Motorola officially announces the Moto X, Moto X Pro, Moto G, and Moto Hint for China

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As promised, Motorola has officially re-entered China with the Moto X, Moto X Pro, Moto G, and Moto Hint for China.

The Moto X 16 GB version is already available at Motorola.com.cn, JD.com, T-Mall, Gome, Suning and DXT for RMB 3,299 , but there is no Moto Maker option just yet. Instead they are launching 6 of the most popular colors that were voted on my over 10,000 people. The most popular color was turquoise, and that will be at a special price of RMB 2,999. Motorola has promised that leather, bamboo, and wood models with 32 GB of storage will be available soon. Pre-orders have already started Motorola.com.cn and JD.com for those models for RMB 3,699. Moto Maker will also be launched soon, but no time frame was given.


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Apple put the kibash on any chance of the Nexus 6 getting a fingerprint sensor

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In a recent interview with The Telegraph, Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside had something interesting to say about the Nexus 6. Apparently Motorola and Google wanted to implement a fingerprint sensor on the back of the device right where that dimple is that holds the Motorola logo.

As you know, that didn’t happen, but the reason is interesting. It appears Apple had a hand in that decision. Maybe not directly, but the fact that Apple already secured the best supplier in the world (Authentec) had a dramatic effect. Unfortunately the second best supplier wasn’t ready for primetime yet.


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Survey finds 50% of phones activated last quarter came from Apple, 26% from Samsung

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Apple trumped all other smartphone manufacturers last quarter based on consumers activating a device. The usual Android foes were all far behind Apple with Samsung leading the way. Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) conducted a survey with five hundred subjects in the United States and aimed to find which phone brands were most popular among activations. The devices, both old and new, were activated between October and December of last year.


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Second gen Moto G Lollipop update rolling out in US, same for first and second gen Moto G in India

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For those of you that have been patiently, and impatiently, waiting for the Lollipop update for your second generation Moto G, you’re in luck. Motorola announced today that the US variant of the second gen phone is receiving its update starting today. On top of the US version, both the first gen and second gen models in India are also seeing a roll out of said update. The update is the latest version of Lollipop (5.0.2) and while the India and US variants are specifically mentioned in the tweet, people in other regions are mentioning receiving the update.


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Google lists the Motorola Turbo Charger as “coming soon” in the Play Store

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Devices like the Nexus 6, Motorola DROID Turbo, and HTC One (M8) are capable of enhanced charging with Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 technology. The special chargers, when paired with supported devices, powers them much quicker than ordinary chargers. Both Motorola and HTC have released their own Quick Charge 2.0 chargers, but availability has been somewhat limited. The Motorola Turbo Charger will soon be available in the Play Store. When? No one is sure. It is a good sign, however, that its status reads “coming soon.” The price listed is $34.99.

In the meantime, you can purchase the Turbo Charger directly from Motorola.

Source: Google Play

Motorola updating long list of apps

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Motorola is in the process of updating a long list of apps for their devices. Most of the updated apps have not yet surfaced on Google Play, but APK files are available for download and install. Early feedback suggests users are having the most success installing the updates on Motorola Moto X 2014 devices, though some of them will install on other Motorola smartphones. Details are still sparse regarding the changes to the apps, but it looks like Motorola is prepping them for Android Lollipop including a dose of Material Design. Reports indicate some of these updated apps are included in some Lollipop soak tests that are underway.
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2nd gen Moto E and Moto G LTE revealed by UK e-retailer

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Last week, we got a little idea about the 2nd generation Moto E through a FCC filing, but today a UK e-retailer has provided more clues.

Argos mistakenly posted the information, but thankfully it was spotted before they pulled it. The new Moto E will have a 4.3-inch qHD display. Don’t mistake that with a QHD display. A qHD display is a paltry resolution of 960 x 540. It will be powered by a quad-core CPU, likely a Snapdragon 210 or 410, 8 GB of internal storage, microSD slot for expanded storage, LTE, and a 5 MP rear camera. It will measure 129.9×66.8 and will be 12.3mm thick. Pricing is GBP 110 or $167.


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Motorola Migrate gets updated with Material Design

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Motorola is currently in the midst of pushing out an update for its official Migrate application via the Play Store. This upgrade doesn’t transport much with regards to new features, but it does bring support for contact transfers from non-smartphones and an appearance transformation that complies with Google’s recently-announced Material Design guidelines.

Hit the break for the full changelog.


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Nexus 6 owners try to hold it together amidst new problem with devices

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Reports are starting to trickle out onto the Internet about Nexus 6 devices that are falling apart. Owners are reporting the back covers are coming off of the units although the reason has not yet been identified. In some cases it appears to be a problem with the glue that Motorola used to affix the back covers. However, others are reporting their batteries are swelling to the point they cause the covers to pop off.
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