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    What's next for the Lenovo-owned Motorola brand - or, should we say, Moto brand? Last month, we heard Lenovo's CEO talking briefly about plans for a high-profile new Moto smartphone (or maybe even phones), due for launch sometime this July. And while that probably means a new Moto X, and likely another Moto G, what can we look forward to from the phones themselves? We were promised “more innovative, more attractive” designs, but just what does Lenovo have in mind? It may still be several months before we know for sure, but recent pics attempt to offer a possible early glimpse, showing ...

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    It was bound to happen sooner or later. After all, we’ve been hearing about the constant growth of smartphones in India since… forever, and the country is roughly four times as populous as the United States. It’s therefore perhaps surprising it took so long to reach a billion mobile users in the region, 220 million of which are reportedly on Android, iOS or Windows Phone. With a 22 percent yearly hike in smartphone shipments, and a 15 percent boost in Q4 2015 alone, it doesn’t look like this market is in danger of saturation either, so the user base, the world’s second largest ...

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    The worldwide leader in PC shipments and one of the global top five smartphone manufacturers follows Apple, Samsung, Microsoft and Sony’s suit, among others, announcing a year-end quarterly financial report with equal highs and lows. Well, overall, we guess the good news subdues the bad in Lenovo’s shifting camp, as the company’s restructuring plan is “swiftly concluded”, marking a rebound to general profitability and estimated savings of a whopping $1.35 billion annually. But let’s get the bad news out of the way first. Only 20.2 million Lenovo and Motorola-branded smartphones ...

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    As part of a government initiative suggestively titled “Make in India”, a number of top-tier foreign smartphone manufacturers have been swayed to assemble their products locally by way of tax cuts and other incentives. The program was established in late 2014, and already, it’s helped significantly boost production in dozens of mobile plants recently erected in the second global market to reach a billion active handheld users. How significantly? According to Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, no less than 100 million smartphones were built in India during 2015, up from “just” ...

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    Given Lenovo has been constantly ranked among the top five smartphone sellers in India recently, it’s surprising to see one of its daughter company’s latest flagships launched around those parts more than three months after its global announcement. Of course, it’s no big secret super-expensive, ultra-high-end devices tend to not do so great at the local box-office, which is why the “delay” makes sense. Ultimately, Motorola decided expanding the Moto X Force was worth a shot, even at a prohibitive Rs 50,000 price tag that converts to roughly $735. Stateside, the Verizon-exclusive ...

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    Update: Our official audio podcast publication will be set to run at 3:00am Eastern on Sundays most weeks. We'll advise you of special cases as necessary. And as always you can hit up the podcast post on the site for direct access to the download links as soon as they're up. Like, right now. Enjoy! Our CES followups are done, our convention-center head colds are almost dribbled out, and the first small scents of jamon are starting to waft over from Barcelona. It must be almost springtime for Pocketnow, and you know what that means: the MWC 2016 rumor reactor is humming its way up to 100% ...

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    Life in India is tough. It's hot, it can get cramped and the days are longer are harsher for more people than in most other parts of the world. And everyone's getting online with a smartphone. What would it be like if people didn't have to worry about having their phones smashed to bits? We may find out soon enough as Amazon.in has a splash page up telling how the Moto X Force is "Coming Soon" with the "World's first shatterproof display." That's all we know. Users will get updates on availability if they sign-in to their Amazon.in accounts. As you'll recall, we reviewed what turned out to ...

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    Earlier this month, in the middle of CES, panic swept over long-time Motorola phone fans: was Lenovo killing off the Motorola brand as we knew it? Calmer minds quickly prevailed, and the shape of story subtly shifted: sure, we wouldn't be seeing “Motorola” splashed prominently across future handsets, but we hadn't been for some time anyway, and the retention of the “Moto” brand, even if in the form of “Moto by Lenovo” would help upcoming models keep some connection to the past. Still, there's an understandable undercurrent of anxiety to all this, and a lot of users might sleep ...

