Motorola Moto X Sequel Release Date

Motorola’s Moto X successor to be unveiled in ‘late summer’

By on February 25, 2014 at 6:15 PM.

Motorola’s Moto X successor to be unveiled in ‘late summer’

When Motorola took the stage at Mobile World Congress this week, the company didn’t have much to offer in the way of new devices. Other than introducing a new smartwatch, the soon-to-be-Lenovo-owned phone maker refrained from any major reveals, but a Twitter Q&A session on Tuesday afternoon hinted at the next smartphone from Motorola. One participant in the Q&A asked Motorola when we’d see the next version of Moto X, to which Motorola responded with a vague answer of “late summer.” It’s not much but it’s still the first we’ve heard of a follow-up to the Motorola hero phone of 2013 in quite some time.

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Google Motorola Sale

Google bought Motorola for $12.5B, sold it for $2.9B, and called the deal ‘a success’

By on February 13, 2014 at 1:12 PM.

Google bought Motorola for $12.5B, sold it for $2.9B, and called the deal ‘a success’

Rarely does a company offload a $12.5 billion purchase for less than $3 billion and call the deal “a success,” but that’s exactly what Google’s head of mergers and acquisitions Don Harrison called the Motorola deal. In an interview with Forbes, Harrison did the math on the deal and said that in the end, Google came out on top. We explained as much in our recent coverage of the deal, but the basic idea is that the sale of Motorola’s home business, cash on hand, deferred tax assets and the $2.91 billion Google received from Lenovo mean that in the end, Google paid less than $3.5 billion for Motorola’s patent portfolio, which it retained after the sale. More →

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Moto G Price Cut $80

The world’s best smartphone bargain just got even better

By on February 12, 2014 at 7:30 PM.

The world’s best smartphone bargain just got even better

At this rate we expect that Motorola will start paying people to take the Moto G. 9to5Toys notices that carrier U.S. Cellular is now selling the Moto G for $80 off contract. The Moto G, which features a 4.5-inch display with a 720p resolution, a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 8GB of storage and a 5-megapixel camera, just seems to get cheaper and cheaper. We were surprised earlier this year when its price got cut to $99 off contract and Motorola and its carrier partners keep coming up with ways to make it cheaper still. Motorola’s highly aggressive pricing has also apparently made the Moto G a big hit in India, where Indian online retailer Fkipkart sold out of its stock of the device in under an hour.

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Motorola MWC 2014

Motorola may host an event about nothing at MWC 2014

By on February 6, 2014 at 8:15 PM.

Motorola may host an event about nothing at MWC 2014

Motorola has sent out media invitations to a special MWC 2014 event that will take place on February 25th, CNET reports, but there’s speculation the company will have no new product to unveil during the show. Instead, Motorola may talk about being acquired by Lenovo and what that means for the company. More →

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Motorola Moto G Sold Out

Lenovo might not have been crazy to buy Motorola after all

By on February 5, 2014 at 5:17 PM.

Lenovo might not have been crazy to buy Motorola after all

The general reaction to Lenovo buying Motorola from Google has ranged anywhere from head-shaking to hysterical laughter. However, Lenovo may have had a good reason to buy up Motorola after all — it seems to have a hit smartphone in a key emerging market. Sister site BGR India reports that Indian online retailer Fkipkart sold out of its stock of Motorola’s Moto G in under an hour, which isn’t all that surprising since the Moto G is one of the best smartphone bargains around. The 16GB Moto G sold on Flipkart for around USD$224 off contract while the 8GB Moto G sells for around $200 off contract. For that low price, buyers get a device that features a 4.5-inch display with a 720p resolution, a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 8GB of storage and a 5-megapixel camera .

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Lenovo Motorola Sales

Now armed with a floundering phone company, Lenovo says it wants to crush Apple and Samsung

By on January 31, 2014 at 9:10 AM.

Now armed with a floundering phone company, Lenovo says it wants to crush Apple and Samsung

Motorola launched two Moto-branded phones last year that each received critical acclaim. The Moto G was a remarkably affordable entry-level smartphone with a design and performance that surprised reviewers. The Moto X was a customizable beauty, built to order right here in the United States. But as we learned on Thursday afternoon when Google reported its fourth-quarter earnings, Motorola still couldn’t find a way to stem the bleeding as the phone maker recorded yet another quarterly loss.

