Posts tagged with: Motorola

Motorola was founded in 1928 and started off making mostly radio related products. They have since evolved into one of the largest mobile phone brands around. In 2005, the company's RAZR line of phones sold over 120 million units making them the second largest mobile device company at the time. Motorola currently makes Android smartphones with their own Blur UI. Thier DROID series of smartphones, which launched in October 2009 has become very popular. Read on for the latest Motorola news, reviews and videos:

  • by | April 18, 2014 3:55 PM

    Yesterday we told you about a smartphone from Philips that didn't really care how thick it was, and while it measured-in at over 11 millimeters, it made great use of that space, squeezing in a giant 5300mAh battery. Based on the comments you left, a lot of you think Philips is on to the right idea here, and super-thin phones just aren't worth the trade-offs; certainly, while very thin phones are still being released, there's hardly the same obsession with handset thickness as we've seen in time past. But now a new rumor crosses our desk that suggests at least some OEMs are still interested ...

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  • by | April 17, 2014 7:26 PM

    Did you drop $1500 on Google Glass earlier this week? Or did you just register for your chance at snagging one of those $900 Google I/O tickets? Maybe you're just looking to put away a little nest egg for summer; whatever the reason, if you're interested in saving a buck or two, we've got a couple offers you might want to check out, hitting deals on both the Android and iOS sides of the mobile platform fence. Last year's iPad mini with the Retina display is a stunning tablet, feels great to use, and measures up favorably in comparison to its larger sibling. When we reviewed the model we ...

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  • by | April 16, 2014 1:30 AM

    A smartphone kill switch, as described by CTIA's Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment, is "a baseline anti-theft tool" which will come, at no additional cost to the customer, pre-installed, or downloadable, on the first phones produced after July 2015, by the manufacturers adhering to the document. Network operators, manufacturers, and OS builders that adhered so far include Apple, AT&T, Google, HTC, Huawei, Motorola, Microsoft, Nokia, Samsung, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon Wireless. This so called kill switch will likely grace your next phone -- if manufactured ...

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  • by | April 14, 2014 3:38 PM

    One week ago, rumors about a possible 2014 follow-up to last year's acclaimed Motorola Moto X really started taking shape. In a series of leaks, first we learned of the name Moto X+1, and then that Motorola may be planning on this year doing for leather what it did for wood with the original Moto X. As we wait to learn more about Motorola's plans, a new leak hopes to shed a little more light on those leather options. According to this, the Moto X+1 will offer shoppers choices between 17 colored backplate options, another four wooden selections available, and four all-new leather backs: ...

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  • by | April 10, 2014 11:46 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the availability of the HTC One M8 on other carrier stores and even Best Buy. Then we talk about some next-generation iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina Display rumors which include an A8 chip and Touch ID. Then we talk about the iPhone 6, the rumors of a 5.5-inch 1080p display on one model though with varied sapphire scenarios. The iWatch follows the news as we talk about the rumor that there are two models, both fashionable, but one may cost thousands of dollars. We end today's show talking about Motorola's new President and COO, and ...

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  • by | April 10, 2014 12:50 AM

    There are a couple of more changes in place over at Motorola, like naming Rick Osterloh as President and COO or Motorola Mobility. As per the official Motorola Blog, Rick Osterloh assumes the role immediately and will report, until the Lenovo acquisition is completed, to the Motorola Operating Board at Google. Over the past two years, Rick Osterloh "has been leading all product management" at Motorola, but he has also worked at Skype until Microsoft decided to acquire the company. Meanwhile, Jonathan Rosenberg -- who stepped in as COO on April 1, following Dennis Woodside's departure ...

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  • by | April 7, 2014 11:43 AM

    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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  • by | April 3, 2014 7:30 AM

    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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  • by | April 3, 2014 2:03 AM

    No, we're not seeing a new phone from Motorola, and it's not some sort of ruggedized version of the Moto G we all know. However, there's a bit of a difference in both the naming (with the addition of the "Forte" moniker), and what you get in the package, if you live in Mexico, and you're on Nextel. Expect nothing different from the Moto G Forte than the regular Moto G, but with a back cover; it's actually the Grip Shell, and it comes out of the box, otherwise setting you back around $15. In addition, they're also throwing in 50GB of Google Drive space. While there's no word on the ...

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  • by | April 1, 2014 12:00 PM

    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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  • by | March 24, 2014 7:20 AM

    When talking about smartphones, Apple and Blackberry are somewhat alone in that they make their own  hardware. Phones powered by Microsoft's OS and Android are built by OEMs like HTC, Nokia, Samsung, LG, Motorola, and others. Back in the day, major companies like Dell, HP, Compaq and others would outsource the production of their devices to OEMs. Over time, these OEMs began to gain popularity and eventually brought hardware carrying their own brand to the market. Ironically, Compaq, Dell, HP, and others have all but gotten out of the smartphone/PDA game, having been replaced by the OEMs ...

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  • by | March 21, 2014 11:29 AM

    Long before anyone was talking about bringing the protection of synthetic sapphire glass to smartphone screens, the material was being used to protect the faces of high-end watches; considering how constantly exposed to the threat of damage a watch can be, using a resilient substance like sapphire made a lot of sense. But will sapphire make the transition from old “dumb” watches to also keep this latest generation of smartwatches looking good as new? That's the possibility we're considering today, upon hearing that Motorla's upcoming Android Wear-powered Moto 360 may feature just such ...

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  • by | March 20, 2014 2:44 PM

    It's no secret that we here at Pocketnow are big fans of hardware shutter buttons on our smartphones. While we'll still go back and forth over the value of hardware home buttons, the shutter control's a different story entirely, adding much appreciated functionality without taking up valuable phone-face space. But even when there's no dedicated shutter button, OEMs have been know to provide work-arounds, using other hardware buttons (like the volume controls) as shutter stand-ins. Today Motorola is the latest manufacturer to join that crowd, releasing an update to its Motorola Camera app. ...

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  • by | March 19, 2014 3:34 PM

    Shortly after hearing about Motorola's Moto 360 Android-Wear-powered smartwatch yesterday, we shared with you news that Motorola would be holding a Google Hangout this afternoon to give you a little preview of what to expect. The event wrapped-up last hour, so now we can bring you a rundown of just what Motorola had to share. Despite this very public discussion of the Moto 360, Motorola isn't revealing all of its secrets just yet. Instead, we get a few answers (even if sometimes partial ones) to some select questions, but it's still a lot more than we had yesterday. For instance, we get ...

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  • by | March 19, 2014 8:01 AM

    Inbox Zero. It's become something of a myth in the Pocketnow Weekly recording studio ever since we started actively courting listener feedback all those months ago. Skip a listener-mail section here, another one there, and before you know it you've got a mountain of mail it'd take a whole episode to get through. So that's just what we're doing. Just like we did on episode 076, we're devoting an entire podcast to your missives. We'll hear from people concerned about dual-SIM stigma, people worried about the future of Apple, and people writing to remind us that the automated home isn't as ...

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