Front-facing speakers of Moto E shown in leaked Moto G2 photograph
Motorola may be preparing to launch an update to the Moto G, according to a leaked photograph and report. Aside from working on the Moto X+1, Motorola's follow-up to the Moto G could end up being a slight improvement on the original, with alleged specifications suggesting the 8-megapixel rear camera is the biggest upgrade for the entire smartphone.
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.
Motorola adds 'Talk to Me' text reading feature to Assist app
Motorola today updated its Assist app, adding a "Talk to Me" feature that reads text messages aloud. Users can have calls verbally announced as well as incoming text messages, and the update also includes improved driving detection using audio. The "Talk to Me" feature is the new home mode for the app, and needs to be enabled to use. The Motorola Assist app is available for download from Google Play.
Minor Android update fixes battery drain bug, improves performance
Google has started to roll out a minor software update bringing Android to version 4.4.3. Starting this week and rolling out gradually to users, the update will first head to Nexus devices, starting with the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7, with a number of Google Play Edition smartphones and recent Motorola devices also reportedly receiving the Android upgrade.
Moto Stream provide Bluetooth connectivity to non-networked audio systems
Motorola has unveiled a new wireless audio adapter allowing Android, iOS, and Windows-based smartphones and tablets to connect to existing speaker systems. The Moto Stream attaches to a standard audio input jack or RCA connector on speakers or an audio system, and can pipe music streaming over Bluetooth, with the company claiming a range of up to 300 feet between device and the Stream.
Notifications on Android Wear smart watches could spread across multiple pages
Google developers have started to show what kind of notifications Android Wear users will expect to see on their smart watches. Example notifications from apps for Nest devices, Clash of Clans, and calendar notifications showcase the kind of experience Google expects users to see when they glimpse the Moto 360, the LG G Watch, and other Android Wear devices.
Price of Moto 360 in contest rules a guide for tax purposes, final price uncertain
The upcoming Moto 360 smart watch from Motorola could cost $249, according to details revealed in a recent competition. Despite being priced in rules the company itself wrote for a contest of its own devising, Motorola has denied the reports, claiming the price listed is just for tax purposes, with the final retail price for the smart watch yet to be finalized.
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.
Entry-level Moto E aimed at emerging markets
Motorola has launched a pair of budget smartphones at its London launch event. The Moto G has been upgraded to include 4G LTE connectivity instead of 3G, while the rumored Moto E has been unveiled as an even cheaper entry-level option with slightly lower specifications to the Moto G, but still manages to offer a considerable list of specifications for the price.
Low-end device has dual SIM, GSM only
Images of the previously-unrevealed "Moto E" smartphone have been leaked by Brazilian phone vendor Fast Shop. The device, expected to be announced on Tuesday, is Motorola Mobile's first new phone released since the company was sold to Lenovo in January, but it was very likely developed while the company was still under the Google aegis.
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.
Federal court ruling on Apple's 'data detectors' patent could complicate case
A ruling in a completely different Federal court regarding one of Apple's patents at issue in the current Apple-Samsung patent trial will require extra testimony from experts on Monday, after both sides rested their evidence cases on Friday. Apple's "data detector" patent, and specifically the portion of it that deals with a "server analyzer" to interpret user actions, was reinstated in a different case against Motorola, resulting in a different interpretation of what that means, which will need to be explained to the jury.
Overturns ruling recommending licensing over injunctions
The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has reversed a ruling tossing out an Apple v. Motorola lawsuit over smartphone patents, says Bloomberg. Earlier, Circuit Judge Richard Posner scrapped a trial after ruling damage testimonies from the two companies inadmissible. In his decision he argued that even a victor wouldn't be entitled to an injunction against product sales; licensing was recommended instead.
Phone maker will likely have to drop injunctions
Lenovo-owned Motorola Mobility will probably avoid an antitrust fine when the European Commission rules on a dispute with Apple, which should happen as soon as next week, two sources tell Bloomberg. Motorola has been accused of using patents simply to block sales of Apple products, but it's believed that the Commission will only order it to drop injunctions over standards-essential patents. The European Union's antitrust head, Joaquin Almunia, recently promised that a decision would be made in the Motorola case by the end of April.
