The Moto G source codes have been released, letting you hack into Moto G’s Zion mainframe and end the rebellion. If you’re into development of custom kernels or other fun stuff for Motorola’s new mid-range monster, you are now free and clear to do so with the blessing of the mothership. While it seems a bit strange to be excited for mid-range customization, it could be a crucial step for both Motorola and Android.
The Moto G is a lot like its big brother Moto X, meaning that customization could be as well. While some touches exclusive to the Moto X and its X8 processor won’t make the cut, the Moto G is still powerful mid-range device capable of being better than the sum of its hardware parts. For what it brings to the table, it’s similar to the Nexus 4 in regard to specs, leaving no reason it shouldn’t get a suite of customization options.
The Moto G also has the capacity to be a huge seller, both stateside and elsewhere. Devices like the Moto G, which sells at an unheard of $199 stateside, promise to be big hits elsewhere in the world. Well built, mid-range, appropriately priced devices like the Moto G promise to be huge hits in emerging markets. Stateside, it will bring the curious tech addicts as well as the prepaid and feature phone crowd.
The Moto G also allows for aesthetic customization, with the back plate being removable and swappable at will. For the price point, we find the Moto G a huge win for consumers and Motorola alike. It also has a slight profit margin, so we don’t see it going away any time soon.