Motorola announces change of leadership

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Motorola-a-Lenovo-CompanyAs Motorola inches towards the closing of the Lenovo deal, the company has announced a change in their leadership team. Charlie Tritschler has been promoted to Senior Vice Present of Product Management, overseeing product development on all the company’s products. Tritschler joined Motorola in March of last year from Amazon’s Kindle team and has made a key impact on the Moto E and Moto G.

In addition, Motorola announced it’s adding regional sales heads as three new members of its senior leadership team and also making Adrienne Hayes the SVP of Marketing and Communications of a new marketing and communications team responsible for the company’s brand and advertising worldwide.

Source: Official Motorola Blog

 

Huawei teases new phone to be announced at IFA in September

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In September, major OEMs will gather at IFA in Berlin to announce a number of new products and devices to the market.

Huawei has gotten things started in the marketing department, sending out invites for its event, and teasing a new device at the same time.

It would make sense that this new phone is the Ascend Mate 3 — we should see plenty of leaks of the device in the coming weeks.

Huawei is also set to release another Honor-branded smartphone in China, the Honor 6, which will have a 5-inch display with 720p resolution, a MediaTek MT6582 chipset, a 1.3GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU and 1GB RAM. The rear camera is only 2MP, so this is pretty low-end.

Source: GSM Arena

Trademarked “Moto Maxx” hints at potential Motorola handset

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There is always a good indication of what is to come when a company has something go somewhat public through an FCC filing. The only downfall of an FCC filing is that the name of the device can be tricky to identify. With trademarks at the USPTO, that kind of stuff is out and open for everyone to see. So today we have learned that Motorola has trademarked the name Moto Maxx. Interestingly, this associates two of Motorola’s brands with one device. The first part, Moto, belongs to the company’s own flagship devices for different regions around the world. The latter, Maxx, has typically stayed with Verizon and the DROID line of devices.

Is the DROID name finally being put to rest? We will just have to wait and see. If that is the case, then this would presumably be the successor to last year’s Motorola DROID Maxx.

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office
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HTC holding press event on August 19, likely a One (M8) with Windows Phone

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Next month in New York City, HTC will be holding press event that could see the introduction of a new product that is a little familiar. The company is expected to announce the One (W8) for Windows on August 19 and a release date is to follow two days later with Verizon being one of the named carriers. The device is rumored to be a One (M8) repackaged with Windows Phone as the operating system rather than Android.

The One (W8) for Windows is rumored to keep all of the goodies that come with HTC’s Android flagship. This means that BoomSound and the Duo Camera are sticking around. And with Windows Phone’s latest update, smart covers are supported; therefore, the Dot View case will presumably make its way to the One (W8) as well. Earlier this month, we did learn that HTC would be bringing its unique case to additional devices and a ‘W8′ was spotted on the list.

Source: Windows Phone Central

Samsung Galaxy Alpha to be officially unveiled on August 4th

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It may seem odd that that there would be much excitement for a non-flagship Samsung device, but the Samsung Galaxy Alpha is generating quite a bit of buzz. That is probably because the device will be Samsung’s first to break tradition by moving away from plastic and using metal-body construction. Possibly recognizing just how much interest there is in the Galaxy Alpha, Samsung has pushed up the release date to next Monday, August 4th. This will provide some additional time between the announcement of the Galaxy Alpha and the expected release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, possibly along with a slew of Gear products, in September.

source: SamMobile

Meizu MX4 may claim title of thinnest bezels

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According to the last report we saw, Meizu hopes to release the Meizu MX4 in August. The successor to the MX3 is expected to come with a 5.5-inch screen. To help keep the overall size of the device down, Meizu appears to have figured out how to manufacture it with some extremely thin bezels on the sides. So small that at 1.1 millimeters, the Meizu MX4 will be able to lay claim to having the thinnest bezels on a smartphone in the world. » Read the rest

Analysts predict LG G3 to be twice as popular as the G2 despite imminent iPhone 6 launch

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The LG G3 launched less than a month ago and we just can’t keep our hands off of it. In a report published by The Korea Times, analysts predict a lot of people are going to feel the same way. At the start of 2013, LG had sold around 3 million G2 units worldwide. While 3 million units is no small feat (and that number has likely gone up since the new year) Woori Investment & Securities analyst Sophia Kim seems to think the G3 will double those sales for the Korean tech company.

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Huawei Ascend Mate 3 spotted in benchmarks packing powerful specs

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Readers of the site may remember the Huawei Ascend Mate 2, a mid-range phablet at a great price which we reviewed quite favorably earlier this summer. Well it appears that the folks at Huawei have already started preparing the follow-up to their 6.1-inch behemoth, and this times the specifications seem as gargantuan as the screen.

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Samsung launches budget-friendly Galaxy Avant on T-Mobile

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Today T-Mobile added another Samsung device to their line-up of phones, announcing the Samsung Galaxy Avant as a low-budget alternative to the pricier Galaxy S5. Packing a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, 1.5GB of RAM and a 4.5-inch qHD (960 x 540) display, the Avant seems like a solid choice for those wanting the S5′s features without spending over half-a-grand. It features Samsung’s popular S Voice service as well as features like Smart Switch and Easy Mode.

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Samsung files patents for three new smartwatches and new gesture control technology

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Samsung is no stranger to releasing multiple variations of the same ideas, and if some recent patents are to be believed, they will continue that tradition by releasing more smartwatches. According to three patents filed by the tech giant yesterday, Samsung has plans for a new line of watches with features ranging from rounded displays to an updated (and hopefully less clunky) charging mechanism. And considering all three have cameras, its safe to assume these watches will be running Tizen, although Android Wear isn’t out of the question.

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