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Moto G (2nd generation)
Moto G logo 2ndgen.svg
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Moto G running Android 5.0.2 Lollipop
Codename Titan,[1] Thea (LTE)[2]
Manufacturer Motorola Mobility
Slogan Moto G – Exceptional Phone. Exceptional Price.
Series Motorola Moto
Compatible networks

GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz) UMTS/HSPA+ up to 21 Mb/s (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz) FDD LTE 2100/1800/2600/800 (Bands 1,3,7,20)

TDD LTE 1900/2300/2500/2600 (Bands 38,39,40,41)
First released September 5, 2014 (2014-09-05)
Predecessor Moto G (1st generation)
Successor Moto G (3rd generation)
Related Moto X (2nd generation)
Moto E (2nd generation)
Type Smartphone
Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions 141.5 mm (5.57 in) H
70.7 mm (2.78 in) W
11 mm (0.43 in) D
Weight 149 g (5.3 oz)
Operating system Android 4.4.4 "KitKat"
(Upgradable to Android 6.0 Marshmallow)
System on chip Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 1.2 GHz quad-core ARM 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 non-removable

2390 mAh Li-ion (4G version) non-removable
Display 5.0 in (130 mm) 1280x720 px (294 ppi) HD
Gorilla Glass 3
Rear camera megapixels (3264×2448 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 Moto G 2nd Gen at the Wayback Machine (archived 09-16-2014)

The second-generation Moto G (marketed as simply Moto G) is an Android smartphone developed by Motorola Mobility. Released on September 6, 2014, it is a successor to the original Moto G released in 2013. The phone was initially aimed at developing markets,[3] although it is also available in developed markets as a lower-cost option compared to other phones in its class.[4]

Release and availability[edit]

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. This 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.

As of January 2015, a 4G 16GB variant was made available in Brazil only.[5] The 4G chip on this model is not compatible with all countries.[6] It has many of the same specifications as the 3G variant, including screen, cameras, dual SIM capability, MicroSD expansion and processor, though it comes standard with Android Lollipop 5.0.2, has a larger 2,390mAh battery and a minimum 16GB of storage (depending on purchase[7]).[8][9] As of March 2015, the LTE variant (XT1072) was available in the UK.[10][11]

The LTE variant (XT1079) of the phone is available in India from 25 October 2015 at a price of ₹8999.

Hardware[edit]

Specifications[edit]

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, a "splashproof" coating, curved back, and front-mounted stereo speakers below and above the screen. The Moto G can come with 8 or 16 GB of internal storage, which can be expanded up to 32 GB with a MicroSD card. The Moto G 2nd Generation supports 2G and 3G connectivity in all its variants, with 4G LTE available in the XT1072 and XT1079 models. It is available in a dual SIM model in selected markets. The device includes a non-removable 2070 mAh battery (2390 mAh for 4G version), which Motorola touts as providing "all-day" battery life. The Moto G features an 8-megapixel rear-facing auto-focus camera with 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 Moto G shares its design language with the Moto X and Moto E, although there are some key differences between them. To cut costs, the Moto G lacks the Moto X's low power coprocessor that would allow active notifications, quick capture, and touchless control. The Moto G's Lollipop update added Ambient Display, albeit limited to new notifications.

Model variants[edit]

All variants support four 2G GSM bands 850/900/1800/1900.

Version Description
XT1063 Global GSM, Single SIM
XT1064 US/Canada GSM, Single SIM
XT1068 Global GSM, Dual-SIM, EU, Colombia
XT1069 GSM+DTV, Dual-SIM, Brazil model supporting DTV or LTE
XT1072 LTE, Single SIM, EU model
XT1077 LTE, Dual SIM, China, 8/16 GB
XT1078 4G, Dual-SIM, Brazil, 16 GB
XT1079 LTE, Dual-SIM, India/China, 16GB

Official accessories[edit]

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.

