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The Moto G in fastboot. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

The Moto G in fastboot. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Ready to install custom ROMs, recoveries, and other third-party tweaks on your 2014 Moto G? Then the first thing you’re going to need to do is unlock its bootloader. Fortunately, Motorola makes this incredibly easy — just follow the steps below to free your handset from its shackles.

Numbers and extra keys. Photo: KIllian Bell/Cult of Android

Numbers and extra keys. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Google has greatly improved its default Android keyboard for Lollipop, not only by giving it a Material Design overhaul, but by adding new features as well. One of those is the ability to add a number row and other special keys to the keyboard, but enabling them can be pretty tricky. Here’s what you need to do.

You can upgrade your Nexus 4 to Lollipop manually. Image: Cult of Android

You can upgrade your Nexus 4 to Lollipop manually. Image: Cult of Android

If you don’t want to wait another day for Google to roll out the Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade for your Nexus 4, why not grab the firmware package yourself and flash it manually? The process is actually much simpler than it sounds; you don’t need to root your handset or unlock its bootloader, and all of your data will remain intact.

If you fancy giving it a go, check out the step-by-step guide below.

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Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Most Android Wear watches need charging every night, so many users have taken to plugging them in beside their bed and using them as a bedside clock. If you’ve done the same and you’d like to prevent your device from going to sleep while it’s charging, here’s what you need to do.

Remove that AT&T logo from your status bar. Image: Motorola

Remove that AT&T logo from your status bar. Image: Motorola

Motorola’s smartphones are praised for having near pure Android firmware, but the company has a habit of putting carrier names in the status bar by default. And for the vast majority, it’s nothing but annoying — after all, it’s not like you’re going to forget which carrier you’re with, right?

Fortunately, it’s super simple to hide it, and you won’t even need root access. Here’s what you need to do.

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