Posts tagged with: Moto E
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    The low-cost Android smartphone landscape has changed a great deal lately, thanks primarily to increasingly ambitious Chinese OEMs that are pushing the entry-level standards higher and higher. Budget specialists like Huawei, Xiaomi or Meizu, with little focus on profit margins, have made it nearly impossible for Samsung, HTC, Sony or LG to compete in the sub-$100 and even sub-$200 market segments. But does the same go for Motorola, the uncrowned champion of the uber-affordable niche in the past few years? Not with Lenovo at the helm, a larger, faster than ever yet inexpensive new Moto G ...

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    While we can’t be sure it has anything to do with that recent wave of “structural” changes and executive reshuffles, or even more recent warranty controversies, Motorola is clearly behind its traditional product release schedule. There hasn’t been a single Moto-branded device unveiled thus far in 2016, despite the second-gen Moto E turning a year old back in February, and losing touch with the world’s best ultra-affordable phones of late. But last week we received confirmation of an “exciting” announcement happening on June 9, and today, we’re seeing press invites floating ...

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    A tech company’s financial and administrative stability are essential for its mainstream popularity prospects, which is probably why Lenovo put off the release of the 2016 Moto E until deciding exactly what to do with the Motorola brand under its wing. While things remain unclear in a few departments, the Moto E (3rd gen) has to break cover one of these days if it wants to carry the legacy of its two ultra-low-cost forerunners. After all, it’s been more than a year since the second-gen saw daylight, and the qHD 4.5-inch screen, SD410 SoC and 1GB RAM are no longer acceptable specs, even ...

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    We know Motorola’s been going through some stuff lately, as the transition to a wholly owned Lenovo subsidiary proves far trickier than both companies likely anticipated. But whether this year’s Moto E, G and X installments will be branded as Lenovo products or Moto by Lenovo, it’s time the restructured new conglomerate got back to business. Already, the third-generation Moto E launch has been stalled for no apparent reason, and the second-gen’s turned one more than a month ago. And yes, the 4.5-incher is cheaper than ever before, but that doesn’t make up for its passé 960 x 540 ...

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    The cheapest brand-name Android smartphone available stateside that still has a chance to officially move to OS version 6.0 costs less than ever before at Best Buy. Granted, the 2015 Motorola Moto E has its flaws, and today’s deal comes with its restrictions, but at a measly 30 bucks, this is a top-notch bargain no matter how you look at it. First and foremost, we should remind you the 4.5-incher’s manufacturer technically already denied the second-gen Moto E a Marshmallow promotion in the US. But there’s still time for Motorola, or rather Lenovo, to reconsider, possibly cracking ...

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    If you’re the kind of hardcore Samsung fan that continues to argue the company’s Android 6.0 updating pace isn’t that sluggish compared to the competition, you may want to note Motorola is today reaching its seventh or eighth device capable of running Marshmallow. Of course, the comparison isn’t very fair, since the former Google subsidiary, now Lenovo daughter outfit doesn’t need to “optimize” much, sending near-stock goodie packs for quite some time. These are lighter and often smoother than Touchwiz or Sense-skinned ports, though for reasons we refuse to understand, the ...

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    Compelling smartphone deals have stopped being a holiday-only affair a long time ago, but it’s a known fact January tends to be the slowest month of the year in terms of gadget sales, due among others to a proverbial stubbornness to not cut prices from manufacturers and retailers. When the occasional steal does crop up shortly after Christmas, it’s obviously wise to jump on it before it expires or inventory runs out. Case in point, Cricket’s latest batch of discounted prepaid handhelds, starting as low as $10, no contracts needed, no strings attached. Well, there is one string ...

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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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    Generous as always for Cyber Monday stateside, Motorola wants to take care of its UK and India-based fans this Christmas also, selling the second-generation Moto 360, as well as the X Style, X Play, Moto G 2015, and Moto E (2nd gen) at lower prices than usual. The device manufacturer’s British Moto Maker website has the small (42 mm) men’s Moto 360 variant available for £200 after a £30 discount, and the large (46 mm) model priced at £230, down from £270. Ladies aren’t forgotten either, and the 42 mm Android Wear smartwatch “designed for women” costs £210 instead of £260. ...

