Moto X successor (or new Droid) has specs leaked via benchmark
Apr25

Moto X successor (or new Droid) has specs leaked via benchmark

A new Motorola handset that’s currently in the works has been allowed to run a benchmark. And we’re pretty happy about that, since it means we get a look at most of its main specs, courtesy of that benchmark’s database. This could be the successor to the Moto X, or perhaps the next Droid-branded handset for Verizon (and the follow-up to the Droid Ultra from last year). Because of its screen size, the latter variant seems somewhat more plausible, but we’ll see what happens. The device is currently only identified by a model number that could be a placeholder, or maybe even just a codename: XT912A. It has a 5.2-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen, a 12 MP rear camera, a 2 MP front camera, a 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, and it runs the as of yet unreleased Android 4.4.3 KitKat. No other details about this handset are known at this point, and its model number is extremely confusing since it’s been used last year for a Moto X test build that never made it to market. Furthermore, if we take out the “A” from the equation, XT912 is actually the model number for the Droid RAZR from 2011. The first thing would make us believe this is the Moto X sequel, while the second tends to lend credence to the fact that it’s the next flagship Droid. So it really could be either of those. Or maybe something new entirely. We’ll let you know when we find out more. Via The Droid...

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Verizon now offers the Motorola Droid Maxx in two new colors
Apr18

Verizon now offers the Motorola Droid Maxx in two new colors

The Motorola Droid Maxx may not be the newest smartphone around, nor the highest-end, but nevertheless Verizon has decided to refresh it somewhat. You can now buy the Droid Maxx in two new colors. One of them is called High Gloss Red, and the other is Black with Chrome Accents. Once you’ve seen them, you’ll undoubtedly understand why those names were chosen. Under the hood, the specs are the same the black Droid Maxx launched with last year, save for one important difference – the new models only have 16 GB of storage space, half of what the original model still comes with. That said, the new versions do ship to you already running Android 4.4 KitKat, so you don’t have to update immediately after you open the box. You can buy either of the new variants of the Droid Maxx for $99.99 with a new two-year contract, $20.83 per month using Verizon’s Edge plan, or $499.99 sans any commitment whatsoever. The 32 GB ‘vanilla’ black version is still on sale, and can be yours for $149.99 with a two-year contract or $599.99 sans service agreement. If you’re interested in picking up a Droid Maxx, this is where you need to go. The handset sports a 5-inch 720p HD touchscreen, a 10 MP rear camera with LED flash, a 2 MP front camera, a 1.7 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor (part of Motorola’s X8 computing system), 2 GB of RAM, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 3,500 mAh...

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Moto G Forte launches in Mexico, isn’t a rugged version of the smartphone after all
Apr03

Moto G Forte launches in Mexico, isn’t a rugged version of the smartphone after all

Only a few days after it got leaked, the Moto G Forte has been made official in Mexico today. Late last month when we first heard about it, we were wondering whether it was really going to be a ruggedized version of the Moto G, or perhaps just a bundle deal whereas you’d get a free case with a new (and ‘vanilla’) Moto G. Want to guess which one it actually is? No, Motorola hasn’t announced a new smartphone. So yes, this is nothing more than a good old Moto G bundled with a Grip Shell Case, exactly what we suspected a few days ago, given the image we had to go by. It’s unclear whether this deal will ever make it to countries other than Mexico, but it’s clearly not much to get excited about. You could have purchased these two items separately before, now they’re being offered together. Not a big deal, really. Which makes us wonder why Motorola had to use a new brand for what is essentially just a bundle deal. We may never know, but hey, if you’re in Mexico and want to get both a Moto G and a Grip Shell Case, you can now buy a Moto G...

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Moto G Forte leaks on its way to Latin America, but what is it exactly?
Mar31

Moto G Forte leaks on its way to Latin America, but what is it exactly?

