The Moto X is a great phone, but it has one fatal flaw: The price

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We pretty much knew everything about the Moto X from all the leaks and last week’s DROID announcement. There was really nothing to be surprised about except for one thing, and that one thing happens to be the biggest disappointment with the phone: the price. We heard rumors of $299 off contract, which made perfect sense based on the specs of the phone. Instead we got $199 on contract. I’m sorry, but that is way overpriced when you consider the Galaxy S 4 and the HTC One have better specs and are priced the same.

Motorola might argue that the Moto X will give the user a better user experience with it latest features, clear pixel camera, and battery performance, but it doesn’t take away that the specs are subpar and don’t warrant the same price as other phones that offer more. I was absolutely shocked when Rick Osterloh announced the pricing and said that it would not be available in the Google Play Store. I was sure that it would be offered for $299 and carriers would offer it on contract for either free or at worst, $99. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. Word is that Motorola is working on a cheaper version of the phone. Cheaper? This one is already perfect, just price it right.

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Sprint to offer Moto X “this summer” with lifetime guarantee offer

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Sprint was one of the carriers announced as a source for the Moto X yesterday during Motorola’s unveiling of the device and today Sprint has shared some details about what they are offering. Unfortunately, Sprint did not provide an exact date of availability, leaving things at sometime “this summer.”  At least according to their initial announcement, Sprint will only be offering the 16GB model for $199.99 with a new two-year agreement or an eligible upgrade for existing customers. While other carriers like AT&T might be pushing the device itself and some of its customization options, Sprint is focusing much more on the service plans available. For Moto X buyers, Sprint is offering an Unlimited Guarantee that promises customers will have access to unlimited talk, text and data for the life of the line of the service. To take advantage of the offer, consumers do have to select My Way or May All-in plans starting at $80 per month.

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U.S. Cellular first carrier to accept pre-orders for Moto X, offering 2 promotions

Moto_X_Green_TAU.S. Cellular, the fifth of the carriers that will offer the Moto X, is the first that has begun accepting pre-orders for the woven white and woven black Moto X. Only the 16GB device, which retails for $199.99 is currently available for pre-order. U.S. Cellular is offering two promotions though, one being a free free Motorola Boom Wireless Headset with purchase (a $59.99 value), and the second being a $75 Switcher Bonus discount.

If you factor in both of these promotions, it essentially brings the cost of the device down to $69.99. The full price of the device is valued at a lofty $699.99, quite a bit steeper than the $575 or $625 that is supposed to be the case on the other four carriers.

You can pre-order your U.S. Cellular Moto X through the source links below.

Source: Woven White Moto X (U.S. Cellular) | Woven Black Moto X (U.S. Cellular)

 

Motorola was feeling a little sexual yesterday, but not so much today

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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.

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Moto X customers get 50GB of Google Drive free for 2 years

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After all of the excitement of the launch of the Moto X yesterday, we can now focus on the specifics. Like the fact that anyone who purchases the phone will get 50GB of free Google Drive space for 2 years. The deal is valid for any of the 5 carriers the X is available on. This additional cloud space may be a nice compromise for those who were disappointed that the phone doesn’t have a slot of external SD memory.

Source: Android Community

Latest Android distribution numbers show continued growth for Jelly Bean but Gingerbread is still holding on

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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.

source: Google

LG releases two very good G2 teaser videos leading up to the August 7 unveiling

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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.

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Google’s Android team looked the other way during the development of the Moto X

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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.

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Moto X wallpapers now available to download

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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!!

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Cheaper Moto X is in the works, says Motorola CEO

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Despite almost everything being leaked along the way,the price point for the Moto X  was one thing that still needed to be answered at today’s official announcement. We now know that the device comes for $199 with a two-year contract. That’s not exactly cheap, considering many of it’s specs that aren’t top of the line.

Motorola’s CEO, Dennis Woodside, understands and is aware of these sentiments, saying that his company is aware of the need for lower cost smartphones. Woodside says that a less expensive Moto X is in the works, and will contain Moto X branding.

Source: CNET