Sprint - Quadband GSM (850/900/1800/1900)
Tri Band UMTS (850/1900/2100)DC HSPA+
Display Resolution: 720 x 1280 pixels AMOLED Screen Size: 4.7" 16M Color Bluetooth Enabled: Yes Wi-Fi Enabled: Yes Internal Memory: 16 GB (Actual Space for user data 12 GB)
32GB (Actual Space for user data ~28 GB) External Memory: None Size / Dimensions: 5.09 x 2.57 x 0.41 inches (129.3 x 65.3 x 10.4 mm) Weight: 4.59 oz (130 g) Battery Life: 2200 mAh ([COLOR="rgb(65, 105, 225)"]Not User Replaceable[/COLOR]) Camera: 10 MP Camcorder: 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps) Front-facing camera: 2 megapixels Operating System: Android 4.4, 4.3, 4.2.2 Keyboard: Touch Screen GPS: Yes
Unique Features -
Moto X Review -
Moto X Review - Engadget - reviewed on September 2013
List of Commonly used Terms -
All that is fine, but I don't know what this rooting, flashing, nandroid, Modding etc. mean? Yelp ?
Fear Not! Here's a little Cheat Sheet for you. Please thank @benjamingwynn for this. I took his original list for HTC and extended it for here. Given bellow is a Glossary of sorts for commonly used terms. Please let me know if I missed any and I will add it.
ADB - "Android Debug Bridge" a system that can be accessed using a computer where you can manage the device from. You need the Android SDK to use it.
AFAIK - "As far as I know"
AOSP - "Android open source project" a project by Google Inc. to give android to developers and manufactures for free (see open-source)
APK - "Android Package" an Android application
Binary - (sometimes called bin's) a group of executable files.
Brick - When the device refuses to boot at all, despite having a full battery is termed as Bricking. Most of the times, the devices gives some indication of problems such as blinking Red Led, but no other signs of life. It is also called Hard Brick. Also see Soft Brick.
Bootloader - Its a small piece of code that's embedded in the device. Its the first to be executed when the device is turned on.
CDMA/GSM - A type of network communication between phones and carriers. GSM phones normally are included with SIM Cards that authorize them onto the network. CDMA have this authorization built in and do not need a sim card.
CM - See CyanogenMod
CM9 - Cyanogenmod 9. A modified version of ICS release of Android 4.0.x. (see CynogenMod)
CM10 - Cyanogenmod 10. A modified version of Jelly Bean release of Android 4.2.x as well as 4.3.x (see CynogenMod)
CM11 - Cyanogenmod 11. A modified version of Kitkat release of Android 4.4.x. (see CynogenMod) Custom recovery - An unofficial recovery developed by other developers for your device. Its typically used to install unoffical ROMs. See CWM and TWRP.
CWM - ClockWorkMod, a project that makes Custom Recovery.
Cyanogenmod - A free open-source project based on the AOSP. It is a modded (see modded) version of the Android firmware
Dev - See developer.
Developer - A man or woman who has created (developed) software.
Deodexed - Where the two part ODEX files (see Odex) are moved into the actual APK (apk), thus making it one.
Execute - To "run" or "start" a binary
Firmware - a piece of software to make hardware function correctly. This can refer to Radio Firmware, but is normally used as another name for ROM. (See ROM)
Flash - The process of installing a software on your device.
Flashing - See Flash.
FOTA - "Firmware over the air" this normally refers to ROM's but can refer to radio firmware (see OTA)
Froyo - Android 2.2
GB - Could mean one of two things. 1. Gingerbread or 2. Great Britain
Gingerbread - Android 2.3
Governor - A system embedded into the kernel to automatically change the current working CPU frequency depending on the workload. It would only go up to what it is overclocked (or underclocked) to, this is called the maximum frequency. It would not drop bellow the (just as easily configurable) minimum frequency.
Honeycomb - Android 3.x. it was never released or ported to the wildfire s because it was built for tablets.
Ice cream sandwich/ICS - Android 4.0. The latest version of Android.
JDK - "Java Development Kit" an SDK for the java platform. It is needed to run the Android SDK.
JRE - "Java Runtime Environment" a collection of binarys and files to allow java software to execute.
KANG - The process of creating a code based of someone else's code.
Kernel - This is another term brought over from Linux World. A Kernel is a piece of software, that takes over from the Bootloader and then completes the booting of the device. It handles the CPU and other vital components. A modded kernel may be used for overclocking.
