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Android is currently the king of the smartphone landscape in terms of market share. The range of price brackets it’s available in and the sheer amount of customizability that it provides to the user is second to none.

Android 4.4 KitKat

Google just pulled the covers off its latest flagship smartphone – the Nexus 5. It was possibly one of the worst kept secrets of the past year, and we pretty much knew what to expect from it months before the big unveil. It has top of the line specifications, at an amazing price. What also launched with the Nexus 5 though, was Android 4.4 KitKat. Now, this is probably the most significant upgrade to android since 4.0 ICS, but it hasn’t really received that much attention from the press.

Android hasn’t really offered the best user experience on low end devices

One of the key features of Android 4.4 is that it has very low memory requirements- it needs only about 512 megabytes of RAM to run smoothly, if the spokespeople at Google are to be believed. This is perhaps one of the most important improvements to Android, as for the longest time, android hasn’t really offered the best user experience on low end devices.

It is often said that to get the best user experience on an Android, you need the highest end device possible. The rise of Android as the operating system of choice has also seen a dramatic increase in processing power, amongst other heightened specifications over the years. Flagship devices always get the top of the line specs, the latest updates, and the best developer support. It’s a different story for low end devices though. They have ordinary or below average specs, but are loaded with the same amount of “features” that result into a below par, laggy experience.

Nokia Lumia 520

The Moto G could be Android’ 520

On the other hand, however, we have the Lumia lineup. Most notably, the Lumia 520. It has the same robust design language, in a smaller form factor and has modest specifications. Yet it provides the same smooth and lag-free user experience, at a very low price. The combination of a great user experience and a killer price makes the Lumia 520 one of the most popular Windows Phone devices ever.

Low end droids have always been associated with terrible performance up till now. Motorola just announced their Moto G, a sub $200 device with specifications any modern consumer would term as strictly “mid range”. Why then, do I think that this smartphone could be Android’s 520?


Will the Motorola G Change Things?

The Moto X was widely lauded by tech journalists worldwide for its clean user interface, its brilliantly useful feature set and most of all its great performance. Motorola, under the umbrella of Google, designed a very good product- with a slightly unreasonable price tag. They aim to change that however- with the new Moto G. It won’t be unfair to expect a similar level of performance from the Moto G therefore, as the Moto X.

As far as Android goes, there’s a real lack of a compelling low end offering that has the same buttery smooth performance the high end devices enjoy. The Moto G therefore, could be the harbinger of this new revolution.

What do you think? Do you think the Moto G will truly be the amazing low-end android experience everyone’s been yearning for? Or will it fall in line with the scores of dull and sluggish androids out there? Let us know in the comments!

Dushyant Shrikhande the author

Dushyant is a technophile. He's an android aficionado, and loves playing videogames. He loves writing and hopes to be a tech journalist. (Seriously, he dreams of getting review units.) See him rant and occasionally tweet about tech here.