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:

  • by | January 30, 2014 3:14 PM

    Yesterday's Lenovo news was shocking enough, but it wasn't the only Google story to cross our path this week that came off as really difficult to accept on face value. We got the week started with a rumor that Google was winding-down its Nexus series of hardware, which thus far has been a fixture of the Android landscape. The argument was that a growing selection of Google Play edition devices would provide enough of a Nexus-like alternative to do away with pure Nexus models, and in an attempt to rationalize the idea, we argued that maybe affordable Motorola phones like the Moto X and Moto ...

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  • by | January 30, 2014 1:08 PM

    Reacting to yesterday’s news of Lenovo's acquisition of Motorola's smartphone business from Google has felt a bit like going through our own five stages of grief. We've had shock, confusion, rationalization, and maybe even acceptance. In the time that's followed we've learned some more specifics of the arrangement, like what it would mean for Motorola's modular Project Ara design, and now we have the opportunity to get some answers straight form the horse's mouth, as a couple Lenovo execs sat down with The Wall Street Journal to discuss the purchase. Once again, Lenovo delivers ...

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  • by | January 29, 2014 9:36 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Apple's market share growth in the tablet space, which hadn't happened in years. We then talk about LG and the leaks of the G Pro 2 for a probable launch at MWC in Barcelona. Samsung follows the news as we go through the leaks of the 16MP ISOCELL shooter being used, aside from the other rumors of Samsung keeping 1080p displays for an extra year. In additional Samsung news we also go through the rumors of the company ditching the Magazine UX that we saw at CES, due to some pressure from Google. We end today's show as we go through the shocking ...

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  • by | January 29, 2014 6:56 PM

    We're still reeling a little bit from this evening's wholly unexpected news of Lenovo acquiring Motorola's smartphone business from Google. Shortly after first hearing it as a rumor, confirmation swiftly arrived, and we've had some time since to reflect on just what all this means. One question that we noticed popping up quite a bit in your comments following this news has been what this sale might mean for Motorola's Project Ara, that cool modular design that may just change how we look at smartphone hardware. In what sounds like good news, Ara will be sticking with Google, rather than ...

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  • by | January 29, 2014 6:16 PM

    "This don't make no ****** sense to me." "Oh what the ****?" That's a partial transcript of the conversation I just had with Chief News Editor Stephen Schenck, discussing the just-announced purchase of American smartphone maker Motorola by the Chinese technology firm Lenovo. The profanity, though bleeped out, is genuine; this is a scenario so outlandish that if you'd posed it to me as recently as two hours ago, I'd have made a silly bet including the phrase "I'll eat my hat." This means two things: first, I need to tone it down on the hyperbole. Second: I need to brush up on my business ...

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  • by | January 29, 2014 5:10 PM

    So far, the news today has been no stranger to whiskey tango foxtrot moments, like that unexpected rumor that Samsung could be taking a major step back from its heavily customized, own-app-laden take on Android in favor of a more Google-driven look. But that might have nothing on this next bizarre tale, as reports come in that Lenovo is finalizing a deal that would make it the new owner of Motorola Mobility, buying the company from Google. Motorola only just started showing a new side to its lineup last summer with the release of the Moto X, and it's shocking to think that it could be ...

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  • by | January 27, 2014 8:00 PM

    I'm writing this literally minutes after pulling the trigger on a new Moto X purchase. It will be at my doorstep in five days, and it's exactly the phone I've wanted ever since Motorola unveiled the line back in July. So why didn't I get it earlier? The Moto X has been on sale for months - so long, in fact, that we've already published our durability report and an After The Buzz re-review of the plucky little smartphone from Google. Sure, today's hour-long sale provided a little nudge, but my impulse control isn't honed enough to resist buying a drool-worthy phone for five hours, let ...

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  • by | January 27, 2014 2:29 PM

    Last Friday, Motorola announced the details of its most interesting Moto X deal to date, revealing that today, from 3 to 4pm, the off-contract Moto X would be available for $100 off its current price (a price that already got knocked-back $100 earlier this month). That means the opportunity to score a free-and-clear 16GB Moto X for just about $300. For $25 more, you can also upgrade to one of the new wooden backs, and an extra $50 will move you up to the 32GB version of the handset. Like previous deals, expect this one to move quickly. Besides the one hour ticking clock, there's also a ...

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  • by | January 24, 2014 11:54 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Apple's confirmation that there are no plans to merge OS X with iOS in the near future. Motorola follows the news as the Moto X is going to be on Sale this Monday, January 27th, and the deal is very good. HTC is next as those of you expecting Android 4.4 KitKat on your US variants may see the update in the next coming days. The Google Nexus 5 follows as we get new leaks of the phone in red. We end today's show talking about Qualcomm and how it just acquired Palm's patents from HP. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Apple puts the ...

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  • by | January 24, 2014 5:57 PM

    The Moto X is now five-months-old. Our own Michael Fisher took a second look at Motorola's 2013 flagship yesterday in episode 29 of After The Buzz. He found that despite how mediocre the phone was on paper at the time of its launch, the consensus hasn't changed … at all. The Moto X is a fantastic smartphone we still would (and do) recommend for many. But there's no point in rehashing his views on the Moto X in comparison to its foes. Instead, we're here to look at how the Moto X has fared in our pockets, next to our keys and pocket change, or how it has survived the element over those ...

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  • by | January 24, 2014 4:33 PM

    It's not too often that we share with you details of smartphone sales. Sure, there are times like Black Friday when sales are the whole point, and sometimes savings are just too big to keep to ourselves, but few phones have had us following their sales quite in the same way as the Moto X. Maybe that's because of the Moto Maker, and how Motorola sells these guys directly. Maybe it's because of the pretty substantial savings that have been offered, knocking a hundred dollars or more off already low prices. For whatever reason these Moto X deals have captivated us so much, they're not ...

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  • by | January 24, 2014 12:30 AM

    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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  • by | January 23, 2014 6:15 PM

    The Moto X may be a spectacular little handset. Most of us here at Pocketnow have been smitten with the smartphone since we first laid eyes on it and Moto Maker back in 2013. And several of us now use the Moto X as our full-time daily drivers. Regardless of how much love the Moto X has received from press and most of those who have used it, Motorola's modest flagship hasn't managed to turn the heads of too many developers, even with a dedicated developer edition. The Moto X development forums are barren, at least by comparison to devices like the HTC One and Galaxy S 4. That said, it ...

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  • by | January 23, 2014 7:01 AM

     "Our revels now are ended, Kirk." That's a quote from Star Trek VI, paraphrasing a line from Shakespeare's The Tempest. In the latter instance (minus the "Kirk" bit) it's a conceit of sorts, an admission that the play is a falsehood - and an observation that so, perhaps, is life. In the former example it's a wisecrack from a Klingon bent on shooting our favorite captain's ship out from under him. In both cases, it's a kind of farewell. And in today's example, it's also a goodbye - to the old times. That's a pretty dramatic way of saying that we're finally, officially past the post-CES ...

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  • by | January 22, 2014 10:35 AM

    Motorola's been absolutely stunning us with the release of some incredibly affordable, yet still very nice quality Android smartphones. The Moto X may have been pushing the limits of affordability when it first launched, but recent cuts have solidified it in the Nexus-level price range. Then we got the Moto G, which was just crazy inexpensive right from the get-go, and carriers have already been knocking the $180 base price down even lower themselves. Frankly, we'd be perfectly happy just seeing more devices released in the same vein as these guys, but it sounds like Motorola has some big ...

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