Items tagged with Moto-X

The next iteration of Android (dubbed “Android L”) is coming, and like every Android release, users are wondering if their device will be one that supports it. You can count owners of the OnePlus One smartphone as well as those toting the Moto X or Moto G among those who will be able to take advantage of the new version. Staff Member Mike posted an unequivocal announcement in the CyanogenMod 11S section on OnePlus’ forums stating that Android L is coming to the handset. “Well, we're keen to announce today that the OnePlus One will indeed be getting the L treatment,” he wrote, adding that the timeline for when it’s out depends on Google. “We promise to... Read more...
Motorola’s surprisingly inexpensive-yet-quality handset, the Moto G, just got an upgrade. Whereas previously there was only a 3G option, the handset is now available with 4G LTE capabilities. You can configure yourself a Moto G in black or white with 8GB of storage, and the 4G LTE-equipped device will have a microSD card slot capable of supporting up to 32GB. The only catch is the cost; whereas the Moto G (3G) starts at just $179, the 4G LTE version is $219. That’s still not all that much for a solid phone off-contract, though. Further, on no-contract mobile service provider Republic Wireless, that allows users to opt for the $40 per month 4G plan and buy the less expensive Moto G... Read more...
Apparently Motorola isn’t selling enough Moto X handsets, because the company is pulling out the stops to persuade you to try it--just try it, you’ll like it, is the overture. You can grab yourself a Moto X to take home for two weeks for just a penny. If you like it enough to keep it, Motorola will just charge your credit card for the retail price, which starts at $349.99 with no contract. “We’re betting you’ll fall in love with Moto X—how it looks, feels, and works for you. For a limited time, we’ll let you customize your own no-contract phone, then try it at home for two weeks—all for $.01 to start,” says the website. It’s actually... Read more...
When we last checked in with Republic Wireless, we found that the service itself was as advertised (inexpensive and very good), but the asterisk was the handset--the Motorola Defy XT, a decidedly midrange smartphone that was the only handset you could use with the service. Worse, the price tag was a mite steep at $249. Subsequently, however, Republic Wireless added two handsets to the lineup that changed the game with the Motorola Moto X and Moto G. Although neither are considered particularly high-end smartphones, we found the Moto X to be a well-made device with substantial performance capabilities. The question we’re asking today is whether or not the Moto G’s performance can equal... Read more...
When we last checked in with Republic Wireless, we found that the service itself was as advertised (inexpensive and very good), but the asterisk was the handset--the Motorola Defy XT, a decidedly midrange smartphone that was the only handset you could use with the service. Worse, the price tag was a mite steep at $249. Subsequently, however, Republic Wireless added two handsets to the lineup that changed the game with the Motorola Moto X and Moto G. Although neither are considered particularly high-end smartphones, we found the Moto X to be a well-made device with substantial performance capabilities, and when it landed at Republic Wireless for $299, the MVNO started looking more legitimate.... Read more...
That was fast. About a year after Google’s Motorola started manufacturing the Moto X domestically at a plant in Texas, the factory is shutting down; it will cease operations at some point later this year. The Texas plant was an exciting experiment; never before had a smartphone been actually manufactured in the U.S., yet here we were, with an intriguing new handset being made by an American company and providing jobs for people in an economy desperate for them. And then the Moto X (our review here) didn’t sell as well as Google thought it would. And then Google sold off its Motorola unit to Lenovo--a Chinese company. And now all those jobs are disappearing; the Moto X will continue... Read more...
There’s a new member of this generation of Motorola phones: the Moto E, an entry-level handset that will join the Moto X and Moto G, has been spotted in leaked photos, and the device’s specs are available, too. The Moto E will run on a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage (with microSD card support), and a 5MP rear camera. The camera has no flash, and there’s no front-facing camera. The 4.3-inch display is presumed to have a resolution of 1280x720. The Moto E will have Android 4.4 KitKat and offer 3G and WiFi connectivity. It also has the colorful shells that the Moto G offers. Images via Phone Arena The biggest selling point... Read more...
