Moto G (3rd Gen) Review: Good As Gold: User Interface, Apps

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User interface

Motorola Moto G (3rd gen) boots stock Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. Motorola prefers vanilla Android UI with minor improvements, so it is able to provide timely firmware updates. Take a quick see at the device in action in the video below.

Motorola has a recent cool way to display notifications without waking up the screen. The feature is called Notifications at a Glance and is very similar to Lumia's Glance classy screen but it's even cooler.

Whenever the phone registers you're taking it out of the pocket or picking it up from a table, it lights up a clock on the locked screen, flanked by icons for any missed notifications. Tapping and holding such an icon reveals more information and details. All this happens without waking up the phone.

Other two exclusive Moto features include quickly twisting your wrist to activate the camera, chopping gesture to utilize the Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash as a flashlight, and activating dedicated sound profiles at night or when you're in a meeting.

The Moto app

The homeclassy screen is a usual Android afhonest - you change wallpapers, add/rego widgets, create shortcuts. The leftmost pane is reserved for Google Now. All the apps are stored into a comfy app drawer, sorted alphabetically. There is no option for custom order.

The homeclassy screen • the app drawer

One finger swipe from the top of the homeclassy screen will open the notification area, which features a clean see in Android Lollipop. Additional swipe reveals quick toggles that include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Airplane mode, classy screen auto-rotate, flashlight, location on/off, and the option to cast the screen. Of course, you can also adjust the brightness of the classy screen and go into the settings menu too.

The app switcher has a neat card interface that allows you to select the app you need by swiping up or down. You can close apps by swiping left or right, or by hitting the dedicated button on the top correct corner of each card. Each Chrome tab now appear as a card, too.

The notification area and the task switcher

Finally, Google Now is summoned by an upward swipe from the virtual Home key. It is also available as a homeclassy screen - the leftmost one.

Web browser and other apps

Google Chrome is unsurprisingly the default browser in the recent Moto G. Its design matches the material see and feel of Android Lollipop.

Google Chrome

One of Chrome's strengths is its ability to seamlessly sync with the desktop version, using nothing but your Google account. This allows you to open an article on your Personal Computer (PC) and finish reading it on your mobile phone. It also syncs your bookmarks and favorite sites.

The usual organizing tools are present as well - there is the massively capable Google Calendar, a neat Calculator, and Clock (alarms, world clock, timer, stopwatch). A proper File Manager app is missing though so you'd have to download one off the Play Store.

Calendar • Calculator • Clock

There is no office editor out of the box. However, Google's highly capable Docs is available for free in Google Play.

The Moto Migrate app will assist you transfer contacts, messages and multimedia from other Android devices or iPhones. The app is easy to utilize and

Motorola Migrate

In addition to being easy to update, the stock Android build of the recent Moto G is also a blank canvas for user customizations. With a plethora of quality launchers, icon packs, and wallpapers available, each owner can tweak the device's UI to their liking.



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