News Tips/ Tutorials

Moto X from Verizon gets Motorola official unlock bootloader support

Motorola recently offered official bootloader unlock to all of its Moto X devices, but some carrier variants have been less than compliant with the order. Verizon and AT&T have blocked the process in the past but now, Verizon’s 2014 Moto X made it to the list of unlockable phones.


Moto X



Motorola is not updating the carrier phones anymore so an unlocked bootloader will help you and your device get a Marshmallow ROM on it. It is sad that Motorola is not taking care of its older devices anymore, but at least it is giving you an option to do it yourself.


How do I unlock the Moto X?


In order to unlock the bootloader from the Verizon 2014 Moto X you will have to → run an ADB command and you will get a code → You put that into the Motorola online tool → it will give you a code to use as a fastbot command → that will ultimately unlock the smartphone.


Of course, don’t forget that there are risks involved and your phone may end up bricked if something goes wrong. Proceed at your own risk.


Source: Motorola via AndroidPolice


News Updates/Software

Motorola announces update to Android 6.0 for some devices today

Motorola just announced starting its Android 6.0 rollout for some devices, but there’s also a downside to that. Only Brazil and India will see the updates, at least at first. Because it was part of Google, Motorola managed to get a reputation for hasty updates during the last OS version. Even if things have changed and the OEM’s patrons are not the same anymore – because Lenovo now owns them – things are still the same-ish and updates are still rolling out decently fast.


Motorola Moto X Style


The Motorola update to Android 6.0 event is starting with 2015 Moto X Style and 2014 Moto X. These are just the first devices to get Marshmallow for now. Others will follow soon and we hope that a global release will follow really soon.


Other countries will receive the Android 6.0 update in stages in the following weeks. You can check out the changelog below since – if you live anywhere else than Brazil and India – you still have to wait for a while before your Moto device will get the update.


Moto X style changelog:


Doze modeDoze mode is a new smart feature that helps to preserve your phone’s battery life: it recognizes when your device is idle and automatically goes into a deep sleep state. How does it work? When your phone is stationary, not charging and not in use for a long period of time, Doze mode shuts down unnecessary background processes to optimize power.
App StandbyApp Standby reduces the battery drain of your phone by putting your seldom-used apps into a reduced activity state. You can choose which apps are applicable to App Standby:

1.  Swipe the status bar down with two fingers and tap the gear icon at the top right corner of your screen.

2.  Once in the Settings menu, scroll down and select Battery.

3.  Tap the menu icon (3 vertical dots) at the top right corner of the screen and select Battery optimization. The greyed out list of apps under “Not optimized” cannot be added to App Standby.

4.  Select “All apps” from the drop down list, then tap the app you want to adjust:

  • Select “Optimize” to include the app in App Standby to optimize battery life when it’s not in use.
  • Select “Don’t optimize” to remove the app from App Standby. Apps listed as “Not optimized” may keep running in the background and may drain your battery more quickly.
App permissionsIn Android Marshmallow you have even more control over what you share with your apps. With the new permissions model, apps designed for Marshmallow only ask for permissions at the time it’s needed to use a feature, instead of all at once when you install the app. You can modify the permissions granted to apps at any time from the settings menu, or you can look at permissions by type and see which apps have that permission granted.

To modify permissions for an app:

  1. Swipe the status bar down with two fingers and tap the gear icon at the top right corner of your screen.
  2. Once in the Settings menu, scroll down and tap Apps, then select the app you want to adjust.
  3. Go to Permissions in the app menu and tap the switch of the permission you want to grant or revoke for that app.

To modify permissions by type:

  1. Swipe the status bar down with two fingers and tap the gear icon at the top right corner of your screen.
  2. Once in the Settings menu, scroll down and tap Apps, then tap the gear icon at the top right corner of the Apps screen.
  3. Go to App permissions and select the type of permission you want to adjust from the list.
  4. Tap the switch for the app you want to grant/revoke that permission.
App linksAndroid Marshmallow lets you decide what the right action is for each of your apps when you tap a web link. There are three actions you can set:

  • Open in this app: when you tap a supported link, Android will always open the app without asking.
  • Ask every time: Android will always ask if you want to open the link in the app or in the Chrome browser.
  • Don’t open this app: Android will always open the link in the Chrome browser.

