Despite boasting several innovative features the Moto X missed its mark
The Moto X was supposed to be the smartphone that turned around the fortunes of the loss-making (then Google-owned ) Motorola. It was once hyped as the mysterious 'X Phone,' and was even touted as a 'game changer.' Yet, instead it soon saw steep discounts to clear inventory. Then, just eight months after its release, Motorola's announced that it will shutter its ambitious Fort Worth-based Moto Maker customization factory originally staffed by 2,000 employees. At its peak, the plant produced 100,000 devices per week; so what went wrong?
Argos, eBay Click and Collect delivery partnership expanded to 650 UK stores
Auction site eBay has expanded last year's trial of its Click & Collect delivery scheme partnership with Argos across the United Kingdom. The scheme, which initially allowed customers to buy from 50 eBay sellers and pick up orders from 150 London-centric Argos stores, is expected to cover 650 stores around the country by the end of the year, with over 65,000 eBay sellers expected to offer the delivery option.
5.2-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 800 processor touted in Moto X+1
Motorola's follow-up to the Moto X may have a larger screen with a higher resolution than the original's 4.7-inch 720p version, according to specifications appearing on a Brazilian retailer's website. Thought to be called the Moto X+1, the smartphone is said to have a 1080p 5.2-inch display, along with a processor upgrade to a quad-core Snapdragon 800 clocked at 2.26GHz.
Some details still unknown
On June 9th only, people will be able to order a Moto X for a penny and try it out for two weeks, Motorola has announced. As a part of the promotion, people will be able to build a custom design using MotoMaker, just as they would if they were buying the device outright. It's unknown however if Motorola will allow wood backs, which normally cost extra, and it will presumably block engraving as an option.
Update to Moto X could be codenamed Victara
The next version of Motorola's Moto X will be heading to all four major carriers in the United States, according to a rumor. Believed to be called the "Moto X+1," a name revealed in a similar leak last month, the smartphone also apparently goes by the codename "Victara" and will in theory go on sale through AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile.
Moto X will be discounted on May 1st in United States for 24 hours
Motorola will be launching a new smartphone on May 13th, with an invitation hinting it will be a low-cost device. The event invitation comes at the same time as the smartphone producer warns of a one-day sale in the United States tomorrow, where the flagship Moto X will be available directly from Motorola at a reduced price for a 24-hour period.
BBC extends iPlayer catch-up video from week to 30 days
The BBC is extending the time British viewers will have to watch recently-broadcast shows on iPlayer to 30 days. Up from the previous seven-day limit, Pocket-Lint reports the popular catch-up streaming service will allow for downloads or streams of shows from any of the BBC's television channels up to 30 days after being broadcast, with the changes set to take place from this summer.
Republic Wireless offers Moto X via Moto Maker, wood backing offer
Republic Wireless is finally offering the Moto X through Moto Maker, from 12pm Eastern Time. The budget carrier will be selling the Motorola flagship off-contract in 16GB and 32GB variants for $350 and $400 respectively. As an incentive for launch, the carrier is offering a coupon to the first 2,000 people to visit a specific site from 11am Eastern and provide their e-mail address, for a free wooden cover upgrade worth $25.
Over 40 college color combinations added to Moto Maker
Motorola has made two changes to Moto Maker in an attempt to attract students to the Moto X smartphone. The online designer has been updated to include preconfigured customizations based on a number of colleges, complete with a case showing the college emblem, while students will be able to pick up a Moto X from the company at a discount.
Opera adds WebRTC, updated design to Android browser
Opera has updated the Android variant of its web browser to version 20, and has included support for WebRTC, a technology that can support browser-based video conferencing. The update also adds a new customizable interface, a flat-design Speed Dial, upgrades to the search and address bar, an update of the Chromium core to version 33, and a number of other minor updates. The updated Opera for Android is available to download now from Google Play, for devices running Android 4.0 or higher.
Motorola to hold hour-long sale with $100 discount on Moto X
Motorola will be offering the Moto X at a discount again, though unlike earlier offers, the company is cutting the price for just one hour. Android Central spotted a series of tweets from Motorola warning of an off-contract Moto X sale on January 27th that will run from 3pm to 4pm Eastern time, with the $100 discount bringing the price down to $299. Anyone missing out on the offer will be able to receive a $70 discount until February 14th.
