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Can Android phones be flashed to stock Android?

Can Android phones be flashed to stock Android? Or would it depend if there's a ROM for each particular phone?

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CTPAHHIK  Jan. 16, 2014 at 12:08

You would need a ROM for each phone. There are only a few phones that support Google Version.
However, there is CyanogenMod that is very similar to stock version of Android and has much bigger list of supported devices: http://wiki.cyanogenmod.org/w/Devices#vendor=;

Which phone your question is about?

JamesPond  Jan. 16, 2014 at 13:23

More of a general inquiry from someone contemplating Android, thanks :D

I'm having trouble justifying the prices though, especially when the Moto G costs £100. Is the Samsung Galaxy S4 four times as good?!?

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 16, 2014 at 13:41

More of a general inquiry from someone contemplating Android, thanks :D

I'm having trouble justifying the prices though, especially when the Moto G costs £100. Is the Samsung Galaxy S4 four times as good?!?
Good question.... It depends on usage, I suppose. Plus: consider re-sale value... How much will you get for a moto G in 6 or 12 months?

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 16, 2014 at 14:02

More of a general inquiry from someone contemplating Android, thanks :D

I'm having trouble justifying the prices though, especially when the Moto G costs £100. Is the Samsung Galaxy S4 four times as good?!?

The honest answer is no, the S4 is not 4 times better than the Moto G.

Then again, is Mercedes S-Class 4 times better than a Ford Fiesta? Probably not, they both get you from A to B in relative safety and comfort and in the real world they'll both get you there in about the same amount of time. That doesn't stop some people buying the 60 grand Merc over the 15 grand Fiesta, despite the Fiesta being best in class and Britain's best selling car for the past several years.

The same is true for phones, you can be quietly pleased that you got an absolute bargain with the Moto G, but you can't show off its flashy features to your mates in the same way you could with the S4.

If my Note 2 was to break today, I'd buy a Moto G with the insurance money. There's no device out there at the moment that makes me want to part with four to five hundred pounds to have it. That said, I also don't have a problem spending that kind of money on a device if I do really like it. I did it with both my S2 and Note 2 and I've been very happy with both of them.

Also, as Jan said, the Moto G will lose you a lot less money come resale time, in the same way a Ford Fiesta will lose you a lot less money than an S-Class Merc, the cheaper product simply has less initial value to lose.

My personal recommendation, go for the Moto G, or if you do want an S4, wait until the S5 comes out and prices for the S4 will plummet (or then get an S5 if you really want the absolute best).

CTPAHHIK  Jan. 16, 2014 at 16:07

I wouldn't recommend going for Moto G, if you need lots of space on your phone. 16GB is bare minimum that you will need for installing applications and regular day to day use.
- If you like to keep your music or movie or picture collection around you would need phone with external SD card support. Or you need at least 32GB internal space.
- Moto G also has bad camera. If you compare cameras to S4, then yes S4 does have 4 times better camera.
- If you planning to play demanding games on your phone, Moto G should not be your choice. It's slow and space limited - some games takes over 2GB.
Besides above points Moto G is excellent phone. It's also smaller than S4, making it more comfortable.

Personally, I do not consider S4 as good phone. I have Note 2 (same as matt) and got it for it's screen size - it was the only LTE 5.5" phone at the time. It's still one of the best phones in 5.5+ size category. Most likely this is the last Samsung I will pay for. I don't think half a grand phone experience should start with installing a different ROM on it.

New Samsung phones and current updates install security software that permanently tags your phone as being modified, when you root or flash different ROM. Samsung claims that this voids your warranty, but as far as I know, in Europe Samsung has to prove that your modification caused phone to develop a fault. Either way, something to keep in mind, as you can have hard time making a warranty claim.

Pondlife  Jan. 16, 2014 at 20:10

I wouldn't recommend going for Moto G, if you need lots of space on your phone. 16GB is bare minimum that you will need for installing applications and regular day to day use.
- If you like to keep your music or movie or picture collection around you would need phone with external SD card support. Or you need at least 32GB internal space.
- Moto G also has bad camera. If you compare cameras to S4, then yes S4 does have 4 times better camera.
- If you planning to play demanding games on your phone, Moto G should not be your choice. It's slow and space limited - some games takes over 2GB.


Hmm I've not long bought the nexus 4 and whilst I've got hardly any games on it, apps I've loads of and currently sat at 10gb available, I was somewhat surprised it was so high.

If I was to keep my music and picture collection around then there's not a phone capable of holding it yet.

Well depends what they plan to do with the pics, if they are bound for websites then I doubt anyone would see much difference. If printing at A2 size will make a big difference yeah.

Is it that bad for gaming? I'd not heard anyone say it was slow until now.

I thought there was an app to untag them as modified?

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