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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    Motorola's cooking up some new smartphones, and over the past several weeks, we've had the opportunity to check out some early glimpses of a few, thanks to a spate of leaks. One design feature that's been back multiple times has been this new vertical bar in the middle of the phone's back, housing the camera lens, flash, and trademark dimple. At first we saw this look attributed to the next Moto X, while subsequent leaks made it out to be the new Moto G. Today we're checking out a new spin on this design as a fresh leak offers a slight modification of that same layout. Compared to previous ...

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    You'd think that Google's smartphone would be updated to Google's latest software first on Google's own carrier brand, right? Well, you'd be wrong if that's what you thought – the Project Fi Nexus 6 model has indeed not received the update to Android 5.1.1, with other models of the Nexus 6 across other carriers joining in the party earlier than this one. But the time has come for the Project Fi Nexus 6 to get a little love of its own – it has just been announced that this model will be receiving the Android 5.1.1 update over the next few days. As a quick recap, Android 5.1.1 doesn't ...

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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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    Ever since junior high school I've worn a smartwatch - whatever the definition of "smartwatch" was at the time. Whether it was a calculator watch with a calendar and contacts storage, or a watch with an altimeter, barometer, and moon phases, I tried to wear the latest tech on my wrist. Yeah, I'm a geek, but you already knew that. Most of those watches had plastic bands, but as I've gotten older I've gravitated to metal or leather bands. One of the first upgrades I performed on my LG G Watch was the installation of a black metal band. My Moto 360 came with an elegant leather band, but I ...

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    It seems Motorola after being acquired by Lenovo is hard at work bolstering its smartphone portfolio. According to rumors out of Techgadgetsz today, the smartphone manufacturer could be hard at work on two new smartphones, specifically known as the Moto X Sport and Moto G Nuevo. This information allegedly comes to us by way of Chilean carrier Entel, though we can't verify the legitimacy of this information at all – take it with a grain of salt to say the least. The two are expected to have little to nothing to do with the upcoming third-generation Moto X and G. The Moto X Sport will ...

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    I recently paid a visit to my childhood home in rural New York, and because I'm not a normal person, it stirred memories of telecom from days gone by. Between updating my parents' smartphones and walking around to determine which corners of town were still waiting for LTE, I saw quite a few older handsets strapped to the belts of the predominantly pragmatic locals, mixed in with the tourists' generally flashier iPhones and Galaxy S6s. It got me thinking about mobile phone features from years past, features we considered indispensable in the days of old but don't really give a hoot ...

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    If you've been hanging around Pocketnow for the past few weeks, you know of our recently rekindled interest in Google's Nexus 6. We brought our AT&T demo device off the back burner last month, kicking off the summer with an After The Buzz re-review of Motorola's oversized phablet, followed by a feature piece on Google's Nexus 6-only Project Fi service. Despite its monstrous dimensions and (arguably) high price tag, the Nexus 6 has a devoted following among Android fans – and with Android 5.1 having smoothed some of Lollipop's launch wrinkles, most of us here at the P-Machine ...

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    Over the last month or two we've been spotting evidence for upcoming Motorola smartphones on multiple fronts: new Moto X, new Moto G, and maybe even some new Droid family members for Verizon. And while we don't yet have the full picture on what Motorola plans to release as we push further into Q3, a new FCC filing offers a preview of what might just be another new handset, and one armed with some broad cellular connectivity. What we have here is Motorola's model 5137. Measuring 153.6mm x 75.3mm, the handset looks to be a bit larger than 5.2-inch Moto X or Droid Turbo. That might put it in ...

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    Editor's note: In the gulf between iPhone releases and in the run-up to the next Windows Phone resurrection, the ratio of Android to non-Android phones in our review inventory continues to rise. As a result, this piece is written from a predominantly Android-centric perspective. Everybody wants awesome smartphone battery life. Whether you’re addicted to the latest power-draining augmented reality game or just trying to get through a day of texting and talking, the panic moment is a familiar one: mid-afternoon, no charger in sight, and a pop-up dialog warning you that you’re 15% away ...

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    The time is summer 2015, and what that means is that we're easing slowly into a period of very high-profile mobile releases. The IFA 2015 trade show is incoming, we're gearing up to see what Apple has to announce separately, and a couple Android manufacturers are also expected to hold their own events, including Motorola. It was last summer when the Moto 360 was first announced, so it's about time that we look forward to a sequel to the device... which means Moto 360 price drops. At three different retailers – the Google Store, Amazon, and Motorola's own web store interface, specifically ...

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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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    Even though we're deep into 2015 at this point, last year's Motorola Moto X still represents one of the best Android smartphones you could possibly purchase today. With fast updates to the latest (and very near-stock) versions of Android, and some impressive and high-quality specs, it remains a fan favorite. So if you were on the edge on whether or not to purchase the device, this latest Moto X 2014 deal may be just enough to convince you – for a limited time, the company will be throwing in a complimentary leather back with the purchase of a 2014 Moto X. The deal will last through ...

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    Let the Android updates never end! In what feels like the millionth piece of Lollipop update news this week already (and it's only Wednesday morning!), Motorola has taken to Google+ to talk up some additional new updates. Specifically, these Motorola Android 5.1 updates concern the US Cellular and AT&T Moto X 2014, as well as the second-gen Moto E for Cricket. The bulk of the information is available below, thanks to a Google+ post from Motorola employee David Schuster. It's all pretty self-explanatory from the information below, organized by device, but one thing you may be confused ...

