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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    The global ruler of the ailing PC market must take drastic action to stop its smartphone business from bleeding money after a not-so-smooth Motorola acquisition. Apparently, there’s not enough room under the Android sun for both Lenovo-branded handhelds and Motos, so before long, the Vibe family could go extinct. We’ve seen a slim-bezeled, premium built and hardly extravagant Vibe X3 5.5-inch device unveiled as recently as last week, but if Chinese media reports relayed by Digitimes are correct, this might be the product roster’s swan song. Surprised? Upset? Well, it’s not like the ...

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    Updated December 9: The Nexus 6 has been dropped from the Google Store. Step back from the food court, I repeat, step back from the food court. Move away from the deals. Seriously, though, you might be on a sales safari come this weekend or a cyber chase on Monday. If you're the type of person to give away phones and smartwatches for the holidays, though, it helps to actually consider what you're getting and how it fits the person you're getting it for. Like a sommelier does with wine, we're given you our suggestions on what phones to look for when you're talking about your dorky cousin ...

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    Official factory images allowing owners of legacy Nexus devices to move to Android 6.0 early were uploaded to Google’s servers way back in the opening stages of October, followed by over-the-air updates for everyone who wasn’t in a big hurry to leave Lollipop behind. Well, not exactly everyone, as T-Mobile inexplicably delayed the Android Marshmallow rollout for the first-gen Motorola-made Nexus 6 purchased from the “Uncarrier.” At long last, it appears the MRA58X goodie package has been given the green-light and should start making its way OTA “soon.” Mind you, this is ...

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    With a smartphone like the Moto X Pure Edition, one that already offers users dozens (upon dozens) of ways to customize their handsets, how do you go about giving them an extra-special design? After all, you already have a ton of freedom in either crafting a look that's all your own, or recreating an attractive color scheme you've seen elsewhere. Motorola's tapped designer Jonathan Adler for help in offering users something to give their smartphones a little extra pizazz, and today announces three limited-edition designs going up for sale next week. The three Alder-created Moto X Pure ...

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    AT&T prepaid subsidiary Cricket Wireless has gained a reputation as one of the most generous US mobile carriers in recent years, often “selling” decent phones for free despite not demanding a contractual obligation. Naturally, the small operator’s holiday deals are always a sight to behold, this year letting you score no less than four Android and Windows handhelds sans upfront charges, as well as two more at deeply discounted prices. Now, granted, Christmas is still over a month away, and even Thanksgiving Day feels like a sweet but distant dream. You needn’t worry however, as ...

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    Hong Kong-based hardware manufacturer Lenovo bought Motorola Mobility from Google last year and it finalized that acquisition last year. But just because a deal's done doesn't mean it takes time and treasure to readjust things. As a result, it needed to clean house not only within Motorola, but within itself. And for earnings reporting reasons, Lenovo's had to use some of its money to make that happen. Revenues were up 16 percent from last year to $12.2 billion. But with the conversion of its smartphone production to its Motorola subsidiary as well as other charges related to inventory and ...

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    In the days following the formal launch of Android 6.0 Marshmallow we saw OEMs lining up to start sharing the first details of their own update plans, with Motorola taking a prominent place among them. The news we got wasn't necessarily great – there was a big wide-open hole that left the fate of US carrier editions of the Moto X 2014 super uncertain – but at least international editions looked like they'd be covered. And indeed, today we get some news from Motorola on how it's beginning distribution of its Marshmallow updates, and the focus is very much on international markets. This ...

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    Lenovo has been promoting its "Vibe" series of phones in China as "Lemon." Shaking citrus allusions aside, we saw a bit of a TENAA tease a couple of months ago of what might be the last of the Lenovos in terms of mobile phones. While Motorola is said to be taking the wheel soon, we might some fun being set up in Beijing. Lenovo is teasing a Vibe X3 launch for November 16. The whole artsy bit might refer to the Lenovo Vibe brand translating to "Legend Music lemon" on Google. As a reminder, here are some of the specs we know of in table form: [table] Component,Type Screen size,5.5 inches ...

