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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    It’s probably way too late for any mobile-involved company to start building up buzz around products set to be unveiled at MWC next week, and hope they’ll magically steal the spotlight away from the long-in-the-rumor-mill Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, and LG G5. But there’s plenty of room under the Barcelona sun for Lenovo to score its mysterious upcoming “knockout” 15 minutes of European fame as well. Literally 15 minutes, as we’re likely looking at an international variant of a phone previously launched in China, and that doesn’t sound so very remarkable. Then again, if the ...

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    The first DROID Turbo was made by Motorola and carried as a exclusive series by Verizon. It took seven-plus months for the phone to get the upgrade from Android KitKat to Lollipop. The DROID Turbo 2, forged from the same partnership, was released just before November. Take this as a good sign, but not a full stop. After a lengthy and staggered test period, Verizon is finally passing through an Android Marshmallow update — typical features like Now on Tap, volume controls and also changes to Moto Assist and Moto Actions — for the DROID Turbo 2, currently on version 5.1. Three ...

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    Exactly one week ago, comScore released its Q4 2015 US smartphone industry report, showing how iPhones lost steam to their Samsung rivals and Androids in general compared to the previous quarter. Still, Apple was the dominant local manufacturer by a comfortable gap between October and December, and now Parks Associates confirm the familiar status quo for the whole of last year. Namely, the research firm claims, about 40 percent of intelligent handhelds in use stateside in 2015 were iPhones, while Samsung seized a notably smaller but decent nonetheless 31 percent piece of the pie. ...

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    Western Motorola buffs already have reason to envy their India-based counterparts, as Marshmallow updates are coming left and right in the latter market, including for the regional Moto G Turbo Edition and, most recently, the standard G second-gen. But now nation-leading online retailer Flipkart takes things to the next level, also offering a slew of discounts on Moto gear to honor the second anniversary of the American device manufacturer’s return to India. Basically everything’s on sale for a limited time, starting with the always popular Moto X Style, which now costs Rs. 27,000 ...

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    Without a doubt, the champion of Android 6.0 software promotions thus far is Motorola, despite its relations with Google understandably cooling after Lenovo’s acquisition. But the Illinois-based smartphone manufacturer maintains the OS as clean as ever, adding little to no bloat in the equation, and therefore, completing optimization work way ahead of the competition. While Samsung, for instance, is yet to make the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Marshmallow updates truly global affairs, Moto’s already rolled out the newest Android iteration to the X Style, aka X Pure Edition, X Play, G (3rd ...

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    What's next for the Lenovo-owned Motorola brand - or, should we say, Moto brand? Last month, we heard Lenovo's CEO talking briefly about plans for a high-profile new Moto smartphone (or maybe even phones), due for launch sometime this July. And while that probably means a new Moto X, and likely another Moto G, what can we look forward to from the phones themselves? We were promised “more innovative, more attractive” designs, but just what does Lenovo have in mind? It may still be several months before we know for sure, but recent pics attempt to offer a possible early glimpse, showing ...

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    Global iPhone sales set a new all-time record during the holiday season (ahead of a radical projected decline), while Samsung reported an unprecedented quarterly dip, so you’d probably expect the US mobile market to have gone with the worldwide flow. But surprise, surprise, the Galaxy actually increased its share of American smartphone subscribers, from 27.6 percent between July and September to 28.4 in the year’s final 90-day window. Meanwhile, Cupertino somehow lost almost a percentage point, though its local manufacturer domination is in no danger, the gap to second place sitting at ...

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    For every device comes its time to go. For these two Android Wear smartwatches, they've had their time around. The original Moto 360 from Motorola is now nearly 18 months old while the Sony Smartwatch 3 is about a month younger. The Google Store has determined that it's about time that the two were discontinued from sale on its virtual shelves. The ever-popular Moto 360 went through sales that took the price down from $250 to $100. The Smartwatch 3 received nowhere near the attention as Motorola's creation did, but given how far it has gone as Sony's overall mobile sales have fallen, it's ...

