On September 26, the Moto X (2014) will be available through Verizon. A leaked internal document shows that the wait for the Motorola flagship is almost over. Verizon will have both 16 and 32GB versions with Moto Maker customizations being an option. As expected, it will cost $99/$149 with a new two-year contract. Forgoing the contract route and using the Edge payment plan will be $24.99/$27.49 per month.
To really generate some excitement, Big Red is hosting a promotion in which the bamboo back panel with white will not carry any extra cost. The Edge price stays at $27.49 for this promotion.
Across the web, there are reports that Moto 360 owners are experiencing something called image persistence. It is similar to burn-in on an AMOLED displays, but this round Android Wear smartwatch features an LCD. The problem is identifiable when an image is basically imprinted onto the display. Displaying the same image for a lengthy period of time without moving is to blame. Many of the reports supporting that this is a widespread issue show that the charging screen is a big contributor.
Have you experienced this issue with your Moto 360? Let us know in the comments.
Via: Android Police
The new Motorola commercials for their new devices are pretty good, but that’s to expect from Motorola’s marketing team. If you’re interested in seeing just how the commercials were created, Motorola has released a behind-the-scenes video, which you can see past the break. It’s actually really cool and worth the watch.
Right now, Motorola’s Moto 360 watch is only offered in silver and black, but could that be changing soon? The company posted a promo image recently, which you can see above, that clearly shows a gold framed watch, but when asked, they responded generically with “Although we can’t comment on gold specifically, we’re always exploring new materials and we intend to provide Moto 360 in a selection of styles in the future.”
So they didn’t deny it, and it seems pretty probable that we’ll see more customization options for the watch. We’ll just have to wait and see when they’ll appear, however.
Source: Android Police
One of the fall’s most wanted devices will not be available on the Sprint network. A consumer was curious to know whether or not the carrier would offer the Moto X (2014) with Sprint. Unfortunately, he and plenty of others received some disappointing news. Motorola stated that the “new Moto X won’t be available on the Sprint network.” The handset does, through carrier versions and the Pure Edition, work with AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile.
Since the @DroidLanding Twitter account was spotted as active again earlier this month, the hunt has been on for more information about what Verizon has planned for their Droid line of devices. New reports indicate Verizon will release a single Droid device this year, built by Motorola, that will come with a fast charging battery as its distinguishing feature. Motorola, which has an exclusive contract to produce the Droid devices for Verizon, appears to have this single model planned for this year, a change from the last two cycles when three devices were released each time.
Verizon’s Droid line is unique for the carrier in that most manufacturers now make their devices available across multiple carriers. Nevertheless, Verizon apparently sees value in the franchise as some customers still seek the Droid brand.
Google introduced Android Wear back in March with a lot of fanfare all because of a circular watch about the size of an Oreo cookie. Motorola announced the Moto 360 on the very same day telling us that we would have to wait until the summer. The anticipation seemed to grow daily for what seemed to be the sexiest smartwatch ever. We would see a few leaks here and there, but they just left us salivating for more.
Then came Google I/O in June when Google officially launched Android wear and a couple of watches. The hopeful were anticipating the release of this fine device, but we were told to expect it later in the summer. We were able to get our hands on it, but again, we were just salivating dogs eagerly waiting for the big day.
That day came on September 5th, when the Moto 360 was finally offered for sale. It has been nearly 6 months of anticipation and just about as much hype as any Nexus phone. Now that it’s finally here, there is only one question left….Does it live up to the hype? Priced at $249, it isn’t the cheapest, but it’s round (well mostly) and it looks damn good. Hell, it’s $100 cheaper than the cheapest version of the Apple Watch, and that isn’t even available yet. So is the Moto 360 the holy grail of smartwatches? Well hit the break and let’s get started.
One of the faces of Motorola has been Punit Soni, the vice president of product management. Since Google took over the company, Soni has remained active in letting everyone know what great things Motorola has developed. He has been behind the company’s rebirth with the Moto X, Moto G, Moto E, and all of their unique software enhancements. Today, Punit Soni announced that he is leaving Motorola.
Folks in the United Kingdom can now design their own Moto X (2014), but actually ordering is still not allowed. Motorola has launched Moto Maker over there with the option to email a design for future reference. The company labels the Moto X (2014) as “Coming Soon” and the price tag attached is £419.99 with different backs and storage options increasing that.
Motorola has released four new applications onto the Play Store for the release of the 2014 Moto X. Last year, Motorola separated several of their apps from the core software of the Moto X and uploaded them to the Play Store to allow quick updates without a complete OTA rollout. It was a successful strategy and we’ve seen other manufacturers do the same things with their newer devices.
These four new apps are Moto Actions, Moto Display, Motorola Sensor Services, and an app just called Moto. The Moto Actions app handles the gestures that Motorola has been showing off with their new device. It looks like it’ll give you an explanation of each gesture and let you toggle specific gestures on and off. The Moto Display app is the advanced version of Active Display from last year’s Moto X, and it is indeed separate from the Play Store listing for Active Display.