Something called the Moto G Forte is apparently on its way to (at least) Latin America in the near future. The information comes from a usually reliable source of leaks, but the image you can see below does raise some questions, chief among them being – what exactly is the Moto G Forte? That is, if it’s actually real. There’s always a chance something like this is made up by someone with too much spare time on their hands. If it is real, though – is it a ruggedized version of the Moto G? Or is it just a sales bundle, comprising of an existing Moto G with a durable-looking case added in for good measure? The blogosphere seems mostly fixated on the former option, but a commenter at Android Central pointed out that the leaked image supposedly showing us the Moto G Forte seems to be a match to an image used to promote the Moto G Grip Shell Case, which is on sale, for example, at Amazon Germany. So what’s going on here? Well, the source of the leak only says that the Moto G Forte will come to Latin America with increased durability, which we guess could be true even if this is nothing more than a bundle deal. On the other hand, maybe someone at Motorola liked the Grip Shell Case and its design so much, that they decided to incorporate it in a new ruggedized version of the Moto G itself. Only time will tell, but we’ll be here to let you know when we find out more about this. Via...

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Moto X follow-up coming in late summer, smartwatch later. Moto G is its best selling smartphone ever
Feb26

Moto X follow-up coming in late summer, smartwatch later. Moto G is its best selling smartphone ever

The Moto X has been highly praised for being able to marry hardware and software in an interesting way, but the handset is getting more and more long in the tooth with every day that goes by. So naturally, you may wonder when or if to expect a successor for the Moto X? According to Motorola itself, the follow-up should be on the market in late summer. This might, however, be a launch once again limited to just the US – keep that in mind. The Moto X was US-only at first, then it became Americas-only, and only made its way to other places many months after the initial release. The new Moto X isn’t the only thing that Motorola’s been cooking for 2014, though. The company is set to release its very own smartwatch that will “address consumer issues like style & battery life”. This should be out by the end of the year, with no less vague time frame announced for now. If you were thinking that the affordable Moto G has to be pretty successful in terms of sales with its killer price and extremely decent specs, well, you were right. Not only is it successful, but it’s the best sold Motorola smartphone ever made. All of this information comes from a Q&A that Motorola did at MWC, where it was present despite not announcing anything new. Via Twitter here and here, Android...

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Moto G makes it to US Cellular, priced at $99.99 without contract
Feb07

Moto G makes it to US Cellular, priced at $99.99 without contract

The Moto G by Motorola has now arrived at yet another carrier. It’s already been offered by quite a few, especially the smaller ones, and starting today you can order one from US Cellular. The good thing is that this company has decided to match Verizon’s incredibly low price for the Moto G – $99.99. That’s great because it comes without the need to sign a new long-term contract with the carrier. So you’re getting a very well performing phone for a very low amount, and you’re not chained to one carrier for two years. Win-win, right? The phone can be paired with US Cellular’s no-contract plans starting at $50 per month for unlimited voice, text, and 500 MB of high speed data. The price goes up to $65 if you want 2 GB of full speed data access each month. The Moto G will be out in US Cellular stores on February 10 (on Monday), but you can order one right here from the carrier’s website already. 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, 3G (no LTE), 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. Via Android...

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Verizon Moto G Android 4.4 KitKat update now rolling out
Feb05

Verizon Moto G Android 4.4 KitKat update now rolling out

Verizon’s version of the Moto X getting Android 4.4 KitKat first was an exception. The carrier sometimes nicknamed Big Red is usually the last to roll out software updates for its smartphones, and that has once again happened in the case of the Moto G. Motorola’s budget offering is incredibly cheap at Verizon, going for just $99.99 sans contract, but it launched running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Now though, the update to Android 4.4 KitKat has finally started rolling out for units bought at Verizon, bringing them in line with all the other Moto Gs sold across the world. The KitKat update first started making its way to the Moto G in December, and last month it started to arrive in more and more countries. If you own a Moto G and got it from Verizon, it should be notifying you that an update is available any day now. If, however, you’re impatient and feel that you can’t wait for that to happen, you could try manually checking for the update by going to Settings > About phone. Who knows, maybe you’ll be lucky. After applying the update you’ll be running Android 4.4.2. The estimated installation time is around ten minutes. Via Android...