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    Although it’ll primarily focus on “Moto by Lenovo” products going forward as far as high-end Western markets are concerned, the Chinese tech giant’s own Vibe, Lemon and K Note sub-brands should live on and cater to both cash-strapped audiences and power users on the Asian continent. Unveiled way back in mid-November, and commercially released in Lenovo’s homeland later that month, the Vibe X3 finally spreads to India, where it’ll go on sale tomorrow, January 28, on Amazon for the approximate equivalent of $295. That’s 20,000 rupees, which sounds like a hefty sum of money for ...

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    If you thought the six-month release cycle adopted by most high-profile smartphone manufacturers these days was unnecessarily short, Lenovo is here to break all upgrading window records with a K5 Note following in the K4 Note’s footsteps just three weeks or so after the latter’s Indian debut. The new guy is a full-on sequel rather than a minor spin-off as well, and incredibly enough, it’s set to cost less in China – RMB 1,099, i.e. close to $170. For that money, you get an unexpectedly robust aluminum slab with a MediaTek Helio P10 (MT6755) processor under the hood, up from K4 ...

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    Cobalt. It doesn't just strike your eyes with a certain pitch of blue: it's a key component of our smartphones' lithium-ion batteries. But it seems that the labor used to obtain this mineral has been poorly regulated. And Amnesty International is implicating Apple and Samsung — both companies having their own shares of labor problems — as well as Sony, Microsoft, Huawei, LG, ZTE, Lenovo and eight other multinationals for being complacent to child labor in their supply chains. All of those manufacturers, while they don't necessarily share battery providers nor battery part providers, do ...

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    Overall 2015 global smartphone sales numbers are in, at least from research firm TrendForce, and the single-digit growth predicted by IDC just last month was exceeded. Not by a lot, but it’s pleasing to hear almost 1.3 billion intelligent handhelds were shipped worldwide in the past 12 months, despite mature markets reaching saturation and many formerly emerging countries looking to follow suit. That represents a year-on-year progress of 10.3 percent, and it was all mostly due to fast-rising Chinese brands, which reportedly seized no less than seven of the top ten manufacturer slots. ...

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    An interview with Lenovo SVP Chen Xudong has been strung out and splayed apart over and over again as bloggers translating the transcript have been left drawing some troubling conclusions. One of those conclusions was that the company would be dropping the Moto E and Moto G, Motorola Mobility's best-selling phone of all-time, from future production. However, Chen only said that the Moto G will continue to face challenges in high-priced markets. Motorola later announced that the two phones would still be on the docket for 2016. Motorola is also cleaning up other garble from the code switch ...

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    Update: The podcast is available for direct download on this page right now! It'll also be hitting the RSS feeds (ergo, your podcatcher) at 3:00am ET on January 17. Enjoy! The comfortable Airbnb with the log burning in the fireplace is gone, as are the dry sandwiches and free coffee of the press room. We're back in our respective cities following the crazy hallway podcasting days of CES 2016, most of us wiser, all of us older, and at least one of us with a big 'ole post-Vegas beard. And now that you're caught up with where we're sitting ... we're gonna catch you up with what's new in ...

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    Lenovo's been making news left and right over the past week, but until the company decides to hit the switch on all of its smartphone brands, it's business as usual. We saw the debut of the Lenovo K4 Note in India last week — this week, we're already looking at another mid-ranger device. Chinese regulatory agency TENAA has its entry up for the Lenovo K52t38, a phone with a 5.5-inch 1080p IPS display, what is reported to be a Helio P10 chipset (octa-core running at 1.8GHz), cameras on the rear and front (13 and 8 megapixels, respectively), 2GB of RAM and 16GB of microSD-expandable ...

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    That’s what happens when you use Google Translate on an ample Chinese language interview, and try to read between the lines of the raw end result. You get major misunderstandings, like the one that caused uproar among cash-strapped Android enthusiasts following alleged comments from a Lenovo exec concerning the possible retirement of the uber-successful Moto G and Moto E families. It turns out that’s not what the company official said, or at least not what he meant, with Lenovo focused on streamlining its far too rich smartphone roster instead of killing off any brand or sub-brand. ...