To set up the App links action and to check the supported links for a specific app:

  1. Swipe the status bar down with two fingers and tap the gear icon at the top right corner of your screen.
  2. Once in the Settings menu, scroll down and tap “Apps”, then select the app you want to adjust.
  3. Go to “Open by default” in the apps menu. Tap “Open supported links” to select the action.
  4. If you want to check which links are supported for that app, tap “Supported links”.
Expandable StorageAndroid Marshmallow enables your SD card to fully extend device internal storage rather than just being used for media files.

After inserting a new SD card to your phone, you will see a notification to set it up. You can choose to use your new SD card as a portable storage or as internal storage:

  • Portable storage: use your SD card to store your pictures, videos, audio and other media files. You can remove the SD card at any time and transfer it to other device.
  • Internal storage: in addition to media, you can store downloaded apps and games, all their media and data. The SD card acts as an extension of the internal storage of your phone.

If you have an SD card inserted in your phone when you upgrade it to Android Marshmallow, the card will be defaulted to portable storage. Any existing application stored in your SD card before the upgrade will run as expected (in portable storage). In order to move any new application to the SD card, you have to adopt it as internal storage first. To set your SD card as internal storage:

  1. Back up and preserve any data you have on the card, as formatting for internal storage will erase it.
  2. Swipe the status bar down with two fingers and tap the gear icon at the top right corner of your screen.
  3. Once in the Settings menu, scroll down and tap Storage & USB, then select your portable SD card from the list.
  4. Tap the menu icon (3 vertical dots) at the top right corner of the SD card screen and select Settings.
  5. Select Format as internal and follow the steps in the tutorial.

Important: when the SD card is adopted as internal storage, it is formatted and encrypted to protect your information. It cannot be removed and transferred to other device. If you want to use the SD card as portable storage or in another device after adopted as internal storage, then you need to format it. When doing so, please remember that formatting erases all the data stored in your SD card.

Do not disturbYou can now easily configure interruptions by tapping the Do not disturb button in the quick settings panel. There are 3 different modes that you can set from this menu:

  • Priority only blocks all interruptions except those from contacts and apps that you flag as important.
  • Total silence blocks all interruptions, including priority and alarms.
  • Alarms only blocks everything but your alarms.

The new Do not disturb feature also allows multiple automatic rules by time or event. To set automatic rules and to define what’s considered as “priority only” notifications:

  1. Swipe the status bar down with two fingers, then tap the gear icon at the top right corner of your screen.
  2. Once in the Settings menu, scroll down and tap Sound & notification, then go to Do not disturb.

In addition, you can decide which apps are treated as priority. Notifications from these apps will go off in “Priority only” mode. To treat an app as priority:

  1. Swipe the status bar down with two fingers and tap the gear icon at the top right corner of your screen.
  2. Once in the Settings menu, scroll down and tap Apps, then select the app you want to adjust.
  3. Go to Notifications in the apps menu and tap “Treat as priority”.
Volume controlsAndroid Marshmallow provides a more clean and intuitive way to control the ringtone, media and alarm volume. Just press and hold the side volume keys to adjust your ringtone volume, then tap the down arrow in the volume slider that appears at the top of your screen to adjust the media and alarm volume.

Mute: when Do not disturb mode isn’t enabled and the phone volume is set to vibrate, press the volume down button again to activate the “Alarms only” mode. You won’t be interrupted by calls, emails and other notifications, but your alarms will still go off.

Now on TapNow on Tap* provides Google Now contextual results right in the app you are using. Just tap and hold down the home button and Now on Tap will assist you with relevant information based on whatever you are doing in your phone at that moment.

