Motorola Moto G Launch Date November 13th

Motorola’s Moto G unveiling looks set for November 13th

By on November 4, 2013 at 8:00 AM.

Motorola’s Moto G unveiling looks set for November 13th

The low-cost version of the Moto X looks set to drop this month. Motorola has posted a landing page for the upcoming Moto G smartphone that teases a November 13th launch date for the new device. Leaked images have shown that the Moto G will look much like the Moto X but will have slightly inferior specs to Motorola’s flagship phone. Rumored specs for the Moto G include a 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4 Pro processor, a 4.7-inch display at 720p resolution, a 1950 mAh battery and either 8GB or 16GB of storage. Anyone interested in tuning into Motorola’s live Moto G announcement online can sign up for updates on the Moto G page.

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Motorola Moto G Specs Leak

Motorola’s budget Moto G phone specs, pictures purportedly leak

By on October 31, 2013 at 7:45 PM.

Motorola’s budget Moto G phone specs, pictures purportedly leak

Earlier this week, Motorola temporarily listed an unannounced device on its website — the Moto G. The mention was very quickly removed, but the Moto G is likely the name of Motorola’s low-cost follow-up to its flagship Moto X. On Thursday, @evleaks produced what appears to be a mostly complete list of specs for the handset, including a 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4 Pro processor, a 4.7-inch display at 720p resolution and a 1950 mAh battery. The leak also claims that there will be two separate models with 8GB and 16GB of internal storage, and that the phone will be free on contract. Motorola has yet to release any official information about the smartphone, but @evleaks included a photo in the leak that might be the first sighting of the Moto G. More →

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Motorola Project Ara Modular Smartphones

Motorola’s Project Ara: The modular phone you can own forever

By on October 29, 2013 at 3:45 PM.

Motorola’s Project Ara: The modular phone you can own forever

As the strange, exciting Phonebloks social media campaign reaches its potentially explosive conclusion, one major smartphone company announced its intentions to jump on board the modular smartphone bandwagon as well. Motorola introduced Project Ara in a blog post on Monday, “a free, open hardware platform for creating highly modular smartphones.” Android has been the leader in open source smartphone software for years, and Motorola wants to bring the same freedom to hardware developers. Motorola’s dedication to customization was made apparent when the Moto Maker program went live earlier in the year for the flagship Moto X, allowing users thousands of possible color combinations for their new handsets. More →

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Google Earnings Analysis

Motorola is still a huge drag on Google

Motorola is still a huge drag on Google

By on October 18, 2013 at 12:40 PM.

In light of Google’s big earnings beat on Thursday night, sending the stock surging past $1,000 to an all-time high, there was one major drag: Motorola. Kicking off the earnings call, CEO Larry Page hyped up the Moto X, which Google unveiled earlier last quarter. “Super fast and clean and the voice features are great,” Page said on the call. “While it’s still early days, Dennis and the team have already transformed Motorola’s product quality. Now they’re working to build out marketing and distribution.” More →

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Moto X Display Quality

ABI: Moto X has ‘best performance observed in a mobile display to date’

By on October 16, 2013 at 3:20 PM.

ABI: Moto X has ‘best performance observed in a mobile display to date’

It might not yet be clear how well Motorola’s Moto X is selling right now, but it is becoming increasingly clear that the first Motorola phone Google played a big role in developing is an impressive engineering feat. The phone is quite small by Android standards and yet it offers very impressive battery life despite its high-definition AMOLED display. According to new research from ABI following its teardown of the Moto X, the HD display plays a huge role in affording owners great battery life. In fact, the firm says Motorola’s Moto X has the “best performance observed in a mobile display to date.” More →

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Motorola Droid Spectrum Xplay Leak

Motorola may ramp up the phablet wars with massive 6.3-inch ‘Xplay’

By on October 8, 2013 at 6:10 PM.

Motorola may ramp up the phablet wars with massive 6.3-inch ‘Xplay’

Motorola unveiled its latest lineup of Droid smartphones back in July, which launched in August along with the well-received Moto X. Now details are finally beginning to leak about Motorola’s next handsets, specifically a successor to the Droid Ultra and a 6.3-inch phablet called the Xplay. One Weibo user reports that the Droid Quantum will be the replacement for the Droid Ultra, although considering how recently the Ultra came out, the Quantum will likely remain a rumor for the foreseeable future. As for the Xplay, there were no more details than a potential 2014 release date and the reported 6.3-inch screen, which would make this Motorola’s largest smartphone to date.

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Google Office Opening Waterloo Ontario

Google looks to scoop up engineers in BlackBerry’s hometown

By on September 27, 2013 at 12:00 PM.

