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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    This year, more major carriers than ever before are interested in the latest Nexus smartphone, with all the big players here in the US either already selling or soon planning to welcome the Nexus 6. And while that's great for the phone's exposure, the way these sales have been happening is a little unusual. While most handsets that sell full-price in the mid-$600 range (like the Nexus 6 does) see on-contract pricing of about $200, the Nexus 6 has been attracting the kind of premium pricing normally seen with more expensive devices: AT&T asked $250 for the phone, while Sprint wanted ...

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    “Where the hell did I leave that phone? I could call it – I think the ringer might be on. Wait... what's my number, anyway?” Sound familiar? If you count yourself among the absent-minded, you're in good company, as plenty of us regularly find ourselves losing track of our smartphones. Online tracking services help to a degree, but if you're sure the phone is somewhere inside your house, a local solution can sure help speed things up. To that end, Motorola has just launched its latest mobile accessory, the Motorola Keylink Bluetooth fob. Keylink works with the Motorola Connect app for ...

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    October 29th, 2014 was the day that Google began to take pre-orders for the Nexus 6 in these United States. Depending on your source, the ordering period lasted for anywhere from 45 to 60 seconds. Not long after Google announced that it would be making more stock available every Wednesday, but these allotments have also met with terribly availability. As I've mentioned in the past, I try not to get hardware through "special" means. I want to go through the same process as you, the same time as you, and undergo the same experience that you do. This puts me as close to you, the Pocketnow ...

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    The evolution of Android over the years has oftentimes been the direct result of nifty features of OEM skins. With the Android 5.0 release, Google produced a Motorola-esque Ambient Display mode, along with other things similar to what we've already seen on other phones. One of the features we'd have liked to seen carried over to stock is one that companies like LG and HTC have had for a while – tap-to-wake. And, if code commits to the Android Open Source Project are correct, then there was Nexus 6 tap-to-wake support once upon a time... except the device didn't launch with it. Perhaps ...

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    If it weren't for that big Nexus logo down the back, would you be able to recognize a Nexus phone these days? While the Nexus 6 may be an impressive piece of hardware, it's strayed quite a bit from the example set by the Nexus 5 and Nexus 4 before it. That means things like higher pricing across the board, whether off-contract or subsidized, and if the Lollipop rollout we've been seeing get underway is any indication, we may no longer be able to count on Nexus phones being first in line for Android updates in the future, too. But at least you can count on Nexus phones being clean and ...

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    Updated with high-quality download and streaming links, as well as timecodes. We'll see you next week! Android gets sweeter, YouTube gets more musical, and Lumia gets more Microsoft. Those are the headlines this week in tech news and views (backed up by a lot of crazy happenings from Samsung, LG, Sharp and more) and by sheer force of will, we're going to try covering them in 90 minutes or less on the fanciest podcast this side of Tuxedo Alley. Joining us this week to help with that monumental task is Joshua Vergara of Android Authority, a veteran of our live recording session from IFA ...

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    Motorola is not wasting any time when it comes to making Android 5.0 Lollipop updates available for its might-as-well-be-stock-Android smartphones. Last week we first got word that updates for certain of the manufacturer's handsets were already coming out – and specifically the 2014 Moto X Pure Edition. Moments later we learned of Lollipop release notes on the company's site for the 2014 Moto G, but all this excitement quickly hit a wall when it started looking like this was all just a limited-availability soak test. Fast-forward to this week, and overnight we started hearing reports ...

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    Motorola is doing a great job (alongside one or two other OEMs) in delivering the latest Android update. The Moto G Android Lollipop update is available as of now for you to download, if you have the latest version of the handset, which is the 2014 variant. According to this report, unlocked Moto G (2014) devices are getting over-the-air update notifications which, if actioned upon, trigger the download of a 386.7MB file, which is nothing else but the official Moto G Android Lollipop update. Since Motorola is keeping things as close to stock as possible (offering a really Nexus-like ...

