Multi-Volume apps with the Moto G 5G Plus
The Moto G 5G Plus is Motorola’s cheapest 5G-enabled smartphone yet, offering a 6.7-inch 90Hz display, Snapdragon 765 SoC, quad cameras, and a 5,000 mAh battery at a starting price of just €349 (~$410). The device comes running Android 10 along with a touch of Motorola’s useful customizations on top. While most of the customizations and first-party apps are the same as what we have seen on previous Moto phones, it turns out Motorola has debuted two new apps with the Moto G 5G Plus to let users further customize the software experience to their usage patterns.
These two applications are Moto Power Touch and Multi-Volume. Moto Power Touch lets you customize the double tap power button gesture to launch an app or shortcut of your choice. Normally, the double-tap power button can only launch the default camera app on Moto phones. Now, you can also select apps, quick actions, and shortcuts that you use the most and have them pop up in a floating window when you double-tap the power button for easier, quicker access.
Multi-Volume, meanwhile, lets you automatically mute apps based on your usage pattern. You can also manage the individual volumes of multiple apps on a per-app basis.
Our tipster, @GoofyBaars on Telegram, says they use this feature to mute Pokemon Go’s audio while listening to music.
Unfortunately, neither of these apps can be sideloaded on other Motorola devices. We tried installing them on a Moto Edge, but the installation failed. It’s likely Motorola will bring both apps to other Moto phones via a software update in the future.
The Moto G 5G Plus is currently only available in the European markets. However, according to our Editor-in-Chief, Mishaal Rahman, the device should be coming to the U.S. soon and is expected to be available through AT&T.
— Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) August 9, 2020
This is in-line with Motorola’s promise “to launch a sub-$500 5G device in North America this fall.”