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 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 Ironically, Compaq, Dell, HP, and others have all but gotten out of the smartphone/PDA game, having been replaced by the OEMs ...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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  • by | March 18, 2014 1:24 PM

    This afternoon's announcement of Google's developer preview for Android-powered smartwatches brought a lot of scintillating video to our eye sockets. We had young hip dads checking sports scores while bathing their kids; young hip bicyclists getting directions on the fly; and young hip surfers getting jellyfish warnings (those exist?) at the beach – all using wrist-mounted devices that, like the actors, looked almost too hip to exist. In fact, that's what Stephen Schenck reported when Google's announcement went live: the devices on display in these videos were's actual hardware, but more ...

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  • by | March 7, 2014 4:51 PM

    You don't have to be paying extraordinarily close attention to the smartphone market to realize that Windows Phone is slowly but surely on its way up, while BlackBerry has been circling the drain. Even with those trajectories being pretty clear, BlackBerry started with enough of a head start to still outnumber Windows Phone users in many markets, including the US. It's taken a long time to get here, but the latest ownership statistics finally suggests that BlackBerry usage has fallen to the point where it's now eclipsed by the Windows Phone user base. For the three month period spanning ...

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  • by | March 7, 2014 10:56 AM

    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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  • by | March 6, 2014 2:10 AM

    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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  • by | March 5, 2014 4:03 PM

    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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  • by | March 5, 2014 11:15 AM

    With March now upon us, the early year expo season has drawn to a close, as first CES and then MWC delivered their one-two punch of new hardware, services, accessories, and as much mobile news as we could handle. With Anton D. Nagy and Jaime Rivera on the floor in Barcelona, we had dozens of great opportunities to check out all the new Mobile World Congress gear for ourselves, while our team back in the States brought you word of the latest product announcements as they broke, while also swinging by New York City to check out the US side of Samsung's Unpacked event. While the whole week is ...

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  • by | February 27, 2014 4:05 PM

    If you look back just a few years in the timeline of modern smartphones, we've come a tremendous distance. To think the HTC ThunderBolt was, at one time, innovative and groundbreaking is pretty humorous these days. It's difficult to remember that the original Motorola DROID was an impressive piece of kit and that 3G data speeds were normal just three, short years ago. Design, specifications, and especially software have all matured in a way few of us would have thought possible at the time. And it's spoiled us to the point that we're displeased with the announcement of a fifth-generation ...

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  • by | February 26, 2014 7:14 PM

    If you asked me last year if I would have ever considered using a ZTE smartphone as my daily driver, I probably would have chuckled, realized you might actually be serious, then answered with a solid, "No." It's not that ZTE is a bad manufacturer. But it has never been known for high-end flagship smartphones, something I'm admittedly a sucker for. Instead, ZTE is globally known for its prepaid and budget smartphone offerings. In fact, as recent as one year ago, ZTE was in a close fight for the position as third largest smartphone manufacturer in the world. It has since been surpassed by ...

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  • by | February 26, 2014 10:42 AM

    It's all too easy to dismiss the extremely low-priced smartphone: surely, it must be unimpressive if it's so cheap; wouldn't any serious smartphone shopper just pay a little extra for something more respectable? But for whatever stigma such models may carry with them, there's one undeniable fact: they sell. They sell like hotcakes. Yesterday we heard the GSMA announce the Lumia 520 as its best low-cost smartphone of the year, and for good reason – despite awesome feature-packed models like the 1020 or 1520, the lowly 520 has emerged as the platform's best-seller to date. It's not just ...

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