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Moto G 2014

Moto G
Manufacturer
Slogan
Exceptional phone, Exceptional price
Series
Moto
Compactible networks
GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz) UMTS/HSPA+ up to 21 Mbps (for XT1064: 850, 1700 (AWS), 1900 MHz)
First released
5 September 2014
Predecessor
Related
Type
Form factor
Touchscreen
Dimensions
Width: 70.7 mm
Height:141.5 mm
Curve: 6.0-11.0 mm
Weight
149 g (5.3 oz)
Operating system
Android 4.4.4 “KitKat” (Soon upgradable to Android Lollipop & future versions up to 18 months from launch date)
System on chip
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU
GPU
Adreno 305
Memory
1 GB LPDDR3 RAM
Storage
8 or 16 GB storage, microSD card slot; expandable up to 32 GB
Battery
2070 mAh Li-ion
Display
5.0 in (130 mm) 1280x720 px (294 ppi) HD
Gorilla Glass 3
Rear camera
8 megapixels (3264x2448 px), autofocus, LED flash
Front camera
2.0 megapixels (720p) HD video recording @ 30 fps
Sound
Two Speakers: front-facing, two microphones
Connectivity
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, BT 4.0LE, USB centered at bottom, 3.5 mm headset jack
Development status
In production
Website
The second generation Moto G (marketed as simply Moto G) is an Android smartphone developed by Motorola Mobility. Released on September 5, 2014, it is a successor to the original Moto G released in 2013. The phone was initially aimed at developing markets, although it is also available in developed markets as a lower-cost option compared to other phones in its class.

Release and availability

The Phone was unveiled along with the second generation Moto X, Moto 360, and Moto Hint in India and the U.S. at their respective events on 5 September 2014. It has U.S. pricing of US$179.99 with no contract for the 8 GB version. The phone was launched in India on Flipkart on September 5, 2014 with sales beginning at midnight. Only the 16 GB dual SIM variant of this phone is available in India with the model number XT1068 priced at ₹12,999. There was a tremendous response from online shoppers to the launch of Moto G in India.

Model variants

All variants support four 2G GSM bands 850/900/1800/1900.
Version
Description
Alternate designations
XT1063
Global GSM
Single SIM
XT1064
US/Canada GSM
Single SIM
XT1068
Global GSM
Dual-SIM
XT1069
GSM+GSM+DTV
Dual-SIM, Brazil model supporting DTV

Specifications

Hardware

The phone features a 5 inch HD LCD IPS screen, coated with Gorilla Glass 3, Google Android Kitkat 4.4.4 operating system, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, 1 GB of RAM, with a "splashproof" coating, curved backing, and front-mounted stereo speakers below and above the screen. The Moto G has 8/16 GB of internal storage, which can be expanded up to 32 GB with a MicroSD card. The Moto G 2nd Generation only supports up to 3G connectivity, and is available in a dual SIM model in selected markets. The device includes a non-removable 2070 mAh battery, which Motorola touted as having "all-day" battery life. The Moto G features an 8-megapixel rear-facing auto-focus camera; the device includes a flash and a front-facing 2-megapixel camera. The device is available in either black or white front colors, and has an interchangeable rear cover with different color options.
The phone is closely related to the new Motorola devices like Moto G, Moto X, Moto E; although there are some key differences despite their similar appearances. The Moto G does not have active notifications, quick capture, and touchless control like the Moto X due to the Moto X using a special processor that would be cost-prohibitive for the Moto G. In addition, unlike the Moto X, the Moto G has a removable back cover so that users can customize the phone in whatever color they want; although the Moto X has its online MotoMaker that also allows the user to customize their phone, the casing on it is permanent instead of interchangeable like the Moto G.

Software

Default Home Screen on Moto G
The second generation Moto G ships with Android 4.4.4 "KitKat", using a mostly stock user experience with additional, proprietary software features; including Moto Alert, which allows users to notify others of their location. Moto Assist, as introduced by the Moto X, which automatically enables or disables certain modes, such as silencing the ringer or auto replying to text messages, depending on certain scenarios—such as when a user is in a meeting as determined by their calendar, or driving. Moto Migrate and the usual Google Applications package. The handset comes preloaded with Google Now Launcher as the default home screen launcher. Motorola has committed to providing an update to Android "Lollipop" following its release.

Firmware updates

The Motorola Moto G 2nd Generation received an Android 4.4.4 KitKat Maintenance Update in September 2014. The update brings to the version 21.11.23 over the same Android version. The update brings various bug fixes and performance improvements. The main primary change noticed in this update is the ability to swipe to the right from primary home screen to access personalized Google Now cards, updates to Google Now Launcher, improvement in battery life, new Language and input options & a brand new design for the "Powered By Android" logo on the boot screen.

Official accessories

As a part of customizing the phone, Motorola released Replaceable Back covers and Flip Covers both in the following colours; Liquorice, Chalk, Cherry Red, Turquoise, Royal Blue, Violet, Spearmint Green and Lemon/Lime. Moto Maker service is not available for this handset.

Critical reception

The Moto G 2nd Generation received generally positive reviews from critics with several websites calling it one of the best budget smartphones of 2014. Michael Sawh of trustedreviews.com gave it 9 out of 10 stars, praising its camera, strong battery life and excellent value for money.


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Last updated on 2 November 2014 at 16:42.


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