comScore has released their numbers for smartphone market share in the US for January 2014, and the numbers are fairly predictable. Android commanded a majority of the market, accounting for 51.7% of all US smartphones, dipping half a percent from October last year. BlackBerry also fell half a percent point, while Apple pulled up 1% due to Android and BB’s small decline. Android still sat a full 10% ahead of Apple as of January, while Microsoft’s Windows Phone claimed a small 3.2% in third place.
Moto Maker has added some pretty sweet options since its unveiling last summer, including bamboo backings for devices.
Today, Motorola announced that in the spirit of March Madness, the company would be adding nine new back colors and three new accents after studying the colors that many colleges use in their logos. Starting today, you’ll be able to fully customize your device with up to 40 college names and logos— Motorola will add more as time goes on.
Here’s the info on pricing from Motorola:
A custom Moto X from the College Collection is now available starting at the everyday price of $399 off-contract or $49 with a new two year contract. Currently in college? We’d like to sweeten the deal with a student discount. Register at motorola.com/college with a valid .edu address and you can get an off-contract Moto X for the discounted price of $339.
Seems like a pretty good deal to me— jump in if you’re feeling some school pride.
Motorola just updated Touchless Control for the Moto X and DROIDs. Among bug fixes and improved accuracy, they added two new commands which do the same thing. You can say “What’s Up” or “Read Notifications” and you will hear the time and information about any new notifications that you have. From my limited time with the new update, it appears to only work with notifications that are present in the Active Display.
It’s fully launched for U.S. English, Spanish, and Italian. It’s in beta for other languages and regions.
If you have a Moto X or one of the new DROIDs, download the update now. Links after the break.
When we first heard that Motorola was going to be hosting a little event at MWC we were unsure as to what they would be chatting about. With the Lenovo deal fresh on everyone’s mind we hoped that we’d find out more on that. However discussions held at the short event went in a different direction. There was talk of the Moto G’s success, the next-gen Moto X in the works, and even a moment on wearables.
For those that missed the event, Motorola has finally uploaded it to its YouTube account. We have that video for you after the break. If you have a half an hour to kill, then this may be right up your alley.
We knew Motorola was going to release their Windy Day sequel, Buggy Night, we just didn’t know when. Today, the Motorola Spotlight Player received an update, and of course, it included the latest interactive video from Motorola’s specialty team.
If you’ve got a Moto X and you’ve been anticipating this latest video, you can update your app to see the new little short. If you’ve managed to avoid Windy Day so far, now’s a good time to hit the download link below and get caught up. » Read the rest
The Sprint variant of the Moto X is set to get the Android 4.4.2 update as build 161.44.32. This update will include the same changes as the T-Mobile and Verizon Moto X models.
The features that will be brought to the device include improved battery life, the ability to cloud print, and a fix for email sync. You can check for the update yourself by going to Settings > About phone > System updates.
Remember the interactive film Windy Day that graced Moto X displays around the world? The next interactive film heading to Motorola’s flagship is Buggy Night. While we have no idea what the storyline is based on the trailer (which you can watch after the break), it clearly looks like it will be as entertaining and intuitive as Windy Day. Buggy Night is listed as coming soon; however, expect it to surface without warning just as Windy Day did.
Hit the break for the Buggy Night trailer. » Read the rest
Motorola has released a minor update to their Active Display app for Moto X, Droid Ultra, Droid Mini, and Droid Maxx smartphones. The primary change included in this latest version sets the app to honor the system vibration settings you may have set for your device. Just go into Settings -> Sound -> Vibrate on touch to turn vibrations on or off. Motorola also included some bug fixes and other optimizations in the update which reportedly make everything work much smoother.
Owners of the impacted Motorola devices should be receiving a notification that the update is available, but if they can’t wait for that they can use the link below to grab the update from Google Play.
We’ve known Google has been working on a smartwatch for a while now, but we haven’t gotten a clear look at anything they’ve been planning. Now, thanks to Android Police, we’re getting a pretty decent glance at what Motorola was developing for Google prior to the Lenovo sale.
The images show a prototype smartwatch with Motorola branding on the front face of the device, as well as a volume rocker on the top of the screen and a back button below the screen. It had a rubberized wristband that also looked to be detachable. » Read the rest
The Moto X may have been Motorola’s most hyped device of the past year, but instead it’s the lower-end Moto G that has met the marks, and exceeded them. Motorola senior vice president of product management Rick Osterloh proclaimed that the Moto G “has been the most successful, highest-selling smartphone in Motorola’s history.”
Osterloh went on to say that Motorola is making a profit on every sale, and that they will make even more once the Lenovo action is complete.
Source: Android Central