Aereo expanding service to areas of Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana
Aereo will be launching a version of its cloud-based DVR and TV streaming service in the Greater Cincinnati region on January 21st. The 24-county areas outlined by the company includes 8 counties in Ohio, 10 counties in Kentucky, and 6 counties in Indiana, with the entire region becoming the 11th area it will be available within. Aside from the free trial month, Aereo will be charging $8 per month for access to 30 over-the-air channels and 20 hours of DVR time, though an extra $4 ups the DVR amount to 60 hours per month.
European Moto X launches 6 months after United States version
Motorola has launched the Moto X in Europe, at its launch event in London today. The flagship Motorola smartphone, originally launched in the United States in August, makes its way across the Atlantic to join the Moto G, though unlike the American version, the European model will not offer any Moto Maker customization options, instead offering just the standard black and white-backed models.
Streaming player accompanies unlocked Moto X orders until January 14th
Motorola has started to offer off-contract purchasers of its Moto X flagship smartphone a free Google Chromecast. The offer comes at the same time as the company's budget-oriented Moto G goes on sale in the US through Verizon, and a week before the phone manufacturer is expected to launch the Moto X in Europe at a special event in London.
Flagship Motorola handset could cross Atlantic in near future
Motorola has sent out invitations to members of the press in the United Kingdom for a London-based event, at the same time as expanding the coverage of Android 4.4.2 on the Moto G. The invitation, set for January 14th, promises to announce a "new addition to the European Motorola family of products," and though the invitation does not directly state what is being revealed, it is likely that the company will be bringing the Moto X to the continent.
Price cut follows earlier discounts, Moto X flash sales
Motorola is making a bigger push for sales of its flagship Moto X in the United States, by giving it a permanent price cut. The change, coming after a number of similar discounts on the smartphone, comes at the same time as reports that its cheaper stablemate, the Moto G, is being sold at Best Buy for $100 on Verizon with no contract.
Moto X, Droids on promotion, Droid Mini free
Verizon is discounting Motorola's customizable Moto X handset to just $50 on contract as part of its End of Year Savings promo. The carrier is also offering discounts on a range of other Android handsets, with savings available for Samsung smartphones and tablets, HTC's 2013 flagship, and Verizon's own line of Motorola-produced Droid devices. The promo runs through December 31, and customers can save up to $200 for certain electronics.
Motorola puts color-changing ad into print Wired magazine
Motorola will tout its Moto X customizable smartphone next month in the print edition of Wired with an interactive ad that slightly mimics the company's Moto Maker customization site. Mashable reported on Thursday that about 153,490 copies of the January 2014 issue of Wired will be distributed in New York and Chicago with paper-thin electronic components integrated into a page. That page will hold Motorola's Moto X ad, which will change the color of the Moto X unit on the page with the press of a button.
Motorola adds Bamboo backing option to MotoMaker
Motorola has finally made a wooden backing available for the Moto X. Users of MotoMaker can choose to have a Bamboo coating on the rear of the smartphone, at a cost of $100 and an extra week on the delivery time according to TechnoBuffalo. Bamboo is currently the only option in the "Natural" category on the site, with previously-spotted options for Ebony, Rosewood, and Teak yet to be added to the backing list.
Read-out PIN can unlock Moto X, Droid Ultra, Mini, Maxx
Motorola has updated its Touchless Control app with more voice commands, amid other changes. The app, available as an update through Google Play for compatible Motorola devices running Android KitKat, introduces the potentially-insecure option of verbally providing your security PIN to the smartphone in order to unlock it.
Adverse weather conditions slows production, shipping of smartphones
Deliveries of the Moto G and Moto X to customers in the United States have been delayed, because of adverse weather conditions. The manufacturing and shipping facility in Fort Worth, Texas was affected by "Winter Storm Dion," with the snow causing significant transportation issues for finished goods as well as for Motorola employees.
Sale price available today and Monday
Following technical difficulties on Cyber Monday, Motorola has extended the holiday promotion for its Moto X handset. The company's flagship smartphone is available today and Monday for just $349, marking a $150 savings, with full customization options via the Moto Maker site, though today's stock appears to be sold out.
Moto X wood options will be available in coming weeks
The Moto X will have options for a wood backing in the future, but not in time for Thanksgiving, according to a Reuters reporter on Twitter. Despite this, Motorola is allegedly aiming to offer the backing option to customers through Moto Maker in the coming weeks, "in time for some holiday shopping." Original sightings of the backing showed options for Ebony, Rosewood, Teak, and Bamboo, though it is not clear which of these will be offered to customers.
