Verizon’s Moto G now just $49.99 sans contract
Jun03

Verizon’s Moto G now just $49.99 sans contract

The 3G-only Moto G for Verizon is now cheaper than ever. And that’s saying something, since this handset debuted at Big Red with a $99.99 price tag and no contract strings attached to it. Now though, it’s effectively half off. Best Buy is offering you the chance to get a Moto G to use on Verizon’s prepaid plans for only $49.99. That’s a great deal for a great midrange phone, hampered only by its lack of 4G LTE. However, if you can live with that one shortcoming, the Moto G is very capable for the price, and could serve you well. It has a 4.5-inch 720p HD touchscreen with Gorilla Glass, a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, a 5 MP rear camera with LED flash and 720p HD video recording, a 1.3 MP front camera, 1 GB of RAM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, an FM radio, 8 GB of non-expandable storage, a 2,070 mAh battery, and waterproof nanocoating inside and out. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat. Best Buy currently lists the Moto G as being “on sale”, and it’s not clear how long this will last. So if you want one, do order one as soon as possible, making sure you’ll benefit from the heavily discounted...

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5.2″ 1080p Moto X+1 purportedly shown in leaked image
May30

5.2″ 1080p Moto X+1 purportedly shown in leaked image

The much anticipated successor to the Moto X from 2013 is clearly coming this summer. It will oddly be called Moto X+1, and so far not many details about it have leaked. In fact, while we’re pretty sure it will come with improved hardware compared to its predecessor, the only certain thing about it is that name. Today though we may have the honor of seeing the Moto X+1 for the first time, and dressed in gold no less. The picture below is purportedly of Motorola’s next flagship, according to a source from China. The person who posted the image adds that the Moto X+1 will sport a 5.2-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen, which would be a marked improvement from the 4.7-inch 720p HD panel used in the Moto X. Unfortunately though, no other details have been leaked alongside the photo. However, a Motorola XT912A got revealed through a benchmark result last month, and it has the exact same screen size and resolution. So this could in fact be the Moto X+1’s model number. In that case, the Moto X+1 should come with a 12 or 13 MP rear camera with 1080p Full HD video recording, a 2 MP front camera, a 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of storage. At the time of the benchmark being run it was powered by Android 4.4.3 KitKat, a version of the OS that hasn’t launched yet. Via...

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Moto E and Moto G 4G now available to order, both start shipping in early June
May14

Moto E and Moto G 4G now available to order, both start shipping in early June

Yesterday Motorola took the wraps off of the new Moto E as well as the improved Moto G with 4G LTE support. Back then the company said that both models would be out in the next few weeks – nothing less vague than that. Thankfully, though, we have a different picture today. If you’re in the US of A, you can now pre-order both the Moto E (pictured below) and the Moto G 4G from Motorola itself, through its online store. The Moto E costs $129 and the Moto G 4G is priced at $219. Both devices will start shipping between June 3 and June 6, and in both cases you’ll be charged for the full amount at the moment you place your order. One thing to note is that above we’ve talked about the Moto E with support for US networks. There’s also a ‘global’ model that will work elsewhere in the world, offered for the same price. If for whatever reason you want one of these, then know that it’s apparently in stock, with delivery taking 4-5 business days. The Moto G 4G doesn’t have two different versions based on the amount of internal storage like its 3G-only sibling. In this case only one SKU is offered, with 8 GB of built-in space and a microSD card slot for expanding...

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Moto G Ferrari Edition is a thing, comes with kevlar back and bigger price tag
May14

Moto G Ferrari Edition is a thing, comes with kevlar back and bigger price tag

Yesterday Motorola unveiled the Moto E and the Moto G with 4G LTE, but those weren’t the only new announcements that the company had, apparently. That’s because it launched a third model just in Mexico, though it’s basically a repainted Moto G and not much more. We’re talking about the Moto G Ferrari Edition – which represents quite the odd pairing indeed. This Moto G is underneath still nothing more than a lower-midrange Moto G. So it comes with a 4.5-inch 720p HD touchscreen with Gorilla Glass, a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, a 5 MP rear camera with LED flash and 720p HD video recording, a 1.3 MP front camera, 1 GB of RAM, HSPA+, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, an FM radio, 16 GB of non-expandable storage, and a 2,070 mAh battery. That said, as you can make out from the official image below, its outer shell is all about Ferrari. So a car company known for only making top of the line stuff (and expensive, no less) is lending its logo to a budget smartphone. Make of that what you will. Perhaps if you’re in love with the Ferrari brand and don’t mind owning a midrange handset, then this will clearly be for you. The Moto G Ferrari Edition will cost 4,999 pesos sans contract (that’s around $387 or €281 at the current exchange rates). So you are paying a hefty premium for all that Ferrari branding, given that the 16 GB Moto G without it costs just $199. However, the Moto G Ferrari Edition features a kevlar back – just like countless Droid devices before it. The ‘normal’ Moto G will obviously still be available to purchase in Mexico. The one thing to say here is that, overpriced as it may be compared to the non-Ferrari version, a midrange smartphone paired with a very expensive sportscar brand seems absurd. Who would go for that? But we’re assuming that the Moto G Ferrari Edition will appeal to Ferrari lovers, not Ferrari owners. That’s an important distinction. Hence, it’s probably an aspirational thing, ridiculous as it may be. Love Ferrari but won’t ever be able to afford one? Then here, buy an overpriced smartphone with the Ferrari logo plastered on it. That ought to make you feel better about your life, no? Via...