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    We have more good news to report on the Android 6.0 update front for Motorola users, after the official wide X Pure Edition Marshmallow rollout stateside. Although the Lenovo-owned company initially made no mention of software support beyond Lollipop for entry-level Moto Es, the 2015 model has just been added to the M-ready list. Unfortunately, not all second-gen E proprietors around the globe will be blessed with battery life-enhancing, UI-tweaking upgrades sometime next year. Apparently, only LTE-enabled configurations in Canada, Latin America, Europe, and Asia excluding China are due ...

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    Competing against smaller but aggressive and generous no-contract specialists like Cricket Wireless or MetroPCS can’t be easy nowadays for AT&T’s GoPhone division. A few timely deals on a slew of fairly attractive mid-range handhelds will go a long way in securing Ma Bell a robust portfolio of prepaid clients this holiday season, with Android enthusiasts allowed to pick up the ZTE Maven free of charge. No lengthy carrier agreements, no catches or strings attached, and just one condition – you have to activate the 5.1 Lollipop-running 4.5-incher on a $45 or up monthly plan. 45 ...

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    Purchasing mobile gear of any kind around Turkey Day is always wise. Waiting until the last minute to score the best possible Black Friday deals is the complete opposite. Granted, the temptation may feel irresistible, but unless you want to risk getting body slammed by a fellow desperate bargain hunter for that coveted final discounted Apple Watch, it’s good to know beforehand what to expect from every retailer and how to avoid the holiday shopping frenzy. Luckily, many electronics merchants, actual device manufacturers and carriers included, have either already kicked off early Black ...

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    AT&T prepaid subsidiary Cricket Wireless has gained a reputation as one of the most generous US mobile carriers in recent years, often “selling” decent phones for free despite not demanding a contractual obligation. Naturally, the small operator’s holiday deals are always a sight to behold, this year letting you score no less than four Android and Windows handhelds sans upfront charges, as well as two more at deeply discounted prices. Now, granted, Christmas is still over a month away, and even Thanksgiving Day feels like a sweet but distant dream. You needn’t worry however, as ...

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    Let the Android updates never end! In what feels like the millionth piece of Lollipop update news this week already (and it's only Wednesday morning!), Motorola has taken to Google+ to talk up some additional new updates. Specifically, these Motorola Android 5.1 updates concern the US Cellular and AT&T Moto X 2014, as well as the second-gen Moto E for Cricket. The bulk of the information is available below, thanks to a Google+ post from Motorola employee David Schuster. It's all pretty self-explanatory from the information below, organized by device, but one thing you may be confused ...

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    If there's one thing you generally don't expect when you're buying cheap phones, it's that you'll be receiving fast updates to the latest versions of the device's operating system. Well, that's not the case with Motorola, as its budget-friendly Moto E has been receiving updates that rival even Nexus devices in speed. Today, the Moto E Android 5.1 update has begun its rollout to all users of the second-gen model of the smartphone. Because of the fact that the Moto E is an unlocked smartphone offered off-contract, all owners of the device should be currently seeing an available update. For ...

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    It's really easy to dismiss a non-flagship smartphone as unusable. Why? Simply because of the fact that it's mid-range or low-end. Historically, these words have been used to describe smartphones which barely function, unable to muster anything more than the littlest of usability. That's probably what went through the heads of most as Motorola announced the second-gen Moto E, adding in 4G LTE and bringing the smartphone to $150. In the world we live in, in which flagship smartphones regularly retail for prices north of $600 in the United States, that's a pretty low number. It must ...

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    As the months roll by, and winter gives way to spring, more and more Android devices are being updated to Android Lollipop. Of course, by this point Lollipop itself has matured quite a bit, and from its early 5.0 days we've seen 5.0.1, 5.0.2, and now 5.1. Depending on just how far along a manufacturer is with its update development process when one of those new releases arrives, it may stick with its course and release a technically no-longer-quite-current update, or scramble to keep up with the latest build. Today we get a little news about Motorola's own decisions along that line, as it ...