So now, Motorola is someone else’s problem. More →

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Lenovo CEO Interview Motorola

Lenovo CEO: ‘We don’t have an effective plan yet’ to fix Motorola

By on January 30, 2014 at 12:20 PM.

Lenovo CEO: ‘We don’t have an effective plan yet’ to fix Motorola

Was the Lenovo-Motorola merger a shotgun marriage? It certainly caught many people by surprise when it was announced on Wednesday and now Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing tells The Wall Street Journal that his company doesn’t “have an effective plan yet” to return Motorola to profitability. Nonetheless, the executive tells the Journal that his company “can make money” on Motorola because “we definitely have that kind of confidence to turn around the business, and to expand the business.” Lenovo, which was one of the few PC OEMs to actually see its PC sales increase last year, wants to make a big splash in both American and European smartphone markets this year. The company has already had terrific success selling Android handsets in China and the latest numbers from IDC show that it’s become the No. 5 smartphone vendor in the world.

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Google Motorola Lenovo Sale

Here’s why Google was smart to dump Motorola for just $3 billion

By on January 30, 2014 at 9:35 AM.

Here’s why Google was smart to dump Motorola for just $3 billion

On Wednesday night, Google announced it is selling off Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for just $2.91 billion, a couple of years after acquiring the business for $12.5 billion. On the surface it looks like a massive loss for Google, but after taking a deeper dive, this might actually be a great deal after all. More →

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Lenovo Motorola Nexus 6 Smartphone Tablet

Did Lenovo just buy itself the next Nexus?

By on January 30, 2014 at 8:35 AM.

Did Lenovo just buy itself the next Nexus?

In an unexpected move, Google on Wednesday announced that it sold Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for close to $3 billion, although the Search giant will still keep some parts of Moto, including the patents it acquired to defend Android. However, Lenovo may also walk away with a perk of its own, an inclusion in the Nexus family, if one of Eldar Murtazin’s newest tweets is to be believed. More →

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Lenovo Motorola $3 Billion Merger

Lenovo to reportedly take Motorola off Google’s hands for $3 billion [updated]

By on January 29, 2014 at 4:17 PM.

Lenovo to reportedly take Motorola off Google’s hands for $3 billion [updated]

Google won’t have the Motorola albatross hanging around its neck for much longer. Unnamed sources tell Reuters that Chinese computer vendor Lenovo is close to buying Motorola Mobility from Google for around $3 billion, which backs up a similar report from China Daily claiming that Lenovo would buy the one-time mobile phone titan for $2 billion. Although we don’t know when a deal to buy Motorola will be finalized, Reuters‘ sources say that an official announcement could come as soon as Wednesday. Reuters also says that the deal is expected to include “some” of Motorola’s patents. More →

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Motorola Car Technology Patent

New patent gives first glimpse at how Google might make our cars safer

By on January 29, 2014 at 3:24 PM.

New patent gives first glimpse at how Google might make our cars safer

As we’ve said recently, the next big battle between Apple and Google will most likely be over your car. Phandroid draws our attention to a recently disclosed Motorola patent that describes a radar system designed to warn you when there’s an object on the road in front of your car. Essentially, the system includes a video camera, a video encoder and radio frequency modulation circuitry that is constantly scanning for wayward objects on the road and that gives you an alert if something is up ahead of you. Phandroid speculates that this new in-car system may be an attempt on the Google-owned Motorola’s part to enhance the capabilities of Waze, the mobile map app it bought that lets users send out reports of traffic jams, accidents and other hazards of the road.

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Moto X $100 off Sale

You have one hour today to buy an unlocked Moto X for $100 off

By on January 27, 2014 at 1:21 PM.

You have one hour today to buy an unlocked Moto X for $100 off

Motorola on Friday announced via Twitter that it will hold a new Moto X sale on Monday, offering its flagship Android smartphone starting at just $299 without a contract, or $100 off the regular $399 price for the 16GB version of the handset in the U.S. However, the promotion is limited to just one hour, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m EST on January 27th. During that time, interested buyers will be able to register on Motorola’s website for the phone, at which point they’ll receive a personal code good towards the purchase of their desired Moto X handset version. Interestingly, the $100 discount can be applied to any Moto X version, including the 32GB model and the Developer Edition available from Motorola. More →

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