Moto G

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Motorola Moto G
Moto G logo.svg
Moto G with red Flip Shell.jpg
Manufacturer Motorola Mobility
Slogan Exceptional phone, Exceptional price
Series Moto
Compatible networks 2G/3G

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 Model:
CDMA/EVDO Rev A (850, 1900 MHz)
First released November 13, 2013
Related Moto X
Type Smartphone
Dimensions 129.9 mm (5.11 in) H
65.9 mm (2.59 in) W
11.6 mm (0.46 in) D[1]
Weight 143 g (5.0 oz)
Operating system Android Jelly Bean 4.3[2] (upgradeable to Android 4.4.2 Kitkat)
System on chip Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
CPU 1.2 GHz quad-core Cortex-A7
GPU Adreno 305
Memory 1 GB RAM[2]
Storage 8 GB or 16 GB
Removable storage No card slot
Battery 2,070 mAh[3]
Display 4.50 in (114 mm) diagonal LCD with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
1280×720 px (329 ppi)
Rear camera 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 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.


The phone features a 4.5 inch LCD IPS 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.[4][5]

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 to customize their phone, the casing on it is permanent instead of interchangeable like the Moto G.[6]

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.[6]

The Moto G is the first inside and outside waterproof device.[7]


The phone first became 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. The Moto G Google Play edition is a global GSM model available unlocked from Google Play. In the United States, the Moto G is available for Verizon, Republic Wireless, Boost Mobile, Sprint (Sprint Prepaid), U.S. Cellular and Consumer Cellular customers.

Moto G was released in India on February 6, 2014 in an exclusive tie up between Indian e-commerce company Flipkart and Motorola Mobility.[8] There was a tremendous response from online shoppers to the launch of Moto G in India.[9]

Software updates[edit]

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.[10]

The Android 4.4.2 update introduces an issue (only for a few consumers) where some phones lose signal constantly. Motorola is aware of the issue and appears to be taking the steps to rectify it.[11]


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