bluepen61

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  1. The OTA update for Marshmallow occurred last week and I read up as much as possible before applying the update. After updating my phone, here is my quick review. Marshmallow (android 6.xx) is what the Moto G 2015 3rd gen was made for! Here are a couple of hints to the install. Backup your pictures, documents, and data to your hard drive. If you have any apps moved to your uSD card, uninstall them. Just moving them back to the phone does not seem to work as expected. Make sure your phone battery is at 100% and apply the Marshmallow update. After the phone is updated, let it settle down for a few minutes. Do some mundane tasks, then power-off the phone. If your uSD card in not a fast card, such as a class 10 or UHS-1 or faster, go buy one and replace your existing card with it. I have a 32 Gb SanDisk UHS-1 card. You can insert it into your phone now. Power-on your phone. After the phone fully boots-up, go to Settings, Storage, and select your SD card. In the upper right-hand corner is the three, vertical dot icon, press that and select format as internal. Return your screen to Home and power off, then power it back on. After the phone has fully booted-up, you can restore your data and reinstall your apps. At some point, you may get a message asking if it is ok to move apps and data to the external memory. Respond positively if that appears. With my phone it now automatically puts the pictures, media, and programs onto the external storage. And application updates occur automatically, no longer posting running out of memory messages. If you are a gamer, make sure you get a very fast and large uSD card. To restore or move data to or from my phone to pc, I use on the phone, WiFi File Explorer PRO. There are probably other apps that do the same. This is just the one I use. Once I restored my apps, those icons on my Home screens returned and are again usable. Btw, here are the Motorola release notes: https://motorola-mobility-en-in.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/108725 I hope you find this helpful.
  2. Delivered the phone yesterday. Repaired! Booted it up, skipped through setup, and installed the new memory card. Formatted it to internal. Got the phone registered with US Cellular, registered to my Goggle account, install the apps (one by one), and it works marvelously. The memory is a faster 32 gb SandDisk UHS-1 card, Extreme Plus with a '3' in the 'U'. The phone didn't squawk about it when I installed it. The apps loaded extremely fast. Not sure what Motorola service did, other than re-flash the OS system back to it. System ver. is 24.61.79.osprey_usc.usc.en.US usc and the build number is MCI24.107-79. I am very happy with the warranty repair! Now to use it and see how long it works! Motorola service is the best!
  3. Ha, Motorola fixed it and sent it the next day, FedEx 2nd day. Should get it Monday. It will be interesting to see if it now finishes setup! Fast turn around!
  4. About a week and half ago, the phone (Moto G 2015 3rd Gen) decides not to recognize the memory card (which was formatted for internal). AND after a hard reset, would not complete the setup process. I would get past a three or so prompts/screens and it would loop to "wait a sec....". Never had an android device not hard reset properly. Still under warranty, so I sent it in for repair or replacement.Should be interesting to see what I get back. I think I get to return the Sandisk memory card back too because it was secured by the phone. So secured, I cannot format nor partition it. In fact the phone wouldn't do it either. At least my Moto-X is back in service and purring along.
  5. No. Memory formatted to internal does not show up in Windows Explorer. I vaguely remember reading the Linux systems might be able to read/see those files. I do not have Linux box to verify this. Although the ability to view might be a desired or expected functionality, I am not sure if that is the correct functionality within Marshmallow 6.xx. This is why I mentioned using WiFi File Explorer Pro or similar app in 6.xx.
  6. Yes, with Moto G 2015 3rd Gen, both are somewhat visible in Settings \Storage & USB as "Internal Storage" and "SanDisk SD card".
  7. Yes, the adoptable storage is nice, especially for this phone. I suspect the phone was built with Android 6.xx and that feature in mind. I didn't know about the " μ " character being available. Copy and paste seems to work. It would be nice if one could partition, say a 64 Gb μSD card, into 16 and 48 Gb partitions. Then format only the 16 sized partition to internal and the 48 to data/external. The drawback with assigning/formatting the μSD card to internal is that it is no longer available to the network when hard wiring to a Windows pc/laptop. For security reasons, it becomes encrypted as the rest of the phone and additionally protected from being seen.
  8. I have had my G 3rd Gen for about a week and a half, and questioning the phone's ability to manage its internal memory. At first I thought the e-mail was consuming internal memory, but deleting e-mail accounts failed to reduce internal memory usage. So some app updates came across, and now the internal memory is max'd or nearly max'd out. I have moved all available apps to sd; and I have moved all my data to sd; using the processes in the phone's settings. I have actually been doing this from the get-go. I never had this issue with my Moto X (16 Gb), even with triple the apps on it and no sd capability. So the question(s) is, will the operating system keep consuming phone internal memory? Even if I (keep) removing a lesser important app from time to time? Eventually, loosing all user installed apps? Are there any tweaks to Settings/Apps to resolve this? The reason why I ask, is I get 2 weeks to try the phone and if I don't like it, I can opt to another phone. That time is Wednesday, and sadly, US Cellular has a poor selection of Motorola phones.
  9. G 3rd Gen Internal Memory Management

