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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    Google started off the week with its release of Android 5.1. While the latest version of Android tweaked a lot of little things that bugged us about earlier Lollipop builds, introducing new features and changing the way others worked. But more than all that, what owners of certain devices have been noticing is a big boost in performance. Nexus 6 users have been reporting that their phones feel a lot more speedy after upgrading to 5.1, and now we have a better sense as to what's going on, as Google changes the way the phone's multi-core SoC works. The Nexus 6 runs a quad-core Snapdragon ...

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    When it comes to smartwatch news, this should be Apple's week. The company just took the lid of its hugely anticipated release plan for the Apple Watch, which customers will be able to start going hands-on with in just another month. And certainly, we've run our fair share of Apple Watch headlines over the course of the past day. But for all that action over on Apple's side of the fence, other wearables haven't been sitting idly by, and we've been talking a fair amount about other devices, ranging from that odd Runcible dealy to rumors of a pretty substantial Android Wear update. Now we're ...

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    I’ve spent the last couple of months debating if I should buy a Moto 360. It’s definitely one of the most beautiful pieces of hardware that I’ve seen over the last couple of months, and even after using the Gear Live for a few weeks, I simply can’t stop drooling over every Moto 360 that I see on the streets. I carry two phones with me all the time, one of these being mostly an iPhone, and the other being mostly an Android phone, so using Android Wear fits perfectly in my life style. The only reason why I didn’t pull the trigger on it in the past, is honestly because of Apple’s ...

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    Unlike Apple's iPhone or Nokia's Lumia series, phones from Motorola have been a mixed bag when it comes to camera performance. Depending on whether the smartphone in question is a high-end flagship or a low-end entry-level handset, the quality of pictures taken can vary widely. The camera in question today is that which is nestled snugly into the 2015 version of the Moto E. Just how good is the 2015 Moto E Camera? The Past Before we answer that question let's look at last year's Moto E as a point of reference. The 2014 Moto E included a 5MP fixed-focus camera with a resolution of 2592 х ...

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    The custom configuration options offered by Motorola's Moto Maker service add up to one of the most engaging mobile hardware shopping experiences you'll find anywhere; the ability to experiment with different design elements and instantly see the result can be hugely satisfying. And though it's been around for a while, not everyone's been able to take full advantage it. Following initial US availability, we've seen the service expand into select markets abroad, but you still can't get it everywhere. At the Mobile World Congress this week, Motorola President Rick Osterloh talked a little ...

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    While we come to MWC every year to see the hot new phones, tablets, and wearables, the conference isn't just about introducing new devices. The GSM Association, which hosts MWC, also uses the show as its opportunity to announce its Global Mobile Awards, recognizing the best of the best in mobile tech. This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the ceremony, and while some of the winners may seem obvious, others are sure to spark some controversy. For best smartphone of the year, we've got a tie, with the GSMA giving top honors to both the Apple iPhone 6 and the LG G3. The iPhone 6 is ...

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    Even if you're not carrying a Motorola smartphone yourself, it's hard to deny how much fun it can be to play around with the company's Moto Maker web tool, giving you the opportunity to custom-configure a handset of your own design. While the Moto X is the model basking in the Moto Maker's spotlight, it's far from the company's only hardware that's eminently configurable, and over on the smartwatch side you have your pick of plenty of Moto 360 design options, from case color, to size, to alternate straps. Right now, though, it's not quite as graceful a shopping experience as the Moto X ...

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    Motorola just sent out what it's calling a "press conference in a box", containing some press credentials and the brand new 2015 Moto E. To refresh your memory, the Moto E is an affordable, unlocked handset aimed at closing the technology gap. Interestingly, Motorola doesn't seem to be cutting many corners to get at its $149 price tag - in fact, the new Moto E comes with a spec bump that we're sure you're going to love! First up, Motorola included LTE this time around, whereas it had previously only included HSPA+. If you want to save some money we're hearing that there will be another ...

