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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the official launch of the Moto X wooden back variants on Moto Maker. We then talk about the plans Motorola has just made public where a $50 smartphone is in the works. Up next we go through some analyst talk of the iPhone 6 sporting a bigger display, and how this is non-negotiable. The Google Nexus 5 and the Galaxy Gear make the news next since it seems that XDA-Developers has figured out how to make them work together. We end today's show talking about Samsung's plans to kill-off functionality to third-party cases of the Galaxy Note 3 when ...

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    The Moto G is an exception to the rule. Its specifications, hardware, and design are mediocre. And unlike its next of kin, the Moto X, its software is plain and lacking serious value. In fact, the only exceptional part of the Moto G is its price. At $179 without a contract for the 8GB model, it's one of the best smartphone bargains to be had in the Android space. And doubling the storage space costs a mere $20. It's affordable and isn't terrible – there's plenty to be said for that. Many manufacturers have attempted similar smartphones before, and have come up far short of the ...

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    [vamp] [vamp] [vamp] [vamp] That's the text that leads us in to each episode of the Pocketnow Weekly: a column of virtual prompts on the rough rundown reminding us that, after our loosely scripted intro block, there's a gulf of pure off-topic nonsense between the opening music and the rundown's news section. It's a handful of minutes devoted to office banter, good-natured ribbing, and, in today's case, an EQ experiment by our own Taylor Martin that results in him literally reading the "vamp" cues out loud like the delightful troll he is. That's the kind of stuff you're missing if you skip ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the announcement of the Google Play Edition Moto G and its details. We then talk about the Moto X, which is now officially ready to land in Europe in the next two weeks. Samsung is next as we talk about the Samsung Galaxy S 5 launch plans, aside from the rumors of a better battery for its future flagship. Then we talk about the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and how KitKat was recently made available in certain European countries. We later cover Sony's launch of certain mid-tier phones to the market. We end today's show talking about the new leaks of ...

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    One of the reasons that Motorola's so fast in delivering Android platform updates to its latest smartphones has been how minimal the company's own UI enhancements have been; we're a long way removed from the old days of MOTOBLUR. But even for as unobtrusive as Motorola's software is, some users are always going to prefer the pure stock look of Nexus phones - maybe just out of principle. Last year, Google started making that kind of experience available on more hardware than ever before, thanks to the introduction of Google Play edition devices. We've seen that lineup expand from phones to ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about T-Mobile's new plans to reimburse you for early termination fees from competing carriers. We then move to the Moto G as the device has just landed at Verizon for just $100 on a pre-paid plan. Up next we have Archos, a company we haven't talked about before, and its plans for a $50 smartwatch later this year. We later talk about the iPhone 6 and the rumored frame that just got leaked, aside from more details on the phone's camera. We end today's show talking about Samsung, and its plans for the Galaxy S5, Galaxy Gear and Galaxy Note 4. All this ...

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    Last week, as we were settling back into our regular roles after a couple days of New Year's celebrations, we heard about one of the best values in smartphones becoming even more attractive, with news of an even lower price for the Motorola Moto G. Instead of paying $180 for the 8GB Moto G, we saw a prepaid version for Verizon showing up in Best Buy stores at a 45% discount, priced at essentially $100. While those weren't supposed to be put out for sale just yet, we saw a leaked doc claiming that formal sales would begin today, on January 9. Well, a little earlier today Motorola out the ...

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    Guys, our apologies for the late upload. Hopefully these technical issues will get solved this week. Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Samsung's new Galaxy Camera 2, and the reasons why it's worth and not worth your money. We then continue talking about Samsung, this time because of the possible launch rumors of the Galaxy S 5. Motorola is next as we go through the Moto X and Moto G discounts that just landed. Sony takes the spotlight next with a possible Windows Phone during 2014. We end today's show talking about Google Glass and its possible retail price. All this and more ...

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    A new year means new changes, and over the next twelve months, we'll be seeing the smartphone market grow, new devices arrive, and new software become available for our existing handsets. But before we get to anything new, we're taking a look back at a couple phones from 2013, as Motorola shares details of new pricing for its Moto X while the Moto G hits a carrier low. Motorola's been quite generous with Moto X discounts over the course of the past month, giving shoppers multiple opportunities to score the Android for $150 off its regular no-contract price. We'd been speculating as to ...