    I think I figured out a work around. In Settings, Storage, scroll down the the Move media option. Select it and move any pictures, movies, and music to SD. Then using Android Assistant app, I use their App2SD feature and move any available program in the list to SD. Continuing with Android Assistant app, I use their System Clear feature and clear select files / stuff there. Then update apps in Play Store. After which, I do #2 above again, moving apps to SD. Seems that some apps reinstall themselves to regular memory on updating. Thank you BoгИX for your help! John
  10. I just got a Moto G 3rd Gen, 8 Gb, and wondered if Mushroom was in the works for this version (USC). I moved from a Moto-X 1st Gen and really like this one. Unfortunately, I have pretty much maxed out the app memory. I understand that Mushroom can allocate all the external memory card as internal memory and thus, possibly expand the app memory. Just thinking. The 5.1.1 is really nice on this beast. Oddly, I think it is improved muchly over the X 1st Gen.
  11. Ok, the specs say the upper limit on the external memory card is 32 Gb. Will a 64 Gb card work with Lollipop 5.1.1? If so, of course now with most of my app2sd, how do I move from a 32Gb card to a 64Gb card. Ugh, start over?
  12. Moto G 3rd Gen - 64 Gb Memory Card?

    Great. I figured a class 10 or better. Thanks!!
  13. Yes, I meant Marshmallow (6)! Sheese, saw postings of morels on FB and my mind drifted a bit. Thanks for the replies. I expected we would have to wait, if at all.
  14. Thank you very much for your assistance and providing the stock files. They worked perfect! I extracted the 3 images and flashed them using mfastboot in the order mentioned in this procedure here. Then rebooted the phone. It freshened up the apps and came back to life. I updated a couple of apps in Play Store, rebooted, and then applied the update, 222.26.8 successfully. I think I might wait for the next update (assuming there is another stagefright update for Moto -X 1st Gen), before applying TWRP. The Moto-X is a great phone and great support from people like you, JohnB! Thanks again!
  15. Nope. I was thinking reset to factory would work in recovery, but that doesn't leave the bootloader unlock screen either.
  16. That was interesting. I flashed the flashable zip using twrp and it processed. On reboot, the unlock warning screen appears and it sits there. I am able to get into the recovery screen, select recovery and enter TWRP, then turn it off. This is going to be a fun day! Any suggestions?
  17. Android lollipop coming to moto x

    Where can I get a stock recovery image to flash over TWRP so I can apply the 222.26.8 update?
  18. Android lollipop coming to moto x

    My wife is at 5.1 and has an update getting pushed to her yesterday. We haven't updated because of her battery yet. I wonder if this is the stagefright update? US Cellular XT-1055
  19. Android lollipop coming to moto x

