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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    If you are among those is still rocking a Motorola ATRIX HD on AT&T, you should know that sadly there will be no Android 4.4 KitKat update for your phone. Motorola Mobility's Senior Director, SW Product Management, David Schuster, confirmed on Google+, and apologized at the same time, that the phone will not get the refresh. "We apologize that we and AT&T will not be upgrading Atrix HD to Android KitKat, as we had hoped. We know how important software upgrades are to our customers, and we're very sorry that our two organizations were unable to follow through in this case. We ...

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    The Motorola-made Nexus 6 is many things: it's easily the best-equipped Nexus smartphone to date, it's the biggest Nexus handset by a long shot, and it's your only option for checking out cutting-edge services like Google's Project Fi. Yet for all the notes the Nexus 6 hits, it's been hard to ignore the way the phone has rejected the budget-friendly pricing of the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, instead arriving with a price tag more befitting a flagship-level phone. If the Nexus 6's $650 starting price left you looking for more affordable options, we've got some good news for you this afternoon, as ...

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    Motorola's no stranger to building high-end smartphones with pixel-rich quad HD displays: last year it brought us the Droid Turbo and Nexus 6, and this year we've been looking forward to models like the new Moto X. To look at some new evidence, though, Motorola may have more than one new quad HD handset in its pipeline, as details emerge about a pair of in-development Androids, each with some top-shelf silicon. The two phone in question are purported to have the codenames Clark and Kinzie, both in testing on Verizon. Both report quad HD displays, but it appears that we're looking at ...

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    Even in 2015, one of the worst parts about buying a smartphone in the US is the associated wireless plan. Oftentimes, that plan can work out to even more than you pay for the smartphone itself – and even if it's not, it represents a huge reason why many have stayed away from purchasing a smartphone. The big four carriers don't offer buyers much of a deal. Going with T-Mobile, easily the most affordable of the bunch, still has you paying at least $50 a month even if you're not using much of the allotted minutes, text messages, and data. So how do you get around that? An MVNO (mobile ...

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    Google I/O 2015 is getting started in just a couple days, and while that's almost sure to bring us word of new software and services, could it mean some new hardware, too? After all, last year brought us the start of Android Wear sales, including the initial announcement of the Samsung Gear Live. It also marked the debut of the Android TV, which would usher in a new breed of devices. We're thinking about all that today as we catch word of a couple new sales, targeting both Android Wear and Android TV devices. Motorola's been offering Moto 360 sale after Moto 360 sale lately, and now its ...

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    Android Wear is picking up more OEMs, more styles, and more users every passing day. These svelte wearables take a fairly robust microcomputer and cram it into a wristwatch - an impressive feat when you think about it. Despite all the technological capabilities built-in to these devices, first and foremost they are timepieces. As such, watch faces need to be simple, elegant, and informative. Some are better than others. Here are a few of my digital favorites. Background I was happy with the very rectangular Pebble (Kickstarter Edition), until I saw Android Wear and spring for the LG G ...

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    If you own a first-gen Moto G, you've probably been waiting patiently for the Lollipop update to arrive for your phone ever since the second-gen G received the update way back in January. Your time has finally come today, as Motorola continues onward updating its lineup of smartphones, releasing today the first-gen Moto G Lollipop update for download. Now that Lollipop is basically a year old ("Android L" was announced at Google I/O last year, and this year's conference is less than a week away), you've had quite a while to familiarize yourself with all of its features. You'll get all of ...

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    Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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    Yesterday we got some fresh news about one of last year's smartphones, with Verizon announcing plans to bring some additional color options to its Droid Turbo selection. And while that might be good news for shoppers just thinking about picking up a Droid Turbo now, your comments to the post made it clear where the concerns of existing users lie: software update, software updates, software updates. For while we are firmly in the era of Android Lollipop, the Droid Turbo has found itself stuck in KitKat territory. Motorola has insisted that Lollipop is coming for the Turbo, skipping straight ...

