|Slogan||Exceptional phone, Exceptional price|
Global GSM Model:
GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
UMTS/HSPA+ up to 21 Mbps (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)
US GSM Model:
GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
UMTS/HSPA+ up to 21 Mbps (850, 1700 (AWS), 1900 MHz)
CDMA/EVDO Rev A (850, 1900 MHz)
|First released||November 13, 2013|
|Dimensions||129.9 mm (5.11 in) H
65.9 mm (2.59 in) W
11.6 mm (0.46 in) D
|Weight||143 g (5.0 oz)|
|Operating system||Android Jelly Bean 4.3 (upgradeable to Android 4.4.2 Kitkat)|
|System on chip||Qualcomm Snapdragon 400|
|CPU||1.2 GHz quad-core Cortex-A7|
|Memory||1 GB RAM|
|Storage||8 GB or 16 GB|
|Removable storage||No card slot|
|Display||4.50 in (114 mm) diagonal LCD with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
1280×720 px (329 ppi)
|Rear camera||5 MP with LED flash|
|Front camera||1.3 MP|
|Connectivity||GPS / GLONASS, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, Micro-USB|
Moto G is an Android smartphone developed and manufactured by Motorola Mobility. Unveiled on November 13, 2013, the phone has been initially aimed at developing markets, while those that live in developed markets will also have it available as a lower-cost option compared to other phones in its class.
The phone features a 4.5 inch LCD screen, the Google Android Kitkat 4.4 operating system and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, and U.S. pricing of $179 with no contract for the 8 GB version.
The phone is closely related to the Moto X that was released three months prior, although there are some key differences despite their similar appearances. The Moto G won't be able to 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 the customize their phone, the casing on it is permanent instead of interchangeable like the Moto G.
Unlike the Moto X as well as most smartphones in general in 2013, the Moto G doesn't support 4G LTE, which is thought to be less of an issue in the developing markets the Moto G is aimed at, due to the lack of LTE technology in those markets. Evolved HSPA would provide the device's fastest mobile data speeds.
The phone became first available in Brazil and parts of Europe. The phone was announced in Canada and United States on November 22, 2013 and December 2, 2013 respectively. The remaining parts of Europe and Latin America were expected to have the phone available by the start of the Christmas holiday season.
In the United States, the Moto G is available for Verizon and Boost Mobile customers. Moto G was also released in India on February 6, 2014. There was a tremendous response from online shoppers to the launch of Moto G in India.
The Moto G became one of the first smartphones to get the Android 4.4 update after Nexus devices. The update was rolled out over-the-air and requires at least 200 MB of free storage on the device. The Android 4.4.2 update was rolled out worldwide by Motorola, as promised by them during the phone's launch event.
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