Lenovo reveals new Moto branding position with Q3 financial results

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Lenovo announced their third quarter financial results revealing they had returned to profitability for their smartphone division consistent with a commitment made after acquiring Motorola. In addition, Lenovo also revealed what their branding strategy would be for the Moto line of devices after it was recently revealed they would be dropping Motorola branding. Read more

“More innovative, more attractive” Moto phone is coming in July

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Two years ago, Google let go of Motorola by selling the beloved company to Lenovo. The deal didn’t become official until October 2014, and Motorola’s new parent didn’t really make any sudden dramatic moves likely because multiple devices were still in the pipeline. But in 2016, Lenovo has not been shy about changing the way Motorola operates. Motorola will be going away while the Moto brand lives on through devices also stamped with Lenovo’s name. And that big move is expected to be noticeable later this year when Lenovo pushes out those first Moto devices with their name on them.

Speaking with The Wall Street Journal, Lenovo CEO Yuanqing Yang commented on the first Moto phone to be released this summer.

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Motorola discusses their brand’s future after Lenovo’s decision to phase it out

motorola_android6.0_marshmallow_111215Lenovo recently announced that they’re planning on phasing out the Motorola brand after the company’s major acquisition two years ago, and needless to say, that stirred up plenty of emotions from people all over the web. Before things continue to escalate, Motorola has released a statement about how they’re going forward into 2016 and beyond, including the fate of the Motorola brand. Read more

So Long Motorola, and Thanks for All the Phones

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Consumers who have watched the cell phone market for years, on back into the depths of history when cell phones first surfaced, will be saddened to learn that the iconic Motorola brand name will be phased out by Lenovo during 2016. Lenovo will continue to use the “Moto” mark and the stylized “M” logo on high end smartphones and other devices, but all devices will otherwise be unified under the Lenovo brand around the globe. Read more

First-Gen Moto G handsets to receive Lollipop Update according to ‘Future Updates’ message from Motorola

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If you own a first-generation Moto G, it appears that Motorola is sending messages to begin readying your device to receive the Android 5.0 Lollipop update in the ‘upcoming weeks’. If you’ve received this message, it’s important to click the ‘More Info’ tab at the bottom, as explained after the break.

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MOTOACTV Gets Torn Down and Rooted, Now The World’s Smallest Wearable Tablet

So you had a great day yesterday and received the MOTOACTV watch for Christmas. Well it looks like your Christmas is going to get even better because Chris Wade, the gentleman behind the Dingleberry hack for the PlayBook, has one of his own and rooted the device.  Before he rooted it though, he decided to take the MOTOACTV apart and see what was running under the hood. Here is what he found:

– CPU: omap3 (3630) – 600Mhz
– Ram: 256MB
– Nand: 8GB
– Wifi: 802.11n
– BlueTooth: Yes
– Fm Radio: Yes
– GPS: Yes
– LCD: 1.6″ QCIF+

Wade put the device back together then set in on his real work. He managed to find a full boot.img file and was able to root the underlying Gingerbread OS. He took the GPS tracker and turned it into a 1.6-inch tablet by sideloading the stock Honeycomb launcher. Wade took it even further by giving the watch Android Market access allowing you to download and play games like Angry Birds.

Check out the photos and video below the break to see the watch broken down and the video of the mini, wearable “tablet” in action. If you have the device and are feeling brave enough to root it, hit the source to find instructions on doing so.  Read more

Three, O2 and Vodafone Getting Galaxy Nexus and Clove Getting Droid RAZR In The UK

Our friends in the UK are about to receive a lineup of smartphones that are going to make the upgrade process a bit of a challenge this Holiday season.  Three, O2 and Vodafone have announced that they’ll be receiving the highly anticipated Galaxy Nexus device with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.  Three says their device will be available to run on their still rolling out HSPA+ network while Vodafone and O2 have yet to mention whether or not the device will run on HSPA+ technology.

In addition, online retailer, Clove has announced via their blog that they will be offering the Motorola RAZR for £455 ($720) off contract beginning November 1st.  If you can do without an ICS device for now, this would be the phone to purchase.  Check out our hands-on from yesterday’s event as we’re confident you’ll find this device to be a top contender.  And who knows, maybe the device will see Android 4.0 soon enough.

[via Android Central 1,2]

Motorola Droid HD (RAZR/Spyder) Specs Come To Light, Faster Than The iPhone 4S?

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The Motorola Droid HD aka RAZR or Spyder continues to make headlines.  This time our friends over at BGR are touting they’ve received official specs on the upcoming handset.  The Verizon bound device will be unveiled Tuesday in New York and our own EIC,  Robert Nazarian, will be there to cover it.  If the specs pan out, the device is definitely something to be excited about.

  • “Thin and Fast” – Per BGR source
  • 1GB of RAM — double the iPhone 4 and 4S
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • 4G LTE (thinnest LTE phone to date)
  • 4.3-inch display

In addition, further specs reveal a case molded from Kevlar, a Gorilla glass display and splash-resistance coating.  The device is said to be faster, thinner, smarter and stronger than the iPhone 4S.  Only time will tell so be sure to stay tuned on Tuesday as we bring you all of the goodies.  Feel free to speculate about the device in the comments below.

[via BGR]