Items tagged with Moto X

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 them to install custom ROMs. For now, Motorola is only extending the bootloader unlock offer... Read more...
Apple and Samsung have already launched their latest flagship devices for 2015, and now, Motorola is taking its turn. For the third year in a row, a new Moto X has arrived that's built upon the successes of the original. There's no mistaking the design -- visual cues that created the silhouette of the original still remain on the Moto X Pure Edition, but it's clear that the company is evolving its flagship phone based on market demands. For instance, the 5.7-inch Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440) display would've been viewed as monstrous in 2013, but today, it feels wholly natural. Moto has also included a few useful extras like TurboPower (which injects 10 hours of life into the phone after just 15 minutes... Read more...
Motorola is getting ready to unveil new mobile devices, which we know because it's been sending members of the press invitations to a livestream event scheduled to take place on July 28 (next Tuesday) at a bright and early 6 AM Pacific. While nothing has yet been confirmed, it's generally believed that Motorola will unveil a new Moto 360 smartwatch and a new handset or two.Speculation is all over the place on what smartphone Motorola will unveil. Some believe it will be the a third generation Moto G, while others are holding firm that a third generation Moto X (see our review of the second generation Moto X) is in the cards. If you're hopeful for the latter, you may be encouraged by photos of... Read more...
Motorola has something big planned for July 28th. It’s expected that the company, now under the wing of Lenovo, will launch a third generation Moto X, the third generation Moto G, and the second generation Moto 360 smartwatch. Unfortunately for Motorola, at least one of its upcoming stars, the Moto G, has been leaking a bit over the past few weeks. The Moto G sprung another leak today as Swiss retailer Digitec claims to have secured renders and specifications for for Motorola’s next mid-range smartphone. For starters, the renders lineup up perfect with what we seen in previous leaks, and shows a device that isn’t too far removed from the second generation model stylistically. However, Motorola... Read more...
Grab yourself a Sharpie, pop the cap off, and circle July 28 on your calendar. Oh, and don't forget to set your alarm if you're the type that likes to sleep in. At 9 AM Eastern (a bright and early 6 AM Pacific), Motorola will host a livestream event in which it will likely announce a new Moto 360 smartwatch, and possibly new Moto X and Moto G smartphones as well.How do we know this? Motorola has been sending members of the press an invitation to the livestream event with the tagline, "You relationship status is about to change." The invitation also contains a link to a HelloMoto landing page that further plays up the relationship angle."Yes. We're in a relationship with our phone," Motorola states.... Read more...
Motorola really is coming on strong when it comes to giving customers incredible bang for their smartphone buck. Motorola earlier this month unveiled its second generation Moto E that comes with a slightly larger display, faster processors, and optional LTE. Now, Motorola is offering to give customers a second generation Moto E for free if they purchase the Moto X Pure Edition. The Moto X Pure Edition comes with a Snapdragon 801 processor (2GB RAM), 64GB of internal storage, 5.2-inch 1080p display, 13MP rear camera, 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 2300 mAh battery. The Moto X Pure Edition was just released at the end of December and carries a retail price of $599 unlocked. The Moto E... 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 the Moto X (2nd Gen.) and Moto 360 -- just toss them into your virtual cart and apply the code before... 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 can be quickly upgraded to Android 5.0.x Lollipop). And given Motorola’s historically close relationship... 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, and a lot has changed on the mobile front. Google is selling Motorola Mobility to Lenovo and closing... Read more...
Update 9/30/2015: Motorola just launched the Moto X Pure Edition, a larger flagship device with a 5.7-inch display, a faster processor, more RAM and the latest Android 5.1.1 Lollipop OS, along with an enhanced camera and some interesting new hands-free voice-activated features. The second gen Moto X you see here is still a great midrange phone but Motorola has just release a new flagship, so we'd highly suggest you check that out as well. 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... Read more...
So you've been tempted by Apple's new big, beautiful 5.5-inch computer-in-your-pocket known as the iPhone 6 Plus.  I mean if you're going to get a new smartphone, surely anything labeled "Plus" by Apple must be all that and a bag of Fritos, right? And #bendgate? You couldn't care less about what a few clumsy types are squawking about. You take care of your devices and don't plan on sitting on your phone anytime soon. Then again, the iPhone 6 Plus is expensive and it sure is big. There are so many smartphones to choose from these days and when it comes to Android, Google and their multitude of manufacturing and software developer partners, have done a nice job of empowering an ecosystem and... Read more...
Perhaps if you hold out long enough, Motorola might start giving away its Moto X smartphone, no strings attached. In the meantime, the latest promotion intended to drum up interest in the first smartphone built in the U.S. is the bundling of Google's Chromecast dongle at no additional charge when you purchase a Moto X off-contract. It seems Motorola is having trouble selling the Moto X, hence all the recent promotions. The handset maker has already dropped the price of the Moto X on two separate occasions, including at the beginning of this month; it now sells for $400 for the 16GB model and $450 for the 32GB model, both of which are off-contract prices. As a refresher, the Moto X features a... Read more...
