LineageOS is the most popular custom ROM around, and version 17.1 is based on the newest Android 10 release. The Lineage project has been slowly updating older devices to 17.1, and in the time since our previous coverage, even more devices have arrived in the official roster. Read More
LineageOS is one of the most popular custom ROMs available, with somewhere around two million active installations. It typically takes a while for the project to update to newer versions of Android, since development is largely done by maintainers in their spare time. Six months after the public release of Android 9 Pie, it looks like LineageOS is about ready to make the jump — but not before dropping older devices. Read More
There was a time some years ago that CyanogenMod was the surest way to get the latest build of Android on your phone. It's a little slower these days, but development continues to chug along. The CM team hopes to roll out the first nightly builds of CM14.1 later tonight, but not all devices will be supported right away. Read More
Motorola was the first major smartphone maker to start putting its stock apps in the Play Store. Before that, OEMs would only update those apps as part of an OTA update. It sounds positively barbaric by today's standards. Motorola isn't done yet, though. Just today it added its stock file manager to the Play Store. You won't see much in the way of improvements this time, but who knows what the future could bring? Read More
The 2nd gen Moto G never really seemed like a priority for Motorola in the US. After all, they never even released an LTE variant around here. That hasn't stopped Moto from pushing a Marshmallow update to the device. We've confirmed the update is available immediately via the update menu, but you might already have the notification. Read More
For consumers, there's no update quite like the one that delivers a new version of Android to their device. But for developers, that's just the beginning. App makers and custom ROM producers can't get their hands dirty until the source code behind that over-the-air update hits the web as well.
Certain Android manufacturers are pretty consistent about releasing kernel source code. Motorola is one of them. Its latest addition is the open source code for Android Marshmallow running on the 2nd generation Moto G 4G LTE, codenamed Thea.
Motorola Mobility Senior Director David Schuster announced on Google+ that Marshmallow soak tests for the 2014 Moto G and Moto G 4G are running longer than usual, but the updates are continuing to ramp up in Brazil and India. Read More
Two weeks ago, Motorola's Dave Schuster told everyone that the Moto G 2nd gen's Marshmallow update was being soak tested in India and since it doesn't seem like there were any glaring issues reported with the OTA, the update is now ready to roll to everyone.
Motorola updated the phone's support pages in India to include the new software version and a detailed changelog with all of Android 6.0's improvements and added features like granular app permissions, app standby and doze mode, Direct Share, Now on Tap, and the ability to adopt SD cards as internal storage which should be welcome for the Moto G 2nd gen's owners. Read More
Black Friday is over, but there are still a ton of great deals waiting for bargain hunters on the web. Amazon has a particularly good sale for anyone who wants a great Motorola phone on the cheap. The international GSM version of the second-gen Moto G (that's the 2014 model) is now $99.99 on Amazon's US site, an impressive $80 off the retail price. It's an excellent deal for someone who needs a solid device without the high price (or, notably, the LTE radio) of more robust models.
Note that this is the global GSM model, not the US GSM version, so while it will work in most countries around the world, it will have poor reception on T-Mobile in the States. Read More
Last week, Motorola announced its plans in regard to devices it would be upgrading to Android Marshmallow. Missing from that list were the 2013 Moto X, the 2014 Moto X on AT&T and Verizon, and both the 2014 and 2015 Moto E. Users were understandably upset by the latter two models, which in the case of the Moto E 2015 resulted in a phone that had barely 7 months of software support - despite Motorola marketing it on the promise of not leaving customers "behind."
This is unacceptable. The Moto X 2014 on AT&T and Verizon perhaps even more so given those phones have barely been available a year now and are already seeing software support dropped - and Motorola's got 20 pages of complaints supporting that view. Read More