Google looks to scoop up engineers in BlackBerry’s hometown

Former BlackBerry employees may want to get their résumés in order: Google is coming to town. Reuters reports that Google’s Motorola Mobility division is setting up a new hub in BlackBerry’s hometown of Waterloo, Ontario and is looking to recruit people in the area who have backgrounds in engineering and computer science. Even though BlackBerry has fallen on hard times, the city of Waterloo still has a thriving startup hub partly thanks to the University of Waterloo’s top-notch computer science program. Derek Phillips, the engineering director at Motorola Canada, tells Reuters that Motorola is looking to “get just as many people who are interested to come out and hire as many people as we can.”

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Nokia Elop Bonus Scandal

Nokia would like to remind you that Motorola’s Sanjay Jha received $47M following Google’s buyout

By on September 25, 2013 at 9:55 AM.

Nokia would like to remind you that Motorola’s Sanjay Jha received $47M following Google’s buyout

Nokia’s vice president of Media Relations has reached out to BGR and pointed out that “our non-Finnish speaking audience would appreciate balanced coverage.” Nokia would like our readers to be aware of the fact that “when comparing with Nokia’s global competitors and their CEOs in similar situations, Elop’s compensation is not very generous. Mo­to­ro­la Mo­bi­li­ty CEO Sanjay Jha was promised $47 million in 2011 as Google bought Motorola’s phone business,” for example. More →

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Moto X Republic Wireless

Moto X coming to Republic Wireless for just $299 off contract

By on September 19, 2013 at 1:15 PM.

Moto X coming to Republic Wireless for just $299 off contract

Republic Wireless announced on Thursday that it will begin offering the Moto X smartphone for $299 without a contract. For the sake of comparison, other carriers are selling Motorola’s phone for around $600 unsubsidized. Republic Wireless will offer several unlimited plans for the phone starting in November. For talk, text and data on Wi-Fi, but without any cellular service, Republic will only be asking for $5 a month. Cell service for talk and text costs $10 a month, full 3G service costs $20, and 4G will run you $40. Republic customers are free to switch between plans up to two times each month as well. There is no release date yet for Republic Wireless’ Moto X.

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iPhone 5s Fingerprint Scanner

Motorola mocks iPhone 5s fingerprint scanner, forgets its own phone had a fingerprint scanner first

By on September 12, 2013 at 11:25 AM.

Motorola mocks iPhone 5s fingerprint scanner, forgets its own phone had a fingerprint scanner first

During Apple’s iPhone event this past Tuesday, a number of rival vendors took to Twitter in an attempt to have some fun at Apple’s expense. Unfortunately, most of them live in glass houses. Among the merry smartphone makers was Nokia, which poked fun as Apple’s colorful new iPhone 5c lineup as it gets ready to offload the failed handset business it couldn’t figure out how to revive, and Motorola, which made fun of the embedded fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 5s. The problem with Motorola mocking Apple’s new fingerprint scanner, of course, is the fact that Motorola itself launched a smartphone with an embedded fingerprint reader back in 2011. More →

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Moto X Factory Tour

An interactive tour of Motorola’s Moto X factory

By on September 11, 2013 at 11:15 PM.

An interactive tour of Motorola’s Moto X factory

Motorola is really playing up the fact that its new Moto X hero phone is assembled right here in the United States. And why wouldn’t it? The Moto X costs almost twice as much to assemble as smartphones put together in China, so Google’s smartphone arm might as well get as much bang for its buck as possible. Alongside a recent post on the company’s blog, Motorola provided an interactive Google Street View tour of its assembly plant in Fort Worth, Texas. Several things have been blurred out so don’t expect to uncover any secrets while virtually perusing the plant, though it appears that the photographer managed to catch an argument taking place right near the center of the screen when the Street View image first loads. Beyond that, it’s nice to get a rare inside look at where your smartphone was born. The Street View tour is embedded below. More →

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Motorola Moto X Shipments

Motorola now shipping 100,000 Moto X phones per week from U.S. plant

By on September 11, 2013 at 9:15 AM.

Motorola now shipping 100,000 Moto X phones per week from U.S. plant

Google’s Motorola has ramped up production of its Moto X hero phone and is now shipping out 100,000 units each week from its assembly plant near Dallas, Texas. “When you set up to ramp a factory you need a plan, and we have shipment targets we need to make with our carrier partners, and where we need to be right now is 100,000 units and that’s where we are,” Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside told Reuters in an interview. Motorola took a unique approach with its new Moto X Android phone, allowing users to configure customized color combinations on a dedicated website and even choose a wallpaper and custom welcome message that is displayed while the phone boots. Shipments of fewer than 500,000 units per month isn’t exactly a blockbuster in the grand scheme of things, but for a smartphone vendor that posted a $300 million loss last quarter, it’s a start.

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