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Now that Motorola is owned by China-based Lenovo, it only makes sense for the company to bring its phones to that country.…
Over the holidays, Motorola quietly debuted a third storage option to its latest Moto X handset. For $599 off-contract, consumers can choose 64 GB…
After upgrading the Moto X 2014 to Android 5.0 I noticed that not all of my apps were rotating when holding the screen in landscape mode. No problem, I’ll just tap the setting to fix it. Wait…. where is it?
The Nexus 6 has cutting edge hardware and the latest Android 5.0 software. But it lacks something on the software side for me, because Motorola spoiled me last year. As a result, I’ll be saving some money and buying the Moto X.
Data suggests more U.S. iPhone buyers are interested in the smaller iPhone 6 instead of the Plus. The same situation could play out with the Motorola-built Nexus 6 since the Moto X and Droid Turbo are similar, smaller and have additional features.
Is the Nexus 6 for you? Probably, if you want a 6-inch phone with Android 5.0, although I found a few niggling issues. Those opting for a smaller handset and don’t mind waiting a bit for Lollipop might prefer a slightly different Motorola phone.
Although the Moto Droid Turbo is expected to launch at a Verizon event later this month, details of the handset are surfacing…
Many of the new phones coming to the United States are big enough to demand two-handed usage. Consider this your guide to high-end smartphones that can still fit into a pair of skinny jeans.
Motorola’s newest high-end phone will be available on Verizon, not that it was ever in doubt. The carrier announced Thursday that the new Moto…
We’re getting closer to what should be a new Nexus phone launch to coincide with the debut of Android L software. Will the next Nexus really have a screen nearing 6-inches in size?
If you were waiting to get a new Moto X on Sprint’s network, you might be waiting forever. Motorola says the new flagship won’t be coming to Sprint. Could the carrier’s Spark network be the issue?
Without any warning or fanfare, Motorola’s Punit Soni announced that’s he’s leaving the company. Soni had been the Motorola VP of Product…
According to an FCC filing, a Motorola device named Quark is most likely headed to Verizon soon. The device will support Motorola’s new Turbo Charging feature.
Wireless charging is a great, convenient feature but it’s not present on the new Moto X. Don’t sweat it though: A $35 option can add 8 hours of run-time to a Moto X in just 15 minutes time.
Motorola claims to be the first phone maker to introduce leather as a core material in its phone and wearable device design.
Last year, Motorola debuted Skip with the Moto X: An NFC clip to unlock your phone. This year, it appears the second edition of Skip will be a Bluetooth key fob for even more features.
We’re getting closer to the release of Android L and it’s likely a Nexus phone will soon follow the software. Leaks of what could be the Nexus 6 hit this week as did the launch of Samsung’s Galaxy Alpha with metal edges.
Unlike last year’s Moto X flagship which opted for an older processor, this year’s handset is expected to have a chip that let it compete favorably with other top-performing phones.
A newly discovered flaw in ARM’s TrustZone could lead to unlocked bootloaders for more Android phones, but it’s also a worrying exploit.
The ol’ Moto X will be learning some new tricks as a Motorola executive has confirmed last year’s flagship phone will get the Android L software update.
The latest accessory for the Moto X is a set of NFC-enabled stickers meant to be worn on a semi-permanent basis on skin. These e-tattoos are used to unlock the device.
A new update to the Google Search app on Android lets users activate voice search on any screen by saying the hotword “OK Google.”
Want a Moto X(s goog) but concerned about on-board storage? Well, here’s some good news: Motorola’s started selling a 64GB version for…
Android 4.4.3 is here and non-Nexus devices are already getting the update. Check our first look at the unique Asus Padrone X, a phone and a tablet combination, while we wait for the newest Android-powered notebook from HP.
Handset makers are starting to make good progress getting Android 4.4 to phones in the U.S. and Canada, based on data from Chitika. If you want your phone upgraded the fastest, a Nexus or Motorola handset is the way to go.
Motorola announced the Moto E, a handset aimed at the low-cost market that costs just $129 without a contract.
Following in the footsteps of three other carriers, AT&T is ready to get Android 4.4.2 on the Moto X. A software change log is now live showing a few fixes and one new printing feature in the Android update.