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    You can't talk about smartwatches without talking about the Moto 360. One of the two Android Wear launch devices, the 360 wowed us not just because of the platform on which it ran, but also because of that at-the-time unparalleled circular display. Sure, we've seen the arrival of plenty of round smartwatches since, and Motorola itself has moved on to sales of its second-gen models, but the Moto 360 still holds a special place in our smartwatch-loving hearts. If you think there's room for one on your wrist, now may be a great time to pick up last year's model, as the Moto 360 hits a very ...

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    "It is obvious that this contest cannot be decided by our knowledge of the Force... but by our skills with a lightsaber." –Count Dooku One of the best things Verizon Wireless ever did was acquiring the rights to use the word “DROID” to differentiate its Androids from phones from its competitors, and one of the latest phones to carry the DROID name is the DROID Maxx 2, made by Motorola. In our Verizon Motorola DROID Maxx 2 review, we're taking a close look at this brand new device on Big Red. Motorola made some compromises on this device, but did it keep the DROID Maxx 2 worthy of ...

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    In a downtown Chicago mall near the corner of State and Washington, you’ll find a pretty unique store. Situated conveniently across the hallway from the Sunglass Hut, Motorola’s new Moto store seeks to bring you more style and more personality than even the flashiest eyewear can bring you. It’s rare to find a store that comes with its own photo booth. It’s even more rare to find a store that dares you to come in and break its product. You’ll find both at the Moto store. Earlier this week, Motorola was kind enough to invite us over for a sneak preview of this unique store before ...

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    Let's not mess around. If you've been following Android at all this season, you know about Motorola's Moto X Pure Edition and you certainly know about Google's Nexus 6P. The former is one of the best values in Android right now, a blend of incredibly customizable hardware and very intelligent software, while the latter is a sleek metallic showcase for the very best that Google's mobile platform has to offer. Each has its place in the landscape and each is a solid deal at its respective price point ... but if you're shopping for a phone to grace your pockets and you've got a budget of ...

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    It’s not quite like Motorola to flood the market with marginally distinct configurations of the same phones headed to different regions, but for some reason, Mexicans seem to get preferential treatment in the form of the Moto G Turbo Edition. Granted, America’s neighbors have last year seen the Moto G Ferrari Edition and G Forte exclusively launched within their borders, but the G Turbo is a whole new ball game. It may look identical to the international third-gen G, yet under the hood, there lies a zippy octa-core Snapdragon 615 chip replacing the humbler quad SD410. The second and ...

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    One of the best things Verizon wireless ever did was acquiring the rights to use the word "Droid" to differentiate its phones powered by the Android operating system from those available from other carriers. Not every Android-powered phone offered by Verizon has carried the Droid moniker. Some of us think this is because the Droid name implies higher-end devices. In the case of the Droid Maxx 2, that's absolutely the case, and from what we've seen, it's worthy of the name. When asked about the naming of the Droid Maxx 2, Rick Osterloh, Motorola's CEO said, it stands for "maxx battery, ...

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    Motorola's no stranger to giving smartphone shoppers some options when it comes to retail availability of its mobile electronics, letting you check out its phones in stores, offering them through carrier partners, and running direct sales through its own website – including the option for Moto Maker customization. Now all those ways to get your hands on Motorola hardware are about to be joined by one more, as Motorola gets ready to launch its very own boutique smartphone shop in downtown Chicago. The Moto Shop's intended to introduce shoppers to all the things that make Motorola phones ...

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    Motorola captured the adoration of a tech geek nation with its first Android wearable. The first-generation Moto 360 was a round-faced anomaly in a sea of squares, a distinctive wristwatch that actually looked like a timepiece, rather than a piece of technology. Its sequel updates the original’s underpowered processor and brings additional sizing options and a lot more Moto Maker customization, but leaves other controversial aspects intact. The "flat tire" at the bottom of the display remains, for example, and the screen itself is an LCD panel once again, instead of the better-suited ...

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    The Moto X Style, aka X Pure Edition, can be considered the 2014 Moto X’s clear superior, but it’s also a significantly different phone, with half an inch of extra screen real estate. Thus, we weren’t surprised to see Motorola keep yesteryear’s flagship around after the sequel’s launch. At the same time, we couldn’t help but hope for second-generation Moto X discounts, and today-only, you can indeed purchase the Full HD 5.2-incher from Amazon at an irresistible price. To our knowledge, $200 is an all-time low as well, and it’s particularly compelling when you get to choose ...

