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:

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    Update: We'll see you next week at CES 2016 in Las Vegas! That's if we remember to do the podcast in the first place... The stretch between Christmas/Hanukkah and New Year's is a farce. Even with CES 2016 looming on the horizon and PR pitches landing like buzzword-filled mortars at every compass point, getting any kind of work done with a belly full of holiday food and the crackling anticipation of New Year's Eve is just impossible. So for this final episode of the year, we're turning the wheel over to you, listeners and viewers, by taking any questions you want via email and ...

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    In a year where Motorola changed up our expectations for the Moto X, releasing a pair of distinct handsets bearing the name, the Moto G saw the return of a familiar friend: not the highest-end of Motorola's smartphone offerings, nor the lowest, but hitting a smart balance of specs, customizability, and price. When the new Moto G launched this summer, Lollipop was still king, but we're living in a Marshmallow world now, and lately we've been keeping our eye on Motorola's progress with Android 6.0 updates for the mid-ranger. Last month we were tipped that Canada should start seeing its ...

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    You know, I never though I’d ever recommend an Android Wear smartwatch for fitness, but it seems a company finally decided to do something about that as Motorola has just sent us our review unit for the Moto 360 Sport. The Moto 360 continues to be one of the most iconic Android Wear designs in the market, and its new Sport variant intends to bring some of that charm to the road. This actually extends to the packaging, which looks almost identical to the box that we saw in the second generation Moto 360. There are three color variants, but we’re happy to see that our review unit is the ...

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    Ever wondered who invented smartphones capable of fingerprint authentication? Well, “invention” is a strong word in a world where nothing is truly original or never done before in some form or other, and “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” But technically, Motorola rolled out the Atrix 4G more than two and a half years ahead of Apple’s iPhone 5s, and while the former’s fingerprint scanner was nowhere near as advanced or versatile as the latter’s Touch ID sensor, it clearly laid the first stone of an unexpected invasion of biometric-enabled mobile gadgets. What’s ...

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    Everybody wants to have the hot new smartphone, sure, but maybe not so much a hot-hot phone. We demand a hell of a lot of performance from our mobile devices, and for as much chip-makers can do to try and ensure that their products run as cool as possible, a phone that gets warm to the touch, if not outright hot, is often a fact of life. Certain manufacturers go to some lengths to see that their phones manage such thermal issues as gracefully as possible, using heat spreaders and thermal pipes to draw heat away from the hottest components and allow it to dissipate. That's just what ...

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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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    Forget intuitive software, buckets of storage, and advanced connectivity options; when it comes to selling smartphones, retailers love nothing more than a feature that demos well. Maybe no recent phone does that better than Motorola's Droid Turbo 2 for Verizon, armed with its ShatterShield display. Those two companies have been anything but shy about showing off just what ShatterShield offers, dropping the Droid Turbo 2 time and time again onto hard surfaces, while showing just how resilient and crack-proof the phone's screen can be. And while we can't deny that the demos we've seen have ...

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    The most “giftable” smartphone this holiday season just got even more giftable, thanks to the always benevolent Amazon, which charges only $350 for the 32GB unlocked Motorola Moto X Pure Edition stateside as part of another one day-limited steal. That’s down from the regular list price of $450, and it’s actually a better deal than anything we’ve seen offered by the handheld’s manufacturer and third-party retailers on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Ironically, the 16GB model is stuck at $400, and therefore clearly to be avoided for the next 20 hours or so, as is the case with ...

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    The bang for buck champions of the Android smartphone décor these past couple of years have never enthused with their high-end designs, optional wood and leather backs notwithstanding. Motorola kept the aesthetic gambles to a minimum on all three generations of its Moto X flagships, but now Lenovo counts on the Illinois-based OEM to reverse declining sales, and a major redesign could be in the works. First and foremost, this leaked pic from China of a supposed fourth-generation X prototype clearly flaunts a metal unibody-type construction, which may put a surprising end to the Moto Maker ...

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    In the spirit of holiday commercialism, let us remind you of our holiday shopping guide. Okay, also that we've been out two weeks since Black Friday and that we are another two from Christmas. Whether or not you view that glass as half-full or half-empty, if you do have a mobile tech shopping list you feel like riddling with check marks, you still have time to grab a smartphone for one of your best first degrees of separation. Yep, that's what I call friends & family. So, why the Moto X Pure Edition, then? I'm glad you've sought out my opinion. And based off of what we've seen over ...

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    Update: BB-8 is overr8'd. See you next week! An Android tablet that doesn't quite belong. HTC news on both sides of the good/bad divide. An ugly-as-sin Apple accessory. And a Droid Turbo 2 that looks like Star Wars' own BB-8! Where are you going to find talk like this anywhere else on the internet? If you answered "anywhere I look," you're right indeed ... but you ended up here so welcome to the party. All of the above – plus your listener mail – awaits on episode 178 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 1:30pm Eastern on December 11 (click here for your ...

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    We tracked the pitiful software story of the DROID Turbo. It launched with Android KitKat just after Lollipop was made publicly available. The update to 5.0 took six whole months. We spread the blame between the manufacturer and its exclusive partner, Verizon. But could the two have come together to allow for a more efficient software update process for its latest shared halo phone? They did come together with Disney for a Star Wars promo. Who knows? All we know is that Motorola is now allowing some DROID Turbo 2 owners download an "early preview of a new software release." Nothing more ...