Republic Wireless announced that it now offers Motorola’s Moto G smartphone with its mobile service packages, and with this move, Republic Wireless has found an elusive sweet spot in the industry--a mobile plan that offers great functionality for the price with a smartphone that you can be glad to have but costs very little. When Republic Wireless first debuted, the inexpensive MVNO’s weak spot was its smartphone--a middling Motorola device that cost $249. Since then, Republic Wireless added the Moto X to its stable, which an improvement to be sure in terms of the quality of the phone but pushed the out-of-pocket cost for the handset up to $299. The Moto G costs just $149. It’s... Read more...
That inexpensive Moto G smartphone continues to do things ahead of schedule by getting an early OS update. Motorola announced that it’s rolling out the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update to some of the handsets already, to Moto G phones that were purchased on Motorola’s website or Amazon in the U.S. There’s no word on when carrier versions of the Moto G will see the KitKat update--Motorola simply says that’s all coming “soon”. New features include enhanced touchless control so you can perform certain tasks without actually having to unlock your phone; improved Active Display to offer notifications even when the display is off; and the same Camera features of the Moto... Read more...
Motorola is pushing its Moto X (review here) and Moto G handsets hard on Cyber Monday; one is on sale, and the other is now shipping, in plenty of time for the holidays. The Moto X is $150 off today, making the unlocked 16GB just $349 and the 32GB model $399. On most carriers, the price is usually $99 with a contract, so this is a pretty sweet deal. The Moto X is currently getting the Android 4.4 KitKat treatment, too. You better hurry, though--there are limited supplies, and it judging from the fact that the MotoMaker site appears to be down for the moment, a lot of folks are taking advantage of the deal. Motorola also has most of its accessories on sale for 30% off, so you can snag cases, headphones,... Read more...
Motorola’s lower-cost but impressively well-endowed alternative to the Moto X wasn’t expected to hit the market until January, which we thought was odd considering the company would miss out on a lot of holiday season sales. In a surprising turnabout, Motorola announced that the phone will actually start shipping on December 2nd, and you can preorder the GSM version of the handset now. The device ships with Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean), but a guaranteed upgrade to 4.4 (KitKat) is coming soon. The Moto G boasts a 4.5-inch (1280x720) display, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (1.2GHz) processor, and 8GB or 16GB of internal storage (with 50GB of Google Drive storage free for two years).... Read more...
We were effusive in our acclaim over Republic Wireless’ astonishingly inexpensive mobile service, and the company is making more headway in the mobile market now that it’s added the Moto X to its offerings. The Moto X (review here), which you can snag for $299 through Republic Wireless, brings a higher-end handset option to the service and should pull in many more customers than the old $249 Motorola Defy XT. You can opt for a black or white version of the new phone. Along with the availability of the Moto X, Republic Wireless is launching its new service plans. You still don’t need a contract, and you can change up your plan up to twice per month if you need to scale your options... Read more...
This January--curiously, after the holiday season is over--Motorola will debut the Moto G, a lower-cost alternative to the Moto X, in the U.S.. By “lower cost”, you may be thinking “several hundred dollars”, but you’d be way off; the smartphone will cost just $179 unlocked. Bucking the trend of high-priced smartphones that cost as much as a laptop, the Moto G delivers some impressive specs considering the price tag and will be a hot item for those wanting to upgrade their phones without extending their service contracts. The Moto G rocks a 4.5-inch (1280x720) display with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (1.2GHz) and 8GB of onboard storage with 2 years of 50GB... Read more...
Most of how we felt towards the Moto X at the time of our review still stands: it's an incredible solid, capable Android phone, and it just hits all of the right notes for the masses. It's, to date, Google's best shot at convincing laypeople who have sided with iOS due to its ease of use to come over and give Android a whirl. That said, one of the unfortunate launch quirks was that the Moto X customization program was exclusively available to AT&T users. This meant that those buying a Moto X for use on AT&T's network had access to a litany of color and accent options, with the phone assembled in Fort Worth, Texas and shipped directly to the end-user. Now, however, Motorola Mobility is... Read more...
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