Like a lot of manufacturers that hope to sell phones in developing territories, Motorola adds FM radio functionality to its budget models, currently including the Moto E and the first and second generation of the Moto G. And as is the vogue for manufacturer customizations, the developers at the company have published their custom apps on the Play Store for easier updating. Today the built-in version of the FM radio app gets an update adding some much-needed features.
Much to the chagrin of cell carriers and hardware manufacturers, there are still many in the Android community that choose to delve into the world of hacking and modding their phones. Owners of the Verizon Moto G are certainly in this crowd, and they've been eagerly awaiting a reliable method for unlocking their bootloaders. It turns out that their wait ends today. Sunshine, a tool built by Justin Case, Beaups, and others to unlock HTC and Motorola phones, just gained support for the Moto G on Verizon.
Boost Mobile has announced that it is now pushing out the Android 4.4.4 over-the-air update to the Moto G. This release will bump users of the affordable handset up to the latest version of Android, bragging rights that plenty of more powerful handsets can't provide.
Android 4.4.4 is a bug fix update, so don't look for anything particularly exciting. Some stability issues and security vulnerabilities have been addressed, but that's not something that's really going to stand up after rebooting from the update.
Motorola's new devices are slowly becoming available, and if you're a Moto G kind of person, you can get the second generation handset directly from Moto for $180 sans-contract now. If you haven't already heard (I'm sure you have), the second gen G is packing a 5-inch 720p display, 1.2GHz processor (likely a Snapdragon 400), 1GB of RAM, 8MP rear shooter, and 2,070mAh battery powering it all. The show is run by Android 4.4, and Motorola has already promised the update to L.
The new Moto X makes a good first impression, but that's as much to do with the software as with the hardware. Luckily, owners of last year's Motorola devices won't be left in the dust. Motorola's Punit Soni has confirmed that all the new software features will be ported to the last generation devices, provided there is hardware support.
Motorola's apps are exclusively available to its devices, but some of the more affordable handsets take a while to get some of the provided features. In this case, the Motorola Assist and Contextual Services apps have recently been updated to bring Driving and Home mode support for the Moto G and the Moto E. To understand what this means, we must first take a look at what both of these apps actually do.
The hits just keep on coming. A video for Motorola's second-generation Moto G has been posted before the expected reveal later this evening/morning. According to the video, the phone will use a larger, 5-inch HD (read: 1280x720) screen, and the unidentified processor is a quad-core model. Motorola also highlighted the fact that the Moto G will get "pure Android with [a] guaranteed upgrade."
The Motorola homepage was also briefly updated with a few hints of the Moto G, among other devices.
Motorola is still teasing us all with a few more hours of waiting before the X+1, Moto G, and everything else is official, but the phones have apparently broken cover on the website of German retailer Media Markt. The pages have a few images, but we've seen those leaked already. What's of primary interest here is the full spec list for both devices.
The page calls the new X simply "Moto X (2nd generation)," so perhaps the rumored name isn't accurate, or Media Markt is still using a place-holder.
Motorola is revealing its new line of products today, but only for press that are in Chicago for the private event. Everyone else gets to wait until 1AM central time for the embargo to drop. Well, a Brazilian retailer called Lojas Colombo may have jumped the gun a little by posting (and quickly pulling) a YouTube video showing off the new Moto G. Don't worry, there's a mirror below.
The Moto G is easily one of the best choices on the market for a low-cost smartphone. One of the more appealing aspects of the handset is that it's essentially unlocked and free of carrier ties (in most cases, anyway), allowing users to more easily do all the things that carriers attempt to block on their branded handsets.
Among those things is rooting and ROMing, and now CyanogenMod 11 nightlies are rolling out for the Moto G 4G GSM.