Motorola said to make Moto E half as thick as Moto G
Motorola will be making a third device in its Moto range of smartphones, a rumor alleges. Specifications for what is believed to be called the Moto E have apparently leaked, suggesting the company is planning to launch another low-budget smartphone similar to the Moto G, but with a slightly thinner 6.2mm (0.24 inches) body instead of the Moto G's 11.6mm (0.46 inches) thickness.
Executive selected for the job, will assist in Lenovo transition
Just prior to its offload to Lenovo, Motorola Mobility has named Rick Osterloh as chief operating officer. Jonathan Rosenberg, Google's Senior Vice President of Product Management announced the appointment of Osterloh, who is replacing Dennis Woodside -- who departed to become Dropbox's first chief operating officer.
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.
UK Sales of Moto G raised Motorola share from 'almost nothing' to 6 percent within 6 months
Motorola is seeing some success in the United Kingdom after the brand all but died in the country, according to a research firm. The latest Kantar Worldpanel ComTech report states that the Moto G helped Motorola reach a market share of 6 percent in the UK for the quarter ending in February, rising up from "almost nothing" in a six-month period.
Summer launch in United States expected for Motorola smart watch
Not to be outdone by LG and its G Watch, Motorola has teased its first smart watch. The Moto 360 will run on Android Wear, also announced today, will differ from most other smart watches on the market, in offering a "round face and premium materials" instead of the squarish appearance shown in the Pebble, the Samsung Gear, and similar devices.
iPhone still most popular device
Apple grew its share among US smartphone owners during the last quarter to 41.6 percent, according to new comScore data. Data polled between October and January shows that Apple advanced 1 percentage point. The company's main rival, Samsung, grew ownership by 1.3 points, but remained firmly in second place at 26.7 percent. LG's share rose just 0.3 points to 6.9 percent, presumably on the back of the G2 and the Google-branded Nexus 5.
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.
Samsung, LG make gains regardless
Of the 121 million smartphones sold in the US during 2013, Apple took home a 45 percent share, according to new NPD Group data. That represents a growth of 1 point annually. Samsung advanced two points though to a 26 percent share, while LG gained 3 points, moving up to 8 percent. HTC and Motorola both saw declines; the former from 10 to 6 percent, and the latter from 7 percent to 4.
Apple CEO doesn't dismiss possibility of bigger iPhone
The Wall Street Journal has published the full contents of yesterday's interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook, in which he announced the company's expanded share buyback plan. Commenting on Google's recent sale of Motorola to Lenovo, Cook says that he "wasn't surprised," and that it "seems like a logical transaction," since Motorola is losing money and Google isn't committed to it. "I think it's really hard to do hardware, software and services and to link all those things together. That's what makes Apple so special," he adds. "It's really hard, so I'm not surprised that they are not going to do that."
Patent troll sued end users of networking gear, settlement prevents further action
Networking hardware manufacturer Cisco has struck a deal with non-practicing entity Innovatio IP Ventures to settle a suit and protect commercial and potentially home users of its hardware. Together with Netgear and Motorola, have agreed to pay IP Ventures 3.2 cents for 85 million pieces of network gear, netting the patent troll $2.7 million.
Path adds Instagram-style video clip sharing, filters
Path has finally added video to the Android version of its app, bringing it in line with the iOS version. The official Path blog writes that users of Android 4.0 or later can use the video function in the app, which takes after Vine and Instagram in offering up to 30-second clips, with the option to add a variety of camera filters to the video before sharing with others. Path 3.4 is available to download via Google Play.
Plans still nebulous
Apple is among of a number of US corporations that have agreed to change hiring practices to avoid discriminating against the long-term unemployed, says the New York Times. The pledge comes at the behest of President Obama, who is hosting a meeting of CEOs at the White House later today to promote his efforts. White House officials say that about 300 businesses have agreed to alter hiring policies, including 21 of the 50 biggest American corporations, and 47 out of the top 200.
