Posts tagged with: Moto X
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    Motorola made waves last year. Few will argue that. Whether those waves translated directly to sales or a bump in revenues, however, is an entirely different story. Still, the remnants of those waves can still be felt in the upcoming release of new smartphones and how we now approach smartphone pricing. Sure, budget smartphones existed before Motorola introduced its Moto X (which wasn't all that budget-friendly in the beginning) and the like-minded Moto G, but the U.S.-based manufacturer offered more than just affordable smartphones. It offered value smartphones – phones that cost a ...

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    The "flagship killer" that demands that you "NEVER SETTLE" breaks cover. The pioneer of the modern mobile browser shares his story. And at long last, Microsoft and Nokia finally consummate their love. We could have a feature segment, but with news this hot, do we really need one? Not with a guest like Stefan Constantinescu of TabDump to bring some flavor (and profanity) to the proceedings, that's for sure. A word on the language of this episode: we've recently ditched the "Clean" content rating that's been with us from the start of the Weekly, trading it in for Apple's ominous "Explicit" ...

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    Last year certainly helped change and shape the future of the wireless industry – more so than years past. Android, for one, transgressed beyond the false pretense that specifications are the be-all and end-all of great smartphones. Before, it was always about bigger, better, more impressive specifications – optimization be damned. OEMs were more worried about packing smartphones with 1080p screens, high-res cameras, faster CPUs with more cores, etc. All the while, prices of most the viable smartphones remained the same. Nearly all the affordable smartphones of yore offered a terrible ...

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    It's almost hard to believe that it's been eight months since Motorola introduced us to the Moto X in August of last year. That's probably due in no small part to how the smartphone side-stepped the spec wars fought by other Android flagships, as well as how Motorola's been able to keep the phone fresh by introducing new Moto Maker options, not to mention increasing the availability of Moto Maker in general. Where do we go from here, though? According to a new leak that surfaced over the weekend, Motorola may be envisioning the sequel to the Moto X as the Moto X + 1. The logo you see below ...

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    An initial hands-on. A full review. Comparison after comparison. An Editorial Roundtable. A special-edition Pocketnow Weekly. An After The Buzz. A durability report. And now, a second durability report. Say what you will about Pocketnow; you've got to admit we're pretty thorough. This followup durability report on Motorola's 2013 reboot isn't just for kicks, though; we've had many folks ask us for an update to our Moto X coverage ever since the wooden editions landed, with several specific calls for another durability pass. As the lone team member with a wood-backed Moto X, the honor fell ...

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    Last week, we started hearing claims that Google was instituting a new boot logo mandate, requiring Andorid OEMs to feature a “powered by Android” message while their phones powered on. Certainly, we'd seen such messages on recent hardware like the HTC One M8 and Galaxy S5, and the leaked design document specifying how OEMs were to implement the logo sure made it seem that Google was serious about it. We still haven't managed to confirm that this is absolutely something Google is forcing on manufacturers who want to ship their phones loaded with Google apps, but the evidence continues ...

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    When the Moto Maker first launched for Motorola's Moto X, we were quite pleased with the variety of options available, and even if Motorola's selections didn't hit every color under the sun, there was enough of a spread to keep us happy. When the wooden back options arrived several months later, it was like a good thing getting even better. But apparently that wasn't the end of things for Motorola, and today we learn of even more variety coming to Moto Maker, as Motorola introduces a dozen new back and accent color options. These new color choices are presented as part of the Moto X ...

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    Even though Motorola hasn't gained the amount of praise we'd want it to have for its 2013 line-up, that doesn't change the fact that the company did raise the bar significantly with devices like the Moto X. You can fully interact with the device without having to pick-it-up, and as sci-fi as that would've sounded just a year ago, people have become fond of its simplicity and accuracy. That said, even though the company has gained a new owner, it hasn't stopped working on improving its offerings. The company's Touchless controls app will soon be enhanced with a new "What's up" command that ...

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    In a nutshell, the all new HTC One is no longer a mystery, so long as the controversial leak from earlier this week is to be believed. A preproduction model found its way into the hands of 14-year-old Roshan Jamkatel, who created a lengthy (and rather shaky) walkthrough video of the M8. While Jamkatel didn't necessarily talk specs, he did confirm quite a few of the most recent rumors, such as the introduction of on-screen navigation buttons, the dual-camera setup, and a new face for BlinkFeed. The video also unveiled unexpected details, like a microSD card slot. What we didn’t need the ...

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    Motorola's MWC event was today, following up yesterday's whirlwind of new product announcements, and going in to it we expected it to be much more low-key. Almost as soon as the event itself was revealed, we heard that the company had confirmed that no big announcements were planned of any new hardware. While we figured that Motorola would use the time to talk about the whole Lenovo transition, we also held out hope that even in the absence of new phones, we might get some updates on existing models – and one in particular that we raised as a possibility was the idea of European Moto ...

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    With the Moto X, Motorola succeeded in (briefly) shifting the Android smartphone conversation from "how to bump specs even higher" to "how to make smarter use of the horsepower we already have." With the Z1 Compact, Sony finally heeded our long-unanswered call for a premium smartphone in a palm-sized package. Both devices were well received by the Pocketnow team. The Moto X earned high praise for finally fulfilling some of Android's long-squandered potential, while the Z1 Compact got top marks for bringing the best of the Z1 to a smaller form factor - and leaving some of the bugs behind, ...

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    Valentine's Day presents us with enough to remember. Did we call to confirm those reservations? Are we sure we gave the florist the right address? With all the high-pressure romance stuff to deal with, it's understandable if a few other priorities start slipping through the cracks. A couple weeks back, following an ultra-brief one-hour sale on the Moto X, offering $100 off its already low price, Motorola switched gears to a $70 discount that would run through today. If you were putting off making your purchase until the last minute (or forgot about it altogether, with so much else to ...

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    As we prepare to say goodbye to the "Google-ified" Motorola we'd only just gotten to know, it bears remembering that the brand hasn't been issued a death warrant. Motorola under Lenovo may well flourish, after all, so it's premature to start planning the funeral. Still, two ownership changes in two years is a lot for any company, and from the inevitable brain drain of personnel losses to the unpredictable nature of marketing machinations, the future of the Motorola brand is anything but certain. So we thought it'd be nice, at this crossroads in Motorola's history, to take a look back at ...

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    At Pocketnow we've developed a certain level of fame for our Durability Report series. We test a smartphone or tablet beyond its review period and tell you what things you should care for most if you want it to last your two-year contract. We do avoid intentional drop-tests, but that doesn't mean that insurance companies do, and you'd be surprised at the results of one company's tests. European insurer SquareTrade recently decided to test the most breakable gadgets in the mobile industry. Its tests weren't scientific, but then again, it's not like if the drop tests or submersion tests that ...

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    The technology world is a fast moving one, and hence, there are more than 100 stories we publish on a weekly basis here on Pocketnow. Those include reviews, videos, editorials, news, and more. With this new, weekly series, we're making it easier for you to look back at the most interesting, exciting, and popular topics of the week, in case you missed anything. Look for the Pocketnow Week in Review every Sunday morning. It contains the most popular ten stories of the week printed on the portal, as well as top videos from our YouTube channel. Additionally, you can also find our Pocketnow ...

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