Moto G to get Android 4.4 KitKat by January, takes swings at TouchWiz and Galaxy S4
posted by Michael H. / Nov 13, 2013, 8:39 AM
Android 4.4 KitKat in the next few weeks, and it has now said that the Moto G will get the KitKat update by January.The big news is that because of the very minor customizations that Motorola has made to the Android software (only adding in Motorola Migrate, Assist, and camera app tweaks), Motorola is touting exceptional performance and extremely fast updates. Motorola has confirmed that the Moto X will be getting
The interesting part of the announcement is how Motorola took this opportunity to take swings at custom skins like Samsung TouchWiz and HTC Sense. Motorola gave voice to a lot of concerns over those customizations saying that they slow down performance, add bloat to devices, and slow down system updates. Motorola even went on to say that the Moto G outperforms the Samsung Galaxy S4 in some basic functions, including making/receiving calls and boot time, because of the minimal customizations.
We won't expect the performance of the Moto G to outpace the S4 in any other ways, but for basic usage, that's pretty impressive.
- Display 4.5" 720 x 1280 pixels
- Camera 5 MP / 1.3 MP front
- Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
- Storage 8 GB
- Battery 2070 mAh
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No threat for Sammy.. Just someone trying to call out the champ to get some recognition
posted on Nov 13, 2013, 8:52 AM 12
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Exactly, it's quite hilarious to watch really, the fact that they are comparing their mid end phones like Moto X and Moto G to the Galaxy S4 makes you realize just how delusional they are, lol. I hope they do well though, they seem to be a major drag on Google.
posted on Nov 13, 2013, 11:07 AM 1
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Agreed. You have a mid range device that Motora is hoping will take a larger portion of the mobile phone market share with "You can customize the color of the phone". In the end whether blue, black, or purple its still a mid range device with lower end hardware specs that cant compete with the high end devices. I could care less if it boots faster. How many times a day do I reboot my phone...0 times. Okay it opens the dialer a second faster. How has this improved my user experience? Its truly comes down to the old argument. Some prefer stock Android. Some find stock Android lacking innovation and creativity. I personally feel cheated when I go from a TW rom to stock Android. A perfect example is the camera app in stock Android. It has to be the worst excuse for a camera app there is. Until Google can entice me away from Samsung and TW, they can keep their stock Android experience. Just my feelings.
posted on Nov 13, 2013, 8:04 PM 0
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Samsung is actually doing the same thing. If you look at Tizen white paper, you will find a few very negative comments towards google. "Tizen’s open governance – which is designed to prevent any single entity from controlling the platform – will help it avoid the pitfalls of previous broad-based industry initiatives, which ultimately suffered from perceived vendor control." "Tizen Association has adopted an open governance approach to make sure that the future evolution of the platform cannot be determined by any one of its members or used as a control point for dictating application or services stacks." Reference:https://www.tizenassociation.o
You can clearly see that Samsung and Intel is targeting Google here, even though they don't name google directly.
posted on Nov 13, 2013, 12:08 PM 2
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I wonder if we'll see a high end Moto fairly soon?
posted on Nov 13, 2013, 8:52 AM 1
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We all know that TouchWiz is slow and laggy. In my opinion, since most of Android phones are Samsung (and I still have to understand why!) and many people have never tried or even looked at an Android of a different brand, the myth that Android is laggy (which is true, to some extent) is due more to Touchwiz than to Android itself. :)
posted on Nov 13, 2013, 8:54 AM 8
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Load of BS. There are many of us who are happy with TouchWiz and find it faster and a lot more functional than other custom UIs, hence why so many have gone with Samsung, if it was as bad as you and the tiny little Motorola are trying so so hard to make it out to be, Samsung wouldn't be dominating. :)
posted on Nov 13, 2013, 11:02 AM 4
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