Phased rollout of new Android hits Moto X
Moto X owners with Verizon as a carrier should see access to Android 4.4 KitKat starting today. Motorola announced today that Verizon would begin rolling out an Android 4.4 update in phases, and the notification should begin appearing on the devices of Moto X users. The new update comes just over two weeks after Motorola promised a rapid update cycle for its new flagship device.
Price of Moto X lowered on carriers after Moto G launch
Following the launch of the low-cost Moto G, a number of carriers in the United States have started to lower their prices for the Moto X. While Republic Wireless offers the device off-contract, versions as part of a two-year commitment have received price cuts, with one offer seemingly being priced at $0.01.
Moto X could head to Europe in future, after Moto G
The Moto X could potentially head to markets further afield than the United States, after an executive reportedly hinted at a possible launch in the future. The suggestion comes shortly after the company unveiled the Moto G, a cheaper version of the handset that is enjoying a global launch for areas other than the United States over the next few weeks.
Budget Moto G offers 4.5-inch 720p display, Snapdragon 400 processor
Motorola has launched its rumored Moto G smartphone at its live event in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The smartphone, a budget offering when compared to the preceding Moto X, offers a 4.5-inch, 720p, edge-to-edge display with a pixel density of 329ppi, in a device said to be the third of the cost of premium smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S 4.
Moto X sales disappoint with just over 500K sold in Q3
Motorola is thought to have shipped just over 500,000 unitsof its highly customizable flagship handset, the Moto X reports the Wall Street Journal. The estimated figures were provided by Strategy Analytics, following Motorola's decision to cut the entry price of the handset from $200 on a two-year plan to just $100 on Monday. Motorola, a wholly owned Google subsidiary, launched the Moto X to considerable fanfare in August, touting its X8 chipset and the ability for users to pick the color highlights and accents for the device.
Moto X customization now on all major carriers
As many expected, the Moto Maker Moto X customization feature has now expanded from AT&T to include all four major American carriers. The Moto X site now shows Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile as carrier options, along with AT&T. The expansion of the feature to at least Verizon was anticipated by many, as the carrier accidentally leaked a page showing off the Motorola flagship and saying it could be customized. That page, though, was quickly taken down, and the feature was put back under wraps until its proper launch today.
Customization options for Moto X on Verizon said to start tomorrow
Verizon's own version of the Moto Maker site reportedly came online for a brief period earlier today, with a page giving the option for the customer to customize their own Moto X smartphone. The Moto Maker page, now redirecting to the front page of the Verizon online store, apparently came online the day before the store is rumored to go live for Verizon customers.
Customized Moto X said to reach T-Mobile today, Sprint on 11th
Customized versions of the Moto X could be heading to the other carriers in the near future, according to reports. Leaked images said to be from Sprint allegedly show that the Moto Maker system will be available to customers in the near future, while another rumor claims that T-Mobile will also be receiving access to it soon.
Budget Motorola smartphone to see international release
Motorola will be hosting an event on November 13th for the launch of the Moto G smartphone. The Google-owned device manufacturer will be showing off the successor to the Moto X during a live event later this month, with the device name having previously been confirmed courtesy of a mistake on the Motorola website and a trademark filing.
Moto X, current Droid range to gain KitKat
Motorola has revealed a list of devices that will receive Android 4.4, also known as KitKat. A dedicated upgrades page on the Motorola website allows users to select a large number of combinations for carriers and devices, with the Moto X and the new Droid range on Verizon being shown as receiving Android KitKat in the future.
Moto G to be mid-range device with Snapdragon S4 Pro processor
Specifications for a future mid-range smartphone from Motorola have allegedly leaked, suggesting that it may be less of a "budget" device than initially believed. The new Moto G rumors come at the same time as the release of the Motorola Camera app on Google Play, though it appears that it is only compatible with the Moto X.
Website menu confirms smartphone name after trademark filing
Motorola may be closer to launching another in the Moto line than first believed, thanks to a slip-up by Motorola itself. The Google-owned manufacturer allegedly leaked the existence of the Moto G through its website, less than a week after it was discovered that the company had applied for a trademark through the USPTO for the smartphone name.
Moto X now $99 on Moto Maker site
AT&T customers can now pick up a customized Moto X from the Moto Maker website for just $99. The Moto X still retails for $199 in AT&T stores in standard colors, but interested parties can now get a customized model for half the price, though they will have to have it delivered. Additionally, Motorola is showing off what appears to be a Moto X-exclusive augmented reality game to be launched in the coming days.