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Now getting KitKat: Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Droid RAZR series from 2012
May13

Now getting KitKat: Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Droid RAZR series from 2012

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has been receiving the update to Android 4.4 KitKat for a few months now, the rollout having started in January. Most of the US carriers selling it have already rolled out their respective updates, with one big exception. Yes, Verizon. Big Red is usually last when it comes to updates, and this time is no different. But the good news is that if you have a Galaxy Note 3 purchased from Verizon, you can now finally take it to the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system. That said, there is a catch though. The update isn’t yet rolling out over-the-air. That means that in order to get it, you’ll have to connect your phablet to a computer and use either Samsung’s Kies desktop software or Verizon’s Upgrade Assistant to download and install the new bits via cable. At some point in the near or distant future we’re probably going to see this update going out to phones directly. So if you aren’t in a hurry to jump to KitKat you can wait for that to happen. On the other hand, if you’re impatient, then you’ve probably already installed Kies. Also in Verizon-related KitKat update news, the entire Droid RAZR line from 2012 now has the new version headed to it. We’re talking about the Droid RAZR HD, Droid RAZR MAXX HD, and Droid RAZR M. All of these handsets are in the process of receiving Android 4.4 KitKat updates. And in this case, things are going down over-the-air so if you own either of them you’ll soon be notified about the update being available (if that hasn’t happened to you already). Keep in mind though that such rollouts go out in stages so it might be a few days before the update reaches your particular handset. Via Droid Life and Android...

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$129 Moto E gets official alongside new Moto G with 4G LTE and microSD
May13

$129 Moto E gets official alongside new Moto G with 4G LTE and microSD

It’s May 13, so it’s time for a new Motorola smartphone. As it has promised, the formerly Google-owned company has held an event today. During that, as has been anticipated by many leaks over the past few days, we’ve been introduced to the Moto E. This is now Motorola’s cheapest smartphone, taking that crown from the Moto G which was announced last year. The Moto G will continue to be sold, in fact a new version of it was unveiled too, though more on that in a bit. Sticking with the Moto E, it’s a rather low-end device that still manages to pack decent specs. Oh, and it has a killer price, just like we thought it would. The phone is priced at $129 in the US and £89 in the UK. Although it hasn’t been officially announced yet, we assume the price for the Eurozone countries should be €129 (we’re basing this on what happened with the Moto G). Obviously all of these amounts refer to devices sold unlocked, SIM-free, and without any contract commitments.   So what exactly is it you get for just $129? It turns out that the leaked specs from yesterday were spot on. Furthermore, we finally know the Moto E’s screen resolution now, and even if it’s not HD for that display size it’s passable. The Moto E has a 4.3-inch 540×960 touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera, a 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor (with ARM Cortex-A7 cores), 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of built-in storage space, microSD card support, 21 Mbps HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a non-removable 1,980 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat and is guaranteed to receive at least one Android update in the future. Its dimensions are 124.8×64.8×12.3 mm, and it weighs 140 grams. The smartphone will become available over the coming weeks in 40 countries across 80 carriers (though none are named). As you may have noticed, the Moto E doesn’t come with a front-facing camera, which can clearly be attributed to cost-cutting. The processor also loses two cores compared to the Moto G, though it has the same architecture and the same clock speed. The Moto E can be bought in white or black, but there will be differently colored back covers offered, and these are coming soon. Motorola also unveiled the new Moto G with 4G LTE support (pictured below), basically rectifying the only problem some people saw with the original midranger from last year. Interestingly, though, this version of the Moto G also features a microSD card slot, unlike its 3G-only sibling. Oh, and it comes in white (not just black).  ...

