Sunday, January 5, 2014

Moto G | Android for everyone | A developer's dream phone

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Ladies and Gentleman, I present to you: Moto G.

I like to think of the Moto G as the sixth man coming off the bench and become a rising star.  Like what Jeremy Lin did as a New York Knick.


Before we get started, I want to give a layman's definition to the word "operating system."
  1. Operating system
    1. an ecosystem encompassing a user's experience
    2. features available to end users.
    3. user experience
  2. I will use the term operating system and user experience interchangeably. 
So anywhere the word operating system appears, think user experience and features.  For instance, if I were to buy an android phone from a no-name brand Chinese manufacturer in, you can be sure the operating system is outdated, lacks features and has no hope of future updates.  This directly affects my experience of the Android operating system, I would perceive Android as slow, cumbersome and unpleasant to use. 

You know what is really shameful about the previous scenario?  This is being practiced by big name companies such as HTC, Samsung, LG, Kyocera, ZTE.  Shame on them by serving customers an expired Android experience. Would you buy expired food from a vendor and eat it?  Ok, maybe that example is far reaching but there is an underlying relation to be pondered.

Let's hit on some points that allow the Moto G to become the coffee cup of smartphones and land in the pockets of dumb phone swaddlers everywhere:


  • $200USD for the unlocked GSM version (directly from Motorola.com) and $99USD on Boost Mobile and Verizon Prepaid.  Affordable enough to bury entry level android smartphones that come with an outdated user experience and hardware.   I mean come on, if you are going to buy a 69.99-80 dollar dumb phone, why not buy a 99 dollar Moto G and enter the smartphone world and check your Facebook from your phone instead of that laptop. :) 
  •  It's currently updated with the most current version of android; Kit Kat 4.4.  This means first time and existing android users experience the latest android features as opposed to being on an outdated android operating system.
  • 4.5inch 720HD screen 
  • 24 - 34 hours of battery life.  I got 34 hours of battery life with moderate usage and here is my proof:  

                                                               

Now for Android Developer points:

  • You're going to develop on a device that is not lowly, not outdated user experience and definitely not the highest end device, but the Goldilocks' just right device.
    • a quadcore processor with 1gb of ram and an optimized version of Android Kit Kat 4.4
    • front facing camera and rear facing camera 5.0 mega pixels with LED flash
    • Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy Support, for lifestyle devices such as Fitbit and Nike Fuel.
    • I personally utilize the Bluetooth 4.0 Energy to work with devices like SensorTag and brainstorm my next invention...


Lastly, displayed below is Android Kit Kat 4.4 utilizing 434mb and 448mb of free ram. Now based on the amount of apps you have running in the background, that will directly affect ram usage.  I am currently developing an app that intelligently frees up ram on your android smartphone:

                    



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