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Motorola's been a bit quiet in the high-end smartphone market, though it looks as if the Lenovo-owned company is getting ready to make a splash with its fourth generation Moto X. Some leaked renders of the forthcoming Moto X4 suggest and all-metal construction with a curvy top and bottom, along with something interesting on the its backside. Towards the bottom of the rear are two rows of dots. They almost look like speaker holes, except the series of gold contacts suggests they'll be used to connect to a smart dock, possibly one that can charge the handset and/or offer additional functionality.... Read more...
Rick Osterloh is returning home, so to speak, to Google to head the company’s newly hatched hardware division. Osterloh originally arrived at Google by way of the search giant’s purchase of Motorola in 2011. While under the Google umbrella, Osterloh was promoted to CEO of Motorola, but was unceremoniously booted from Mountain View when Motorola was sold to Lenovo in 2014. Osterloh left Motorola last month and is now back into the newly open arms of Google, which wants to get its house in order when it comes to hardware. Google is especially eager to get the ball rolling after losing Regina Duncan,... Read more...
Motorola's getting ready to release a new generation of its stylish and relatively low cost G series smartphones. Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing hinted as much when introducing its own Zuk Z2 Pro in Beijing earlier this week, adding that Lenovo's Motorola division is prepping a new and "exciting" device for a June 9 debut. Mr. Yuanqing stopped himself from providing any other concrete details, such as specs, price, or even a name. However, recent rumors and leaks suggest the company is working on two handsets, the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus. That seems to be the trend these days, with Apple offering two... Read more...
Ashton Kutcher has been a product ambassador for Lenovo for just over two years now; or as his official title says, Product Engineer. In the past, Kutcher has been extremely hyped about helping to develop the Yoga family of Android-powered tablets, and now his area of expertise is expanding to smartphones. More specifically, we should mention that Kutcher is extolling the benefits of Motorola’s latest range of smartphones.  According to Kutcher, he will be spending much of 2016 in the Moto labs, listening to customer feedback in an effort to help develop future generations of Moto smartphones.... Read more...
If three's company, we'd say Motorola has gone and made a full-on family out of its Moto 360 smartwatch. Hot on the heels of its second-generation Moto 360 comes the Moto 360 Sport, an Android Wear timepiece designed to compete not with TAG or Sony or Samsung, but with FitBit, Polar, Garmin, and TomTom. The ruggedized or sports smartwatch field is an interesting one. The target market isn't your typical smartwatch buyer. Instead, it's the fitness tracker buyer that a company hopes to upsell to.   At $300, the Moto 360 Sport isn't exactly cheap. It's a full $50 cheaper than the Apple Watch... Read more...
Lenovo is displaying the kind of business savvy that must have competitors going nuts with envy. To wit, Lenovo became the world's top supplier of PCs a long time ago and has managed to maintain its No. 1 ranking by outpacing market trends, and now it's showing it can be successful in the mobile market as well. More on that in a moment. For its third fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2015, Lenovo reported $12.9 billion in revenue. That's actually down 8 percent year-over-year (or 2 percent year-over-year in constant currency), but good for a $300 million profit, up 19 percent compared to the same... Read more...
If you bought a carrier-locked Verizon Moto X (2014), it’s understandable that you’re probably a bit angry at Lenovo (Motorola) right now. Although we would hardly call the Moto X an ancient device, Motorola made it clear that it will only provide a Marshmallow update to North American customers running the “Pure Edition” of the 2014 Moto X. With that being said, the company is at least offering Verizon Moto X users another option to secure a version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Motorola took to its official forums to announce that users an now unlock the bootloader on their smartphones, allowing... Read more...
There was a time when the Motorola brand was a big deal in the mobile phone space. Remember all those Razr flip phones that were all the rage? That was Motorola's heyday, and it's now a distant memory, have given way to the likes of Apple, Samsung, and HTC. And starting soon, the Motorola brand will no longer be found on new mobile phone devices.Lenovo, the world's top supplier of PCs, purchased Motorola Mobility from Google two years ago for $2.91 billion. It was a far better deal than the one Google inked for the brand in 2012, which cost the search giant $12.5 billion, a move that was largely... Read more...
Well, this isn't something we see too often. Hot on the heels of the release of Android 6.0 Marshmallow for its Moto X Pure 2015, Motorola has decided to release the smartphone's kernel sources to the wild. As you might imagine, this isn't a move that's going to affect end-users right now. Instead, access to these sources is ideal for developers looking to do a variety of different things, including adjusting the OS, optimizing it, or overhauling the ROM entirely. With sources simply handed out like this, it makes a developer's job a bit easier. In time, this release can affect end-users once developers... Read more...
At long last, Motorola is providing more details about its Moto 360 Sport smartwatch, including when it will be available. The U.K. and France get dibs on December 18, followed by a launch in the U.S. on January 7, which is when it will be available to purchase on Motorola's website and select online retailers for $299. Three days later, Best Buy stores across the nation will carry the Moto 360 Sport. So will Motorola's Moto Shop in downtown Chicago. As for everywhere else, Motorola says its newest wearable will ship to Brazil, Canada, China, Mexico, and Spain sometime in the new year. There are... Read more...
There are few things that will strike fear in the heart of even the toughest son of a gun. One is looking over your schedule and discovering your next game is against the New England Patriots (just ask the Steelers, Bills, Jaguars, Cowboys, Colts, and Jets about that). And the second? That moment of horror when a smartphone slips from your grip and heads towards the pavement. Murphy's Law dictates that it's going to land glass side down, and at best, you'll be left with a functioning phone behind a shattered display. That's why the launch of Motorola's shatterproof Droid Turbo 2 earlier this week... Read more...
Update, 5:00PM 10/27/15 - Fresh back from Moto's New York event, we have udpated this piece with some hands-on views of the new Droid Turbo 2 flagship. We’ve seen leaks and teasers for Motorola’s new Droid Turbo 2 Android flagship for weeks. However, the Lenovo-owned company today officially announced the smartphone, which is bringing two headlining features to the table: a long-running battery and a new shatterproof display. Starting with the battery, its rated capacity is 3760mAh and allows the Droid Turbo 2 to operate for up to 48 hours per charge. And if that wasn’t enough, Motorola has incorporated... Read more...
Motorola reportedly has two smartphones on tap for a special event to be held on October 27th. The first of the two smartphones, both of which are destined for Verizon Wireless, is the Droid Maxx 2. We’ve talked about the Droid Maxx 2 on a few occasions here at HotHardware, and it is essence just a rebadged version of the Moto X Play that was released globally earlier this year. That means you’ll find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor with 2GB of RAM, a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 21MP rear camera, and a long-running 3630 mAh battery (which Motorola claims can last up to 48 hours per charge). ... Read more...
Google’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow update will begin beaming down to Nexus devices starting this week, and soon after, we’ll see a mad dash by countless Android OEMs to provide the update to their most recently released devices. If previous Android releasers are any indication, that rollout schedule may take a while — after all, as of September 7th, just 21 percent of Android devices are running Android 5.0 Lollipop a year after its release. Luckily for owners of Motorola smartphones, the company has already compiled a list of its smartphones that will receive Marshmallow. The list includes: 2015... Read more...
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