Library's/Libs - a set of instructions for applications to use to function. A functioning camera lib would allow the camera to be used.
Logcat - A logging system built into the ADB
Mod - A modification to a part of the phones software. It is also POSSIBLE to mod the phones hardware but is not recommended.
Modding - To perform a mod
Modded - to have included mods or condition after applying a mod.
Modification - see mod
Open-Source - (not to be confused with free) A piece of software that is free to edit, use, distribute and share with no charge.
OTA - "Over the air" a term used to indicate software that was sent to phones directly through the internet to their phones.
Radio - (not to be confused with Radio Firmware) A piece of hardware that allows communication. There are 3 main radios in your phone. Bluetooth, WiFi and GSM/CDMA.
Radio Firmware - (see firmware) a type of software that allows correct communication with the radio and the operating system. A newer firmware would normally improve battery life and call quality. The radio firmware only applies to the CDMA/GSM radio.
Overclock - (not to be confused with underclock) to exceed the default maximum CPU speed. This could make a phone more powerful but may cause damage. Although no damaged has been reported so far it could still drain battery life.
Nandroid - Its a process of taking a backup of most of the partitions in Android. This is usually performed in Recovery Console when OS is not running.
Partition - Similar to Linux, Android storage is divided into Partitions. These are akin to compartments that house specific part of the OS boot and operation.
RAM - Could be one of three meanings: 1. Memory for the CPU to process processes. 2. Random Access Memory, a place where information can be used, executed from, modified, or deleted. 3. A type of sheep.
Recovery - Its a dedicated Android partition, that has Recovery console installed. This is invisible during normal operation of the android device.
ROM - 1. A modified version of the Android operating system operating system. 2. Read Only Memory, a place where information is stored and can not be destroyed, modified or written to.
RSD - Remote software download.
RUU - "ROM Update Utility" An automatic installer for Radio Firmware, ROM and HBOOT. (Predominantly used on HTC).
SBF - A file extension used for RSDLite files.
SD - Short term for MicroSD
SDK - "Software Development Kit" a set of tools used for software development.
Soft Brick - When the device refuses to boot despite a full battery, but shows some other signs of life, its considered as soft Bricked. Also see Brick
Stock - An unchanged version of something. Example: I just flashed stock Rom. Typically this term may be used to refer to Official firmware. But this is not the case always.
TWRP - Team Win Recovery Project. This also has a newer edition called TWRP 2.
Underclock - to change your phones maximum frequency to LOWER than the default to attempt to extend the phones lifespan and battery.
WFS - "Wildfire S" an armv6 device made by HTC in 2011.
WIP - "Work In Progress"
Zipalligned - This is something that makes a ROM faster. Best see this link for more.
Ok Now that you have a hang of your device, you probably want to explore your options and maybe install a Custom Rom. Well, the first thing you will need is to Root the Device.
So what really is a Root ? Why should I do it ? Would it break my Phone ? How about my Warranty ? All legitimate questions. To start off, here's an easy guide by Lifehacker. This whole concept may seem mystical to some of us. Let me try to make it pretty straightforward. Rooting is a process on Android that effectively grants you superuser access. Think of it as Administrator access on Windows. Android is a derivative of Linux. So those from Linux should have no difficulty with this concept.
There are certain operations that only a Superuser can do. Hence you'd want to root in order to so. For ex, remove any application that is installed as System application. Just like on on Windows, Root access does come with risk, so you need to use it with care. Just because you have Root access, does not mean your phone is broken. Typically making wrong changes to system with Root access, will result in affecting smooth operation of your phone. In extreme cases, the device may be Bricked if incorrect software (Rom, Mod or others) is flashed.
When it comes to Warranty, typically Root as such does not void your warranty. But if you end up flashing anything with a custom Recovery, then your Warranty may be voided. Rooting -
Ok so, I got what Root is and I need to be responsible in what I do. How do I get the root ? Well the first and basic thing would be to install appropriate drivers for Windows. Next in order to Root, please follow the thread to install PwnMyMoto by @jcase. If you have received the Camera update, then you will need RockMyMoto to patch PwnMyMoto. are on Kitkat, then you will need SlapMyMoto. There's a nice Tutorial by @Tha TechnoCrat as well for you.
Once rooted, some of you may wish to stick with that and not proceed any further. With root, you will want to remove some of the apps that you don't need. I wish to suggest that you take a complete backup with a tool such as Titanium Backup. That way if you accidentally uninstall/remove something that's critical to android's operation, then you can restore it. For those of you, who wish to install custom Rom, read on.
