We all know that Verizon is infamous for putting their touch on every device that graces their network. It appears that the newly announced Moto X is no different. While Motorola made attempts at keeping it close to none it looks like Verizon had the upper hand. It may not be the ridiculous amount that comes with other devices from Big Red but they’re still there.
As you can see from the picture above, we see the usual assortment of Verizon branded apps such as Caller Name ID, Mobile Hotspot, NFL Mobile, QuickOffice, Verizon Tones, Voicemail, Setup, My Verizon, and VZ Navigator.
I wouldn’t necessarily call QuickOffice bloatware myself as it’s owned by Google, and it’s nice to see that the assortment of Amazon apps that are now bundled with Verizon phones aren’t there. While you may have hoped to escape bloatware entirely it appears that this won’t be the case. Let’s just hope that Verizon doesn’t slap a giant logo on it.
In early July we let you guys know that the Moto X would most likely be headed to Canada exclusively on the Rogers network. That rumor was confirmed today, however the Canadian version will be available in only black and white. The phone will be available for $189.99 on a two year contract. While removing the option for customization is a bit upsetting for Canadian customers, the phone still offers the software enhancements including its “always on” feature and new notification system. The “Made in the USA” campaign probably isn’t going to work too well on Canadian customers either…
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.
For those of you who saw the wooden backing on the leaked photos/some of the photos from today of the Moto X, we have some disappointing news. Yes, the wooden backing customization option will be available, but not until Q4 of this year.
We also found out that the wooden backing will be available in a variety of stains, which is certainly a welcomed feature.
If you really need the wooden backing then I’d advise you to wait for it to come out in Q4, but if you just want to get your hands on this beauty already, get the Moto X at release.
It feels like we’ve been waiting forever, and now we finally know pretty much everything there is to know about the Moto X. All four major carriers will have the Moto X, customization will be a major selling point, and the software enhancements are out of this world. Release is set for late-August/early-September, and will cost $199 for the 16GB version, and $250 for the 32GB version. (Both on-contract.) The 32GB version will only be available online when using the MotoMaker.
Here’s a summary of the specs.
- 4.7″ HD 720p display
- 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro dual-core processor
- Moto X8 Computing System
- Adreno 320 GPU
- 2GB of RAM
- 10MP back-facing camera
- 2MP front-facing camera
- 16GB and 32GB storage options
- Android 4.2.2
- Bluetooth 4.0
- 2,200mAh battery
- Weight – 320 grams
Find the complete specs list provided by Motorola after the break. Read more
In another unsurprising move, Motorola has announced that a Developer Edition of the Moto X will be available in the Google Play Store as well. Not to make the phone more “available,” as it’s already going to be sold on all major U.S. carriers, but to offer a more “stock” Android experience without the new software features added on by Moto. (The phone is very close to stock Android anyway.)
This means that the mid-range specs of the Moto X will be competing with the high-end specs of the Galaxy S 4 and the HTC One, which will certainly be tough to beat out. Remember, all of the awesome sensors/features in the Moto X are essentially useless if it is going to eventually be released as a Google Play Edition device. The one thing it really has going for itself is the super-efficient X8 computing platform, which will most likely help it beat out the other Google Play Edition phones in battery life.
Pricing and storage information is not yet available, but we do know that the Developer Edition Moto X will be an unlocked GSM device for T-Mobile and AT&T.
With the Moto X official announcement complete, Motorola has released a couple videos on YouTube to showcase some of the new features of the device. The first video is titled “Moto X – Always Ready” and demonstrates the touchless, voice activation features of the device, which appears to rely heavily on Google Now. The second video is titled “Moto X – Quick Draw” and highlights some of the camera functions of the Moto X, especially the ability to quickly access the camera with the flick of the wrist.
Both videos also give a little taste of all the customization features available to buyers of the Moto X. Hit the break to view the videos. Read more
As soon as the Moto X was officially announced, we learned that many of the highly anticipated customization options will be exclusive to AT&T customers. The following list are features that will only be available via AT&T.
- Color options for the front and back (2 colors for the front, 16 for the back)
- Accent colors for the power key, volume key and camera ring (7 color options)
- Adding your name or short message on the phone
- Unique wallpapers
- Wake-up message
- Memory capacity – 16GB ($199 with 2 year agreement) or 32GB ($249 with 2 year agreement)
The color customization was a big talking point for the Moto X leading up to it’s launch, so this is probably disappointing to many. Don’t be surprised, however, to see customization options arrive for other carriers in the future.
At Motorola’s NYC event today they announced that the bootloader on the Moto X is not unlocked, which is a little upsetting obviously but not surprising whatsoever. However, a “SIM unlocked” version of the phone is currently being developed, but will only be available to AT&T’s LTE. More Moto X news to come.
Source: Droid Life
Motorola finally made official one of the most buzz generating phones of the summer months, the Moto X. Built in the US, the Moto X will be available in the U.S. through AT&T, Sprint, US Cellular, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile and major retailers like Best Buy with a suggested retail price of $199 with a new two-year agreement.
One of the benefits of the Moto X that many have been looking forward to are the customization options. According to Motorola, there will be more than 2,000 possible combinations available to buyers who use the online Moto Maker studio to choose colors, accents, memory, and wallpapers. The Moto X will come equipped with Touchless Control so you can access certain functions via voice and notifications will just appear on the screen as opposed to blinking a light to prompt users for further action.
We will have plenty more, including some hands-on video, coming shortly. You can read the full press release after the break. Read more