Straight Talk’s service $45 a month plan works on more phones: The company has nano SIMs for the Moto X and Apple’s iPhone 5s and 5c. Data is slowed after 2.5 GB but if you can live with that, it’s a solid deal.
The Moto X morphs again. This time it has nine new colors to create up to 40 combinations of colleges, just in time for March Madness. Samsung’s Galaxy S5 gets a close-up on video and HTC makes good on its promise of mid-range phones.
Think you’ll have the best March Madness bracket this year? That’s a tough one but it’s easier to support your team now: Motorola introduced new college colors for the Moto X along with custom cases for dozens of universities.
Motorola’s Touchless Control software gained a new trick on the Moto X and Verizon Droid phones: You can now say “OK Google Now, what’s up?” to hear a quick summary of your unread notifications.
Motorola revealed that it is working on a smartwatch and follow up to the Moto X, and bringing Moto Maker to Western Europe and Mexico.
Considering switch from iOS to Android? The newest Motorola phones are solid choices and Motorola makes it easy to get your contacts and calendar events migrated from iCloud to your new handset.
If you’ve got the money to throw around, you may now be able to upgrade your Verizon Wireless smartphone every 30 days. Verizon just adopted new Edge policies for people who can’t wait six months.
Leaks are flowing during the run-up to a Galaxy S5 launch, with some suggesting two different models. Nokia’s Normandy looks to be based on Android but not for Google’s benefit while the Moto X has three more wood options cut down to $25.
ZTE’s new flasghip, the Grand S II, features all the trimmings of a high-end smartphone, along with voice recognition unlocking for multiple users.
The Android world is changing thanks to Motorola: the company offer devices without a custom user interface and it’s quick at getting software updates to phones. A low-cost tablet aims to bring tech to those who don’t have it while Samsung’s Gamepad debuts.
In case you missed it the first couple of times, Motorola is offering another deal on the Moto X.
Motorola is quickly proving that it can take the best of Google’s Nexus program and offer it to mainstream consumers. Every new Motorola phone now has Android 4.4 available in near-record time.
Bamboo is a nice look for a phone, giving it an earthy, yet expensive air. And if you like that look, be prepared for the expense: Motorola now offers the Moto X with a custom bamboo backing for an additional $100 premium.
Since the August launch of the Moto X we’ve been waiting for the exquisite wood back option from Motorola, which was rumored to be a fourth quarter option for $50. According to Motorola, it should be available very soon.
After a Cyber Monday meltdown that prevented customers from buying a Moto X smartphone at $150 off, Motorola is both apologizing and extending the deal for two additional days.
Motorola’s intelligent app that causes your phone to take action based on your schedule, time of day or movement is now in the Google Play Store. This lets Motorola update the Assist app without waiting for carrier approval.
The invites are out for an AT&T Moto X soak test, which means we should be seeing an official KitKat update soon.
If you’ve got a Moto X on Verizon, you’re in the luck. The Android 4.4 KitKat update just went live today.
The Moto G was finally unveiled this week as a follow-up to the Moto X. For under $200, the handset looks pretty compelling and could give Motorola a nice sales boost. Google Now gets more like Siri and the next HTC handset specs leak.
The Moto X can now be had on Republic Wireless for as little as $5 per month.
If you were planning to get a Moto X on Verizon, now’s the time. The carrier is taking an additional $50 off Moto Maker orders through November 18.
Motorola’s global Moto G costs less than $200, but has a similar look and feel to phones that cost twice a much.
Motorola on Wednesday announced that it is readying an update to Android 4.4 KitKat for the Moto X. It will be released in the coming weeks.
Reports of only 500,000 Moto X sales don’t tell the whole story, given that there are also three Moto Droid Ultra phones. Chitika’s mobile ad data indicates that Motorola is nearly even with HTC when it comes to web browsing on phones.
AT&T’s exclusive MotoMaker customization may be over soon. Verizon has a web page ready for Moto X buyers who want to choose the colors of their Moto X handset. It could go live as early as today — will wood backs launch with it?
Sprint customers may no longer have to choose between black or white. According to a leaked document, users might be able to customize their Moto X using Moto Maker starting next week.
Motorola is telling us to save the date on November 13 for its Moto G. Based on clues in the company’s latest tweet, the Moto G appears to be an international twist — or two — on the Moto X handset.