Let’s say you receive a text message from a friend inviting you to watch a new movie. Just long press the home button, and Now on Tap will provide links to info about that movie and shortcuts to the apps you may need. Once you’re done, the back button will take you right back to the messaging app so you can reply to your friend.

*Now on Tap is supported in English only. To change the language of your device, open Settings from the apps tray and scroll down to Language & input.

Direct ShareDirect Share* is a new feature in Android Marshmallow that enables sharing something directly to a contact or conversation within an app. Tap the share icon in the app and at the top of the share panel, a list of contacts with app icons next to their names will pop-up. Then just pick the contact and hit send.

*Note that Direct Share needs to be enabled by the developers of each app. Not all apps my offer Direct Share when Marshmallow launches.

Moto Display and Ambient DisplayIn Android Marshmallow, Ambient Display has been removed from devices with Moto Display, and users previously on Ambient Display have been migrated to Moto Display.

Now, to turn on and off Moto Display, open the Moto app, then tap the icon on the top right corner of the screen, go to Display and tap the switch at the top.

Moto AssistIn Marshmallow, Android introduced new features which enabled us to integrate Assist into other places:

Sleeping and Meeting – to keep your phone quiet while you are sleeping or while you are busy in a meeting you may wish to consider using the Do not disturb feature from Android. To set it up, swipe the status bar down with two fingers and tap the gear icon at the top right corner of your screen. Once in the Settings menu, scroll down and tap Sound & notification, then go to Do not disturb. To keep your screen dark while you are sleeping, open the Moto app, tap the icon on the top right corner of your screen, then go to Display and set the time under Keep screen dark.

Driving and Places – To allow your phone to read your messages and calls out loud while you are driving or when you are at a specific location, open the Moto app, then tap the icon on the top right corner of the screen, go to Voice and select Talk to me. Note: “Keep quiet” while driving and at locations, and “Play music” while driving, are no longer supported.

Motorola MigrateFrom time to time, we need to retire certain Motorola services so that we can usher in a new wave of technology and offerings for our users, as a result Motorola Migrate will no longer be offered on devices running Android Marshmallow.

In the meantime, you may wish to choose another app as an alternative for data transfers. Although we do not warranty or endorse these products, other consumers have had success with apps such as Copy My Data, Phone Copier, ShareIt, etc. which are all on Google Play Store.

Attentive DisplayIn Android Marshmallow we have integrated Attentive Display into Moto Actions. To disable or enable Attentive Display, open the Moto app, then tap the icon on the top right corner of the screen, go to Actions and select Attentive Display.

Note: Attentive Display runs in battery saver mode, this means that when you are not looking, Attentive Display will dim your screen to save battery.

Source: Moto X Style

News Updates/Software

Motorola releases device names to receive Android 6.0

Motorola is not far from the competition when it comes to timely updates. This time, when we are eagerly waiting for Android 6.0 update announcements to be made, Moto has us covered in disclosing a list of devices that are getting the update.


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Motorola even highlighted some things that the users can use as soon as their Motorolas get up to speed with Marshmallow. This includes Doze Mode (the feature detects if your device is inactive to save battery life), Direct Share (you share files, photos, videos, links easily), and Android Pay.


It was announced that the Moto Enhancement feature will be working with Marshmallow. Some of the features removed from the device software are Moto Assist, Moto Migrate and the Google Chrome extension in Motorola Connect.


List of Motorola devices getting Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates:

  • Nexus 6
  • Moto Turbo 2014
  • Moto MAXX 2014
  • DROID Turbo
  • Moto G 2014/ Moto G with 4G LTE2(2nd gen)
  • Moto X 2014 in Latin Aerica, Europe and Asia 2 (2nd gen)
  • Moto X Pure Edition 2014 (US 2nd gen)
  • Moto G 2015 (3rd gen)
  • Moto X Play 2015
  • Moto X Style (2015 – 3rd gen)
  • Moto X Pure Edition (2015 3rd gen).


There is no news regarding a possible date of release for the Android 6.0 update, but Motorola assures their customers that they are working on it as fast as they can.