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    Motorola introduced the Droid Turbo last fall, launching with some top-notch hardware, a variety of finishes, and promises of killer battery life. Really, the smartphone should probably be a lot more popular than it is – a consequence, perhaps, of the annoyance of carrier exclusivity. But even though we haven't talked about it in a while, the plucky Droid Turbo soldiers on over at Verizon, and today the carrier brings word of some fresh new looks for the handset. Originally the Droid Turbo was available in black ballistic Nylon and red or black metalized glass fiber. Those options were ...

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    What do you have when a prominent Android manufacturer gets it into its head to come out with a Windows Phone model? Something like the HTC One M8 for Windows? Sure, that can happen, and when things works well like they did there, it can be easy to get excited the next time you hear about a similar OEM considering some Windows Phone plans of its own. So with headlines going around today that there's a new Motorola Windows Phone model in the works, our interest was understandably piqued. As it turns out, though, while there could be some real meat to this story, that comes with one big ...

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    What the heck is Motorola up to with its plans for the Moto G? With the original model launching all the way back in the fall of 2013, and the second-gen Moto G debuting last September, we would have assumed that we have at least another quarter to go before it's time to start talking about a new Moto G. But then Motorola President Rick Osterloh mentioned upcoming news about a 2015 Moto G LTE, leaving us a bit unsure what the manufacturer was up to: did this mean an all-new third-gen Moto G, or further plans for the LTE version of the Moto G 2014 (an update that didn't emerge until earlier ...

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    If there's one thing you generally don't expect when you're buying cheap phones, it's that you'll be receiving fast updates to the latest versions of the device's operating system. Well, that's not the case with Motorola, as its budget-friendly Moto E has been receiving updates that rival even Nexus devices in speed. Today, the Moto E Android 5.1 update has begun its rollout to all users of the second-gen model of the smartphone. Because of the fact that the Moto E is an unlocked smartphone offered off-contract, all owners of the device should be currently seeing an available update. For ...

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    It used to be that there were some significant benefits in acquiring a Moto X, but as the story goes, that was when Google owned Motorola. Immediate software updates were a great benefit that Moto X users received, where it even left Nexus devices behind at times. The story has been mixed since Lenovo took charge of Motorola, and if you still own a 2013 Moto X, we have more information today. David Schuster, Motorola’s Senior Director of Product Management has just provided users with an update on his Google+ account. Within the post, Schuster acknowledges that there are a lot of ...

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    Last year Motorola took the Moto X back to the drawing room for its second-gen model, coming up with a new Moto X that surpassed the original in many ways. In some areas, though, we found ourselves wishing that Motorola pushed itself even further, and that couldn't be more true for the phone's camera. Sure, we got that nifty ring-style flash and a resolution bump, but the image quality we craved just wasn't there. Last week we checked out some rumors for a possible third-gen Moto X, one that looked like it might push camera resolution even higher, up to 16MP. Would this new camera finally ...

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    It's really easy to dismiss a non-flagship smartphone as unusable. Why? Simply because of the fact that it's mid-range or low-end. Historically, these words have been used to describe smartphones which barely function, unable to muster anything more than the littlest of usability. That's probably what went through the heads of most as Motorola announced the second-gen Moto E, adding in 4G LTE and bringing the smartphone to $150. In the world we live in, in which flagship smartphones regularly retail for prices north of $600 in the United States, that's a pretty low number. It must ...

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    Not everyone may agree with the implementation of Motorola's software skin on the Moto X, but there's no denying that the fast updates the phone has been receiving to the latest versions of Android are appreciated. The Moto X was one of the first phones to run Lollipop, beating out even some of Google's Nexus devices, and now it's vying to be quick to the Android 5.1 party (as we saw with evidence from release notes just a few days back). Today, the company has announced through official channels the start of Moto X 2014 Android 5.1 soak tests – but only in Brazil. There's only one major ...

