System and applications
The review models takes part in the Android One program. The advantage of this initiative is the fact that it offers a pure Android software, free from additions and add-ons from manufacturers, and it promises to deliver the newest Android updates directly from Google. Manufacturers do not have a lot of space for diversity – when the software and hardware are basically the same, all is left is the brand, looks and some details in software allowed by Google. For example your own camera app, single manufacturer’s apps that introduce some facilities or ones connected with a technical support. Motorola used both options.
So we have a pure system with promised, quick software updates for the next 3 years. It covers not only security updates, but delivering the Android 9 Pie system and the next version, Android 10 (Q). It would be perfect if the 9 version had been already preinstalled in Motorola One. For now we are left with Oreo. And there are no reasons to complain about this system. It works fast and smooth, it does not generate lags or any errors in apps.
The far left screen is Google Assistant, and personalization options cover changing wallpapers, widgets, icons’ grid, and icons’ placement in the shortcuts bar. The software allows choosing the display colours mode, their temperature and the night time mode. The gestures support is a big advantage – it is provided by the Moto app. In the Moto Actions tab we can set, for example, to turn on the torch after shaking the phone twice or to run the camera by twisting our wrist twice.
Motorola One does not have a notifications LED, but the manufacturer ensures a different kind of notifications – Moto Display. These are power-saving notifications, which appear on the dimmed display. I like this solution, mainly due to its readability and a great widget with a clock (and a circle surrounding it, which shows the battery level). Though a regular notifications LED would have been great as well. The pure software is an advantage of this model – the only bloatware are the preinstalled Google apps.