Please correct me if I’m wrong, but I think that optimizing for the Moto G4 is no longer a good idea.
…and optimizing for it will drive us a little nuts because the lab tests are pretty erratic. :s (more about that below)
Here’s why I think the Moto G4 is a bad target device…
Passing the Core Web Vitals (CWV) test is the new ultimate goal.
Google uses your collected actual speed results (separated into Desktop and Mobile) to determine you CWV compliance. Actual results, not lab tests.
Although Lighthouse and PageSpeedInsights tools still use the Moto G4 emulator + 3G Fast combo for mobile lab testing, the Moto G4 rarely appears in actual results anymore.
(from GA, one of my sites had 27636 pageviews for a short period and only 2 of them were from a Moto G4 while 12498 or 45% were from iPhones)
Does anybody else see really erratic time results when doing “Moto G4” tests??? (Moto G4 with emulator and 3G Fast)
Out of a 3-test series, I see results with first view times like these:
2,10, 3 seconds
6, 2, 8 seconds
3, 5, 2 seconds
all from tests on same page, same settings, but 15 minutes apart.
I would really like to hear if others see erratic results for mobile tests like this. So I can stop pulling out my hair…