Originally Posted by dragon 551
First off I want to say thanks for the quick feedback being provided... : ) Much appreciated.
I would actually be quite happy locking the phone into 4.2.2 permanently. Once I have it working the way I want I would have no issues disabling all updates and leaving it as is.
I would be willing to try a different ROM but stability then becomes a bigger issue.
The issue I have with Motorola is their tech guys actually suggested I get this phone specifically because it would allow me to backdate the firmware. They basically up selled me after returning the other device. I wouldn't have gone through the hassle of buying a MORE expensive phone had I known this was going to happen.
How do I root a Developer Edition GSM phone on 4.4.2... ? Haven't been able to find a method to accommodate that. Is root through TWRP still a viable option on 4.4.2 ?
ya you are just confused about everything you can do. First, run eclipse rom. It is extremely stable and built off the source code so all the moto features still stay there that you love. This is also why it is so stable. Also, I am getting much better battery life than 4.2.2 with eclipse rom. Eclipse rom will improve your battery life beyond belief.
you can easily root the phone since it is unlocked. you just flash twrp and then reboot and you will get prompted to install root/supersu and you will be rooted. You will always be able to root your phone this way no matter the release because it is unlocked.
you can install any version of any app you want and remove any other version of anything that you have. Also, we can probably fix your exchange issues and using a third party app is always easy cheap and often has better features. Ill do a lil research on your my places stuff but there is probably a work around.
also the dailer for google now has search for your local stuff. But i haven't found maps do searches for local stuff that bad but its just me. I use yelp for restaurants anyway but places always appear on the maps when i search for them.
finally, you can downgrade to any FW you want. you just can't downgrade the Bootloader to any version. The only problem with this is that if you take an ota or try to run rsdlite then you may brick your phone. If you know what you are doing you wont brick your phone. Also, you would dsiable moto OTA to make sure you never took an OTA. This is highly highly not recommended bc a bricked phone sucks. Good news is that since you have a dev edition even if you brick it moto will give you a new one. But if you aren't even sure about how to root then i wouldn't suggest this bc you probably want to know a lil more about things before you try downgrading things.
edit: so some solutions for my places would be Road Tripper Android or Maps Engine which are separate apps but work well and integrate with your old "my places" stuff.
see these threads on the topic about those apps: https://productforums.google.com/for...ne/FIEj-kv2zsw
or you can use this very crappy work around http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-...e-maps-update/
or you can just unistall the new google maps and install the last version that had my places and you will be good to go