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    The end of the year in tech is already dominated by lists - best of, worst of, top 5, bottom 50 - you get the picture. So rather than foist another array of numeric bullet points upon you on our last podcast of the year, we've decided to dedicate this show to you, the listener ... and more specifically, to those of you who've written to us. That's right - just like we did back in the summer, for the last show of 2013 we're focusing entirely on listener mail on this, episode 076 of the Pocketnow Weekly. The backed-up emails in our inbox span the full array of tech topics, ranging from ...

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    Even though most of your holiday shopping is over, we know that there is a slight possibility that Santa didn't leave the gift that you really wanted this Christmas. Still, if you're like any of us, then we're sure you're most probably broke already from so much celebration. The great thing is that it's never too late to get the smartphone or tablet that you wanted, and there are some great devices out there that are worth every penny. Watch today's Top 5 as we talk about some of the best deals you'll find in this holiday season. We're not just talking about devices that are affordable, ...

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    Last week, Motorola dropped an unexpected holiday surprise, and we saw the return of that killer $150-off deal for no-contract Moto X sales. This was the same offer Motorola attempted for Cyber Monday, and after that effort failed, brought the deal back for a couple days earlier this month. Seeing these savings arrive for a three-peat got me thinking about a couple different things. For one, based on the reaction I was seeing, that $150 makes a huge difference in the phone's appeal. At $500, you've got a lot of factors to weigh, but at $350, the Moto X is a tough deal to turn down. I also ...

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    We were all ready to get out hands on the Moto G sometime in January, as Motorola finally made the crazy-good-deal smartphone available to shoppers in the US, when out of the blue, Motorola started selling the Android smartphone in late November. This early arrival was definitely appreciated, but it didn't come without cost; as we noted last week in our Moto G review, instead of the KitKat we were hoping for, Motorola instead shipped the Moto G with Android 4.3. That was very much not the end of the world, and we knew it would just be a matter of time before an update came out. Well as ...

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    We spend a lot of time at Pocketnow talking about high-end luxury smartphones - but there’s a whole other side to the mobile market, a more affordable sector often dismissed as too laden with underperforming products to warrant much attention. Well, this year, Motorola and Nokia have done a very good job surprising us in this area, delivering the low-cost Moto G and Lumia 520, respectively. Our own Taylor Martin just reviewed the Moto G last week, and I spent a day getting to know the device shortly thereafter. Our consensus is that it's an impressive smartphone with a blockbuster price ...

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    At the very beginning of November Motorola took the camera application from the Moto X, and made it available as a stand-alone download from the Play Store, in order to make camera improvements for the future easier to deliver -- instead of the ROM update way. Now that camera application is being updated with some improvements and new features, though, your phone has to run Android 4.4 KitKat (meaning Moto X phones that have received the KitKat treat, as well as the Moto G). In addition to bug fixes, extra language support and locked exposure during Panorama capture, the new camera app ...

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    Click this link to join the hangout! . Topic This week was pretty busy, and in an unexpected way; we like it! We're seeing new Google Play Edition devices -- LG G Pad 8.3, Sony Xperia Z Ultra, Nexus 7 in white -- and we've published our reviews of the Motorola Moto G and Nokia Lumia 1520. If that's not enough, Android 4.4.2 is being pushed out to Nexus devices -- some didn't even get the chance to grab the 4.4.1 update -- and HTC is announcing a black version of its One Max phablet, given, for Hong Kong. Spotify started offering free music streaming to mobile devices, and a new, ...

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    In case you missed it amid all the midweek hubbub, our own Taylor Martin posted an excellent review of Motorola's new Moto G yesterday, in which he calls it a bargain - a steal, even. He goes on to say this: The real question is: who is the Moto G for? Just about anyone … with the exception of tech fiends, that is. It will make a fantastic first smartphone, either for a high school or college student. It can serve as a great backup phone, for those times your phone gets lost, dies, or needs to be sent off for repairs. It will also serve well as a downgrade for a smartphone veteran who ...

