For those who have used Moto Maker to purchase their prized product, the experience is perhaps unlike any that rival OEMs can provide. The ability to manually select key elements of a new smartphone and craft something that is truly unique even among those peers who also buy it was so profound, we at Android Authority mused as to if Motorola had the right design philosophy all along. For those unfamiliar with the website, Moto Maker allows the visitor to alter the look of their phone in terms of the front housing, the rear cover, design accents, and storage size. It also lets you engrave a personal motto or name on the back, add a line of text to the boot animation, and pre-set the default home screen background.
Of the three smartphone lines Motorola currently sells, the Moto X, Moto G, and the Moto E, only the first is currently compatible with Moto Maker. Recently, rumors have been floating around that this year will see the inclusion of the Moto G into the mix, and it here that the newest leak provides a peek:
While the validity of this image is up for consideration (it looks real but could be the product of careful editing), assuming it is legitimate there are a few things about the Moto G (2015)’s design potential:
1. The rear cover will come in different colors, however all are standard variants, presumably of a matte or smooth plastic construction. This is a step down from the Moto X (2014) which has options for both leather and natural (wood/bamboo) options. Presumably the lower cost of the G is to blame for the removal, with those customers seeking out premium parts better served with the flagship instead.
2. The accents can be customized. While this typically means the front speaker grill elements, the back side of the Moto X and G (2015) look to have a modified enclosure for the camera and Moto “dimple” and thus the color choice will be far more visible on the phone. Unfortunately without additional information this is just speculation; it is possible the rear unit will be fixed as a standard color.
3. The phone will have both 8 and 16GB storage options and include 2GB of RAM.
4. Motorola will produce a Flip Shell cover for the device, available in 5 color options.
Missing from this screen is any mention of personalization, which we can assume is once again due to cost cutting for a mid-tier phone, however at least the initial set-up wallpaper selection option is included.
The Moto G (2015) is expected to be unveiled at an upcoming Motorola press event on July 28th, along side the Moto X (2015) and a rumored “Moto X Sport Edition”. It will allegedly feature a 5-inch FHD screen as opposed to the 720p seen on the 2014 edition. Other possible elements include LTE and a 1.7GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 610 CPU along with Android 5.1.1.
Does the potential to customize the Moto G with Moto Maker increase your interest in the phone? Assuming this leak is legitimate, has Motorola provided enough options to warrant Moto Maker support? Please leave your opinions in the comments section below.