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    We knew Motorola had some pre-MWC news for us today, and while we didn't have any direct clues about what it might be, our best guess was that it might announce a new Moto E. After all, leaks of the second-generation handset had been piling up over the last few weeks, and it felt like it was just a matter of time before Motorola would be ready to make the affordable smartphone official. Today it does just that, announcing a new LTE-equipped Moto E. Compared to the first-gen mode, there are several big changes here. The phone's screen grows to 4.5 inches, while keeping its quarter HD ...

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    Motorola's got some sort of news coming for us on Wednesday: that much we know following the distribution of teasers last week promising an “exciting announcement.” We've considered a few theories for what that announcement might be, including word of some new accessories, but on the smartphone front there's really only been one contender: a new Moto E with LTE connectivity. That phone's already been leaked, as well as showed up early in a retailer listing, and now we get to check it out one more time, as a new leak reveals the handsets as it may come to Verizon. Unsurprisingly, the ...

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    We're expecting tons of new mobile hardware at MWC: big-name devices like the HTC One M9 and Samsung Galaxy S6. But for Motorola, this isn't really the time of the year we'd normally expect a lot of new devices, and fittingly, the rumor mill's been relatively quiet about upcoming Motorola models. But now the manufacturer is sending out notices to the press that it's got something brewing for next week, and that we can expect an “exciting announcement” on February 25. So what could this news be? The most obvious answer – and really, the only upcoming Motorola model we've seen any sort ...

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    One of the things Motorola's been consistent with over the past few months and years has been updating its devices. We saw quick updates to Lollipop for devices like the Moto X and Moto 360, and the company hasn't been slow about quickly releasing hotfix updates in order to do away with nasty bugs. The latest one of those bug-squashing updates is the one headed out to its Android Wear wristwatch today. Here's what the Moto 360 Android 5.0.2 update brings. Considering that various users of the device have seen bugs (minor and major alike) after taking the update to Lollipop, it's good to ...

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    When asking yourself if it would be better for you to choose the color and trim of your smartphone, or to have a designer decide that for you, you'd assume that having a choice is better. Sadly after the second year of Moto Maker's lukewarm existence, it seems that people don't want to bother with the need to choose. Apple's SVP of design, Jony Ive claimed this very thing in a recent profile by the New Yorker, and it did leave some sour competitors. Even though Ive asked not to directly mention Motorola in his recent critique, his statement made things more than obvious. Ive stated that: ...

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    We first heard about Motorola's Valentine's Day promotion late last month, which offered the opportunity for shoppers to save up to $140 on the company's products. While that was nice of Motorola to offer, it was a very limited-time deal, and you had to register a week ago Monday to take advantage of it. Failing that, there was also a $100-off offer, which you were to have until Valentine's Day itself to use. With February 14 fast approaching, Motorola is giving shoppers a little more leeway, stretching this sale's end date through next Tuesday. From now through February 17, if you spend ...

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    Motorola was unsurprisingly quick to jump on the Android 5.0 Lollipop bandwagon last fall, and just days after posting its initial Lollipop update tracker, updates were ready for the 2014 Moto G and 2014 Moto X Pure Edition. But despite that early start, Motorola update releases have hit a few snags, and last month we saw the company take to social media to address those delays, blaming particularly buggy Android 5.0 code from Google. As we still wait for many of these updates to land, Motorola has another reason for what's taking so long, placing blame on its own custom chipset. When ...

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    Late last month we the clearest sign yet of an upcoming new Motorola smartphone, as renders leaked that appeared to show an unknown mid-range device. The assumption at the time was that we were looking at a new Moto E, following the launch of the initial model last May. Still, there was no conclusive evidence linking those pics to the Moto E, nor had we any specific reason to expect that a launch would be imminent. Well, just a couple short weeks later we've hit the jackpot, and while Motorola is still keeping quiet about the smartphone, Best Buy has prematurely posted a product page for ...

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    Going back a few days now, we've been looking at growing evidence that Verizon is about to join all the other major carriers in the US and start sales of the Nexus 6. We knew this would be coming eventually, but with so much time having passed since the phone first launch, it's understandable that we'd been growing a little anxious. But now not only does Verizon have a signup page for info on the Nexus 6's pending arrival, but some renders showing the Verizon-branded edition of the smartphone have leaked. This was all great to see, but it didn't offer any specific insight into a release ...