Motorola fans worried about getting the Android 4.4 upgrade needn’t fret, provided they own a Moto X or one of three Moto Droid Ultra models: All four of the devices will get the KitKat upgrade says Motorola.
After a month of leaks the Nexus 5 is finally here, and it looks awesome. But how does it compare to the best Android phones on the market?
AT&T customers get a price cut on the Moto X and can still customize their device. Best Buy suggests that Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch has a 30 percent return rate. After using one for a few weeks, I understand why.
You can now order a customized Moto X through Moto Maker for $99.99
Following the other major carriers, Verizon seems almost ready to push out a software update to the Moto X smartphone. Invites for users to test the software were sent out on Tuesday.
Was the touchless control feature of the Moto X a preview of what’s to come in Android 4.4? Yes says one report and I’m inclined to agree for several reasons related to hardware, user input on mobile devices and Googles wearable ambitions.
The Galaxy Note 3 is a superb device for digital inkers, not to mention a great all-around phone. My Moto X camera got a software update; take a look at sample photos to see the differences: Better but still room for improvement.
In my review of the Moto X, I noted one deficiency: inconsistent pictures from the camera. Thanks to a software update, the camera should be improved. Sprint and T-Mobile customers already got the software; now it’s AT&T’s turn.
Elliptic labs can turn a smartphone into a gesture-sensing device with a couple of additional microphones and cheap transceiver. With three handset makers already trying the tech, is this a future feature?
Motorola appears to have addressed the biggest flaw in its Moto X handset: Camera image consistency. A new software update improves exposure, reduces noise and provides better white balance.
Republic Wireless will soon offer the Moto X for $299 without a contract. New plans start as low as $5 per month.
The wait for Moto X Developer Editions is over. A version for Verizon is now available while a model for AT&T and T-Mobile’s network arrives on Friday. Both cost $649 and come with an easy way to tinker with Android.
The Verge went to the factory in Texas where the Moto X phones are made, and the photo of the workers at…
The Moto X is now available on all four major U.S. carriers, but if you want to get it on T-Mobile, you have to order it directly from Motorola.
The Moto X was reported to see $500 million for advertising, but based on these three new video spots, it may not need that much. The trio of ads are hysterical enough to go viral yet highlight standout features of the smartphone.
Starting today, the Moto X is now available from three of the four major U.S. carriers, plus U.S. Cellular. T-Mobile availability is still unknown.
The Xperia Z1 is Sony’s next-generation smartphone. How does it stack up against the current cream of the crop, the Galaxy S 4 and the Moto X?
Bummed by the $199 with contract price for a Moto X? How does a $200 full-priced Motorola DVX sound? This appears to be the rumored, low-cost Android handset with switchable backplates built by Motorola.
Want a wood back for that Moto X? You’ll likely pay $50 extra but don’t fret: The phone could see a price cut in the fourth quarter. And it turns out Google bought a smartwatch maker last year but we just found that out.
That Moto X priced at $579 without a contract is costing Motorola approximately $226 to make, even with the customization and U.S. assembly. Other indirect costs are part of the equation, but Motorola could finally start providing Google some tangible profits.
Leaks continue before the Berlin IFA show. This week saw Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch in the spotlight. The Moto X finally went on sale at AT&T, but a Motorola VP suggests that other carriers will launch “in days” as will a developer edition.
Motorola originally promised that customized Moto X smartphones would be delivered within four days. Now it claims the wait may be longer due to anticipated high demand.
Active Notifications, the app that brings Moto X-style notifications to your phone’s home screen, is now available for all phones running Android 4.0 and above.
AT&T customers hoping to get their new Moto X handset engraved won’t be able to do so at launch time. Motorola is putting that customization option on hold while it improves the engraving quality.
Gestures are becoming the most integral UI function on smartphones and yet most people aren’t using them to their full potential. We ask designers what they’re doing to improve user experience.
This week, I had the chance to customize and order a Moto X smartphone. What’s the process like? Watch our video to see. And Samsung is reported to surprise us with a smartwatch filled with features next month. Can it deliver?
The touchless voice command feature of the Moto X is super; right up until you have to physically unlock your phone. Motorola has an answer for that authentication challenge in the form of a wearable NFC tag and NFC stickers.