Latest sale less than 25 percent of Google's purchase price in 2012
[Update: Deal confirmed] According to a statement by Google CEO Larry Page, Google and Lenovo have negotiated a deal that will see the search engine sell its Motorola Mobility smartphone business to the Chinese manufacturer. The deal is valued at $2.91 billion dollars, with Google retaining most of the patents it acquired when it purchased the division in 2012.
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.
Samsung advances to 26 percent
US iPhone ownership leapt to 42 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013, up from 35 percent a year ago, according to new NPD figures. Samsung phones also advanced, but from 22 percent to roughly 26 percent. LG was the only other major manufacturer to see a gain, inching ahead slightly to 8 percent. Motorola and HTC both fell under the 10 percent mark, and BlackBerry ownership shrank even further to 2 percent.
Boost Mobile to offer Moto G, its first Motorola product since 2011
Boost Mobile, the pre-paid Sprint imprint, has announced the release of Motorola's Moto G through its nationwide retail stores and online. The first Motorola product offered by Boost Mobile since 2011, the 3G budget smartphone has a 4.5-inch HD screen made with scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass, and possesses a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor.
Google adds Moto G to Google Play lineup
Google on Tuesday revealed a new version of its budget-oriented Moto G handset, a version that sports a plain vanilla version of Android 4.4 KitKat. The Moto G Google Play edition showed up on Google's Play Store on Tuesday in two configurations: one an 8GB model and the other a 16GB model. The low-cost Motorola handset is the latest addition to the Google Play edition lineup, a lineup that does not yet include the Moto G's higher-end sibling, the Moto X.
Twitter updating look of website to match its iOS and Android apps
Social media service Twitter has initiated rolling out an update to its website, with the aim to mirror the aesthetic approach to that of its app versions to iOS and Android. Users will be able to personalize their profile more than previously, with the settings menu including an option to add accent colors. The navigation bar is a different color and style than before, and some icons have been redesigned.
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.
Motorola starts roll-out of Android KitKat on Moto G in UK
Motorola has started rolling out Android KitKat to the Moto G in the United Kingdom. The Android 4.4.2 update, which starts rolling out today and will continue for the next week, adds the usual KitKat improvements along with a new look phone dialer, new photo editing options in the Gallery app, printing support over services such as Google Cloud Print, the new version of Hangouts, and support for the Square credit card reader.
Tech used is similar but different, court finds
The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has upheld an International Trade Commission ruling that found Apple didn't violate a Motorola patent on communications between devices and data networks, reports say. The ruling, issued in May, specifically dealt with Claim 12 of the patent, and whether or not it covered the deletion of apps capable of receiving push notifications. The ITC determined that Apple's implementation of status updates to halt notifications was non-infringing.
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.
Motorola, LG, HTC suffer setbacks
Apple and Samsung increased their shares of the US smartphone market based on unverified shipment data in the September-November period versus June-August, new ComScore data shows. Apple advanced 0.5 points to 41.2 percent, maintaining overall control; Samsung, though, gained 1.7 points to hit 26 percent, narrowing the gap. In distant third was Motorola, down 0.2 points to 6.7 percent. LG dropped the same amount to 6.5 percent, but swapped places with HTC, which dipped a full point to 6.4 percent.
iPhone only smartphone with increased activity
Apple devices remained firmly in control of North American web traffic through Christmas, but the iPad lost some ground to devices from Amazon, Microsoft, and Samsung, according to new Chitika analytics. The data was collected from "tens of millions" of devices between December 20th and the 29th, and used to gauge the growth or decline of various brands. Apple's iPhone was the only smartphone to gain share, advancing 1.8 percent to 54.3 percent of the market.
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.
Verizon upgrades Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, Droid Mini to Android KitKat
Verizon is rolling out Android KitKat to its current range of Droid smartphones. Owners of the Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, and Droid Mini will receive the update from today onwards, with version 4.4 of the operating system bringing a full-screen mode, camera improvements, an updated Droid Zap app, an update for Motorola Assist, and support for the Fitbit, among other items.
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.