Maybe 2014 will be the year of affordable, off-contract smartphones. If not, it won't be for a lack of trying from Motorola, which just announced that its unlocked Moto X (see our review) is now $399.99 going forward. Anyone and everyone can snag an off-contract Moto X for the newly reduced price, regardless of wireless carrier and whether or not you're eligible for an upgrade. "Today several wireless carriers offer good month-to-month or prepaid service plans that cost much less than the contract plans that come with subsidized devices. Combine one of those plans with our new $399 everyday pricing and you could save hundreds of dollars over two years while keeping the freedom to change service... Read more...
Hang tight, Moto X owners. If you're not already knee deep in Android 4.4 KitKat, you soon will be. Motorola is letting the world know that the most delicious version of Google's open source operating system is headed to the Moto X, the first smartphone manufactured in the United States, via an over-the-air (OTA) update. It's easy enough to check if the upgrade has arrived. On your Moto X, just navigate to Settings, About Phone, and System Updates. Verizon Wireless actually became the first wireless carrier to feed Moto X owners a serving of KitKat, which it began rolling out last week. T-Mobile was next in line, and word on the web is that AT&T has begun doling out Android 4.4 to Moto X... Read more...
Now that Google has officially launched its Nexus 5 smartphone, it marks the arrival of Android 4.4, otherwise known as KitKat. The Nexus 5 may be first out the door with the delicious new build, but it's only a matter of time before other handsets receive the update as well. Given that Google purchased Motorola's mobile business, you would think the company's handsets would also be getting the KitKat treatment, and for the most part, you'd be right. One of the most popular Motorola devices, the Moto X manufactured right here in the good ol' U. S. of A. (in the state of Texas), will definitely be getting an infusion of KitKat. We can say this with complete confidence because Motorola has set... Read more...
The Moto X is the first smartphone to be produced in a manufacturing facility located in the U.S., which means there are certain implications to how well it does or does not sell. It's still early, but according to Motorola, it's making a profit on the modest number of Moto X handset it produces and sells from its Texas plant. In an interview with Reuters, Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside said the Texas facility, which is operated by contract manufacturer Flextronics, is capable of producing tens of millions of phones a year. Currently Motorola is cranking out 100,000 Moto X phones per week, well short of the factory's potential, but this is just the first phase of a much bigger plan. Based on the... Read more...
Sprint may not be the lead dog in the carrier pack any longer, but it still holds an ace in its sleeve: unlimited data for life, for those who want it. While every other major rival postpaid carrier has switched over to tiered data plans, Sprint's offering the Moto X with unlimited talk, text and data for $80/month. The device itself will be priced at $199.99 on a 2-year contract, and if you haven't heard, we're pretty big fans of the phone. For a limited time only, new customers who switch their phone number to Sprint from another carrier will receive an additional $100 instant credit, reducing the price of Moto X to $99.99. In the coming months, Sprint will also add the ability to customize... Read more...
Good news, Verizon Wireless subscribers, the wait is over if you've been itching to get your hands on Motorola's Moto X smartphone. Big Red two days ago confirmed in a Twitter post it would be offering the Moto X online beginning August 29th (today) and in stores in the coming weeks for $200 with a two-year service agreement, and true to its word, the smartphone device is now available to purchase. This is a welcome site for VZW subscribers, considering their smartphone carrier isn't always the first to every smartphone party. Verizon was especially late in getting its hands on the HTC One and apparently was determined not to do the same with the Moto X. The caveat to owning a Moto X through... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks Webcast, Iyaz, Dave and Marco discuss Motorola's Moto X smartphone, HotHardware's Back to School Shopping Guide, which lists some of the hottest mobile devices and small form factor PCs this season, Alienware's powerful ALW 18 Gaming Notebook, Windows 8.1’s impending release and Zotac’s ZBox Nano ID65 Plus... Show Notes: 01:00 – Moto X Smartphone Preview 06:21 – HotHardware's 2013 Back To School Shopping Guide 09:44 – Alienware 18 Notebook: Haswell, GeForce GTX 780M 14:18 – Windows 8.1 Set For Launch October 18th, What You Need to Know 22:30 – Zotac ZBOX Nano ID65 Plus Out NUCs Intel... Read more...
Well, here's one way to get the hardcore techies interested in a mid-range device. The Moto X wasn't quite the do-all flagship that many had hoped for, and while it may rival the iPhone in some ways, it's certainly not a hero device in terms of internal specifications. That being said, there's one more reason that may have hackers and tinkerers considering a purchase. Days after the device went on sale at a number of carriers, the official Motorola product page is now listing a Developer Edition. Dev Edition phones in the Android world aren't entirely novel; plenty of Samsung and HTC Android smartphones have been offered in this form before. But this is proof that Google understands what techies... 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 state of Texas and is reportedly home to around 2,000 jobs. Getting back to the teardown, the discovery... Read more...
Though the new Moto X smartphone, by Google's Motorola Mobility division, may not offer many ground-breaking new technologies from a pure hardware perspective, the device does introduce a number of firsts in terms of features and functionality. The phone's Touchless "OK Google Now" Control, for example, is more than just a novelty with significant practical benefits, especially in the car, when picking up the device could be inconvenient or even dangerous. Motorola Moto X Design It Activation Card Further along those lines, we got a little card in the mail from AT&T, that also introduces a first of sorts with respect to smartphone retail and product customization.  Motorola's new "Moto... Read more...
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