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Lenovo CEO: We tried to buy Motorola in 2011, but got the wrong guy– Moto Solutions Greg Brown
Feb03

Lenovo CEO: We tried to buy Motorola in 2011, but got the wrong guy– Moto Solutions Greg Brown

Last week Lenovo finally bought Motorola. It was a deal the Chinese company wanted to do for years. After getting back to China, Lenovo CEO Yuanqing Yang revealed more details about how the purchase went down during press conference earlier today. He said that Lenovo wanted to buy Motorola’s mobile business way back in 2011, after company was split into two units – Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions. Mr. Yang and Lenovo CFO Wong Wai Ming flew to United States, went to Motorola headquarters and asked to talk to the CEO. Unfortunately, they’ve asked for the wrong guy – Motorola Solutions CEO Greg Brown, instead of Moto Mobility’s CEO – Sanjay Jha. Since Brown had nothing to do with mobile, Lenovo team only met with some of his staffers, exchanged some platitudes and  were kept in the dark about the pending Google deal. After  Lenovo CEO learned about $12.5 billion offer to buy Motorola, he invited Google’s Chairman Erick Schmidt to his house for dinner to discuss possible cooperation.  Yang introduced some company products, and told Schmidt that if Google ever decided to sell Motorola, Lenovo will be happy to buy it. Two months ago he got an e-mail from Eric Schmidt, called him back and heard a question: “ Are you still interested in Motorola?”.   The deal still has to get regulatory approvals, but given what a small player in smartphones Motorola is today, that should not be a problem. Lenovo CEO also told the press that he is happy with current Motorola product portfolio, and will keep all three main lines – Moto X, Moto G and Droid Ultra. Source: Sina...

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UK: Moto X already down to £299
Jan31

UK: Moto X already down to £299

A couple of days ago the Moto X finally became available in the UK, almost six months after it was first announced back in August of 2013. So far only Phones 4u seems to have had stock of the Moto X available. That’s about to change in a few days though. Clove previously said that the first batch of Moto X units were to reach it yesterday – but that didn’t happen. It will, however, receive stock on February 3 – this Monday. And if you want a Moto X but don’t want to commit to a long-term relationship with an operator, you should probably order one from Clove. That’s because the SIM-free price at Phones 4u is £390, whereas Clove is now asking for just £299 for the handset. That’s a hefty amount you can save right there. Even compared to the official recommended sales price of £380, Clove’s offer ensures you keep £80 in your pocket to do whatever else with. At £299 the Moto X is a great buy, considering the almost-stock software and interesting additional features it comes with. Android 4.4 KitKat is already out for it as an update, so it’s running the most recent version of Google’s operating system. That isn’t something any of its competitors can currently claim, so there’s that...

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Google has sold Motorola to Lenovo for $2.91 billion
Jan30

Google has sold Motorola to Lenovo for $2.91 billion

In August 2011, Google shocked the mobile world by announcing that it wanted to acquire Motorola. The deal was finalized in 2012 after many months of waiting for regulatory approval from all the relevant authorities, and today Motorola is changing hands once again. And once again Google shocks the mobile world as it announces the sale of Motorola to Lenovo for just $2.91 billion. In 2011, Google paid $12.5 billion for the company, so this is a significant difference. That said, Google will still own most of Motorola’s patents after this deal closes, so perhaps the loss isn’t all that large. After all, back when Google acquired Motorola, the main reason was said to be its need for a better patent portfolio to use to defend Android and Android device makers from multiplying patent battles across the world. Lenovo will get around 2,000 patents as part of the deal, and a license for all the rest, naturally. The Chinese company plans to keep the Motorola brand around, just like it did with ThinkPad after it bought IBM’s PC unit many years ago. Presumably Lenovo will use the Motorola brand to help it more quickly make inroads into such markets as North America, where so far it’s been notably absent from the smartphone space. Lenovo is in the top 5 of smartphone sellers worldwide at the moment, but thanks primarily to its performance on the Chinese market and in a few other countries. Google’s reasoning for the sale may be for it to be able to focus on software development, and not be considered by other Android device makers as an unfair competitor. The search engine company also gets to stop endlessly pouring money into the Motorola pit with no end in sight – while also getting a cool $3 billion in return. This isn’t a perfect ending for its journey into the hardware realm of the mobile world, but it’s not the worst possible either. Over the past couple of years we’ve heard many rumors that something like this may happen, that Google only wanted the patents and would quickly sell off the smartphone hardware business to some up-and-coming brand from China (Huawei was once said to be it), but with so much time passing perhaps we all just assumed that Google was in it for the long run. Not so, it seems. Although it could have further used Motorola to push out handsets with ‘pure Google’ software just like the Nexus line, and with great prices like the Moto G, it decided not to for whatever reason. And so, Motorola is off to Lenovo – let’s hope the Chinese...

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