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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    All too often, US smartphone users find themselves getting access to devices and services no one else has – or at least, getting them before everyone else. So maybe there was a bit of karma in Motorola's announcement of its latest Moto X smartphones, where for a change of pace it almost seemed like the US was getting the short end of the stick: while other nations will get their hands on the Moto X Play with its extra-large battery, Motorola has no plans to sell the phone in the States (at least, not that it's announced). Even though we may be out of luck, the Moto X Play is already ...

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    It's only been a few weeks now since Motorola introduced the latest generation of its Moto G family, offering shoppers an affordable, minimally skinned Android experience. Despite the conservative hardware, we came away from our review feeling quite fond of the new Moto G, and no doubt a few of you have picked the phone up for yourself. Unfortunately, despite everything the phone has going for it, it's not without a few hiccups, and this week we're finally seeing acknowledgement of one that's been plaguing the handset since its debut, as Google admits the new Moto G just isn't working with ...

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    It's just about time for Motorola to introduce a new smartwatch, coming up on the one-year mark from the commercial introduction of the Moto 360. And as if to confirm those expectations, we've been looking at a growing body of evidence pointing to the company's work on a slightly redesigned wearable, one that keeps the general look of the first Moto 360 (that flat-tire display included), while making strap lugs more prominent and repositioning the watch's button. When we checked out some FCC docs late last month, we saw mention of a few model numbers: 360L, 360S, and 360SP. Could these be ...

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    Motorola's latest product launch came and went without any sign of a new smartwatch, but evidence continues to mount in favor a next-gen Moto 360. As we wonder if Motorola will end up following in Samsung's footsteps and saving its new wearable for IFA, the manufacturer may have just given us an early look at the model, publishing a short Moto 360 promo video that appears to feature brand-new hardware. While Motorola's initial post has since been deleted, the video it oublished was archived before that could happen, and it's retained for your viewing pleasure below. In it, we see a ...

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    East Asian OEM layoffs with global impacts bookend this Thursday. We had news this morning out of Taipei from HTC of a 15 percent cut in workforce, or roughly 2,400 positions. This evening's news comes from Hong Kong and from Lenovo, where management has decided to eliminate just over 10 percent of its ranks of 60,000. Subsidiary company Motorola will end up taking a loss of 500 jobs, or a quarter of its current workforce. Lenovo specifically cited challenges facing Motorola in Latin American smartphone markets as well as volatile economic conditions. Costs have ballooned at the parent ...

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    When Motorola announced the new Moto X Pure Edition (the Moto X Style outside the US) late last month, it didn't get very specific about when sales might start. While it noted that the “Moto X Style will be available in countries across Europe, Latin America and North America starting in September,” that still left a window of several weeks, and for as anxious as Motorola fans have been to get their hands on the phone, that's more uncertainty that we'd like. Today Motorola finally provided a specific date for the phone, but its subsequent actions have us wondering just how final that ...

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    Back when Motorola released the first Moto G in 2013, we were taken aback by how nice a smartphone could really be for under $200. Since then, it seems like nearly every OEM has tried its hand at the "premium midranger" business model, cramming the best specs and most compelling software into as inexpensive of a smartphone as possible. We've seen some great budget smartphones hit the market in early 2015, one of which is the Asus Zenfone 2, an Intel-based powerhouse with a great camera and absurdly powerful hardware. Motorola's newly released third-generation Moto G  brings a nice update ...

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    Update (8 Aug, 2:00pm Eastern): "Make them laugh, make them cry, make them wait." - Charles Dickens The latter ain't the case this week. Enjoy. Sometimes the news comes not in a solid column from a single direction, but as a scattershot shower-spray from every corner of the space. Today's podcast reflects just such a week in mobile technology, with tech news as far-flung and varied as the menu items on an appetizer mixer from Applebee's. All that (plus a larger-than-normal helping of your listener mail) is waiting for your ears on episode 160 of your favorite tech podcast: the Pocketnow ...