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    The worldwide leader in PC shipments and one of the global top five smartphone manufacturers follows Apple, Samsung, Microsoft and Sony’s suit, among others, announcing a year-end quarterly financial report with equal highs and lows. Well, overall, we guess the good news subdues the bad in Lenovo’s shifting camp, as the company’s restructuring plan is “swiftly concluded”, marking a rebound to general profitability and estimated savings of a whopping $1.35 billion annually. But let’s get the bad news out of the way first. Only 20.2 million Lenovo and Motorola-branded smartphones ...

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    Given Lenovo has been constantly ranked among the top five smartphone sellers in India recently, it’s surprising to see one of its daughter company’s latest flagships launched around those parts more than three months after its global announcement. Of course, it’s no big secret super-expensive, ultra-high-end devices tend to not do so great at the local box-office, which is why the “delay” makes sense. Ultimately, Motorola decided expanding the Moto X Force was worth a shot, even at a prohibitive Rs 50,000 price tag that converts to roughly $735. Stateside, the Verizon-exclusive ...

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    If the BlackBerry Priv and Passport really don’t sound like fitting Valentine’s Day presents for your loved ones, perhaps Motorola can interest you in time-limited discounts for its top three gadgets right now. First up, the second-generation Moto 360 smartwatch is available with a gratis leather band if you choose to receive it strapped by a metal one out the box. The greatest thing about the Android Wear timepiece is it understands the difference between men’s and women’s fashion, featuring contrasting stylings and coats of paint for each gender. With a metal band as standard, ...

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    Life in India is tough. It's hot, it can get cramped and the days are longer are harsher for more people than in most other parts of the world. And everyone's getting online with a smartphone. What would it be like if people didn't have to worry about having their phones smashed to bits? We may find out soon enough as Amazon.in has a splash page up telling how the Moto X Force is "Coming Soon" with the "World's first shatterproof display." That's all we know. Users will get updates on availability if they sign-in to their Amazon.in accounts. As you'll recall, we reviewed what turned out to ...

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    Earlier this month, in the middle of CES, panic swept over long-time Motorola phone fans: was Lenovo killing off the Motorola brand as we knew it? Calmer minds quickly prevailed, and the shape of story subtly shifted: sure, we wouldn't be seeing “Motorola” splashed prominently across future handsets, but we hadn't been for some time anyway, and the retention of the “Moto” brand, even if in the form of “Moto by Lenovo” would help upcoming models keep some connection to the past. Still, there's an understandable undercurrent of anxiety to all this, and a lot of users might sleep ...

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    Buying new gear around Valentine’s Day can be a very treacherous affair, as you don’t want to make your better half jealous, but you may also not want to spend a fortune on smartphones for both of you. Luckily, Verizon has cash-strapped lovers covered this year, proposing you “mix and match the Droid Turbo 2 and Maxx 2” for a cool 50 percent discount on any of the two devices. Not both, mind you, as you’ll still need to pay full retail for one of the big-battery handhelds. If you’re willing to cough up $624 on the Turbo 2, you can then choose to drop an additional $312 on a ...

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    Age is not just a number for the fall 2014-released second-generation Motorola Moto X, whose 2015 sequel considerably upped the screen size and resolution ante, as well as processing power, memory, battery capacity, and photography prowess. Still, the OG jumped from Android Lollipop to Marshmallow surprisingly early, and as such, it manages to stay in the spotlight way past its prime, also thanks to recent discounts enforced by Motorola and now Best Buy. The latter charges as little as $243 for an unlocked black model with 4G LTE connectivity, as part of an online-only clearance sale that ...

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    Released in November in Mexico as a marginally enhanced version of the standard international Moto G 2015, then expanded to India in December, the Motorola Moto G Turbo Edition is finally ready to move to the software iteration it probably should’ve launched on. Oh, well, better late than never, and starting in a few days, maybe even hours, Android 5.1.1 Lollipop will become an unpleasant, distant memory for Moto G Turbo Edition owners in India. Meanwhile, their comrades in suffering over in Mexico need to wait a little longer to jump on the Marshmallow bandwagon. Interestingly, the ...

