Motorola announces change of leadership

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Motorola-a-Lenovo-CompanyAs Motorola inches towards the closing of the Lenovo deal, the company has announced a change in their leadership team. Charlie Tritschler has been promoted to Senior Vice Present of Product Management, overseeing product development on all the company’s products. Tritschler joined Motorola in March of last year from Amazon’s Kindle team and has made a key impact on the Moto E and Moto G.

In addition, Motorola announced it’s adding regional sales heads as three new members of its senior leadership team and also making Adrienne Hayes the SVP of Marketing and Communications of a new marketing and communications team responsible for the company’s brand and advertising worldwide.

Source: Official Motorola Blog

 

Trademarked “Moto Maxx” hints at potential Motorola handset

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There is always a good indication of what is to come when a company has something go somewhat public through an FCC filing. The only downfall of an FCC filing is that the name of the device can be tricky to identify. With trademarks at the USPTO, that kind of stuff is out and open for everyone to see. So today we have learned that Motorola has trademarked the name Moto Maxx. Interestingly, this associates two of Motorola’s brands with one device. The first part, Moto, belongs to the company’s own flagship devices for different regions around the world. The latter, Maxx, has typically stayed with Verizon and the DROID line of devices.

Is the DROID name finally being put to rest? We will just have to wait and see. If that is the case, then this would presumably be the successor to last year’s Motorola DROID Maxx.

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office
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Samsung is still the king of smartphones but continues to lose market share

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It’s been quite a party for Samsung. Ever since the Galaxy S was introduced, they never looked back as they stream rolled over the competition. Getting to the top is no easy task, but sometimes it’s actually easier to get there than to stay there. Samsung is definitely feeling it as their market share has dropped significantly over the last year. Are consumers starting to get sick of Samsung’s dominance? Or is this just a bump in the road?

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Verizon pushing Android 4.4.4 update to all Moto X users

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Each and every Verizon customer that owns the Moto X should be expecting a software update. Motorola transferred the update over to Verizon and, after being approved, it is being pushed out starting today. The 2013 flagship is getting some fixes and improvements aside from the Android 4.4.4 boost. The camera quality has been improved to handle lighting and range better. And users can now pause video recording. The only other change is the redesigned Dialer app. The Moto X is now running the latest version of Android, proving carriers are getting better at making sure updates are issued as quickly as possible.

Source: Verizon

Motorola Nexus likely as Android Silver plans come into question

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Over the weekend, news broke that a Nexus device codenamed Shamu would be coming from Motorola. In addition to the rumor of a massive 5.9-inch display, this opened the eyes of many as the Nexus program has been in limbo and Android Silver is approaching as soon as next year. A new report from The Information confirms that Motorola is indeed working on a Nexus device and that Android Silver is really the one in limbo here. » Read the rest

Possible photos of the upcoming Moto G successor have leaked sporting a slim design

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While Motorola’s upcoming flagship, the Moto X+1, is generating a lot of buzz as of late, it looks like a successor to the Moto G is starting to make appearances as well. About a week ago we shared a photo of the device in the wild, and today we have what appears to be the rear panel for the upcoming budget device (or possibly its smaller brother the Moto E).

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Nexus Lives: Motorola rumored to be working on a 5.9-inch Nexus phone codenamed ‘Shamu’

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It was only a few months ago when we thought the Nexus program was dead.

But then came rumors of Volantis, HTC’s codenamed 9-inch Nexus tablet to be released alongside Android L this fall.

Since we hadn’t heard much regarding a new Nexus phone to come out this fall, we were perplexed, but assumed that a new phone would not be coming. Until now.

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Leaked photos of Motorola’s X+1 show wooden back, no MicroSD slot

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Motorola’s current flagship, the Moto X, turns a year old in less than a month and Motorola seems plenty eager to get rid of their remaining stock, which generally means its time for a new flagship. We’ve been hearing all sorts of rumors about Motorola’s upcoming phone, the Moto X+1, but today we may finally have a good look at a pre-production model of the mysterious device. 

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Moto 360 to include ambient light sensor, a first for Android Wear

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For those of you anxiously awaiting the Moto 360 (myself included), a new tidbit of information has come out regarding Motorola’s most recent foray into the world of smartwatches. In a hands-on video posted to TechCrunch’s YouTube page,  a representative for Motorola lets slip that the Moto 360 includes an ambient light sensor, a feature that is sorely missing from the Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch (the only two Android Wear devices to be launched so far).

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