    Did you factory reset after taking the OTA? You could also try clearing the data for Nova Launcher. You'll have to set everything back up like you had it, but it doesn't take as long as setting everything up after a factory reset. This *may* help, but it's likely a factory reset is what you need. Try using the stock launcher. If it works fine with the stock launcher, then you'll know the issue is with Nova. If the issue remains with the stock launcher, a factory reset is the solution. I did a factory reset before doing the ota, and 5.1 worked fine for the past few weeks; though I didn't do a factory reset after the ota. Unlocking did force a factory reset! This just started a couple of days ago (over the weekend I think), which makes me think it is an app issue. If I do factory reset, I might as well root it since it is unlocked. I just didn't want to save then reinstall everything... I really have not given this much thought to determine what is wrong, since I just power off and restart the phone. Which in itself is annoying. Another option might be to wipe data/cach of Nova launcher and then uninstall and reinstall it, if that is what appears to be causing the blackout screen. I will drop back to stock launcher for a while and see if it will occur in stock; then try Nova for a while if necessary. Thanks for the reply and suggestions! At least with Lollipop your apps are remembered on the Play Store, so after you factory reset and reactivate your account, all your apps will be downloaded. It's a pretty nice feature in LP. When factory resetting for an OTA, it's most helpful to do so after the update rather than before. After getting the black screen several times, I shook (twisted) the phone in dis-cussed and voila, the camera started up, then an image appeared! Interesting, the 3 buttons on the bottom didn't respond, but after pressing the on/off button to put it to sleep. It usually works normally. On occasion, an app might be locked up, but it isn't the same app. The twist seems to be a better workaround than power-off and power-on technique. A good note, my battery issues have disappeared. Probably the result of an app update or two over last weekend.
  20. Android lollipop coming to moto x

    Did you factory reset after taking the OTA? You could also try clearing the data for Nova Launcher. You'll have to set everything back up like you had it, but it doesn't take as long as setting everything up after a factory reset. This *may* help, but it's likely a factory reset is what you need. Try using the stock launcher. If it works fine with the stock launcher, then you'll know the issue is with Nova. If the issue remains with the stock launcher, a factory reset is the solution. I did a factory reset before doing the ota, and 5.1 worked fine for the past few weeks; though I didn't do a factory reset after the ota. Unlocking did force a factory reset! This just started a couple of days ago (over the weekend I think), which makes me think it is an app issue. If I do factory reset, I might as well root it since it is unlocked. I just didn't want to save then reinstall everything... I really have not given this much thought to determine what is wrong, since I just power off and restart the phone. Which in itself is annoying. Another option might be to wipe data/cach of Nova launcher and then uninstall and reinstall it, if that is what appears to be causing the blackout screen. I will drop back to stock launcher for a while and see if it will occur in stock; then try Nova for a while if necessary. Thanks for the reply and suggestions!
  21. Android lollipop coming to moto x

    I have my Moto-X 1st gen unlocked, but not rooted, upgraded to the 5.1 ota. For the past 4 or 5 days, it will randomly not fully wake up from sleep/standby after I swipe to unlock the screen. The screen will remain black but the top and bottom panels remain lit and active. This did not occur with KitKat. Has this happened to you? Any ideas? Btw, I am running Nova Launcher.
  22. Android lollipop coming to moto x

    Yes, that happened to me. Enabling it seems to make the warning go away. There must be some other Goggle app looking for it at some point. Don't set it up if you don't want to use it. I have let it update with no adverse effects.
  23. Android lollipop coming to moto x

    Successfully upgraded my wife's phone to 5.1 ota. I took extra care in how to update the apps after the upgrade. First, turned off the auto app update in Play Store. Then, after the mandatory Google services update, I rebooted the phone. Then went back to Play Store\My Apps\Installed update page; and updated one at a time, the rest of the Google apps, reboot, the Motorola apps, reboot, and then the other apps, and then a final reboot. Ya, the reboots are probably unnecessary. Just seemed like a good thing to do. Remember to go back a reset your notifications settings, and especially the auto run video setting in Facebook. Check/verify your Swiftkey or other keyboard settings too.
  24. Android lollipop coming to moto x

    FWIW, it appears that the lollipop servers for the US Cellular 5.1 update have been mostly off the past couple of days. 9/1 and 9/2. This morning, they appear to be back. I'll find out tonight when I attempt to download it to my wife's phone. I did unlock my phone after upgrading to 5.1. The unlock procedure wiped it and I got to start from scratch, again.