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    It's been almost a year since we reviewed the first generation of Motorola's most budget-priced smartphone: the Moto E. The word "budget" carries with it images of dread and avoidance - though it shouldn't, especially when referring to the Moto E. Last year we said "you don't get something for nothing," and questioned whether Motorola Mobility sacrificed "too much" on the way to becoming "affordable." This year the 2015 Moto E (or "Moto E Gen 2" if you prefer) hit the ground running. Has Motorola done enough to elevate the Moto E from a "you get what you pay for" product to a loftier ...

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    Unlike Apple's iPhone or Nokia's Lumia series, phones from Motorola have been a mixed bag when it comes to camera performance. Depending on whether the smartphone in question is a high-end flagship or a low-end entry-level handset, the quality of pictures taken can vary widely. The camera in question today is that which is nestled snugly into the 2015 version of the Moto E. Just how good is the 2015 Moto E Camera? The Past Before we answer that question let's look at last year's Moto E as a point of reference. The 2014 Moto E included a 5MP fixed-focus camera with a resolution of 2592 х ...

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    While we come to MWC every year to see the hot new phones, tablets, and wearables, the conference isn't just about introducing new devices. The GSM Association, which hosts MWC, also uses the show as its opportunity to announce its Global Mobile Awards, recognizing the best of the best in mobile tech. This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the ceremony, and while some of the winners may seem obvious, others are sure to spark some controversy. For best smartphone of the year, we've got a tie, with the GSMA giving top honors to both the Apple iPhone 6 and the LG G3. The iPhone 6 is ...

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    Motorola just sent out what it's calling a "press conference in a box", containing some press credentials and the brand new 2015 Moto E. To refresh your memory, the Moto E is an affordable, unlocked handset aimed at closing the technology gap. Interestingly, Motorola doesn't seem to be cutting many corners to get at its $149 price tag - in fact, the new Moto E comes with a spec bump that we're sure you're going to love! First up, Motorola included LTE this time around, whereas it had previously only included HSPA+. If you want to save some money we're hearing that there will be another ...

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    Motorola introduced its extremely affordable Moto E back in the middle of last May, and by the end of the year, we already found ourselves talking about plans for a possible sequel. Word was that the phone would see its screen grow by a tiny amount, and maybe even make the step up from a 200-series Snapdragon SoC to one in the 400 family. However, despite that source claiming that Motorola would launch the new Moto E soon, we've seen a couple months pass without any launch, nor much in the way of further rumors. Now a newly-leaked render may provide the next piece in the second-gen Moto E ...

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    There is absolutely no need to recap Motorola's efforts related to the Android 5.0 Lollipop update; instead, we'll just praise the company for being among the first ones to deliver Google's latest and greatest to its current devices. However, those who own older models are not enjoying the Lollipop dessert just yet, but the company is getting there, according to Motorola's Luciano Carvalho who took some details on the progress to his Google+ page (embedded below). According to the post, Carvalho reassures everyone that Motorola is working hard on updating 2014 and 2013 devices. Some are ...

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    We didn't plan on it, but this is sure turning into one Motorola-packed day at the smartphone news desk. Following the release of an app update that's getting last year's Moto G ready for Lollipop, and whispers about a possible high-end phablet due sometime next year, we now find ourselves checking in with the latest rumors about the most budget-friendly of Motorola's already pretty affordable lineup, as sources start talking about what to expect for a follow-up to the Moto E. A report from the site Techmaniacs in Greece claims to have spent some hands-on time with Motorola's second-gen ...

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    After one too many leftover turkey sandwiches, topped-off with near-lethal doses of gravy, Thanksgiving – and the lazy weekend that follows it – is over for another year. If you're like many shoppers, you took a break from the food on Friday, bundled up against the cold, and headed out to try snagging yourself a Black Friday deal or two. And while all the Black Friday savings may be behind us, there's one last hurrah to be had, as retailers take one more big stab at getting your holiday shopping dollar, offering today's Cyber Monday savings. Now, some of the deals we mentioned for ...

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