The first step towards installing a custom Rom is to install a custom Recovery.
Please note, In order to flash any custom Recoveries, you need to have unlocked Bootloader. Barring the open Bounty, the only viable option right now is to get an unlock code from Motorola. Do know that according to this blog, unlocking the Bootloader of a Developer Edition device will NOT VOID WARRANTY!
If you do not wish to unlock your Bootloader, you may also wish to explore Safe Strap. It is a Bootstrap / Recovery for locked bootloader phones. Its aim is to avoid making changes to the main system partition and only flash or make large changes to the Data Partition in general, /sdcard in particular. When SafeStrap is installed, you should see a menu at boot, with a choice to enter recovery. As of now, the recovery of Safestrap is based on TWRP 188.8.131.52. If you wish to proceed down this path, please see this thread for more details.
A Custom Recovery is a unofficial Recovery Console that can be flashed to your device's Recovery Partition.
Typically unofficial recoveries offer several advantages over Stock or Official Recovery. Hence the unofficial recoveries are necessary in order to flash a Custom Rom. Apart from flashing a Rom, Kernel or any other firmware, unofficial Recoveries can also take Nandroids.
An unofficial Recovery is also commonly referred to as Custom Recovery. There are two major projects that contribute Custom recoveries. One is called CWM. The other is called TWRP. Given bellow is a list of Custom Recoveries available for your device.
The internal Storage of Moto X does support F2FS, a file system developed by Samsung engineers. The custom recoveries too do support the same.
TWRP 2 Recovery v184.108.40.206 - Official
[HIDE/] Please visit TWRP 2 Project Official website for the latest version.[/HIDE]
This Recovery is for all XT10xx devices. Although Philz is based on CWM, it adds a host of advanced features that are not available in CWM. Please visit the thread for more details.
(Thread as of 15th January 2014)
Given bellow is a list of known Roms for Moto X. If I miss on a Great Rom, let me know.
AOSP ROMs - [KITKAT 4.4.x]
Android Open Source Project, commonly known as AOSP is a repository of Official Google Codebase for Android. Any Rom built from this code will provide a true Android Experience.
CM 11 by @dhacker -
The Rom has been posted by @scoobaspeaz on behalf of @dhacker. This is a Unified build that is confirmed to work on both the 4.3 and 4.4 bootloaders.Please visit the thread for more details.
This CM 11 based Rom is only for the Verizon Variant XT 1060. It includes some very interesting features such as Audio Mods, Performance improvements Ad Blocking and a host of other features. Please visit the thread for more details.
We now have the famed Paranoid Android Code and its cutting edge features for the Moto X. To those who are not aware, Paranoid Android Team started as a Kang of the AOSP Codebase and have deloped new code and heavily modified existing code. It has been very popular with Android users. Please see the thread for more details of the Rom.
A CM 11 based rom offering a jet black Halo theme experience. It does remove some of the features that are preceived not helpful. Please see the thread for more details.
(Rom thread as of 7th May 2014)
This Rom is for Verizon (Dev Edition), AT&T (Unlocked Bootloader only), T-Mobile (Developer Edition), T-Mobile (Developer Ed.), Sprint. The Rom thread is over here.
(Rom as of 10-28-2013)
AOKP for Moto X -
Android Open Kang Project (AOKP) is a project that is always introducing a lot of new features all the time. It is ubiquitously represented by the Unicorn.
Kang is another word for Copy in the Android world. In this case, the AOKP project has made a copy of the original Google Code. However, since then they have significantly modified with several features. Give it a try and see for yourself.
AOKP for T-Mobile - JB 4.3 milestone (JB-MR2) Rom here. Get the Gapps here.
AOKP for Verizon (Developer Ed) - JB 4.3 Milestone (JB-MR2) Rom here. Get the Gapps here.
Stock based ROMs - [Kitkat 4.4]
STOCK BASED DEODEXED ROM FOR XT1052 BY @janjan
As the name states, this Rom is only for the Variant XT 1052. It has been de-odexed making it easy to theme or do other changes. Please see the thread for more details.
(Rom thread as of 7th February 2014)
REPUBLIC WIRELESS & C-SPIRE Variant ROM BY @iKrYpToNiTe
This Rom as the name suggest is specific for the Variant XT 1049. You need to be rooted on 4.2.2 or 4.4 with Safestrap installed. You also need to have disabled write protection. Please visit the thread for more details.