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    You don't need to be a big sci-fi fan to be excited about the next series of Star Wars movies on the way, and right now we find ourselves just days away from the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Verizon has already shown its own Star Wars love with its Google Cardboard giveaway earlier this month, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. Beyond presenting the official red carpet livestream from the film's world premiere, and giving away 12,000 tickets to subscribers through its TheoryWars.com site, Verizon's also getting ready to offer shoppers their choice of Moto Maker-configured ...

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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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    It’s really no wonder version 6.0 barely surfaced in last month’s Android distribution chart, essentially tying Froyo’s market share, given you can still count the number of non-Nexus, non-Android One devices widely updated to Marshmallow on the fingers of one hand. There’s the LG G4, unlocked HTC One M8 stateside, Moto X Style in territories like Brazil or India, and… actually, that’s it. Three pithy phones, plus the M pre-loaded HTC One A9. Of course, a slew of newbies and oldies, including the ancient HTC HD2 and Nexus S, can technically run the platform’s freshest flavor ...

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    Have you been hoping to grab an old-model Nexus device to get that pure Android swag without dealing with this model year's bag? Maybe you could find a better price for the Nexus 6 on the Google Store. We doubt it, though. At least in the US, as it was selling for $499 when sites like Amazon were undercutting the Google Store. Now, those sites have only themselves to undercut as sales of the Nexus 6 from the Google Store have ended. Bye bye, Nexus 6. Hello, Pixel C. Check out Pocketnow's Holiday Shopping Guide within the next 24 hours of this post as we'll be updating it with the latest ...

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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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    Once Motorola finished updating the Moto X line for both the US and international markets, also bringing to light a new Verizon-exclusive Droid duo, Lenovo’s daughter company switched its attention back to the wildly successful Moto G family, refreshing the standard 2015 model with a speedier processor. But for some reason, the Moto G Turbo Edition only launched in Mexico to start with last month, ultimately retaining the humdrum 720p display. In case you’re still intrigued by how much faster the 5-inch phone can get when powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 615 chip instead of a quad ...

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    Patience will serve the pure well. The Moto X Pure Edition debuted back in August with Android 5.1.1. We've been let down by Motorola recently for some slow updates, so we were skeptical of a quick Marshmallow turnaround. But as the clock strikes sixty days since initial release, it would seem that the company has done the opposite of dragging its heels on updating its older and latest star devices. Motorola's David Schuster posted on his Google+ page that a stepped 6.0 rollout is underway: // // =c&&(window.jstiming.srt=d-c)}if(a){var b=window.jstiming.load;0=c&&(b.tick("_wtsrt",void ...

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    It's been just about three months now since Motorola's latest smartwatch options debuted, and alongside the multi-sized standard Moto 360, we also saw the introduction of the company's new rugged option, the Moto 360 Sport. At least, while Motorola went official with the model, which adds GPS reception to its bag of tricks, all the way back in early September, it didn't have anything to share with us at the time about the wearable's release plans – dates, markets, pricing: nada. Today Motorola's stepping up to continue the Moto 360 Sport's story, bringing us those long-awaited answers. ...

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    They say holiday shopping is a marathon, not a sprint. They don’t? Well, they should, and we do. Especially nowadays, with many an electronics merchant hell-bent on taking your money before Thanksgiving, as soon as you wrap up your Turkey Day feast, days after, and then on and around Christmas. Forget the biggest shopping day of the year, as stores, chiefly online, are taken by storm practically throughout November and December. Still, December 1, 2014 was responsible all by its lonesome for a record-breaking $2.68 billion worth of e-sales in the US, and there’s no reason to expect any ...

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    Today is clearly a great day for shopping all things Google. Actually, it’s a good day for discounted shopping period, but Android purists in particular seem to be treated to some phenomenal Black Friday deals by the search giant itself, as well as Amazon and trusted eBay seller qualitycellz. Sad to see Nexus 6P’s price immovable, at $499 and $579 with 32 and 64GB internal storage space respectively? Let’s face it, it was highly unlikely the stock Marshmallow phablet would drop so soon after its commercial debut, given its apparent popularity and/or mass-production difficulties. The ...

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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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    Never too fond of Black Friday, Lenovo daughter company Motorola always saved the biggest discounts for the Monday after Thanksgiving, colloquially known as Cyber Monday. This year is no exception, although you’re actually looking at “Cyber Week” deals on two of the three Moto items on sale, which are good from November 30 all the way through December 7. But it’s the 24-hour second-gen Moto G blowout that should make the most headlines, given last year’s budget champion will go for a super-palatable $100, 80 bucks off list. Of course, third-party retailers like Amazon have long ...

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    Limited edition, Pure Edition … slap on an Apple Watch Edition and queue up some New Edition, and you've got a party going. Seriously, though, today we're checking out the latest customization option to land for Motorola's 2015 flagship, as the limited-edition designs we saw announced last week finally go up for pre-order. Motorola's working with designer Jonathan Adler for this trio of new Moto X Pure Edition options, each of which gives the phone a unique print that goes above and beyond the regular sort of colorful options shoppers can bestow upon their handsets in the Moto Maker. ...

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