Google IO 2016 Coverage

Lenovo hoping to do modular right with new Moto smartphones

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Earlier today we reported on some leaked images that appear to show this year’s variant of the Moto X and the Verizon Droid branded version of the device. At the time, we noted some dots on the back of the device that we thought may be some type of support for a dock. It turns out that Lenovo may have something more significant planned for the new devices as sources now indicate the dots are actually connectors for a series of modular, swappable backplates providing all sorts of additional functions and hardware for the devices. Read more

Moto G (2016) slides through Zauba, possible specs revealed

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Motorola shattered the meaning of “mid-range” with the Moto G (2015) last year. In 2016, the Lenovo-owned brand really has its work cut because of the bar being set so high. And it’s seeming like the world will be impressed once again. Two phones — the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus — could launch at the same time with specifications even better than before, giving consumers even more options for the Moto G (2016).

What was just spotted on Zauba? Devices believed to be the next phones built by Lenovo under the Moto name. The Indian import and export database revealed the specs we’re likely to see sometime soon.

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Samsung Galaxy C5 line in development with metal body

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Samsung has started work on a new line of mid-range smartphones that appear to be on track to mimic some of the lessons Samsung has learned in building a portfolio of top-tier devices. Sources indicate Samsung is working on producing smartphones in the line with at least two different display sizes. The new Galaxy C5 series is also expected to get a metal body as that type of construction starts to push down into lower strata as revealed by some newly leaked images of the phone. Read more