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    And so it begins. Several hardware manufacturers have revealed the names of their Android devices due to swap Lollipop software with Marshmallow goodies over the next months, and now carriers start filling in timing-related blanks. Guess what, 2014 HTC One M8 and third-generation Motorola Moto G adopters. Your Android 6.0 makeovers may only be weeks away from an “international” rollout. In Canada, Telus estimates the enhancement packages will be dispatched on December 17 and 20 respectively. But up north, as well as in the US and even Europe, wireless service providers are often ...

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    Why buy a Droid? Six years ago, when Motorola and Verizon Wireless introduced the very first Droid as the alternative to the AT&T-exclusive iPhone, the answer was obvious. With near-stock Google software running on an aggressively angular chassis and backed up by an even more aggressive marketing campaign, the original Droid was a carefully crafted "anti-iPhone." It was positioned as the more-powerful, more-capable answer to Apple's offering, and it sold by the truckload. More than any other device in the US, Motorola's original Droid put the Android platform on the map – ...

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    In 1968, novelist Philip K. Dick asked Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? In his book (which was the inspiration for Blade Runner), after war had devastated Earth, a bounty hunter was tasked with "retiring" six escaped Nexus-6 model androids - the latest and most advanced model ever. That got us wondering: what's the best Nexus smartphone of all time? For years, Google had denied any intention to make a "Google Phone", reiterating its support of the Android OS and the Open Handset Alliance -  a consortium of companies devoted to advancing open standards for mobile devices. The ...

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    We were in New York for the Droid Turbo 2 launch where a short 20-minute press conference took place in which the phone was dropped several times. And the screen didn't shatter. We discussed what Motorola's Shatter Shield technique covers in terms of protecting the phone itself during this week's Pocketnow Weekly podcast. The screen element is actually made up of two "lens" elements that are not glass, but a clear polycarbonate and acrylic polymer and therefore cannot be shattered. But the material is an easy exhibitor of scratches, so you'll likely end up with some nasty visuals on your ...

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    Buying a new smartphone isn't at all cheap, and depending on the device you purchased, fixing a shattered display can be extremely expensive. Aftermarket solutions don't always work as intended, and getting a factory display replacement doesn't always mean just replacing the shattered glass. Motorola made a solid point on the Droid Turbo 2 announcement for how long the company spent trying to find a solution for this, and today the company explains why. By now you've probably noticed that at least one of your friends is using a device with a shattered display. Most display repairs cost the ...

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    Update: Happy Halloween! The podcast is early so you can cover your ears with it while being spooked by pop-scares all around town! Motorola builds a shatterproof phone and we put it to the test. Samsung builds a tablet the size of a TV and we look on with concern. And Nintendo finally makes the jump to your smartphone screen ... and we get all nostalgic for Tetris and Toobin'. All this, plus some learning about the 600 MHz spectrum and an eyes-on session with your listener mail, on episode 172 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 3:30pm Eastern on October ...

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    Back in late August, Motorola rumors focused on a new 5.43-inch quad HD handset, one supposedly under development as codename Bounce. It wasn't long though before we heard a possible commercial name for the handset, as new sources described the phone as the Moto X Force. In the weeks that followed, those Moto X Force rumors evolved into rumors of the Droid Turbo 2, under the expectation that Motorola would be releasing what was essentially the same hardware under those two different names, with the Droid Turbo 2 an exclusive to Verizon in the US, and the Moto X Force coming to other ...

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    After big numbers from Apple, Microsoft and Google, of course we should move to Samsung to cover its digits. After all, talking about the declining shipments, the iPhone's comet chasing and a chaebol in a commandeering crisis. (Drop below for the deets on Samsung shipments, but first, some bits of its Q3 earnings.) Earnings Nevertheless, good news for the most part as Samsung revenues went up 9 percent year-over-year to the US currency equivalent of $45B. Operating profit, while down in sequential quarters, remains a vast improvement from last year: Nearly $6.5B this year versus $4.2B in ...

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