Moto E is Motorola’s ultra-thin smartphone for Mexico

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Remember the Motorola device that leaked yesterday in with three variants? Those variants belong to the Moto E name. It has leaked again. The device, which is seemingly heading to Mexico (for now), is similar to the affordable Moto G; however, the specifications are slightly altered and the price tag reflects that.

For roughly 2999 pesos (or $230) without a contract, the Moto E brings a 4.3-inch 720p display with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM powered by a 1900mAh battery. Internal memory integrated is sized at 4GB and a microSD card slot looks like it will be included. Also, a 5MP camera sits on the rear of the device.

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Motorola to introduce new ultra-thin smartphone very soon

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The Moto G (pictured above) is Motorola’s best selling smartphone, but they have something else up their sleeve. A new phone has been approved by Brazilian authorities and is only 6.2mm thick. It will will also feature a 4.3-inch (unknown resolution) display, an unknown 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, 5MP rear camera, 1900mAh battery, and Android 4.4 KitKat.

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Motorola celebrating fifty application updates with a Hangout full of questions

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The Moto X and Moto G have garnered a ton of positive attention since being released in last August and October, respectively. Motorola, too, has gotten great feedback from everyone because of their timely software updates for devices and applications. In fact, Motorola has updated fifteen of their apps for fifty total updates. To celebrate, Motorola’s Punit Soni will be leading a Hangout next Wednesday to field any questions thrown at him. There, Soni will answer questions and take feedback from everyone involved.

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Motorola’s 2012 DROID devices still slated to get KitKat in a few more weeks

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Whenever Google releases a new version, or major update, to Android one of the most common questions for owners of existing phones is whether their device will ever benefit. Owners of the Motorola DROID  devices from 2012, the DROID RAZR HD, DROID RAZR M, and DROID RAZR MAXX HD has some reason to be concerned when Android 4.4 KitKat was released last fall as their devices were already “old” in terms of smartphones. They probably breathed a sigh of relief when Motorola announced they would make KitKat available for their devices at some point. After months of no updates though, some were questioning whether Motorola was really committed to the effort to make KitKat available for their devices. The good news for most, if not all, of these owners is that David Schuster with Motorola posted over the weekend that the update was only “a few more weeks” away. » Read the rest

Motorola stays in-house for new President and COO

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While Lenovo works on completing its purchase, Motorola has found a new leading man. Rick Osterloh is now Motorola’s presiden and chief operating officer. What will Osterloh be doing? Reporting to the Motorola Operating Board at Google until this big acquisition is finished and the company ends up in Lenovo’s hands.

Osterloh, while not being a notable name on the surface, is actually a longtime Motorola employee. He joined the company in 2007 when it bought Good. From there, Osterloh worked with development teams for Motorola’s Android devices. Also, Osterloh worked with Skype until Microsoft spent a fortune on it before returning to Motorola recently.

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Motorola honored to receive four Red Dot design awards

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Motorola recently won four Red Dot design awards, something that has never been done before, and today a blog post was posted to the Motorola blogspot that detailed how honored they were. These awards were given for a number of products that were released in this past year, including the Moto X.

Other products that received awards were 3 of the companies Bluetooth-enabled devices, the Motorola Roadster Pro automotive speaker, the Motorola Whisper and the Motorola Sliver II headsets.

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Leak suggests Motorola will move emphasis from wood to leather in 2014

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In 2013, Motorola focused on wood being the material worth emphasizing with the Moto X. With its Moto Maker platform to produce custom devices, Motorola needed something to differentiate the Moto X. However, upon launching, the wood backs did not exactly maintain the buzz from when the Moto X was revealed in August. The hype cooled off because wood backs came long after the device’s release.

Now, in 2014, it seems that Motorola will be shifting its focus to another material. That material? Leather. On Twitter, @evleaks tweeted “2013:wood::2014:leather.” Of course, this is a very vague tweet on the surface. But what other company used wood in 2013? None, just Motorola.

So it looks like leather will be adding leather to its Moto Maker platform this year. Will it be available for the current Moto X? I would not think so. I believe that the leather backs will debut on Motorola’s next device, either the Moto X + 1 or the rumored 6.3-inch device. » Read the rest

Motorola ‘Moto X + 1′ name surfaces, the world ponders what it could be

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We now know what Motorola’s next device will be named. Thanks to @evleaks on Twitter, we are looking at a device named the “Moto X + 1″ and it is “coming soon.” He attached the image above, which will likely be used on promotional materials.

In all likelihood, the Moto X + 1 is the successor to last year’s critically acclaimed Moto X. There is also a chance that this is the 6.3-inch device Motorola is reportedly working on. Regardless, the hype for Motorola’s next device has just been raised to another level. The Moto X carried a humongous amount of hype and this device may do the same. » Read the rest

Motorola gives behind the scenes look at April Fools’ animation

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On Tuesday, Motorola shared a new boot animation with owners of the Moto X and Moto G. Billed as an April Fools’ day animation, like some of the pranks from this year, the animation was actually pretty cool and probably was not seen as a prank. Motorola has indicated they like to change up the boot animations, especially in connection with seasonal items, to deliver a more personal, engaging experience for owners of their devices. They decided to take an opportunity with this latest animation to take people behind the scenes since the animation used a technology not seen too often these days – stop-motion animation. » Read the rest

Motorola’s Moto G, LG’s G2 keep manufacturers in play

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Ever since HTC started to slide from the top of the Android mountain, the company has been trying to pin its future success on different versions of the HTC One with little to show for the effort. However, two companies are showing how a solid product that appeals to customers can have an impact on the market for smartphones according to Kanta Worldpanel ComTech’s latest sales figures for the three months ending February 2014. According to their analysis, the Motorola Moto G has boosted the manufacturer from owning virtually none of the market to topping 6% of sales in the U.K. in just six months. Dominic Sunnebo notes that the success of the Moto G “highlights the speed at which a quality budget phone can disrupt a market.” » Read the rest