Motorola now taking pre-orders for Moto G5S Plus with discount for early adopters

Earlier this summer Motorola announced an addition to their G series of devices, the Moto G5S Plus. The new device was described as a “special edition” of the Moto G5 Plus, but in reality is an upgrade to the former device. That should make it a smartphone worthy of consideration by mid-tier buyers as we rated the Moto G5 Plus highly, so the Moto G5S Plus should be a more compelling option.

Trade-in program through Google Store going live

When Google launched the Moto X4 Android One device on Project Fi earlier this week, one of their selling points was the potential for Nexus device owners to trade-in their old phone for a credit against their new purchase. The ability to trade-in a phone as part of a device purchase is expanding to now be available through the Google Store for select devices. This new option for consumers comes just in time for the launch of the new Pixel 2 devices in only a couple weeks.

Android One comes to U.S. on the Moto X4 through Project Fi

Throughout 2017 we have been monitoring several initiatives the Google has been working on to expand their U.S. smartphone offerings outside of their own Pixel devices. Two of the moves we have been watching involve the addition of non-Google devices to the Project Fi catalog and the launch of Android One in the U.S. Those efforts came together today with the official launch of the Moto X4 Android One device on Project Fi.

Nokia 9 renders and info leaks for latest HMD Global flagship

At one time Nokia was the force to be reckoned with in the cell phone market. After missing the smartphone juggernaut, Nokia has floated along with different owners and tested the smartphone market with both Windows and Android powered devices. Since being purchased by HMD Global though, it seems the company is going full-on with Android and their latest device in development, the Nokia 9, appears to be on track to compete at the flagship level based on some new renders and other leaks.

New image of Huawei Mate 10 shows up

In just under a month from now, on October 16th, the Huawei Mate 10 will be officially announced by the Chinese manufacturer. We still do not know exactly how many variants of the device will be hitting the smartphone market, but we do know that at least one of them will come with the AI-infused Kirin 970 chipset. There have been a few leaks regarding the Mate 10, but the latest one from Evan Blass appears to be the first “in the wild” spotting of the device.

Newly Androidified Nokia is Already Bagging Oreos for the Nokia 8

Nokia has only recently been in the Android game (now under the tutelage of HMD Global) following a long stint with Windows OS, but they are taking software updates seriously. Following the Nokia 6, a decent mid-ranger, the flagship Nokia 8 started shipping in the UK this month with 7.1.1 Nougat. HMD’s Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer, recently posted a tweet confirming that they are already hard at work readying Android Oreo for the Nokia 8, strongly hinting at a release sometime this year.

Android Oreo is Coming to the Essential Phone by Year’s End

The launch of Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone has been anything but smooth, with several issues plaguing the company since its May debut. Following multiple shipping delays, a major email security gaffe and less than stellar customer service, the PH-1 (as it’s called) is finally in the hands of consumers. While shipping issues continue to linger, such as Amazon changing dates many times until settling on a one to two month window, software updates have been the phone’s saving grace. They’ve been plentiful and genuinely helpful, fixing many of the camera’s shortcomings, increasing software stability and keeping security patches up to date. September’s security update is already onboard.

Motorola changes course, now says Moto G4 Plus to get Android Oreo

After being criticized last week for failing to include the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus amongst their existing devices to receive an upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo, Motorola has reversed course and says the Moto G4 Plus will get the new operating system via an update. This move by Motorola comes on the heels of revelations that prior marketing materials promised an update to Android O. In an email, Motorola pins blame on an oversight.

Motorola fails with Moto G4 Android Oreo update in more ways than one

Late last week Motorola revealed the existing devices in their product lineup that would receive the Android 8.0 Oreo update. As we noted, one group of customers left out in the cold were those who owned Moto G4 devices as they were not included in the list. Upsetting customers is not a good idea in this day and age, especially those who are tech-savvy and can do things like find old marketing materials making product promises. That is exactly what has happened in the case of Android Oreo and the Moto G4 despite apparent attempts to scrub the Internet of that history.

Motorola phones getting Android 8.0 Oreo revealed

Motorola has revealed the smartphones that will be receiving an update to the Android 8.0 Oreo operating system upgrade. The list covers 10 different devices in three of the many Motorola series of phones. One group of owners that will not be happy if they were looking forward to Android Oreo will be owners of the Moto G4 smartphones as they did not make the cut. Likewise, older versions of the Moto X series will not get an update either. In the case of the G4 series of devices, Motorola launched them with Android Marshmallow just last year and updated them to Android Nougat earlier this year.