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Moto E fully leaked ahead of official unveiling tomorrow
May12

Moto E fully leaked ahead of official unveiling tomorrow

Tomorrow Motorola is holding an event in London for a new smartphone launch. Over the past few weeks we assumed that this was going to be the Moto E, and it turns out that we were right. That’s because over the weekend a Brazilian online retailer pulled the trigger too soon and put up its listing for the upcoming smartphone. This was in fact a treasure trove on information on the upcoming handset, with official-looking renders, as well as specs getting leaked. And while the page itself has since been pulled, the Internet is forever as they say. So what you see above is what the Moto E will look like. It will also come in ‘lemon’ and turquoise (see below), and there’s a possibility of a white version too. Like previously anticipated, the Moto E is in fact quite a low-end device for this day and age, and it’s lower-end than the Moto G. Thus, it should be even cheaper than what is currently Motorola’s cheapest Android smartphone. The Moto E has a 4.3-inch touchscreen (and unfortunately its resolution is still a mystery), a 5 MP rear camera (with no LED flash and no front camera, as you can see), a 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (exact model isn’t mentioned), 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, 3G, dual-SIM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 1,980 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat with a guaranteed update to the next version of the OS (this is similar to what Motorola promised – and delivered – for the Moto G last year). It’s interesting to see that microSD card slot in there, given that the more expensive Moto G doesn’t have one (though its entry-level storage capacity is 8 GB and there’s even a 16 GB model). It’s clear that Motorola chose to use only 4 GB of built-in space to save costs, and having such a low amount of internal storage pretty much forced the company to add that slot. Since the Moto G starts at $179 for the 8 GB version, the Moto E shouldn’t cost more than $149 – and even that seems a bit excessive thanks to its specs. So the best bet is for it to be somewhere in between $99 and $149. Obviously if Motorola manages to launch it with a $99 price tag attached, this thing will sell like hot cakes. The Moto E could be released tomorrow, just minutes or hours after the...

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Moto E gets imported into India, might be the device that will get announced next week
May06

Moto E gets imported into India, might be the device that will get announced next week

In exactly one week from today, Motorola will hold an event in London during which it’s going to announce a new smartphone. According to the invite text, this may very well be a device priced even lower than the already quite affordable Moto G that was introduced last year. And now we have its name, courtesy of Indian import tracking website Zauba. The new handset will almost certainly be called Moto E. White Moto E units have been caught by Zauba getting imported into India, for retail purposes. That’s different from the leaks that usually originate at Zauba, which are about smartphones going to the country for R&D purposes. The fact that the Moto E units are marked for retail may mean that Motorola will release the new handset either immediately after the unveiling ceremony, or within just a few days. At least it will do so in India. India makes sense as a primary launch market for such a phone, of course, given how well cheap devices are doing over there. The import price listed hints at actual retail pricing of around $130-$140, according to AndroidOS.in. The Moto E may come with a 4.3-inch touchscreen (with yet-unknown resolution), a 5 MP rear camera, a dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of built-in storage, microSD card support, dual-SIM (some models), 3G, and a 1,900 mAh battery. It should run Android 4.4 KitKat from day...

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Moto X successor has its name confirmed on Motorola website
May02

Moto X successor has its name confirmed on Motorola website

The Moto X was announced last summer, so you’d think Motorola would unveil a successor to its flagship smartphone sometime soon. And you might be right. Obviously the company will at some point this year have to come up with a sequel to the very well received Moto X, but what will it be called? Just Moto X, or “new Moto X”? Moto X2? Well, Motorola’s own website says neither of those. The ex-Google company went with something a lot stranger, as it turns out that its flagship for 2014 will be the Moto X+1. This is not that surprising now that HTC has actually put a device’s codename in its official moniker – strange branding is a trend for 2014, it seems. So just how do we know it’s going to be Moto X+1? The Moto Maker website gave it away. If you go there, view the page for the Moto X, then replace its codename (FLEXR1) in the address bar with “FLEXR2” (which is what a successor should be called, right?), what you get is a placeholder page for, you guessed it, the Moto X+1. No actual details about the phone are available over there, but it’s good to at least see its name confirmed. Via...

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Motorola schedules event on May 13, will announce a new smartphone
Apr30

Motorola schedules event on May 13, will announce a new smartphone

Motorola is getting ready to introduce the world to its next smartphone. The company has scheduled an event in London on May 13, where it will announce a new device. The invites that Motorola sent out to the press give out a couple of things about this mystery handset. It will be “made to last” and “priced for all”. It will also help Motorola connect more people to each other and to the Internet. All of these hints make us think that we may be looking at a smartphone that is going to be even cheaper than the already very affordable Moto G. It’s a bit early for this to be a successor to the Moto G, so if the company wants to add a new handset to its portfolio, it can surely do that at an even lower price point. But how low can Motorola go? $100 (or €100) off-contract? Something more like $130 or €130? It’s anyone’s guess at this point. But the Moto G surprised everyone with the specs it managed to pack for the price, so we’re hoping something like that will happen again. Let’s wait and see. Via Android...

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