I HATE THE HEADS-UP NOTIFICATION ON LOLLIPOP!

Lollipop was the much-awaited Android update so far, with lots of new features and complete new “Material Design” overhaul. I was also pretty excited after hearing the news of Android “L” and the follow-up that Motorola will bring this update to my Moto G. It took them a little while, but I finally got the Lollipop (5.0.2) update on my phone last weekend. The highlighted features of the Lollipop update included the so-called

  • Heads-up notification, and
  • Notification Lockscreen

Both of them are kinda familiar to the iOS users, but it’s new to Android. Heads-up notification notification means a little pop-up notification you get from apps on the top of the screen. But to be honest, I REALLY HATE THAT! It is very intrusive on most cases. I like the concept of Phone Calls getting heads-up, but third party apps too? The second most annoying thing about the change was, they have took away the sweet Notification tickers! Notification ticker is the (part of the) message that was shown on the notification tray when you receive a text. Now it is heads-up notification or just notification icon. They just killed the tickers and whoever thought heads-up notification was a good idea SHOULD BE FIRED! I really hate heads-up notification because, I’m a member of many unwanted WhatsApp group that I can’t leave, and whenever someone message that group it is shown as heads-up in front of any apps that I use. The major flaw in the Heads-up notification is that if you decide to swipe away the heads-up notification, IT IS GONE FOREVER! Seriously Google? You thought it was a good idea? If I get a notification from Twitter while texting someone and I swipe away that notification it is gone forever. Most of the cases, The heads-up from twitter (and many other apps) are pretty big to hide a part of the screen. The only option we got is to wait till 10 second till the heads-up notification disappears itself into the notification tray like a little kid. The only app that doesn’t follow this is the Incoming call Heads-up. One thing that I really like about the Lollipop update (apart from the sweet animations) is the addition of Notification in the Lockscreen. It is very productive in my opinion. They also added “Ambient Display” which will lit up the screen when a notification arrives. But I found that a little hard to get used to so I installed Screen notification. I also found a flaw the lockscreen notification which is quite annoying. The LED light will not turn off if we expands the notification tray from the lockscreen (by expand I mean from this to this). We have to dismiss the notification to turn off the LED notification. On KitKat the LED notification would turn off if we pull down the notification tray from the lockscreen. I’m not sure if this is bug in Lollipop or a bug from the Motorola. Hope Google will fix all these intrusive stuffs in the next release!


UPDATE!: Google has added (swipe to remind later/add to notification tray) in 5.1 update. Good guy Google! Here’s a video showing it off -video by Android Police


UPDATE2: Android M adds option to disable “peeking.” It is now the new name for “Heads up notification”!

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My Moto G review

Moto G is quite frankly the best smart phone that money can buy!

Moto G was developed by Google and it comes at an amazing price of $179! (Rs. 14000)

 

The Specs of Moto G are as follows..

Display
Screen size (inches) 4.50
Touchscreen Yes
Touchscreen type Capacitive
Resolution 720×1280 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 329
Colours 16M
Hardware
Processor 1.2GHz  quad-core
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
RAM 1GB
Internal storage 8GB/16GB
Camera
Rear camera 5-megapixel
Flash Yes
Front camera 1.3-megapixel
Software
Operating System Android 4.3 upgradable to 4.4 (KitKat)
Java support Yes
Connectivity
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 b/ g/ n
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.00

Yes, this is a specification of a high-end mid rang phone! It is really surprising that comes under this price tag..

 

Flipkart.com is the only dealer in India for Moto G.

Flipkart is providing several offers and contests to promote the Moto G which is really beneficial in customer point of view.

Flipkart delivery is also very satisfactory.

I placed the Order on 17th April 2014, 2:46PM and it was delivered <48 Hours!

Flipkart delivery

 

My Moto G had KitKat (Android 4.4.2) running right out of the box which was really surprising! Moto G was one of few phone which got KitKat update first.. The “Project butter” and KitKat OS is really smooth on the Moto G.

Here is a video of Moto G speed test with Nexus 5! (which is a Rs.30K phone)

and, we can see that Moto G was only tiiinny bit slower than the giant Nexus 5!!

Moto G also support HEAVY games as well

Cannot hesitate to say but all these heavy games is running without any lags and “smoothly” on this budget phone!

 

Build quality: Build quality of this phone is really good! It feels very solid in hands. It is a very good advantage that it has Gorilla Glass 3 protection for the screen and I’ve literally tried scratching my Moto G with keys and not surprisingly it didn’t got scratched! And also Moto G is water repellent. Very comfy and useful for daily use!

 

Camera is the only “disappointing” department in the Moto G, but this is the BEST we can except from this exceptional (price) phone! Even though its 5 MP rear camera, the photos it takes are very satisfactory. It is way better than all 5MP cameras of Samsung. The shutter speed and features are also exceptional!

I’ve seen many bloggers say the camera is poor in night.

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Photo taken using Moto G with LED flash

But. This image is taken only with the LED Flash light at night. It’s way better than all the mid-range phones delivering low-light images. Also gotta say the LED light is very powerful in the Moto G.

Storage: Moto G comes with 8/16GB variants, but the fact is that it does NOT support SD cards, it could be a bit disappointing to some users, but not a big drawback as this phone supports USB Flash drives with OTG! The Bluetooth reception is very good than even Galaxy S4! It was playing music without any beat skips through Bluetooth speakers at a long distance while other phones were having trouble.

Here is Read & Write speed test of Moto G.

I can say the performance is exceptionally good. It has even defeated the giant Galaxy S5!

 

Gaming:

I’ve been using Moto G for almost two weeks now and it still amuse me. I’ve tried high-end games like NFS Most Wanted (1.91 GB), TDKR (The Dark Knight Rises) (2.3GB) etc on my Moto G and I couldn’t litreally find any frame-drops or lags in those games considering its high graphics and size. The lightning effects and all on TDKR is awesome! The 720p HD Screen also helps the viewing effects. The Adreno 305 GPU is handing all the games very smoothly.

One thing I found while playing Games like NFS Most wanted, is that the Phone get very hot while playing (probably because it uses a lot of GPU&CPU). It could sometimes harm the phone’s battery in the long run. And also 30 Minutes of gameplay with NFS Most wanted resulted in 18% battery drop (as I tested).

 TIP: Don’t play games while charging as phone gets too hot (due to CPU & charging) and we know that battery life would be affected when it works in very hot conditions.

 

This is the Best phone for gaming if you’re looking for a <Rs.15000 phone!

The Usual games like Temple Run, Subway Surfers, Deer Hunter, etc also runs very smoothly and the Graphical details (shadows, infos) can be seen very clearly on the 720p display.

 

What I miss in the Moto G:

  1. 4G LTE – (Even though India doesn’t have 4G coverage all over, I still miss this feature. 4G is gonna be everywhere soon!)
  2. NFC. – They could’ve put a NFC in the MotoG. I don’t think NFC chips is that expensive 😉
  3. Removable Battery – (Non-removable batteries are quite common now, so can’t complain much)
  4. 2GB RAM – I am very happy with the 1GB ram of MotoG. But in a long-run with lots of multi-tasking, 2GB of ram would’ve been a blessing!

Update: Motorola has Just released a 4G LTE model with Expandable storage! (Yet to arrive in India)

 

KitKat:

The another good news is that the Phone comes Android 4.4 (KitKat) out of the box! (Phones which are not stock KitKat can be upgraded to KitKat OTA easily)

KitKat have some great additional features and Memory Management than the prior version of Android. Learn More >>

In short, MOTO G is the BEST VFM (Value For Money) Phone out there in the market!

 

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