Software[edit]

The second generation Moto G was initially shipped with Android KitKat (4.4.4), 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, Motorola Migrate and the usual Google Applications package. The handset comes preloaded with Google Now Launcher as the default home screen launcher. But now it is built along with lollipop 5.0 and can be easily updated to marshmallow.

Firmware updates[edit]

The Motorola Moto G 2nd generation received an Android 4.4.4 KitKat Maintenance Update in September 2014. The update was for version 21.11.23 and brings various bug fixes and performance improvements. The main change noticed in this update is the Google Now Launcher, improvement in battery life, new language and input options, a new camera picture-taking sound and a brand new design for the "Powered By Android" logo on the boot screen.

The Android Lollipop 5.0 update began rolling out in November 2014. This update was for version 22.11.6.[12] The Pure Edition of this phone in the US (carrier unlocked version) became the world's first mobile phone, after Google's current Nexus models, to be updated to Android 5.0.

The Android Lollipop 5.0.2 update became available in several non-US countries including Australia, Germany, India, and the United Kingdom in January/February 2015.[13][14][15]

Marshmallow update has been rolled out for Moto G 2nd Gen (both titan and thea) in India on 10 February 2016.[16] Motorola has published the release notes for the Marshmallow update which details the enhancements in the new update.[17]

Critical reception[edit]

The Moto G 2nd Generation received extremely positive reviews from critics with several websites calling it one of the best budget smartphones of 2014. It was mainly praised for its smooth performance after its Lollipop update. Michael Sawh of trustedreviews.com gave it 9 out of 10 stars, praising its strong battery life and excellent value for money.[18] GSMchoice claims that the Moto G 2nd Generation is a good quality product. However, compared to the previous model, it did not offer anything special. According to GSMchoice, the Moto G 2nd generation's advantages are: dual sim, micro SD card slot, USB OTG, good stereo speakers, good quality camera, good call quality, and all the features that most users need without adding bloat. Disadvantages include a poor sales package, durability of plastic bezel, and lack of LTE in some models.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Information: Motorola Moto G 2014 ("titan")". LineageOS. Retrieved 8 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "Information: Motorola Moto G 2014 LTE ("thea")". LineageOS. Retrieved 8 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "Motorola Moto G review: how good can a $179 smartphone be?". The Verge. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "Motorola aims for Indian buyers with super-cheap Rs 6,999 Moto E". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "Moto G Smartphone incrível. Preço surpreendente". Motorola Brazil. Retrieved February 22, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Moto G (2014) with LTE goes live in Brazil". AusDroid. Retrieved February 22, 2015. 
  7. ^ Motorola Moto G Specs
  8. ^ "Motorola Moto G 4G (2015) debuts in Brazil, already on sale". GSM Arena. Retrieved February 22, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Motorola Moto G 4G (2015)". GSM Arena. Retrieved February 22, 2015. 
  10. ^ "New Moto G 4G (2015) Release date, price and specs UK - PC Advisor". 
  11. ^ Moto G Lowest Price in India
  12. ^ Android Lollipop5.0 Update.
  13. ^ "Android 5.0.2 Lollipop begins rolling out to some Moto G 2nd Gen owners". Phandroid. Retrieved February 22, 2015. 
  14. ^ "2nd Gen Moto G Android 5.0 Lollipop Now Rolling out in the UK and Germany". Android Geeks. Retrieved February 22, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Android 5.0.2 now rolling out to Motorola Moto G Gen 2 in Australia". Ausdroid. Retrieved February 22, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Motorola starts rolling out Moto G (2nd Gen) Marshmallow update". Motorola Mobility. Retrieved 2016-02-17. 
  17. ^ "Moto G (2nd Gen.) - Android™ 6.0 Marshmallow Release Notes". GSMArena. Retrieved 2016-02-17. 
  18. ^ Moto G 2 2014 Review
  19. ^ Moto G 2nd Gen Review

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