This Kitkat Rom is based on MotoBlur framework. Its only for the Verizon devices alone. You will have to be running latest OTA update before flashing this Rom. Head over to the Rom thread for more details.
(Rom as of 12-21-2013)
Stock Firmware for Sprint Version only by @gokart2
We have two versions of the Stock Rom on the Sprint Moto X.
Both versions are available in Stock unrooted as well as de-odexed Rooted format. Head over to the thread for details. (Rom as of 12-20-2013).
Given bellow is a list of known Kernels for Moto X. If I miss on a good one, let me know.
AOSP Kernels - [Kitkat 4.4] Enhanced Kernel by @rob43 -
This Kernel is based on the Source. It offers variety of advanced features such as Swipe2Sleep and Fast Charge. It also allows undervolting and oveclocking. It is compatible with all Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile devices. Some have tested it successfully with Sprint version as well. Head over to the thread for more details. Unlocked Device required.
This kernel is based on CM Source. It also offers stock based versions. It offers a lot of choices in Governors as well as Schedulers. Ideal for you if you prefer to tinker with Governor settings for Battery or Performance. Head over to the thread for more details.There is no explicit supported device listed. That makes me think its supports all versions of the Moto X.
Stock based Kernels - [Kitkat 4.4] Enhanced Kernel by @rob43 -
This kernel has been enhanced significantly to add some pretty cool features such as Sweep2Sleep and Fast Charge. Please see the thread for more details.
Although it still has the 3.4.0 kernel label, it has incorporated many advanced features available only on Linux 3.8+ and beyond. I have backported many of those advanced features for Linux 3.4, hence the name hybrid. Please visit the thread for more details.
This kernel is based on CM Source. It also offers stock based versions. It offers a lot of choices in Governors as well as Schedulers. Ideal for you if you prefer to tinker with Governor settings for Battery or Performance. Head over to the thread for more details. There is no explicit supported device listed. That makes me think its supports all versions of the Moto X.
Stock based Kernels - [JB 4.1, 4.2, 4.3]
Rooted Stock Kernel by @rob43 -
This Kernel is based on the Stock Kernel for AT&T and Rogers (Canada). It roots the device and installs SuperSU on Boot. Head over to the thread for more details.
For the Verizon Edition of Moto X, we now have 4.2.2 Modems/Radios. Please thank @aviwdoowks and see his thread.
Mods & Tools- Given Bellow is a list of some of the common Mods for the users. This is not a complete list by any means. It is not intended to be one. The intent is on collating easy to use mods for new users.
Moto X Toolkit -
A tool to Backup or Restore User Apps/Data or flash BootAnimation/Recovery etc. Please see the thread for details.
MotoWPNoMo Remove Write Protect-
This tool will remount your System Partition as Read-Write so you don't have to reboot to Recovery. See the thread for details.
MotoX FXZ Back to Stock - [Linux, Mac]
This tool allows you to flash your Moto X back to Stock. Please see the thread for details. Although the current version works, it is no longer supported.
NFC Unlock Tag Creator - (For Non Developer Ed. Devices)
Typically this feature is available on the Developer Edition devices. However, we have an app that'd allow you to do so on Non-Developer Edition devices. Please see the thread for details.
Enable Native Tether -
This mod enables, native tether even when your Data plan is not enabled for the same. Please see the thread for details. This works for Sprint, Verizon and AT&T.
Remove Unsafe Volume Warning -
This mod allows you to get rid of the warning message "Raise Volume above Safe Level ?". Please see the thread for details.
Customizations - Themes, Bootanimations, Wallpapers -
Xposed Mods for Moto X -
Xposed framework is a system level framework. By itself it does not change anything. However, others have written modules that make use of this framework to do some nice mods. Bellow are a couple developed for Moto X. You can check this thread for a bigger list.
Remove Navigation Bar - As the name says. See the thread for details. Status Bar Mods - Another Xposed Mod that makes few changes to Status bar appearance. See the thread for details.
Statusbar changes -
As the name says, this mod for Verizon will reduce the size of carrier Data signal icon. For AT&T, you may want to see this other mod. If you like Kitkat AOSP statusbar, try this mod instead.
Bootanimations and Media -
At boot, typically you see two different animations. First one is called a Boot Logo and is controlled by your Kernel. The second one is called the boot animation. Its specific to the Rom you are using.
If you wish, you can try some nice Boot Logos from this thread. This thread on the other hand, has some nice custom bootanimations and other media. This other thread has Google Play Edition Animation. This one has a Moto X Animation in Google Play Edition Style.
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