When Google gained control of Motorola in 2012, the expectation was that Google was ready to release a smartphone of its own. That never happened. The blame can perhaps be put on Google’s engineering team or even the CEO’s lack of wanting to work with Motorola. Instead, Motorola pushed on its own and produced its flagship that was announced and released in August 2013: the Moto X. It was the return of Motorola, eliminating its massive amount of devices to just focus on a single one. Google was now holding an umbrella over Motorola, making sure nothing could go wrong and nurse it back to health. Everyone thought that this device would bring together a superb, unchanged software experience along with cutting edge specifications. For some reason, hardly anyone bit. » Read the rest
With the Moto X scheduled to become a relic later this year, Motorola has some devices to get rid of.
To clear out stock, the company is offering a discount on the device through its website. Just add a Moto X of any color/storage size/etc. to your shopping cart, and add the coupon code “MBXISMOT.”
An image of a battery cover supposedly meant for a Motorola smartphone has surfaced on the Facebook account for HellomotoHK. The cover is made out of a kevlar-like material or has been designed to give that appearance and is reminiscent of some recent Motorola Droid device covers.
The cover includes several access holes on the back with two large ones seemingly configured in a manner similar to the HTC One (M8) duo camera. According to HellomotoHK, the cover may be meant for the Motorola Moto X+1 or a Google Play Edition version of the same device. It is also possible it may be intended for an updated version of a Motorola Droid device for 2014.
Over the weekend, an Android 4.4.4 soak test was launched with some Motorola handsets. Now, the company has posted the changelog for the Android 4.4.4 update regarding the DROID Ultra, MAXX, and Mini. » Read the rest
Motorola has become one of the best manufacturers when it comes to updating devices, and it looks like they’re keeping up the trend with Android 4.4.4. They’ve announced that a handful of devices will be receiving the incremental update, including the Moto G in Brazil and India, the Moto E in France, Canada, and Asia Pacific, and the Droid Ultra in the US.
The 4.4.4 update includes everything that came with 4.4.3, including a new dialer and some camera tweaks, plus the usual bug fixes, performance enhancements, etc. If your device wasn’t listed, I wouldn’t worry too much. Motorola has been great about getting things updated, so we’ll likely hear some more news about it in the next few weeks.
We know that Motorola is readying the Moto X+1, but let’s not forget the DROIDs. We can only assume that new DROIDs will be announced around the same time, just like last year. TK Tech News has already leaked the Moto X+1, but they were given images of another device, but all we know is that it probably isn’t the Moto X+1. What we do know is the display is larger than the Moto X, but it’s our understanding that the Moto X+1 will have a larger display as well, at 5.2-inches. They do compare this device to the Nexus 5, and does appear bigger.
Of all of the Android Wear devices that have been announced, the Moto 360 is arguably the most hyped device of the bunch. Many people are excited for the 360 because not only will it be a solid Android Wear device, but because it looks great for a watch. The rounded design and aesthetics of the device continue to look impressive, especially compared to the typically-square designs of other smartwatches. » Read the rest
Some bad news for Motorola today, as the regional court in Mannheim, Germany has ruled that Motorola has infringed on an antenna patent owned by LPKF Laser & Electronics AG.
Because of the infringement, Motorola has been ordered to stop selling mobile phones in Germany which infringe on the patent. To get things going again, Motorola will have to adjust its devices to steer clear of the infringement.
If you own a Motorola Moto X, Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx or Droid Mini and you have not tried the Motorola Connect app, you may want to head on over to the Play Store to give it a try. If you have already checked out the app, you will be glad to know an update is rolling out that adds a couple new features and overhauls the look and feel. Motorola Connect lets owners of the specific Motorola devices see and respond to text messages from their computer via a Chrome Extension to the Chrome Browser. » Read the rest
Although the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live are the starters for Android Wear, it seems that just about everyone is waiting for the Moto 360. The Motorola smartwatch, which is slated for a release this summer, is expected to carry a hefty price tag. But the reason for that is the build quality. The aforementioned smartwatches from LG and Samsung feature plastic, which no doubt keeps costs down. So it is no surprise that the source code on Motorola’s site for the Moto 360 reveals that the smartwatch would be available in silver (and we do not mean the color).
Considering it will likely be available through Moto Maker, Motorola has the opportunity to offer different materials to vary the cost of entry. Some people may be fine with plastic and choose to do so at a low price. And others may want something premium, that is where the metal and silver designs come in. Motorola could be aiming to serve a broad audience.