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    Cobalt. It doesn't just strike your eyes with a certain pitch of blue: it's a key component of our smartphones' lithium-ion batteries. But it seems that the labor used to obtain this mineral has been poorly regulated. And Amnesty International is implicating Apple and Samsung — both companies having their own shares of labor problems — as well as Sony, Microsoft, Huawei, LG, ZTE, Lenovo and eight other multinationals for being complacent to child labor in their supply chains. All of those manufacturers, while they don't necessarily share battery providers nor battery part providers, do ...

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    An interview with Lenovo SVP Chen Xudong has been strung out and splayed apart over and over again as bloggers translating the transcript have been left drawing some troubling conclusions. One of those conclusions was that the company would be dropping the Moto E and Moto G, Motorola Mobility's best-selling phone of all-time, from future production. However, Chen only said that the Moto G will continue to face challenges in high-priced markets. Motorola later announced that the two phones would still be on the docket for 2016. Motorola is also cleaning up other garble from the code switch ...

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    Update: The podcast is available for direct download on this page right now! It'll also be hitting the RSS feeds (ergo, your podcatcher) at 3:00am ET on January 17. Enjoy! The comfortable Airbnb with the log burning in the fireplace is gone, as are the dry sandwiches and free coffee of the press room. We're back in our respective cities following the crazy hallway podcasting days of CES 2016, most of us wiser, all of us older, and at least one of us with a big 'ole post-Vegas beard. And now that you're caught up with where we're sitting ... we're gonna catch you up with what's new in ...

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    Compelling smartphone deals have stopped being a holiday-only affair a long time ago, but it’s a known fact January tends to be the slowest month of the year in terms of gadget sales, due among others to a proverbial stubbornness to not cut prices from manufacturers and retailers. When the occasional steal does crop up shortly after Christmas, it’s obviously wise to jump on it before it expires or inventory runs out. Case in point, Cricket’s latest batch of discounted prepaid handhelds, starting as low as $10, no contracts needed, no strings attached. Well, there is one string ...

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    That’s what happens when you use Google Translate on an ample Chinese language interview, and try to read between the lines of the raw end result. You get major misunderstandings, like the one that caused uproar among cash-strapped Android enthusiasts following alleged comments from a Lenovo exec concerning the possible retirement of the uber-successful Moto G and Moto E families. It turns out that’s not what the company official said, or at least not what he meant, with Lenovo focused on streamlining its far too rich smartphone roster instead of killing off any brand or sub-brand. ...

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    The original Nexus 6 is not that old, and it’s certainly not obsolete as far as both its software and hardware are concerned, but in order to make room for the new, Huawei-manufactured Nexus 6P, Google decided to halt direct sales more than a month ago. Of course, that doesn’t mean the stock Marshmallow-running phablet is dead and buried already, with a number of third-party retailers still selling it either unlocked or strictly for single carrier use. The question is how much longer will Amazon or Best Buy be able to keep it up when Big G and Motorola have obviously stopped producing ...

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    The second-generation Motorola Moto X was a measly year old when Android’s 6.0 iteration started making its way to Nexus devices, and considering the close relationship between Google and the now Lenovo-owned company until not long ago, we were certain an official update was brewing. While that’s obviously the case for the unlocked, “Pure” edition, both Verizon and AT&T-branded models are unexpectedly left in the lurch. Clearly, the blame must be shared by the phone manufacturer and the two US-leading carriers, but something tells us the latter’s drawn-out, often unneeded ...

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    We're well into year number two of Lenovo ownership of Motorola and the parent company has cleaned house with its mobile operations. With all research, design and production moved to Chicago and branding changed up, the task at hand now comes down to making good phones and selling them. Lenovo senior vice president Chen Xudong's concerned about the last two parts and where his company stands in the global marketplace. He thinks that the marketplace could expand to as many as ten major players — that's in spite of what analysts and media outlets alike view as the maturation of the ...

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    Vice City. Full of fattening foods, business propositions of the nether regions, fewer grand theft auto charges than you'd think would be there and — for one week out of the whole year — tech here, tech there and tech everywhere. I don't know how Pocketnow's largest ground crew survived through all of it, but they did. And they're here to tell the tale. (Recorded) LIVE from CES 2016, this is episode 182 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Check out the high-quality audio version of our podcast right here or on your podcasting feeds starting today at 11:00am Eastern or you can also catch our ...

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