Target to offer Ouya in all US stores in time for holiday sales
The Android-based Ouya game console is spreading its retail reach in the United States, ahead of the holiday sales. Previously launching in a number of Target, GameStop, and Best Buy stores, the console will now be available in all Target locations across the US, reports Polygon, with store availability of the Ouya in Western Europe and the Middle East also said to be increasing in the next month.
Moto X customization system said to hit Verizon next month
Verizon customers will soon have the option to fully personalize their Moto X handsets, according to a new report from notorious tech news leaker @evleaks. The rumored November 11 arrival of Moto Maker will allow customers on the United States' largest carrier to choose their own color and configuration options for Motorola's newest flagship model. Until now, the customization option has only been available on AT&T.
Moto X to be sold on Republic Wireless without two-year commitment
Low-cost carrier Republic Wireless has revealed it will be selling the Motorola Moto X on its network for $299. While this is more than the $200 usually charged by carriers for the smartphone, with Sprint offering it for just $100, the Republic Wireless model differs as it is offering it without requiring customers to sign up for a two-year contract.
Moto X flagship available for $100 on contract
Amazon is offering the standard black and white versions of the Moto X Sprint variant for just $100. Motorola's flagship handset was already predicted to hit $100, but Amazon appears to have jumped the gun slightly with the Sprint version. The $100 deal is contingent upon the commencement or renewal of a two-year contract with Sprint.
Future Motorola tablet could have Moto X-style color options
Motorola could be releasing a tablet in the future, according to comments made by its CEO. The Google-owned smartphone manufacturer is said to be working on such a device, and considering its current factory system and personalization options for the Moto X, it could end up being a customizable device constructed in the United States.
US Moto X employee cost three times higher than China equivalent
Production of the Moto X smartphone is operating at a brisk pace, with Motorola's contracted Texas-based factory churning out 100,000 devices each week. The high customized order numbers are still increasing, according to a report, with Google also taking the time to add the inside of the facility to its indoor Street View collection.
Moto X goes on sale through Sprint, $100 credit for number transfers
Sprint has started selling Motorola's flagship smartphone, the Moto X, on its network. Priced at $200 alongside a two-year contract, the carrier will be offering customers switching their number to Sprint a $100 instant credit off the up-front cost of the device. Though it is not launching with Moto Maker customizations, Sprint states that it will be available to its customers "in the coming months."
Web-only launch for Verizon Moto X, stock for stores in coming weeks
The Moto X will be going on sale through Verizon on August 29th, almost a week after AT&T launched the smartphone on its network. The increase to the list of carriers offering the Motorola-made device comes at the same time as potential customization pricing for a wood back cover is allegedly leaked by Motorola's own website.
Motorola prepping Moto X Developer Edition with unlockable bootloader
Motorola has quietly revealed a Developer Edition of its new flagship Moto X smartphone. The new device will get a unique appearance with a black front and white rear panel as well as silver highlights around the camera bezel and on the volume and power controls. It will also carry special branding on the rear, while shipping in standard trim with 32GB of RAM on board as well as an “unlockable” bootloader.
Customers visiting store can buy Motomaker card for online Moto X ordering
The Moto X has gone on sale through AT&T. The Motorola flagship smartphone is available through both AT&T's website and through retail stores, with the site offering the plain black and white options, and customers buying a Moto X card in-store being able to customize their device's color scheme through the Motomaker website.
Skip attaches to clothing for Moto X use without pin unlocks
Motorola has revealed its NFC key for the Moto X smartphone for automatic unlocking. The Skip, a bundle consisting of a thumb-sized clip and three Skip dot stickers, will allow the wearer to use the Moto X when it is nearby the device, without requiring the owner to enter a four digit pin or some other authentication in order to unlock the phone.
Verizon late to offer HTC flagship phone
Verizon schedules HTC One launch
Verizon has announced that it is finally set to ship HTC's flagship One smartphone on August 22 for $200 with a new contract. The company is one of the last major carriers to launch the phone, amid reports of a larger "One Max" variant. Sprint is currently offering an exclusive red version, available with a buy-one-get-one-free promotional offer through the rest of the month.
Moto X to get stock Android version, but no versions headed to Europe
The Moto X will be getting a Google Play Edition according to the handset maker. The just revealed Moto X runs a largely unmodified version of Android 4.2.2, but device will have its OS lightly customized for each of the five US carriers that the device will be sold on. Although Motorola hasn't revealed when the Google Play Edition will go on sale through the Google Play store, it will be free from carrier apps and other mods, meaning that it will receive software updates more quickly and will ship out of the box with Android 4.3.