Top 6 exciting improvements in Moto G 2015 (Moto G 3rd Gen)

New and exciting features and improvements of Moto G 2015. How does it stand compared to Moto G 2014?

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Update: Official Moto G 2015 user manuals in different  languages are available for read and download here.

Motorola updated Moto G to the 3rd generation last week (together with Moto X Style, Moto X Play and Moto X Pure Edition).

Now the question is what the exciting new features in Moto G 3rd Gen (Moto G 2015) are?

This post will try to answer this question so that you have better understanding whether you should get Moto G 3rd Gen (Moto G 2015), especially compared with Moto G 2014 (Moto G 2nd Gen).

You can customize Moto G 2015 as you want

Motorola used to keep customization as an exclusive feature for their flagship Moto X.

For the first time, you can customize your Moto G 2015 (Moto G 3rd Gen) in Moto Maker.  Now you can customize Moto G 2015 in following aspect:

  • Black or white front color
  • 1o back colors
  • 10 accent colors
  • Engrave text (up to 14 characters) in the back.

So, you can design your own Moto G 2015 with 200 possible color combinations!!

No other smartphone manufacturers offers such customization.

The bad news is that Moto Maker may be not available in some countries.

Moto G 2015 now has far better cameras (both rear and front)

Moto G is positioned as the best the middle-range smartphone.

So, it is not strange that Moto G does not have the cutting-edge camera sensors in previous generation.

In Moto G 2015, Motorola dramatically improved the camera.

Here is the list of some noteworthy improvements in Moto G 2015 rear camera:

  • 13MP camera sensor (8MP in Moto G 2014);
  • dual-LED flash (single LED flash in Moto G 2014);
  • Quick Capture (twist wrist to launch camera). This used to be an exclusive feature of Moto X.
  • manual focus and exposure controls.
  • 1080p HD video (720p HD video in Moto G 2014);
  • HDR for video.

For the front camera, the improvement is also huge:

  • 5MP camera sensor (2MP in Moto G 2014);
  • wide angle camera (72 degrees of field of view);
  • display flash;
  • HDR;
  • Slow motion video.

You should expect dramatic improvement in photo and video quality in Moto G 2015.

You may check this Moto G 2015 camera guide to learn how to use the camera in your Moto G 2015 (Moto G 3rd Gen)

Moto G 2015 is water resistant, IPX7 rated

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Moto G USB OTG guide (also for Moto X)

A guide on using USB OTG on Moto G and Moto X to expand the storage

What’s Moto G USB OTG?

USB On-The-Go (USB OTG) is not a new technology. It allows a device to perform both master and slave roles in USB connections. Android fully supports USB OTG since Android Honeycomb 3.1.

Normally USB uses a master/slave architecture.  A host acts as master device for the connection, the other USB device acts as slave.

Devices are designed to assume one role only. For example, when you connect an externl disk to the PC, PC is always the host, and external disk is always the slave.  When you connect two external drives through USB, nothing happens.

For Moto G, like many other phones, when it is connected to PC, it will be acted as slave and mounted as a storage device.  You can access the file on the Moto G from your PC.

But what happens if you connect a USB thumb drive to Moto G?

Moto G can mount it as external storage and you can use it just like you use external drive on a PC!

Because Moto G supports USB OTG.

Of course, there are some other requirements to make it work.

We will discuss them later.

How Moto G USB OTG can help Moto G owners ?

So, basically, Moto G USB OTG makes it possible for you to use external USB devices on Moto G.

Storage is just an example. The miserable storage in Moto G usually is the motivation for some owners to find ways to expand the storage.

You can also hook many other USB accessories, e.g., even an USB keyboard or mouse.

In this guide, we will focus on storage because it is the most wanted Moto G USB OTG usage.

Also this guide applies to Moto X and many other Android devices, although Moto G is used.

What do you need to use Moto G USB OTG to expand your storage?

To use Moto G USB OTG to expand your storage, you need one of them:

  • an USB OTG adapter (less than $10). One end of the USB OTG adapter connects to USB storage, which can be a normal thumb drive or even a portable hard disk. The other end connects to Moto G directly.
  • or, an USB OTG flash drive (price depending on the capacity. It is slightly more expensive than normal USB thumb drives with similar capacity.). Such drives usually have two
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How to clear cache partition on Moto G and Moto X after Android Lollipop update?

You can wipe Moto G cache partition so solve many weird problems on your phone, especially after a major update, e.g., Android lollipop update.

Why you should clear the cache partition after updating to Android Lollipop?

Finally, most Moto G (including Moto G 2nd Gen) and Moto X (including Moto X 2nd Gen) owners received the Android Lollipop update.

After getting the Android Lollipop update, you may be excited with the many new features (see this post for top 5 new Lollipop features in Moto G and Moto X) and improved performance.

But for some Moto G and Moto X owners, the phone may behave weirdly. A few owners  may feel the phone is less responsive although Android Lollipop update should bring a faster Moto G or Moto X.

Some owners may face battery drain problems. Again, Android Lollipop should give you slightly longer battery life on Moto G (including Moto X 2nd Gen) and Moto X (including Moto X 2nd Gen).

So, what’s wrong with the Android Lollipop on these phones?

Someone may suggest you to do a factory data reset. But it is usually not necessary.

Very often, the weird behavior or poorer performance is caused by some leftovers in your cache partition.

Clearing cache partition can surprisingly solve most of such problems, without losing any personal settings.

Actually, you should clear the cache partition after any major Android update.

Will clearing cache partition remove my files or accounts or apps or settings?

Clearing cache partition does NOT affect any of your settings. It does NOT delete your files or accounts or apps.

In short, clearing cache partition is totally different from factory data reset, which will erase all your data, apps and settings.

Normally, factory reset is the last resort to solve software related issues. Before trying factory reset, experienced Android support engineer will try to clear the cache partition first. Most of the problems can then be solved without resetting the phone.

Step-by-step guide on how  to clear cache partition on Moto G and Moto X after Android Lollipop update

After the Android Lollipop update, the procedures of clearing cache partition on Moto G and Moto X are slightly changed. If you follow old guides, you may find you cannot get the wipe cache partition option in recovery mode. I will highlight this next.

Step 1:  Power off Moto G or Moto X

Press and hold power button for about 2-3 seconds.

You should get the Power off option on the screen as shown below.

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Moto G 2014 (aka Moto G 2nd generation) vs Moto G: top 10 facts you should know

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Motorola updated the 10-month old Moto G (1st generation) last week. The new Moto G (Moto G 2nd generation, aka Moto G 2014) is a significant update to the old Moto G, which is the most successful smartphone Motorola has ever made. Moto G 2nd generation is already available in some countries and … [Continue reading]

Moto G wireless display: the problem and the solution

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What is Wireless Display? As some Android users know that Miracast is officially supported since Jelly Bean 4.2. Most Android phone manufactures usually name this feature as wireless display. Of Course, some vendor give it a different name for marketing purpose, for example, Samsung uses the name … [Continue reading]