AT&T has announced that it will be offering the Moto X in stores and exclusive access to Moto Maker online beginning August 23.
When the Moto X becomes available, AT&T customers will be able to order their own custom handset online, choosing colors, wallpaper, engraved messages and more. What’s the process like? Watch as I take it through a spin and order a handset.
The Moto X will be available in a non-carrier version on the Google Play store but will it have the “special sauce” that makes the phone fairly unique? There’s precedent for a Google Experience phone to keep features, so it’s possible.
After a week of using the Moto X, I found that it’s a very compelling phone. So will many other consumers, provided Motorola gets it in their hands. The LG G2 also looks impressive after a short amount of hands-on time.
That didn’t take long: The Active Display notifications found on the Moto X can be added to your Android smartphone or tablet through a third-party app. You’ll need Android 4.3 for now, though, and unless you have an AMOLED display, it won’t save battery life.
LG finally took the lid off of the upcoming LG G2, and it’s a beast of a phone. Here’s how it stacks up against the Moto X and the Samsung Galaxy S 4.
Is Motorola’s Moto X truly a flagship phone that worth the flagship price? Not if you look solely at specifications. Do that, however, and you’ll miss out on one of the smallest Android phones that offers an excellent big phone experience.
Say hello to the new GigaOM Structure podcast, our fourth weekly show. Topics on podcasts this week range from PRISM impacting cloud adoption, hands on with the Moto X, BitTorrenting on a Chromebook and Bluetooth tags to track your stuff.
Moto X, the handset that’s always listening for your spoken command, is here and it’s an impressive blend of hardware and software. It launches when Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 is expected but these are for two very different audiences.
After spending 24 hours with the Moto X, I’m finding other nice features that Motorola didn’t cover in great detail ranging from contextual software to a booming loudspeaker that dynamically adjusts power based on its temperature and movement.
The Moto X is coming to T-Mobile, but you can only get it through Motorola’s website.
Forget black or white. Moto Maker lets you customize the Moto X exactly to your liking with over 2,000 unique combinations.
The Moto X speculation is over now that the phone has debuted. What makes it different and who is it for? I spent time with Google and Motorola representatives to get answers.
The Moto X is finally here. See how the specs stack up against its biggest competitors, the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and the Apple iPhone 5.
With so many different Android phone models comes a wide variance in hardware, software and design, so a single Android phone can’t compete against the iPhone. Or can it? We may find out with Moto X: Google’s Android phone for the masses.
If a tiny virtual carrier like Ting can get access to such a high profile device at the same time as Verizon, AT&T or Sprint, then it’s likely many more small operators will as well.
The Moto X launch is just a day away, but a new leak shows it may be one of the first phones to use a nano-SIM since the iPhone 5.
How does Motorola plan to create a phone with wrap-around “Magic Glass”? A leaked image of the Moto X front face shows that the bezel may be as smooth as glass where the front of the phone transitions to the back.
Can an Android phone simply be listening for voice commands all the time, just like Google Glass? Yes, based on a Moto X video showing such a feature. Keeping it exclusive to Moto is a smart move, but hopefully, it comes to other Android devices too.
More Moto X news leaked this week, but it seemed to lessen enthusiasm. We also found out that the HTC One S owners will never see Android 4.2, and answer the question: Does a $30 savings make the HP Slate 7 more appealing?
Hoping to choose the internal parts of your Moto X phone? Don’t count on it as ABC News says the user design bits are choice of color, engraving options and pre-installed custom wallpaper.
Motorola is running a full page newspaper ad to remind people both of its U.S. heritage and its upcoming Moto X phone that you can design yourself. Could Moto pull off a smartphone coup with build-to-order handset shopping?
Motorola’s Droid kicked off the initial success of Android and the company isn’t done with the line just yet. Verizon looks to be getting the Droid Ultra, which could be a variant of the Moto X phone.
Google hasn’t yet made clear how Motorola’s product line fits into its overall strategy. Another alleged pic and specs of the Moto X smartphone aren’t helping clarify it either.
Motorola’s rumored Moto X phone is real: it’s coming later this year and will be built in Texas, CEO Dennis Woodside has confirmed.