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    What's Motorola's ultimate strategy for the US smartphone market? With this year's new Moto X (the Pure Edition for US shoppers), the company is stepping even further away from the traditional smartphone sales model, dropping the idea of in-store carrier sales entirely and going out on its own as it sells the phone direct, off-contract, and leaving it up to the user to decide which carrier to go with. But could there be more to it than that? While the Moto X proper may go the direct-sales route, Motorola's special relationship with Verizon seems far from over, and we've been tracking ...

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    It wasn't that long ago when Motorola was bought and later spun off from Google. Motorola is now held by Lenovo. Thankfully for us, much of what Motorola was before the Google acquisition has survived. Motorola's biggest strength has arguably been it's great hardware - and its direct-to-the-customer ability to customize those phones - to an extent. However, in 2015, that's all changed - and the 2015 Moto X makes it look like Motorola that we used to know may have lost its way. In recent years, Motorola highlighted three phones: The Moto E, Moto G, and Moto X. Each could be customized in ...

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    There are folks out there who don’t have the time for a ten-minute video or a 4,000-word review, and they certainly don’t have an hour to absorb a meandering podcast (no matter how many awards it’s won). These people might be sneaking a quick YouTube fix on a bathroom break, trying to make a point to a rival smartphone owner at a bar, or even standing in line at a wireless retail store, waiting to make a purchase. They need the facts delivered quickly, with a minimum of window dressing and a firm conclusion in as little time as possible. For them, we’ve created the 60-Second ...

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    Even though there were a ton of rumors surrounding a fingerprint scanner coming the current Google Nexus 6, the reality was a different story. We even heard former Motorola CEO call Apple out over acquiring the company necessary to bring this technology to the Nexus 6, but then again we still see competitors bring out good fingerprint scanners without excuses today. That said, Dennis Woodside wasn't really kidding about their plans, as today we find proof. Today we land some neat photos of a prototype Google Nexus 6, and believe it or not, that beloved dimple at the back was actually ...

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    What's it take to make a pair of Bluetooth headphones exciting? Well, a good first step is launching them alongside some highly anticipated smartphones at a widely publicized press event and giving a sample to everyone in attendance. But free swag is a momentary thrill; making the excitement last takes an authentically impressive product. The Moto Pulse bluetooth headset is just that. I've been using it as my primary audio accessory for a solid week, and in that time I've gotten to know its highs and lows – in every possible sense. With the Pulse, Motorola has crafted a solid set of ...

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    Motorola calls it the "Moto G (3rd generation)." We call it the "Moto G 2015." Some people call it the "Moto G3" … but that’s confusing. Whatever you call it, the newest iteration of Motorola's best-selling smartphone is more fully featured than ever before, and its affordable price tag has barely seen a bump. The Moto G is the product that redefined what an affordable smartphone could be, and it's been our automatic go-to suggestion for a cheap-but-awesome Android handset for two years running. But in a world of plunging smartphone prices and increasing smartphone quality, does ...

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    I've owned two smartwatches powered by Android Wear, the LG G Watch and the first-generation Motorola Moto 360 - the latter of which is on my wrist right now. Both are great watches, but both leave a lot to be desired. Before we jump into what those are, keep in mind that this is just about the hardware. Things I want in the next version of Android Wear, the operating system that runs on the Moto 360, is an entirely different article. Having gotten that out of the way, let's move on to the 800 pound gorilla in the room, shall we? Battery Life Initially, battery life on the Moto 360 was ...

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    Hop on over to Motorola's website and you can already engage with the company's Moto Maker tool to start customizing a new Moto G – well, so long as you're not demanding the not-currently-available 16GB/2GB option. But while the third-gen Moto G has found a home with the Moto Maker, Motorola's new flagship Moto X has yet to make a similar appearance. We already have a good idea of what to expect when it does, though, with Motorola showing off a number of custom Moto X Style (Pure Edition here in the States) options when launching the phone last week. Now a new leak attempts to complete ...

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    It hasn't even been one week now since Motorola introduced its most recent crop of smartphones, including this year's refresh to the Moto G. While the handset isn't officially arriving as a pair of new editions like the Moto X is this time around, Motorola did introduce one key hardware option for this year's Moto G that effectively splits the phone into two different tiers: the 8GB storage version with its single gigabyte of RAM, and the 16GB Moto G that doubles its RAM capacity to 2GB – a first for the smartphone. Understandably, the chance to score a Moto G that's outfitted with all ...