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    After entirely too long, Motorola and Verizon are finally making the Android Lollipop update available for the Droid Turbo. We've been following this tale for months now, from January's promises that 2014 Motorola phones (including the Droid Turbo) would be getting Lollipop “really soon,” to word in March that the Droid Turbo would skip right ahead to Android 5.1. But all the while, the update still wasn't out. Earlier this month it looked like Verizon was expecting the update to be imminent, refreshing its own product page for the Droid Turbo to reflect its new Android Lollipop ...

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    A new Motorola device whose codename we've been tracking over the past few months has made an appearance today in the GFXBench benchmark. Flying under the "Motorola Kinzie" codename, the phone appears to be a flagship-level smartphone making its way over to Verizon at some point. The benchmark reveals a few of the device's specifications; specifically, it brings a 5.5-inch Quad HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor (with a coupled Adreno 430 GPU), 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage (implied; 21GB is accessible by the end user), 20MP rear camera, and Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. ...

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    Updated to reflect revised Apple Watch sales estimates. (Thanks, SocialBrian!) I remember the moment I realized smartwatches had a chance at being the next big thing in mobile. It was the spring of 2012, I'd just spent a week with the original Pebble, and I suddenly found myself unable to live without it. It was 1999 all over again: I was a wristwatch-wearing man, and leaving the house without it prompted angry expletives and a day full of accidental glances at an empty wrist. Three years later, smartwatches have made the jump to the mainstream consciousness. No longer confined to the ...

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    A couple weeks back, rumors about upcoming Motorola Android hardware took an interesting turn: we found ourselves switching focus from the next Moto X to what Motorola was working on for this year's new Moto G incarnation. Since then we've seen some compelling leaks, including last week's arrival of some convincing video footage. As we continue to piece together the story behind this handset, the last content to turn up hits our desk this afternoon, in the form of a pair of Moto G 2015 renders. Cards on the table: we're not exactly convinced this is the real deal. While it generally looks ...

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    The road to Android Lollipop on Motorola's Droid Turbo has been a long and frustrating one. As if the months and months of waiting haven't been bad enough, there have been the false starts, like a few weeks back when Verizon started advertising Lollipop availability for the Droid Turbo when the release was actually still under internal testing. And while we haven't seen the update emerge just yet, it finally looks like we're really getting down to the home stretch here, as Motorola invites for a public Droid Turbo soak test are revealed to be for just this long-awaited Lollipop update. ...

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    We first saw Android Wear version 5.1.1 on the LG Watch Urbane, and since then it's rolled out to most other Android-powered smartwatches. The Moto 360 has been a bit slow to receive updates, and 5.1.1 was no exception, but it's in our hands now and we wanted to run you through some of the new features that the software update has brought. Android Wear 5.1.1 on the Moto 360 introduces wrist gestures to manage notification cards on the main screen hands-free. It also brings a long-requested app launcher to the mix, meaning you'll no longer have to dig through menus or use your voice to ...

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    Enter to win a brand new handset with The Choose Your Own Android Phablet Giveaway at the Pocketnow Deals Store. A phablet offers all the conveniences of a smartphone but with a larger, tablet-like screen size. As far as mobile devices go, it’s like having the best of both worlds. One lucky person will have the opportunity to choose one of five new phablets, valued at $750 each, to be their prize. Up for grabs is the Google Nexus 6, LG G4, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, OnePlus 2, and the LG G Flex 2. To enter, just go to The Choose Your Own Android Phablet Giveaway page at the Pocketnow Deals ...

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    Bring on the Android updates for older hardware! We just shared with you word that T-Mobile was getting the ball rolling on the eagerly awaited Android 5.1.1 update for last year's Galaxy S5, and now we're getting info on some similar releases headed out to a couple popular Androids from a different OEM, as Motorola makes its own Android 5.1 updates available for the Moto X family. We're looking at updates for the first-gen Moto X, as well as the second-gen Moto X 2014 Pure Edition. The original Moto X's update got started late last week, as Motorola's David Schuster confirmed over social ...

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    Just as we're seeing more and more 2015 Moto X leaks hit the internet, the 2014 Moto G gets a serious discount on Amazon, which is a good indication of things to come (not that we ever doubted there will be a Moto G 2015). Alleged pictures, as well as a leaked video, try to anticipate not only the looks, but also the Moto G 2015 specs. There's not much to tell judging by the alleged picture above; the dimple is there, dual LED flash seems to make its way to the 2015 Moto G, and the camera up to. The back has a striped texture which should help grip and handling of the device, but the ...

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    It's hard to celebrate a smartphone's birthday. Sure, there's a good chance it makes it though a full year of use, and maybe even two, but what then? The allure of shiny new hardware, combined with evaporating software update support for older handsets, can make for a powerful reason to put that old phone down and pick up something new. That makes talking about a phone's five-year birthday, let alone its ten-year birthday, a bit crazy. Maybe we'll still remember the day the first iPhone came out when 2017 rolls around, but that's the exception that proves the rule. So we're just a little ...

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    Motorola's Moto G has always been a very affordable handset. Its specs and configuration options fall short of big brother Moto X, but dollar-for-dollar it may be an even better value, especially if you're not sweating the loss of luxuries like LTE speed. When the 2014 edition premiered last September, its $180 price tag really helped the phone to stand out: it was better-equipped than other extreme-budget smartphones, while still coming in respectably short of the $200 mark. In the months since, we've seen a few sales that have let shoppers snatch the Moto G up for even better prices, and ...

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    The Motorola Moto 360 may be getting a little long in the tooth by this point, but some recent price cuts have served to help keep the Android Wear smartwatch on our short list of wearables worth wearing. The biggest problem, at least lately, has been software availability: while the new Android 5.1.1 Android Wear release had already started arriving for some of its competition, it was a no-show for the Moto 360. Back at the start of the month, Motorola confirmed the delay, blaming it on unsatisfactory performance and assuring users that it was working with Google to get things up to ...

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