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    Aside from Motorola-branded devices, the low-cost Lemon family is said to play a pivotal role in Lenovo’s short-term smartphone future plans, with Vibes gradually phased out. The Lemon 3 offers similar bang for buck in China as the just-unveiled Xiaomi Redmi 3, also rocking a full-metal jacket, and fetching a virtually identical CNY 699 price. That converts to $106, but from a historical standpoint, it seems unlikely the budget-friendly 5-incher will ever see daylight stateside. Or anywhere on the old continent, unless Lenovo maybe rebrands this as the next-gen Moto E. Under the hood, ...

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    We're well into year number two of Lenovo ownership of Motorola and the parent company has cleaned house with its mobile operations. With all research, design and production moved to Chicago and branding changed up, the task at hand now comes down to making good phones and selling them. Lenovo senior vice president Chen Xudong's concerned about the last two parts and where his company stands in the global marketplace. He thinks that the marketplace could expand to as many as ten major players — that's in spite of what analysts and media outlets alike view as the maturation of the ...

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    Vice City. Full of fattening foods, business propositions of the nether regions, fewer grand theft auto charges than you'd think would be there and — for one week out of the whole year — tech here, tech there and tech everywhere. I don't know how Pocketnow's largest ground crew survived through all of it, but they did. And they're here to tell the tale. (Recorded) LIVE from CES 2016, this is episode 182 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Check out the high-quality audio version of our podcast right here or on your podcasting feeds starting today at 11:00am Eastern or you can also catch our ...

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    Why must all good things come to an end? More importantly, why must they end before we get to truly appreciate them? Case in point, the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It feels like it only started yesterday. Because, well, it technically did. But as always, the vast majority of high-profile exhibitors hurried to take the wraps off their shiny new gadgets in the days leading up to the expo’s formal kick-off. And now here we are, still roughly 24 hours away from the official conclusion of CES 2016, already knowing the party’s over. Nonetheless, Day 4 (technically, Day 2) of ...

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    Google's reality-scanning Project Tango experiment was huge technological achievement right from the get-go, showing us what was possible when we combined the latest mobile hardware with 3D-mapping cameras. The Tango developer tablet's sensors would assemble a 3D map of the room around you as quick and easily as regular phone can snap a 2D pic – and while it was all incredibly cool, it was still very much a work in progress, not quite ready for its commercial debut. Back in 2014, we learned from Google that there was a 2015 target for the launch of such a polished, ...

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    Update: Motorola has released an official statement saying that Motorola Mobility will continue existing as a subsidiary of Lenovo. Motorola Mobility continues to exist as a Lenovo company and is the engineering and design engine for all of our mobile products. However, for our product branding we will utilize a dual brand strategy across smartphone and wearables going forward using Moto and Vibe globally. 'Motorola' hasn't been used on our products since the launch of the original Moto X in 2013. Our original story is below. Also known as "the end of Motorola as we know it." Motorola ...

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    There are countless ways to transfer files back and forth between your small-screened and large-screened devices, whether we’re talking smartphones or tablets and laptops or desktop PCs respectively, starting with Bluetooth and good old fashioned USB cables. But Lenovo has an ingenious new accessory to show off at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that can work as a traditional flash drive, as well as seamlessly sync Androids to Windows computers for a number of purposes. This 32GB Link doohickey will let you drag and drop content from your Lollipop or Marshmallow-running phone ...

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    The world’s most successful PC manufacturer doesn’t look ready to throw in the towel as far as in-house smartphone production is concerned either, despite ongoing reorganization efforts, an increased focus on Motorola-branded gadgets, and rampant rumors of imminent Vibe extinction. Forget all that, as the Vibe family grows by one today, after the somewhat low-profile CES 2016 introduction of the S1 Lite in jam-packed Las Vegas. Oddly enough, we’re hearing the $200 Android mid-ranger will only go on sale “early this year” in countries “where Lenovo smartphones are sold”, i.e. ...

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    Well, this is odd. Lenovo traveled all the way from Beijing to Las Vegas for glitzy CES introductions of a number of laptops and a very ingenious convertible tablet, yet its only new smartphone broke cover in India, as part of a separate and unrelated press event. Then again, it wouldn’t have made much sense to bring the K4 Note to the US if the surprisingly affordable mid-range Android is unlikely to ever sell outside of the Asian continent. Which is a great shame, considering the more than respectable 5.5-inch Full HD screen in tow, the extremely generous 3,300 mAh battery, and overall ...

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