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    Update: The podcast has been updated with audio from our Motorola event editorial roundtable. Enjoy! The flagship killer might've just gotten killed by a killer flagship! A new phablet might make former phablets obsolete! Windows Update just updated its last Windows! And your gaming tablet's so hot it's about to catch fire?! You can't get much ... hotter than that. Amirite? The news of the week in mobile technology is up next, from OnePlus to Windows to Motorola and beyond –plus your listener mail– on episode 159 of the Pocketnow Weekly! So say your keyphrase and listen closely, ...

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    The Moto G is about to get replaced … by the Moto G. As we saw during our initial hands-on earlier this week, the 2015 model brings a few hardware bumps and much more customizability to Motorola’s best-selling smartphone of all time, and it packs some serious software improvements as well. While we’ll have complete impressions in next week’s full review, first let’s take a look at what’s changed between last year's Moto G and this year's. You may be surprised at where the new phone pulls ahead – and where it doesn't. Moto G 2015 vs Moto G 2014

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    We were just thinking about Motorola's plans for Verizon, upon hearing about a couple possible Droid-series smartphones tipped to be in the works for the carrier. With the Moto X Pure Edition not slated to get any direct in-store support from the major US networks, Motorola could really stand to get a carrier on its side, and a new Verizon-exclusive Droid model might be just the ticket. In the weeks leading up to the launch of Motorola's latest Moto-line handsets we saw a leak or two purporting to reveal new Droid hardware, showing devices that seemed to match what was ultimately revealed ...

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    The new Motorola phones are official, and earlier this week we got to see the launch of the Moto X Style, Moto X Play, and the new third-gen Moto G. But in addition to hearing about these guys, we've also been looking forward to some new entries in Motorola's Droid lineup for Verizon. A couple weeks back, a leak of some Motorola back panels seemed to offer some hard evidence for the existence of such new Droids, but it's since become clear that at least one of those mystery models was the Moto X Play. Where does that leave our new-Droid story? Today we get some fresh new direction for ...

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    We all love new devices. Smartphones are the very heart of sites like Pocketnow, and product launches just mean more smartphones for us to experience. Just the other day, Motorola unveiled its 2015 Moto G and Moto X lineup, and we're already spending time with the Moto G, and eagerly awaiting the inevitable flood of Moto X review units to come. But before we got our hands on the new Moto series, before Motorola had the chance to reveal its new product line, and before members of the press flew out to cover the announcement ... we already knew just about everything about them. We had ...

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    Two years ago, the original Moto G redefined the concept of the affordable smartphone. In a world where even midrange devices commanded $300-$400 unlocked, Motorola's game-changer debuted at just $179. It brought much of the pocketability and visual appeal of the contemporaneous first-gen Moto X, and thanks to the pairing of near-stock software and a solid processor, it ran Android almost as smoothly as the day's top-tier flagships. We called it "a surprising pleasure to use" in our full review, ultimately concluding that it was a steal. Motorola improved on the formula with last year's ...

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    Last night, OnePlus introduced its sophomore phone to the world, the OnePlus 2. With it came a new design, a fingerprint scanner, a three-step profile switcher, swappable backings, an improved camera, a much better display, a screaming new processor, USB-C, Oxygen OS ... all starting at just $329. Motorola, not one to be outdone, unveiled the next generation Moto G and Moto X models at its own event this morning. Coming close to the OnePlus 2's pricing at $399 unlocked, Motorola's new flagship, the Moto X Style (known as the Moto X Pure Edition in America) packs a QHD display, ...

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    For those of you keeping track, until a few weeks ago my daily driver was the Motorola-made Nexus 6. For the time being I've switched to the LG G4 with the Qi wireless charging hack Michael Fisher told you about. What you may not know is that I almost didn't purchase my Nexus 6 - at the time I felt it was simply "too big". At the time, the next runner up was the Moto X. I went with the Nexus, and after a week I was convinced that I'd made the right choice. But the times, they are a-changin'! My experience with the G4 has helped to solidify my opinion that Android has matured to the extent ...

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