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Not long ago, the battle for consumer dollars occurred on a field littered with ultralight notebooks. A few years later, that transitioned to smartphones and tablets. Today, the next major tussle is occurring on one’s wrist, in the red-hot "wearables" market in general. Motorola’s Moto 360 made waves by being the first major smartwatch to actually look like a watch - a real timepiece, not just a gadget. Most of its primary rivals are more akin to something Dick Tracy would wear, but Moto zigged when everyone else zagged. Instead of selling a computer with a band, the 360 is a timepiece that just... Read more...
Amid poor sales, Motorola Solutions is said to be looking for a buyer for its wireless LAN business. The firm is finding it tough to compete with the likes of Cisco Systems, Aruba Networks, and HP, and is even having a tough time going toe-to-toe with smaller competitors like Ubiquit Networks. Given Motorola's struggles, the company is just looking to move on at this point. Motorola has been much more successful serving the U.S. government and other enterprise customers with communication services. That's where Motorola would like to focus its time and energy, as well as the public safety division,... Read more...
While the Moto X has largely been praised, there's one thing that almost every critic has nitpicked: the price. Sure, $200 on contract for a sleek, Android-powered smartphone isn't terrible, but it's not exactly brimming with high-end internals. That said, it is built in the United States, which certainly adds to the price premium. Still, that price niggle will soon be a moot point according to EVLeaks, who has reported that a 50% off sale will hit in Q4. That's right: the Moto X will soon be available for $100 on contract. That'll make it a serious player even on the pricing front, and during... Read more...
Score a victory for the boys and girls in the good ol' U.S. of A. The tech Dexters at iFixIt hijacked Motorola's American made Moto X smartphone and were prepared to pry it open no matter how messy things might get, but as it turns out, the device is really not all that difficult to service and repair, scoring a respectable 7 out of 10 on iFixIt's repairability meter. It's worth noting that the Moto X is the first smartphone assembled in the United States, so this wasn't just another teardown, it was in part an evaluation of American craftsmanship. Motorola's smartphone plant resides in the fine... Read more...
Motorola decided to tease the launch of its upcoming Droid Ultra smartphone by setting up a product page on its website devoid of any product shots. Instead there's a little gray box with the device's name and a bold tagline that reads, "Think Thin." That's certainly not a problem, as each new generation of smartphones seem to be slimmer than the previous. The gray box also reveals that the Droid Ultra will be ship in a "bunch of glossy colors" with a "high-grade DuPont Kevlar body" that's both thin and "tough as steel." Now here's where things get interesting. If you scroll down the webpage, there's... Read more...
Out of the 130 million smartphones floating around the U.S., can you guess how many of them were assembled stateside? If you said anything higher than "zero," you guessed too many. There's not a single smartphone factory in the U.S., though Motorola is determined to change that and plans to open the first such facility in Fort Worth, Texas. That will be the site where every Moto X smartphone sold the U.S. will be produced, Motorola's Dennis Woodside announced at the AllThingsD conference this week. Image Source: Flickr (Serfs UP ! Roger Sayles) "There were a few reasons why we decided to do this.... Read more...