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    On paper, Motorola's latest DROID carries on the brand's storied legacy in spectacular fashion. A tablet-sized battery mated to a searing hot processor and a super-sharp display, with the whole thing wrapped in a splashproof casing of metallized glass (or better yet, ballistic nylon). "This is what the Moto X should have been!" cried the commenters on our initial hands-on several weeks back. Well, maybe not. While the DROID Turbo did quite well against the second-generation Moto X in last month's face-off, another twelve days of testing ultimately demonstrated why the X is the ...

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    Google's not quite the only name in town when it comes to Nexus phone sales, and that's never been more true than it is with the Nexus 6, finding broad carrier support. The big US networks are all gearing up to start selling the Nexus 6 themselves, as as they do so, final pricing details are starting to become available. But as AT&T shares its own Nexus 6 pricing this morning, we're left asking ourselves, “why is this phone so expensive?” AT&T intends to sell the Nexus 6 for $250 on a two-year contract. Outright, the phone will run you $683. Every once in a while we'll see a ...

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    Holy crap. We know that Motorola, with the pared-down, close-to-pure-Android experience it's been delivering for its latest smartphones has been one of the leaders of the pack when it comes to getting out Android system updates, but this... this? Overnight we shared with you news that a rather polished-looking Android 5.0 build for the 2014 Moto X had leaked, suggesting that Motorola wasn't too far off from formally releasing an update to the public. That might have had you thinking that you could expect the software to land sometime in the next few weeks, but Motorola has managed to ...

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    This year's Moto X takes all the customization options we loved from last year's model and only improves upon them, adding tantalizing new choices like leather backs to the mix. As you may have seen in our review (or just listening to us gush about the phone on the Pocketnow Weekly podcast), we found ourselves big fans of that Horween leather option, a world of improvement over the fake leather texture offered by handsets like some of Samsung's models. Today we learn of a new leather selection being added to the Moto Maker, with the debut of the Moto X in football leather. Horween's the ...

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    Motorola does a nice job at providing shoppers with smartphone options that run the gamut from the super affordable to premium flagship quality. If you want the latest and greatest, you can shell out $650 for the Nexus 6, or if you're looking for a solid phone on a shoestring budget, the Moto E can be yours for just $130. Motorola expanded its budget offerings with the new Moto G back in September, but now it looks like the manufacturer could be working on another affordable model, and one with a little more processing power behind it. A new Geekbench benchmark entry appears to reveal a ...

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    LG G Watch R vs Moto 360. As far as Android Wear videos go, it's our most-requested comparison of 2014 – and a week after unboxing the G Watch R, we've finally gotten around to it as promised. They’re two of the only round-faced smartwatches you can find today, and there’s only a $50 difference between them. But despite their surface similarities and near-identical software, these Android wearables are targeted at two totally different types of customer. The G Watch R is a P-OLED packing powerhouse of a smartwatch, with a Snapdragon 400 under the hood protected by a rugged ...

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    When Motorola announced the start of sales for the Moto 360, you could pick up the smartwatch in a couple different shades of stainless steel, each with its own leather strap option. What we didn't get, though, were the promised metal straps, told that they'd be arriving sometime this fall, both as a default choice for new 360s and an accessory for already purchased models. Since then we've seen leaks indicating a possible November release, as well as a new color option, with the smartwatch appearing in champagne, complete with a matching band (and in two different thicknesses, no less). ...

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    With Motorola's recent history of lightning-fast Android OS updates, we're expecting Android 5.0 Lollipop updates to show up for the company's smartphone line in not long. We're seeing some confirmation of the fact that Motorola's hard at work on the updates with the image leaks today of the alleged Moto X 2014 Lollipop update, as well as a look at the alleged new camera app. The build exposed by Phandroid is about a week old, and has been circulating on Moto X test units since then. It offers a pretty clean Lollipop experience, with everything looking pretty stock and things like Moto ...

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    One week back, the idea of Motorola introducing an alternate version of the Droid Turbo for non-Verizon users really started taking shape. While earlier evidence sure implied the existence of such a handset, last week saw Motorola distribute invitations to an event scheduled for today in Brazil, and the imagery the company chose to use sure suggested that this phone would be a very close relative of the Droid Turbo. Later, leaked photos appeared to reveal the handset in the flesh, dubbed the Moto Maxx. Now Motorola's stepping up to make the Android official, launching the Moto Maxx for ...

