Nexus 6 will run $199 on contract with major carriers

Nexus 6 pressWe knew Google’s latest flagship was going to see a release on all major US carriers, but none of the carriers, nor Google or Motorola, said much about pricing. Since the device retails for $649 with no type of service contract, many people assumed it pick up a $199 price tag with a 2-year agreement. Turns out that was a pretty smart guess, as Google confirmed the price point yesterday.

If you’re interested in purchasing a Nexus 6 with a carrier like Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint, you can sign a 2-year contract to get the massive Nexus for about $200. Of course, all major carriers are now offering some type of device installment plan, so you can also opt for a monthly payment for the device, too. Decisions, decisions.
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Lenovo’s acquisition of Motorola is finally complete

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9 months ago, Google shocked the world by announcing they had sold Motorola to Lenovo for just under $3 billion. As per all deals like this, it takes time to pass through all the regulatory approvals, and today the deal is final. We can now officially refer to Motorola as a Lenovo company.

The plan is still to keep Motorola as a wholly-owned subsidiary, and their headquarters will remain in Chicago. Whether all 2,800 employees out of that headquarters are safe remains to be seen though. And if you remember, Google retained Motorola’s deep collection of patents.


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Amazon offering Moto 360 in several new colors and options

moto_360_stone_gray_strap_compare_regular_grayWhen the Moto 360 first launched, it was only available in a few colors. If you didn’t want anything flashy, the stainless steel and black finishes were okay, but I’m sure many of you have been waiting on something that sticks out a bit more. It looks like Amazon has finally listed a few new color options and bands for the Moto 360, so the wait is almost over.
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Despite iOS sales success, Android continues to expand lead in U.S.

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When Apple launched the latest versions of the iPhone in September, we all saw the typical crush of Apple fans clamoring for an updated device and we have seen the news about the large numbers of devices sold. None of this is surprising as we expect Apple to get a bump as part of their release cycle that counters the increases Android claims during the rest of the year when manufacturers release their latest flagship devices. True to form, Kantar Worldpanel’s latest numbers for market share through September show the effect of the release. What may be surprising though is that in the U.S. market, where Apple enjoys its biggest success, Android actually gained ground while iOS lost ground.
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A global version of the DROID Turbo is on the way

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After yesterday’s DROID Turbo unveiling, many people felt left out in the cold since it’s not only exclusive to the U.S. but it’s also on one carrier, Verizon Wireless. Have no fear because it looks like Motorola will release a variant of the phone for the global market.

Turns out Motorola is sending invites for an event in Brazil on November 5. Taking a look at the back of the phone in the invite, it looks just like the same ballistic nylon that the DROID Turbo sports.


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Does wearing a Moto 360 give you a better chance at getting laid than other smartwatches?

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Earlier today, Motorola CEO Rick Osterloh was interviewed at Code/Mobile by Walt Mossberg. The subject came up about the idea that wearing smartwatches (or any digital watch) guarantees you a life of celibacy. So Walt asked Rick if they considered that when designing the Moto 360. Rick had an interesting answer, of which you can see after the break.


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Motorola releases several videos showing off the Droid Turbo’s best features

motorola_droid_turbo_verizon_black_redThe newly announced Droid Turbo has several features that are great selling points, but there’s no better way to convince yourself to buy a new phone than by seeing those features in action. Fortunately, Motorola has released a few videos showcasing just what their latest device can do, including the extremely powerful Snapdragon 805 processor, the 21 megapixel camera, the waterproof housing, and the battery life and quick charge features.
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Hands on with the DROID Turbo

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The DROID Turbo was officially launched today in New York City, and it’s shaping up to be the best DROID yet. With it’s 5.2-inch Quad HD display, 2.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM, 21 MP rear camera with dual LED flash, and 48 hour battery life, it’s one beast to be reckoned with. The fact that it’s priced at $199 for 32 GB of internal storage ($249 for 64 GB) makes this very intriguing for Verizon Wireless customers. The only question I have, since it’s made by Motorola, is how good is the camera? I will have to wait until I spend more time with it before I can answer that question, but for now, check out our hands on video after the break.


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