I bought a Moto 4G few days ago and I feel like it has a strange behaviour. My problem is that the phone is not handling multitasking as I would expect it to.
I use Chrome as web browser. Each time I switch between tabs, the tabs are refreshed. So if I am writing something in a form and need to check something in a other tab, then when I'll come back to the form the text I typed is lost with the refresh.
I have the same problem with forms inside apps. I wanted to sell something using a classified ads app. And I experienced the same. I switched on chrome to check the spec. When I switched back to my ad, the app completely restarted!
I don't play often but I tried to see what the phone is capable of. I tried with Plants VS Zombies. And it is the same. If I switched back and forth the game will restart.
To sum up, I feel like the multitasking on my Moto G is only remembering the list of apps in use and restart them when needed!
I read that this may be due to a lack of RAM (the Moto G has 1Go of RAM). But I never experienced that with an old Galaxy S with Cyanogen ICS (512Mo RAM), nor with a more recent Nexus 4 with KitKat or older releases (2Go of RAM).
So I just made few tests:
- The classified ads app + chrome with with one tab + the task manager => no problem when switching (and the phone has ~300Mo of free RAM)
- The classified ads app + chrome with with two tabs + the task manager => apps are cached and refreshed if needed (and the phone has ~300Mo of free RAM)
- A game + the classified ads app + chrome with with two tabs + the task manager => apps are cached and refreshed if needed (and the phone still has ~300Mo of free RAM!!!)
I feel like the hardware of the Moto G is exactly what I need. So do you think that this behaviour is due to a specific issue of my Moto 4G or it will be the same with any other one. At the moment I think the problem comes from Android. But since the phone is praised everywhere on the internet I don't understand.
I feel like Google completely screwed up their last release of android (It is another problem but they probably destroyed the battery of my Nexus 4 with Kitkat). I can't understand why a phone like this shouldn't be capable of real multitasking. Depending on your answers I'll sent back my Moto 4G or not!
Thank you for your help.