Moto G

Kernel source and other OSS portions ready for third-party developers

If you're looking to have a go at OS and kernel development for the Moto G, everything you need (well, everything that's open-source anyway) is now available from Motorola's SourceForge page. 

You'll find the source files for the kernel as well as other essential and GPL portions of the system, and a nice set of instructions about how to get it all to compile. Most of us won't have a need for these, but I have a feeling that the best budget phone on the planet will see some serious development, simply because it is so accessible.

If you are the type who wants to dive in and have a go with these, grab them right here.

Source: +Gopinath Palaniappan


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Moto G open source components now available for download


Great! Now someone else can develop ROMs and if they don't I can complain about it. I mean god forbid I actually do it myself.

The Moto G is an oh right smartphone, but no LTE, is no go! LTE is an absolute must in 2013/2014, at all price points!

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Not if you're a poor college student! I know tons of people that still have "dumb phones."

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Then the data price is a problem too. If we don't get a moto x on Monday, my daughter will probably get the motoG.

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No it isn't, for some people HSPA is just fine and depending on their service and signal, they can easily get 15Mbps+. If you have poor LTE signal you get less than 10Mbps and higher battery drain.

Good luck finding a new phone released with quadcore, HD screen and LTE support for $180, there isn't one and won't be one for at least another year. You get what you pay for.

Amen! My friend who has Verizon and a LTE GS4 just did a speedtest the other day, and he got 5Mbps down and 3Mbps up. Can't say that it's worth getting LTE here... And Verizon has the best service where I live.

since not everybody has unlimited data, not everybody lives in U.S.A. and you can't get LTE coverage everywhere, it's not by far "an absolute must".
Having eliminated that "no go" factor, you pretty much can get the BEST smartphone under 200$ on this planet.

I completely agree. They should definitely have LTE on this phone, and they should make it impossible to turn off. That way in the overseas markets where the phone is predominately targeted, it can be a constant battery drain searching for a service that doesn't exist.
But at least Jay Holm will be happy with the phone #theworlddoesntrevolvearoundyou

It's the end of 2013, cell radios shouldn't even be in existence that aren't LTE! I can't believe anti-LTE people are even on this site! Gosh, wouldn't you expect Bluetooth 4.0, or wifi ac?

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I'm currently using the Nexus 4 on T-Mobile HSPA+ network and I'm completely satisfied. I live in Los Angeles where LTE is strong but its not something I'm desperate or need like the way your talking. I still get more than needed data speed and don't need LTE to get the speeds I want. Most people can't afford getting LTE and also some areas aren't covered so it's considered useless. People who is getting a Moto G or a cheaper phone just wants to get a phone that works, affordable and gets the job done. So stop crying about a LTE is a must because there's still room for HSPA in today world.

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This phone is aimed for average consumers who use their phones for browsing and facebook. LTE is fine if you're okay with paying more than 70 dollars a month (one person) for LTE on a contract and if you desperately need internet speeds higher than 20 mbps. I had unlimited LTE from Sprint in LA and it was nice, but I was barely using it for streaming and, once in a while, for torrenting. Plus my battery died from LTE so I would occasionally turn it off. I would much rather go on a prepaid plan (what this phone is aimed for) and revert to hspa+ (not too slow in LA, about 15mbps) and save lots of money.

Until LTE becomes a global data standard, there will still be devices released that only use HSPA.

We've got a long way to go, brother.

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What about the people that don't need, can't get, or can't afford LTE? This phone is built for them. If you want something with LTE that is still a good deal, get the Nexus 5. Plus, not everyone needs or wants the latest and greatest of everything.

I'm not anti-LTE. Heck, I love LTE, it's just not a huge priority for everyone.

Haha! Heck, I grew up on dial-up. I mean, not too long ago, the best internet connection I had was 44Kbps!

I remember when 54kbps was common place, now 10mbps+ is common on a smartphone. Apps update in less than 10 seconds, YouTube videos play without buffering, I still think webpages could load faster though, even with the Snapdragon 600 and 2gb's of RAM, webpages could still load faster.

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It's not about being anti-LTE. It's about seeing the relevance between the device and the target market.

Not for that price. LTE is a definite necessity on most phones, but when the sole purpose is low price, LTE can be cut

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So where is the competition for the Note 3? Oh right there isn't any...

In the uk and on three network getting speeds of 5mb+ over 10 on a good day and location.

Moto G is the perfect 2nd phone especially as my main one of a note 3.

The G will be used in the car for music and nights out

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I have the Nexus 4, which I love and I can't really say I need LTE that much. However being on Three UK, I am very tempted to try it out since they've launched the free for all (on Three) 4G LTE, especially with my all-you-can-eat (unlimited) data contract.

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I just wish the always on of Moto X was on this, not that this thing isn't already gonna fly off the shelves but then it would be an impulse buy.