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    Sometimes there's so much news you need to call in the Reserves just to handle it all, and that's just what we've done this week. Between Google's surprise announcement of an unlikely pair of additions to the Google Play Store; Microsoft's rumored offer to pay Samsung to keep making Windows Phones; and a boatload of reviews, we're in over our heads this week - so we've brought in four team members to do the news justice. Sorry, no listener mail this week - but in its place you get a consolation prize: you get to know what curious fate befell that Lumia 2520 we were tinkering with a while ...

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    Motorola's stake in the mobile industry has been constantly slipping, alongside revenue, for years now. In Q1 2008, it held a respectable 10.2 percent global cellphone market share. (Keep in mind, the smartphone-specific market was just then beginning to bloom.) According to Gartner, Motorola now resides among the many in the ominous "Other" category on its quarterly global market share reports. Here in the states, Motorola held 23.5 percent of the smartphone market share in Q4 2009. That number has since dropped to a meager seven percent, despite the phone maker's best efforts. Ever since ...

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    Earlier today, while we were busy hanging with some of you fine folks on the latest episode of the Pocketnow Live, a lot was going down elsewhere. Our LG G Flex review was in the final polishing stages; our own Taylor Martin was kicking out some coverage on Motorola's mold-breaking budget wonder, the Moto G; and friend of the show Marques Brownlee was interviewing Dennis Woodside, CEO of Motorola Mobility. All that activity demands a followup, of course, and what better venue for an end-of-week wrapup than the Pocketnow Weekly podcast? We can't think of any, either. So whether you're here ...

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    The new Moto G from Motorola is one of the dollar-for-dollar best deals we've seen for smartphones in a while – probably since the launch of the Lumia 520. While the Moto G's hardware isn't going to compete with that you'll find in this year's flagships, it just costs so, so much less that it feels like you're practically ripping Motorola off. Well, you'll be glad to know that you can place your Moto G order with a clear conscience, as it turns out that while the company isn't making much of a profit at all from Moto G sales, it is getting at least some return on its investment. A ...

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    Every time I swipe my card for a new, $700 phone, my stomach sinks, my palms get sweaty, and my mind races with doubt. Should I be buying this? The answer is usually "No" in bold lettering. Quick obsolescence, my short attention span, and the very nature of my job are all the reasons I shouldn't buy a new phone and why I should probably wait for the next big thing, which is only ever a few weeks away. (Am I right?) This year, however, as a Google company, Motorola has been making all the right moves. First was the Moto X, a seemingly modest, unexciting smartphone. Frankly, the camera is a ...

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    Click this link to join the hangout! . Topic We've talked about the LG G Flex a lot, but there's still a lot more to be said about this curved, and flexible phone. If you somehow missed our real-life torture test, you should definitely catch up and watch it. We know you've been waiting for the final, full review of the device, and we'll give you just that, really soon. Until then, we're bringing it along to the Pocketnow Live so that we can use it for demo purposes. No, we'll not abuse the phone any more! Another phone worth getting excited about is the Motorola Moto G; well, if it's not ...

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    Motorola has shown its true colors this year, letting everyone know it doesn't need to follow in the footsteps of its biggest competitors to raise a few eyebrows and create its own, mini successes. The Moto X caught plenty of attention for its online customization portal, Moto Maker, as well as the fact that it's assembled right here in the U.S. Not to mention, Motorola didn't even try to play up the spec war with HTC or Samsung. Its flagship skips on monster specifications, in favor of a unique and second to none user experience. The Moto G was built upon a similar principal, except it ...

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    Motorola has recently attempted to break into the budget smartphone market with a device which is strikingly similar to one of our favorite smartphones of the year, the Moto X. This budget phone is known as the Moto G, and it's certainly making waves. To be fair, there are a lot of compromises with this phone, and it has a considerable amount of differences from the Moto X. But for $179 for the 8GB model and $199 for the larger 16GB variant, there's little to complain about. Over the next week, we'll be testing and probing this extremely affordable smartphone from Motorola from every ...

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