Republic Wireless Lands the Moto G
Republic Wireless today announced the availability of the Motorola Moto G. The 8GB version costs $149 and the 16GB version costs $179. Both are sold contract-free, though customers can choose from several different financing options if they so wish. Republic Wireless, which is a Sprint MVNO, uses a combination of cellular data and Wi-Fi to pass VoIP-based calls through the internet rather than through traditional voice networks. It offers several plans. The first includes unlimited talk, text, and data on Wi-Fi only for $5 per month. The second includes unlimited talk and text on Wi-Fi and cellular, and unlimited data on Wi-Fi for $10 per month. The third includes unlimited talk, text and data on Wi-Fi, plus 3G cellular for $25 per month. The G has a 4.5-inch 720p HD screen, 5-megapixel camera, and 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor. It runs a stock version of Android 4.4 KitKat. The Moto G will be available beginning in April.
Verizon to Sell Moto G Jan. 9 for $99 with No Contract
Verizon Wireless today announced that the Motorola Moto G will be available for sale via its prepaid wireless service beginning January 9. The device will cost $99 and does not require customers to sign a new contract.
Motorola Refreshes Gallery App
Motorola today updated the Gallery application that's installed on its Android smartphones. The app has a refreshed design that offers larger thumbnails and faster, simpler navigation between galleries and photos.
Grip Shells for Moto G Now Available from Motorola
Motorola has added a third option for people looking to customize the look of their Moto G with new Grip Shells. The Moto G, which can be ordered directly from Motorola's web site, comes with a black rear cover that can be swapped with a number of different rear shells.
Moto G Earns Android 4.4.2 KitKat Upgrade
Motorola has made the Android 4.4.2 system update available to the Moto G. The update installs a new phone dialer, makes performance enhancements to the camera application, adds photo-editing options to the gallery app, adds support for printing via Google Cloud Print, adds the latest version of Hangouts for use with SMS, and makes the G compatible with Square credit card readers.
Motorola Camera App Updated with Focus Controls
Motorola has provided an update to its camera application for Android devices. The camera app, which is the one that comes on the Moto X, for example, now lets users control focus and exposure manually by dragging the focus ring around the viewfinder.