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    It really feels like the name of the game when it comes to the latest Nexus hardware is “limited availability.” Look no further than HTC's Nexus 9 sale earlier today, which sold out faster than many shoppers had time to react. The Nexus 6 didn't fare much better when its own pre-orders opened last week, with the smartphone hitting “out of inventory” status in just hours. We later heard that the supply problems with the Play Store might be some degree of intentional, with the plan to set aside the bulk of stocks for carrier-fueled sales, but surely the phone must return to Google's ...

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    The Motorola Droid Turbo on Verizon has emerged as one of the more interesting smartphones of the season... with the big asterisk next to that statement being that unless you're in the US, and unless you're willing to sign up with Verizon, this news is utterly useless to you. Well, maybe not entirely useless, as we've been seeing bits and pieces of evidence pointing to the existence of a close cousin of the Droid Turbo, delivering very nearly the same hardware under a new name and circumventing that Verizon exclusivity in the process. Last week an invite seemed to point to Motorola ...

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    Just as happened last year, Motorola has two great phones available now on Verizon Wireless. The newly-announced DROID Turbo and Moto X both have their ups and downs, but which is the better overall pick for you to spend your hard-earned dollars on? Our DROID Turbo vs Moto X 2014 comparison video, embedded down below, will help you make the decision. On paper, there's a pretty vast difference here – the camera's megapixel count on the DROID Turbo smokes that of the Moto X, the Turbo's processor is considerably more powerful, its display is superior as far as pixel density is concerned, ...

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    A little over a month ago, we got what sure seemed to be an early look at a new flavor for the Moto 360, as Motorola was spotted showing off a 360 with an unmistakable golden tinge to its metal body. When confronted about the pic, Motorola removed the image from its servers, and while the company remained cagey about its ultimate intentions for a golden 360, acknowledged that it liked to experiment with different materials and confirmed that new styles for the Moto 360 would be available in the future. We've yet to see that golden 360 go official, but it sure came close earlier today, as ...

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    Yesterday we saw Google begin accepting pre-orders for the Nexus 6 through the Play Store – or, at least, we assume that's what happened, because as soon as we had the chance to check things out, Google was already reporting that all configurations of Nexus 6 hardware were out of inventory, no longer available for pre-order. Just how could Google have such very, very low stocks at its disposal that the pre-orders couldn't even last through half a day? As it turns out, there might be a very good reason why the Nexus 6 has proven so difficult to order through the Play Store, and it could ...

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    When we first caught wind of the news, we nearly didn't believe it: how could Lenovo purchase Motorola? This was a company that Google had only just taken under its wing, and following the strong reception of models like the Moto X and Moto G, we were feeling extremely optimistic about what might be possible from a Google-owned Motorola. But then on one cold day in late January the rumor landed that a deal to sell control of Motorola to Lenovo was in the late stages of negotiation, and just hours later Google made it official: Lenovo was buying Motorola – Motorola Mobility, if we're ...

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    Motorola has never been known for its terrific camera performance. I've always appreciated the company's other specialties: its robust hardware, its aggressive styling, and (recently) its innovative software ... but from my first-ever Motorola smartphone to my current daily driver the Moto X, the camera's never made the list of favorites. I've never seen a great photo opportunity and said "Quick! Bring my Motorola phone!" There's always been a smartphone with a better camera, if not nearby then at least on my mind. That's a situation Motorola looks to change with the DROID Turbo camera, a ...

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    Google teased its new software update, previously known as the Android L Preview, back at the I/O 2014 developer conference back in June. It showed off new features a new and improved recent apps menu, lock screen notifications, and Project Volta, meant to improve battery life. Among the most important changes, however, is the all new design language, called Material Design. This new interface design is meant to make the UI react to the user’s input the same way their analog – or material – counterparts would in the real world. There is depth and a visible hierarchy to the way ...

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