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    What is Microsoft Continuum? Just in case you haven't heard of it before, Continuum is Microsoft's solution to let you use your smartphone as a desktop computer - wirelessly. There are times when a phone just doesn't cut it. It's too small or too limited, and the task simply requires that you pull out your tablet or laptop, or sit down at your desktop PC. I write all my articles on a computer running Microsoft Windows. I use a wireless keyboard and mouse (both ergonomic, because that's how I roll) and a 27-inch monitor. This set up lets me have plenty of room to see what I'm writing, and ...

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    Motorola introduced the original Moto X in August 2013, and the follow-up, the 2014 Moto X in September 2014. This means that the company will most likely unveil the third generation Moto X sometime in the third quarter, in four or five months. That, however, is a long time in tech, but it never stopped the rumor mill's continuous motion. Just as we're hearing about some great savings on the 2014 Moto X, we are also hearing some rumored Moto X 2015 specs. While we can't verify any of the below, we advise you to treat everything accordingly. The source of the information is allegedly a ...

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    Motorola's got a mixed track record as of late with Android updates. Some of the time we see them released at near record speed, while other updates languish for months on end. For those of you who have been anxiously looking forward to Motorola getting the ball rolling on updates for your phone, we may have some good news this evening, as the manufacturer has been spotted posting release notes for updates for quite a few of its models. Newly-published release notes are available for the Android 5.1 update for the Moto E 2015, Moto X 2014 (with both AT&T and T-Mobile -presumably the ...

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    Motorola sure seems like it gets into these occasional moods where it just can't stop putting things on sale. It may be hesitant to permanently discount the prices of its phones and wearables, but it gets into these spells where it's a one-day sale here, a week of discounts there, and it's anyone's guess which devices happen to be on sale at the moment. Well, we're already in the middle of its Moto 360 Mother's Day promotion, and now Motorola's tacking-on a limted-time Moto X offer, giving you the chance to score the Android for as much as $225 off regular prices. Normally, a no-contract ...

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    Nobody's going to accuse Motorola of not loving mom: last year Motorola sure threw plenty of sales, but it didn't forget to include Mother's Day on that list, and this time last year we saw the company discounting the original Moto X. Well, May is nearly upon us again, and with Mother's Day just another week or so out, it's time for another sale event. This year the big focus is on wearables, with Motorola knocking $70 off the price of the Moto 360. It's not the lowest price the smartwatch has ever hit, but it's in the same very affordable ballpark. Motorola's also got a bundle deal for ...

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    Though you may not quite be able to use the new Google wireless MVNO service, at least we're a bit closer to that date now, with the launch of the Project Fi Android app to the Google Play Store. So even though nobody has an invitation right now, if you're eager to get yours and try out Project Fi, now may be a good time to download the app. What's curious is that this application is available for download on all Android phones, not just the Nexus 6. This is surprising, because Fi (at launch) has a limitation to just the Motorola-made stock Android smartphone; no other smartphones can ...

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    For the past two years, we've known Motorola's Moto G as the smartphone to buy for those in search of the best bang for their buck. It's one of the cheaper handsets on the market, and it makes very few compromises in performance and hardware. We've consistently suggested it to readers on a budget ... but another device we've recently tested, the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3, may be the new top contender. Just like the Moto G, the Idol 3 is fast, solidly built, and affordable. Like its rival, it features front-firing speakers and a microSD card slot, but it also utilizes a larger, sharper ...

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    A good audio experience is one of the biggest deciding factors for me when I’m looking into buying a new smartphone. “Does it have front-facing speakers?” “How loud do the speakers get?” “What about earpiece sound quality?” Especially given how much music I listen to and how many YouTube videos I watch with my friends and coworkers on a daily basis, having loud, clear sound no matter where I go is important to me. Ever since the One M7, HTC has become sort of a household name when it comes to smartphone audio. Its BoomSound speakers are louder than just about anything else ...

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