Google did not spill any important details about Android L during its I/O keynote on Wednesday, so it’s not clear what the name of the new mobile operating system is, or its version number – some say it’s Android 5.0 Lollipop. It’s also not known what devices will be able to run it. With KitKat, Google tried to make Android compatible with devices sporting as little as 512MB of RAM, in order to reduce fragmentation, and it will be interesting to see whether the company will manage to do that with Android L as well. From the looks of it though, it appears that certain mid-range handsets will indeed be able to run the OS. More →
Motorola has previously hinted that it wants to offer users an even more affordable smartphone this year, and Tecnblog says it learned that such a handset will launch this May. The Moto G has been one of Motorola’s best-selling smartphones thanks to its affordable price, and this new device may be even cheaper. More →
For a while we’ve said that Motorola’s Moto G is one of the best smartphone bargains in the world and now it looks like consumers in several different countries agree. The latest report from Kantar Worldpanel shows that the Moto G has been a big seller in the United Kingdom, where it’s helped Motorola’s share from the market go from practically nothing to 6% this past quarter. The Moto G’s success has also helped propel Android to having a market share of roughly 69% in the five biggest European markets of the U.K., France, Germany Italy and Spain. More →
Republic Wireless announced on Thursday that the affordable Moto G will be added to its lineup in April. The 8GB model of the Motorola smartphone will retail for $149 without a contract and its 16GB counterpart will cost $179. These prices aren’t quite as competitive as some of the other Moto G deals we’ve seen online, but Republic’s pricing plans are some of the best around, starting at just $5 per month for unlimited talk, text, and data on WiFi networks. More →
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.
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 .
Motorola caught the tech media’s attention when it unveiled the surprisingly capable Moto G smartphone for just $179 off contract. That comparatively tiny fee brings buyers a 4.5-inch display with 720p HD resolution, a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 8GB of storage and a 5-megapixel camera, all wrapped in a reasonably attractive case. But $179 is still a bit pricey in emerging markets where industry watchers are still expecting growth, so Motorola plans to limbo even lower. More →
It might not be the most significant upgrade in the history of exclusive Google Play releases, but on Tuesday Google made the unlocked Moto G available on its store for the same price as every other retailer. The Moto G Google Play edition release features the same 4.5-inch display, the same quad-core processor and the same $179 price as other Moto G models. The only perceivable difference between the new phone and its predecessor is the Google Play edition’s ability to “quickly receive updates of the latest Android software.” If you were already planning to pick up Motorola’s affordable, unlocked Moto G but you hadn’t decided where to buy it from, Google just made the decision that much easier.
The world is filled with dirt-cheap smartphones but how many of them are actually worth buying? Nokia’s Lumia 520 has shown itself to be a very good option for budget-minded smartphone buyers but Motorola’s recently released Moto G might be the best bargain yet. Engadget notes that Best Buy has started selling the Verizon version of the Moto G for only $99 off contract, which is a pretty stellar deal for a device that includes a 4.5-inch display with a 720p resolution, a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 8GB of storage and a 5-megapixel camera and that is due to receive an upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat this month. Between this and the recent Moto X price cut, it looks like Motorola is getting much more aggressive about competing on price as it faces very stiff competition from rival Android vendors.
If you were wondering how the people at Motorola got away with releasing a smartphone for $199 without a contract while still retaining decent profit margins… well, they didn’t. The Wall Street Journal shares data from Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. analyst Mark Newman who estimates that the Moto G is generating “an operating profit margin of less than 5%,” as opposed to the 20% margins generated by Samsung’s Galaxy S3 Mini and 28% margins generated by the Galaxy S4. The profit margins on the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s are higher than 30%. More →
This is what many people were expecting the iPhone 5c would be like. Motorola on Wednesday announced its new Moto G smartphone, a budget alternative to its Moto X flagship phone that offers mid-range specs for a dirt-cheap $179 off-contract price. Among other things, the device 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. The device will ship with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean but Motorola says that it will be upgraded to Android 4.4 KitKat by January 2014. Motorola says that its goal is to sell a quality smartphone to consumers in emerging markets who can’t afford high-end devices such as the Galaxy S4 or the iPhone 5s. The phone will launch in many European markets starting on Thursday but won’t come to the United States until January.
According to Strategy Analytics, Motorola sold 500,000 Moto X handsets in the third quarter. If true, this would be nothing short of a disaster. Just a few years ago, Motorola’s Droid could sell one million units in its launch month alone. Motorola’s competitiveness in its core U.S. market has eroded at a scary speed, while the company has effectively pulled out of growth markets like Brazil and India. This is a problem, because smartphone volume growth in America has dropped to zero. More →
Motorola’s mid-range version of the Moto X is still in the work and if leaked pictures are any indication, Motorola is getting ready to make some new announcements about its flagship device as well. @evleaks has posted a picture that purportedly shows the Moto X in four different colors — blue, cyan, magenta and white — on its way to being announced for all U.S. carriers. Currently, the Moto Maker, which is a website on which users can design custom color combinations for the Moto X, is only available for AT&T models. Motorola’s mid-range offering, the Moto G, will reportedly join the Moto X on November 13th and feature 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. More →