Source: Motorola Blog

Mobile News

This year, Motorola gives you two Moto G devices to choose from!

If you love the Moto G you will love the two new versions being released this year. Motorola just announced two versions of the updated mid-range budget smartphone, which is a mix of new and old features. Most of the important elements are changed and upgraded while some of the more affordable features are left unchanged.


Motorola Moto G



The new Moto G smartphones get extra RAM and more storage, plus a better camera. They retain the 2014 5” 720p screen but the tech under the chassis is a bit different, starting with a Snapdragon 410  processor. The main camera is upgraded to a 13MP snapper and the front gets a 5MP camera too. The Moto G devices also get LTE connectivity and IPX7 water resistance, which means they can last to a dive of up to a meter for 30 minutes. The devices get a 2470 mAh battery to power everything up.


Moto G




The two Moto G models are different in the sense that one has 1 GB of RAM and 8GB of storage and the other has 2 GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. Both versions present microSD slots to increase storage if needed. As it happens with all Motorola devices launching this year, both Moto G’s get turbo fast charging.



The G’s will be sold on Motorola’s website to some markets and they will be unlocked. They will run on Android 5.1 software right out of the box. The G’s will also get access to Moto Maker, apart from the standard white and black variants. The price for selling them will be a third of the price of flagship ones, which puts it somewhere in the price-range of currently marketed models. The 1GB /8GB version will sell for $179 and the 2GB/ 16GB version will sell for $219.99.


Moto G specs



Both Moto G 2015 versions start selling today, so you can get your own if you really want to change your smartphone today!


Source: AndroidPolice


Mobile News

Motorola Moto X Play – the cheaper flagship choice in 2015

Motorola Moto X Play could be your choice if you want a cheaper flagship in 2015. The device is paired with the Moto X Style – the full-fledged Motorola flagship for 2015 – this is basically a maxed out version of it too, with only slightly lower specs.


Motorola Moto X



Moto X Play has a slightly smaller 5.5” 1080p screen paired with the same 21MP and 5MP camera sensors. The smaller screen is powered by a 3630 mAh battery plus Turbo charging, which allegedly brings phone usage to around 48 hours straight before needing another charge. Under the hood you will find a Snapdragon 615 processor plus 2GB of RAM. You will be able to pick a 16GB or 32GB storage version with a microSD slot.


Moto X Play



MotoX Play



The Moto X Play has a smaller and thicker body than other Moto devices, and it retains the same water resistance feature other Motorola devices have. It will have access to Moto Maker but it will probably only get plasticky cases. The device will run on Android 5.1.1 right out of the box.



The downside for some markets is that the device will not be available globally, the US being one of the countries where Moto X Play will not be making an appearance. It will be available in some parts of Europe, Canada and Latin America starting August. There is no official price out yet, but it is supposed to be cheaper than Moto X Style ($399.99).


Source: Motorola Blog


Mobile News

Moto X Style is Motorola’s 2015 flagship!

Motorola’s flagship for 2015 is Moto X Style, an improved 2014 Moto X version. This time though, you will have more choices as there will be more than one X phone version out there. The main sell is the X Style though, and it does have an impecable style!


Moto X Style



This smartphone made a jump to a 5.7” quad-HD display and it is now equipped with a 21MP camera. The front is backed up by a 5MP snapper. Under the chassis you will find a Snapdragon 808, not that much surprising considering the 810 drama earlier this year, and it is paired with 3  GB of RAM.  You can choose from 16, 32, or 64GB of storage options and you also get a microSD slot to go with it.


Motorola Moto X Style



Motorola Moto X Style also sports fast charging, which reportedly makes charging this device faster than competition. The battery itself has a 3,000 mAh capacity.


If you order one of Motorola’s new flagship from Moto Maker, you will also be able to choose from the silicone or leather options.


Moto X Style specs



The Moto X Style Pure Edition will have universal LTE banding that will work with all the major carriers in the US. The device will cost $399.99 when it goes to the market in September. It will be available for the North America, South America and European markets for starters.


Source: Motorola