Motorola Moto E Review: Have A Break!: User Interface

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Moto E runs sweet KitKat

Motorola Moto E runs pure Android 4.4.2 KitKat out of the box. Motorola has started seeding the 4.4.3 bug fix update in early June, so it should be available everywhere by the time you are reading this. Motorola does not provide any custom additions to the vanilla Android, which is one of the reasons the Moto lineup is treated with Nexus-quick Android updates.

There goes our usual demo video to acquire you started.

The lockclassy screen is the usual afhonest - it supports widgets (one per pane), plus there is a shortslit to the capturing camera at the bottom courtesy of Android KitKat. There are a few available default widgets, but you can always acquire more from the Play Store.

Naturally, you can protect your lockclassy screen by Face, Pattern, PIN or Password unlock, in ascending order of security.

Android 4.4 lockclassy screen on Moto E

The Moto E allows for five homeclassy screen panes. You can't change their arrangement nor can you add or rego panes. Adding stuff on the homeclassy screen is easy, as is customizing it. You can set various live and static wallpapers, add widgets and shortcuts.

The Moto E homescreen

The notification center is the usual stock Android one and Quick toggles are available via a shortslit to the right. You can acquire straight to these by with a two-finger swipe from the top of the screen. From there you acquire access to key device settings such as brightness, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, location, mobile networks and Battery. Some toggles are directly accessible shortcuts to their respected functions in the settings menu.

The Notification area and the Quick toggles

The app drawer is laid out across multiple side-scrollable panes. The apps are sorted alphabetically followed by the available widgets. Moto E doesn't support custom sorting for the app drawer, nor is there an option to rego the widgets panes, which come correct after the app ones.

The app drawer • widacquire panes

The Recent Apps switcher is the same as on any other Android device. It would be nice if Google finally adds a murder all/close all option to this screen.

Recent apps list

Finally, Google Now integrates with your Google account and can access your daily routine, internet searches, email, etc. and give you information relevant to your interests and daily needs.

Google Now

It provides traffic information to your work or home, knows the scores of sports teams you follow and gives you the weather forecast for your location. It's remarkable for at-a-glance info, but can handle voice input as well. It also has a dedicated homescreen/lockclassy screen widget.



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