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Three months after Motorola began rolling-out Android 5.0 'Lollipop' to its unlocked Moto G second-gen devices, it looks like owners of the first-gen model are soon to be treated to the latest Android sweetness. A good hint to this is a message I received about eight days ago, which MobileSyrup has now also relayed: As it goes with these things, it's impossible to tell just when we'll see the update hit the devices, but given the timing, I'd have to assume that it'd be soon - as in, the next week or two. I received this message eight days ago as I mentioned, so it doesn't really seem like it'd... Read more...
The Moto E was announced in mid-2014 as Motorola’s entry-level smartphone offering. The smartphone offers meager specs including a dual-core Snapdragon 200 processor with 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage (although a microSD slot is included), a 4.3-inch 540x960 qHD display, and 3G connectivity. While it isn’t going to challenge the likes of the iPhone 6 or Galaxy S5, its performance while running Android 4.4 KitKat is admirable and it’s hard to argue with the $119.99 price tag. In keeping with Motorola’s mission to deliver great products at an affordable price, the second generation Moto E is... Read more...
For the past few years, Samsung has been riding high atop the smartphone leaderboard when it comes to units shipped. However, during 2014, we started to see a bit of weakness in Samsung’s smartphone portfolio. Its flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone was little more than a warmed over version of its Galaxy S4 predecessor, and sales were more than disappointing for the company. Samsung saw its sales lead in China wither away as local OEMs like Huawei and Xiaomi attacked its smartphones with cheaper alternatives. It also recently lost its smartphone sales lead in India and the U.S. Samsung is looking to... Read more...
Life can be a whole easier when you find the right partner. That's true in business as well -- just look at Motorola Mobility and the recent success it's had under Lenovo's leadership. According to Lenovo's financial report for its third fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2014, Motorola Mobility's device shipments are up 118 percent year-over-year. That translates into 10 million device shipments during the quarter, which added $1.9 billion in revenue to Lenovo's Mobile Business Group (MBG). And that's just the tip of the iceberg -- Lenovo says Motorola Mobility will soon re-enter China, which will... Read more...
Chocolates, roses, and diamonds are the go-to gift items for Valentine's Day, but if you're looking to shake things up, Motorola's making it easy to gift your significant other a smartphone next month. Or give to yourself -- either way, the deal is for $140 off a purchase of $499.99 (or more) or $50 off a purchase of $249.99 on Motorola's website.You'll need a promo code to take advantage of the sweet savings, which Motorola will begin handing out next Monday, February 2 at 11 AM Central. Once you have your promo code, you can apply it towards various Motorola devices and accessories, including... Read more...
Motorola released the Nexus 6 to much fanfare back in early November. The Nexus 6 was the high-profile launch vehicle for the Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system. As we reported in our review, the Nexus 6 packs in plenty of high-end hardware including a quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor, up to 64GB of internal storage, a 13MP rear camera with optical image stabilization, and a huge 5.9-inch QHD AMOLED Display (2560x1440). But according to a new report from The Telegraph, the Nexus 6 was supposed to include support for another promising hardware feature. Dennis Woodside is currently the CFO for... Read more...
Lenovo knows a thing or two about rising to the top. Just ask every other PC maker on the planet -- by volume, Lenovo is the top supplier of PCs around the world, sitting on top of HP, Dell, and every other player. Samsung and Apple should take note of this, as Lenovo is turning its attention to the mobile market and has its sights set on China. The company already has a mobile presence in China with its own branded devices, though with the $2.9 billion Motorola Mobility acquisition now complete, Lenovo is setting itself up to be a major force in the high-end handset market.... Read more...
As if the second generation Moto X wasn’t already attractive enough, Motorola is breaking a new range topping variant of the flagship smartphone. The Moto X was previously only available in 16GB and 32GB versions, but today Motorola has bumped the maximum capacity to 64GB for the Moto X Pure Edition. The Moto X doesn’t have an integrated microSD slot, so the bump from a maximum of 32GB to 64GB is a welcome addition. Since this is a Pure Edition device, that means that you won’t find any carrier bloatware or unwanted apps on this device — just a near stock version of Android 4.4.4 KitKat (which... Read more...
Last week, Google announced that a fresh update for Android Wear was on its way. The new software upgrades the base operating system of Android Wear from Android 4.4 KitKat to Android 5.0 Lollipop and brings with its faster navigation, new operating modes, and support for new watch faces built with the new Watch Face API. Motorola began rolling out the Lollipop update to Moto 360 users on December 10 to a limited number of users (roughly 5 percent). By December 13, the update should have been available to 50 percent of Moto 360 users, and everyone with the device should have the update by the end... Read more...
Large screen smartphones, a.k.a. phablets, are expected to account for nearly 25% of all smartphone shipments this year. Given the popularity and prevalence of these large-screen devices which includes LG’s G3, Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4, and HTC’s One Max, it’s not surprising that Google is also going big with its latest flagship phone, the Nexus 6. Even before the Nexus 6 was announced, its codename of Shamu (named after the whale at SeaWorld) pretty much gave away the fact that this flagship smartphone was going to be a large-screen device. The Nexus 6 has the largest screen... Read more...
We've said it a thousand times before, but to make it a thousand and one, the big trend in mobile design these days appears to be adhesive, and lots of it. Whether it's a smartphone or tablet device, manufacturers seem obsessed with lathering the chassis with glue to seal the front and back panels together. Breaking the trend, Motorola opted for a fistful of screws when designing the Nexus 6 handset for Google.That's not to say there isn't any glue, it's just not as prominent as on other devices. The folks at iFixIt described the use of adhesive securing the cover as "relatively mild," which made... Read more...
Missed your chance to place a pre-order for Google's Nexus 6 smartphone? You're not alone -- the device sold out in a matter of minutes with no option to get in line when Google replenishes its inventory. That's either a bummer or a blessing in disguise if you're willing to consider alternative options such as Motorola's nifty Droid Turbo. The Droid Turbo is now available at Verizon for $200 with a 2-year service agreement, $25 per month on Verizon Edge, or $600 if you want to own the phone outright. Like the Nexus 6, the Droid Turbo carries a quad-core 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 processor under the... Read more...
When Motorola introduced the Moto X last year, the company was owned by Google. In our hands-on review of the first-generation Moto X, we pointed out that the collaboration between Motorola and Android engineers led to an incredibly sleek device and a good user experience. Although the first-generation Moto X didn’t have quite as impressive hardware specifications as its high-end competitors at the time, the phone still performed very well. What’s more, the Moto X also included a number of unique extras, like touchless controls that worked exceptionally well. Fast forward to today,... Read more...
When Motorola introduced the Moto X last year, the company was owned by Google. In our hands-on review of the first-generation Moto X, we pointed out that the collaboration between Motorola and Android engineers led to an incredibly sleek device and a good user experience. Although the first-generation Moto X didn’t have quite as impressive hardware specifications as its high-end competitors at the time, the phone still performed very well. What’s more, the Moto X also included a number of unique extras, like touchless controls that worked exceptionally well. Fast forward... Read more...
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