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[Q] Few Moto G cyanogenmod questions

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9th April 2014, 03:53 PM   |  #1  
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Hi,

Firstly I'm new to Android. I had an old Samsung Galaxy Ace (2.2) which was a piece of stink a few years ago. I moved over to Windows Phone for a bit buy I just killed my Lumia 820. So couple of days ago I grabbed a retail SIM-free 16 Gig Moto G from Amazon in the UK.

Inevitably this is stuffed full of Moto and Google crapware I'd like to get rid of so I'll probably unlock it, root it and install CM11 on it. I have very few app requirements - mainly an IMAP client, firefox, mp3 player, SSH terminal, calculator and offline OSM app. I don't want to sign into any accounts other than what I control (no google!) and will be deploying APKs directly. Few questions first:

1. Is there a known list of issues/bugs/problems with CM11 against this device? Can't find anything anywhere.

2. If I do this, can I get the existing moto firmware and bootloader back and lock it. If I have to do a warranty return due to a hardware problem I want to be able to return it despite the big scary warnings all over the Moto site

3. Is there a possibility I can brick the device or destroy the lowest level firmware/bootstrap. If so is there a recovery option for this. I don't want a paperweight?

4. Does USB OTG still work after CM11 update?

5. CM11 asks you to sign in looking at a couple of videos on startup. Do I need to do this?

6. Default CM11 after install - does it have a media player/music player or do I have to go find one?

7. Any gotchas I need to know about?

I've got a number of years experience with embedded ARM systems and known Linux inside out (including kernel) and write software for a living so this isn't something I'm going into blind so please don't hit me with the n00b stick.
9th April 2014, 06:41 PM   |  #2  
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Originally Posted by chrissmeuk

Hi,

Firstly I'm new to Android. I had an old Samsung Galaxy Ace (2.2) which was a piece of stink a few years ago. I moved over to Windows Phone for a bit buy I just killed my Lumia 820. So couple of days ago I grabbed a retail SIM-free 16 Gig Moto G from Amazon in the UK.

Inevitably this is stuffed full of Moto and Google crapware I'd like to get rid of so I'll probably unlock it, root it and install CM11 on it. I have very few app requirements - mainly an IMAP client, firefox, mp3 player, SSH terminal, calculator and offline OSM app. I don't want to sign into any accounts other than what I control (no google!) and will be deploying APKs directly. Few questions first:

1. Is there a known list of issues/bugs/problems with CM11 against this device? Can't find anything anywhere.

2. If I do this, can I get the existing moto firmware and bootloader back and lock it. If I have to do a warranty return due to a hardware problem I want to be able to return it despite the big scary warnings all over the Moto site

3. Is there a possibility I can brick the device or destroy the lowest level firmware/bootstrap. If so is there a recovery option for this. I don't want a paperweight?

4. Does USB OTG still work after CM11 update?

5. CM11 asks you to sign in looking at a couple of videos on startup. Do I need to do this?

6. Default CM11 after install - does it have a media player/music player or do I have to go find one?

7. Any gotchas I need to know about?

I've got a number of years experience with embedded ARM systems and known Linux inside out (including kernel) and write software for a living so this isn't something I'm going into blind so please don't hit me with the n00b stick.

1.Known issues for CM11 M5 here: http://wiki.cyanogenmod.org/w/Known_...age_for_falcon

2.You can relock the bootloader after flashing a stock ROM image.Anyway, if they want to deny you a warranty service, they will no matter what you do.

3.If you know what you're doing, you can't brick it by any means.Many ppl lacking the knowledge have got bootloops/bad fs on partitions and various other stuff, but as I said, it's mainly their fault.

4.OTG works on CM11, but it's buggy yet (kernel related), so it may be fixed sometime soon (it's in their known issues list).

5.CM(11) has Apollo as default music player, it's an OK one, but nothing that good.You can always get a Walkman port and use it.

7.hmmm.... don't go CM imo, just root the stock ROM and use it, it's way better than CM atm.Maybe someday CM11 will get better for the Moto G, but at this point it's not really worth it.
10th April 2014, 11:39 AM   |  #3  
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Thanks for your replies. I've unlocked and rooted it now. Decided I'm not concerned about the warranty. Spent the entire evening removing the Moto and Google crud from the stock 4.4.2 image it and it's working pretty well now. Will avoid CM11 until stable then will upgrade it.
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Thanks for your replies. I've unlocked and rooted it now. Decided I'm not concerned about the warranty. Spent the entire evening removing the Moto and Google crud from the stock 4.4.2 image it and it's working pretty well now. Will avoid CM11 until stable then will upgrade it.

you might find this useful. http://www.stargw.eu/1e8e1f20e4441f57b


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