Sex sells right? Well Motorola seemed to agree, but are now reversing course. Yesterday they sent out the above tweet. Pretty funny, but they decided to delete it. All though a little sexual, the tweet was about their upcoming wood backing that will be available on the Moto X.
They also revised two ads. One ad titled “Feminine Mystique” had, “Is bigger really better? You decide (16 or 32GB)”, but they changed it to, “Play Goldilocks and choose the right size for you (16 or 32GB)”. One more ad had “Touch each other, not phones. Moto X responds to your voice, no touching necessary. (That’s what she said.)” They simply removed “That’s what she said” from the ad. Check out the images after the break.
It’s that time of the month again!! This is when we find out how badly Android is fragmented. According to Google, Jelly Bean is on about 40.5% devices, up from 37.9% the previous month. If you look at Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean combined, the total is at 63.1%, up from 61.3% last month.
I know a lot people seem to get excited how great this is, but seriously folks. Ice Cream Sandwich debuted in October of 2011 and Jelly Bean debuted last June 2012. I’m sorry, this is nothing to get excited about. In fact, Gingerbread, which was announced in November 2010, is still on 33.1% of devices.
The good news is that Android device sales continue to rock & roll while Tim Cook keeps arguing about fragmentation. Translation – nobody cares.
As we wind down the week and start to turn our attention over to next week’s LG G2 announcement, LG has given us a couple of teaser videos. I personally don’t care so much about teaser videos, but I have to say that these videos are well produced and showing that LG is ready to do some serious marketing. I highly recommend wathing them.
The “Manifesto” film is about the relationship between technology and humans. Things like “Technology is limited but humans are limitless” and “Technology can err but humans turn mistakes into opportunities.” This all leads up to the fact that “There is no technology greater than humans.” The next video, titled “Learning For You” is my favorite of the two. It has a much quicker pace and goes through the many things humans achieve starting from birth. Hit the break for both videos.
The Moto X is the first phone that was developed after the Google acquisition of Motorola, but how much input did Google really have? It was said at the beginning that Motorola would operate independently. However, Google sent over 70 employees to Motorola, include Dennis Woodside, who is now the CEO of Moto. So in some ways, Google did have a heavy influence, but according to the Wall Street Journal, the Google Android team wasn’t all that helpful. It is probably the main reason why the Moto X isn’t shipping with Android 4.3, the latest version of Android. In fact, at one point, it wasn’t clear if the Chrome Web browser would make it on to the phone because Motorola wasn’t getting the support they needed from the Android team.
Well that didn’t take long. A day after the Moto X unveiling, the full system dump became available, and now the wallpapers are ready for your downloading pleasure. As you can see, the themes are very patriotic and most suitable for the U.S. Not surprising since it’s going to be a while until other parts of the world get a chance to buy it.
If you’re using your desktop, just click on the individual images to get the full size version. Then right click and choose to save the image. You will then need to transfer the image(s) to your phone. You can also download these directly to your phone. Just open this web page on your phone and tap on any image, Once the full size version loads, long press on it and select to save the image to your device. Alternatively, you can choose to download all of the images in a zip file by clicking on the link below. Hit the break for all 16 wallpapers. Enjoy!!
Sure you can go into a carrier store and pick out a black or white Moto X, but how much fun is that? The real fun is choosing one of 18 colors for the back plate. You can even choose a different color for the accents. If you really want to get personal, you can add your name to the back plate as well. You can do all this and so much more with the motomaker website. Among customizing the outside appearance you can also add a message for the boot screen and pick what wallpaper you want to be the default when the device is shipped. It’s really quite simple. Motorola reps were comparing it to building your own car. Some of us have a closer relationship with our phones so why not make it more personal by getting what you want?
After many months of speculation and leaks, we finally got our hands on the Moto X. It’s being touted as the phone that Responds To You, is Made For You, and is Designed By You. Motorola and Google really felt that smartphones today are powerful, but unfortunately not all that smart. They set out to create something different and I think they nailed it.
The processor is scaring away the hardcores, but this phone is plenty fast. The x8 mobile computing system may include a dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, but it’s so much more. With the included quad-core Adreno 32p GPU, and two additional cores for natural language and contextual processing, the Moto X is going to give you solid performance in not only speed, but battery life. Speaking of battery, it’s has 2,200mAh, which doesn’t sound like much, but it will give you 24 hours of use.
On top of that, you get an amazing camera with Clear Pixel technology and the ability to search, set a reminder, set your alarm, call someone, and open apps, and so much more without every touching the device. It’s time to finally see the Moto X in action. Hit the break to check it out.
Last week we told you about a couple of new features that the Moto X will include called Motorola Connect and Motorola Migrate. Neither was talked about during last week’s DROID event, but it appears that at least the Motorola Connect feature will be compatible with those phones as well. Motorola Connect is a Chrome extension that allows you to see your text messages and calls via the Chrome browser. Here’s the full description…
Motorola Connect allows you to see text messages and calls coming into your Connect enabled phone on your computer’s Chrome browser. You can read and respond to texts using your keyboard and even know who’s calling before deciding if you should reach for your phone.
Motorola Connect is currently supported on Moto X, DROID ULTRA, DROID MAXX and DROID MINI.
We are less than a week away from the unveiling of the LG G2 and it recently hit AnTuTu benchmarks. It scored 29,909, which is impressive, but not all that surprising when you consider that it will have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC onboard. The model number was LG-D802.
So what do you guys think about the LG G2? Is this just a Galaxy wannabe or are they going to wow the world and force Galaxy owners to salivate?