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    We'll be honest with you, we don't know @Ricciolo1, but apparently those who do claim that this specific Italian Twitter user has been right in the past when predicting/leaking smartphones/features. Don't blame us for not taking their words, so, until we hear something official, we'll advise you to be skeptical about this upcoming Motorola flagship as well. The tweet itself doesn't reveal anything, and we wouldn't even know it's about Motorola, if there wasn't a Moto picture attached to tweet. Two bits of information are revealed: one, about an upcoming Motorola flagship, which will be ...

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    You know the joke about how you know someone's a vegan: they're going to tell you? When it comes to smartphones, Verizon's the same way, because before big red lets a phone into its stores, it's going to do all it can to make sure anyone standing within a twenty meter radius can tell that the handset is a Verizon phone. Sure, a few models manage to escape the carrier's logo-stamping department, but then others end up with a Verizon-branded home button. For months now we've been looking forward to the Motorola Nexus being formally welcomed by Verizon, and earlier this week it finally ...

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    Google's Nexus program is an interesting beast. Some of us originally felt that it was about providing a reference platform against which other OEMs could aspire. Others felt it was a way for Google to provide a reasonably spec'd smartphone or tablet at a reasonable price - in an effort to drive the price of Android-powered devices down. Still more felt it was a way for Google to show off "pure Android" in an ever growing sea of "skins". Alas, the Nexus 6 seems to discount most of those theories. Google's Nexus 6 is the company's first phablet - and it's price is right in line with what ...

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    If there's one big success story behind Google's launch of the Motorola-made Nexus 6 last year, it's the broad carrier support the phone was able to find: beyond Google selling the smartphone itself, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and even US Mobile were offering the Nexus 6 directly to subscribers. And that list should have one more name on it, but it's been a slow one to come around to the ways of its peers: Verizon. To this day, while Verizon is listed among Google's carrier partners for the Nexus 6, its logo is grayed out, and offers no link to buy the phone like is available with all ...

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    Motorola as a company has seen a lot of change in recent years. It went from being an independent company to being owned by Google and then Lenovo, and in the process released spectacular smartphones such as the Moto X, Moto G, and Nexus 6. Now that the transition period is nearing an end with Lenovo having engulfed the mobile OEM, it's time for the Motorola smartphone sales figures to start stabilizing as well, and they definitely have in the fourth quarter of 2014. According to the earnings report released by parent company Lenovo, Motorola sold about 10 million smartphones during the ...

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    When talking about the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, it used to be that we were asking ourselves whether or not to believe rumors that the chip was a piece of junk, prone to overheating and generally not performing up to par. But as phone manufacturers like LG step up to stand behind the 810, while others like Samsung appear to be turning their backs on the SoC, the more appropriate question may be “is the 810 actually a bad chip, or is it just getting bad PR?” Qualcomm seems determined to do something about the beating the 810's getting in the press, and today released a statement that ...

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    The parade of companies announcing the details behind their latest financial performance continues on this evening, following the reports we've already seen out of Apple, Samsung, LG, Microsoft, and more. Now it's Google's turn to let everyone see how it's been doing, as it releases numbers for not just the past quarter, but also 2014 as a whole. Quarterly revenue hit $18.1 billion, up from $16.86 billion during the same period one year prior. Net income was at $4.76 billion, also up from 2013's Q4, which only made Google $3.38 billion. Looking at the full year, Google saw revenue of $66 ...

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    Motorola introduced its extremely affordable Moto E back in the middle of last May, and by the end of the year, we already found ourselves talking about plans for a possible sequel. Word was that the phone would see its screen grow by a tiny amount, and maybe even make the step up from a 200-series Snapdragon SoC to one in the 400 family. However, despite that source claiming that Motorola would launch the new Moto E soon, we've seen a couple months pass without any launch, nor much in the way of further rumors. Now a newly-leaked render may provide the next piece in the second-gen Moto E ...

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