BBM for Android gains Material Design, private chats
The latest beta for BBM for Android has been given a visual overhaul using Android Lollipop's Material Design. According to Crackberry, the same beta also brings with it private chats, where contact names are hidden, notifications are turned off, and the conversation is deleted upon ending the chat or after a short period of time. The option to edit a sent message, and the ability to publish status updates directly into the user's personal BBM feed have also been added. Since it is a beta, these features may change before reaching the main release, with no timescales for the additions advised by BlackBerry.
Google adds LG Watch Urbane to store, discounts Moto 360, LG G Watch R
Smartwatch listings on the Google Store have been updated, with a new Android Wear addition and some price changes. The LG Watch Urbane is available for the first time in the store, priced at $350, while the LG G Watch R has dropped $50 from $300 to $250. The Moto 360 has also been discounted in the store, dropping from $250 to $180.
Android developer uncovers mystery device with 320x320 display
Motorola may be working on another Android Wear device, according to a rumor. A device claimed to have the codename "Smelt" has allegedly been spotted by an app developer, located close to Motorola's main headquarters in Chicago, with initial suggestions being that it could be a follow-up to the manufacturer's Moto 360 smartwatch, released last year.
Moto E gains larger screen and speed boost, on sale now
Motorola has made some updates to its entry-level Moto E smartphone, the Lenovo-owned manufacturer has announced. The new Moto E will have a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor with an Adreno 306 GPU, an update from the dual-core version the original had, with Motorola also preparing two variants of the device, giving consumers the option of a 3G-only model or one with LTE connectivity.
Motorola details online store discounts for early February
Motorola will be offering multiple discounts on devices in its mobile store, as part of a Valentine's Day promotion. From February 3 until February 14, the manufacturer is discounting pre-tax purchases worth $500 by $100, or $35 off $250 purchases, though an customers registering for the promotion within a one-hour window on February 2 will get codes worth $140 and $50 off the $500 and $250 respective purchases.
Nokia Lumia 635 goes on sale through Sprint
Sprint has started to sell the Nokia-branded Lumia 635, the first on the network running Windows Phone 8.1. Equipped with a Snapdragon 1.2GHz quad-core processor accompanied by 512MB of RAM, a rear 5-megapixel camera, and a 4.5-inch 480x854 display, the Lumia 635 is being sold on Sprint for $7 per month over 24 months under Easy Pay, or a full price of $168.
Sony extends PlayStation Plus subscriptions as apology for holiday downtime
Subscribers to Sony's PlayStation Plus service will receive a five-day extension to their subscription, if they had an active or free trial as of December 25, as an apology for the hacker-induced downtime over the holiday period. The company is also going to provide a one-time 10-percent discount code for the PlayStation Store to all PlayStation Network users later this month, with discount details being published on the PlayStation blog in the future.
Second-gen Moto X is one of Motorola's best ever smartphones
The second-generation Motorola Moto X has been eagerly anticipated among Android fans, who see it as fulfilling the promise offer by the first-generation model. The original Moto X once went by the mysterious code name of the "X Phone," and was pitched as the first device fully developed under the ownership of Google, with much expected of it. Although we found a lot to like about the original Moto X, it failed to live up to sales expectations. Has Motorola - now under the stewardship of Lenovo - managed to keep what was great about the original Moto X, but address what its potential customer base saw as its weaknesses with the second-generation model?
Improved battery, storage accompanies LTE in leaked Moto G update
Motorola is preparing to add LTE connectivity to the second generation Moto G, if the manufacturer's Brazilian website is to be believed. The revised smartphone, initially unveiled in September, gains not only the ability to connect to an LTE-based cellular network, but also has a few other specification changes to make it a more attractive proposition.
Google pushes the boundaries of smartphone size with Nexus 6
The Google Nexus 6 is the latest Android flagship smartphone from Google and, like each one before it, it is designed to showcase the latest developments on its Android platform. Indisputably and unapologetically a "phablet," the device centers on a gargantuan 5.96-inch QHD AMOLED display, and comes pre-installed with Android 5.0 "Lollipop." It truly challenges the boundaries of what users are prepared to carry around with them as an everyday all-purpose device. That, of course, makes it a very interesting proposition.
Keylink attaches to keyring, makes noise via app, button makes phone ring
Motorola has revealed an accessory which could help prevent people from losing their keys or their phone. The Motorola Keylink is designed to be attached to a keyring, and can be set to make a noise from a connected smartphone at a range of up to 100 feet if they are misplaced, with a button on the keyfob able to trigger the smartphone's ringer as well.
Which fashion-forward recipient will you gift with a smart watch?
Wearable devices have become an important part of the technology industry this year, with almost every manufacturer producing a smartwatch, fitness tracker, or some other form of technology designed to be worn, not carried. If you feel the need to buy a present for someone you know who wants a wearable item, here is Electronista and MacNN's first gift guide of the season, covering the newest expansion of mobile technology.
Nexus 6 goes on sale via Motorola, sells out within hours
Motorola is now selling the Nexus 6 directly in the United States, via its own online store, giving potential customers an alternative route to Google Play to acquire the smartphone. At the same time, the company is introducing its recently-leaked metal strap options for the Moto 360 through the store, as well as a champagne gold colored version of the Android Wear smartwatch.
Purchase valued at $12.5 billion, with Google retaining most of the patents
Lenovo has completed the acquisition of Motorola Mobile from Google. The deal, according to Lenovo, makes the combined company the "world's third-largest maker of smartphones." Motorola is a now wholly-owned subsidiary of Lenovo, but will remain headquartered in Chicago. Lenovo is expecting profitability to return between four and six quarters from now.
Gold-colored Moto 360 spotted on Amazon with matching metal bands
New color options of the Moto 360 are on the way, according to a leak on Amazon. The now-removed listings spotted by Android Police showed a champagne gold Moto 360, combined with matching 18mm and 23mm metal bands, with the existing black and brushed steel versions also shown by the online retailer as being sold with their respective-colored metal straps.
Latest Droid iteration has flagship specifications, claimed 48-hour battery
Verizon is bringing another Droid smartphone to its network, with the introduction of the endurance-focused Droid Turbo. The Motorola-produced smartphone boasts a high battery life, with its 3,900mAh battery claimed to last for up to 48 hours of average usage from a single charge, a feature boosted by the Motorola Turbo Charger's ability to provide up to eight hours of power to the phone after just 15 minutes of charging.
Second generation Moto X drops in price for 24-hour sale in UK
Motorola has made two announcements relating to its smartphone and smartwatch, specifically for customers located in the United Kingdom. The manufacturer is discounting the Moto X for a limited time, while its round-faced Android Wear device, the Moto 360, has started to go on sale through retailers in the country, as well as through the manufacturer itself.
Latest Moto 360 update adds battery saving option, mood lighting
Owners of the Moto 360 smartwatch have received two bits of good news this week. The latest Android Wear update for the Motorola smartwatch introduces more battery-related improvements, along with other software tweaks, while Google Play has started to include the Moto 360 Wireless Charging Dock among its hardware listings.
Nine phones set to receive Android after it releases, support could grow
With Google's announcement today that Android 5.0 Lollipop is coming soon, many consumers are waiting to find out if their smartphones and tablets will run the new operating system (OS). Owners of Motorola devices can make an informed decision on upgrades tonight if they choose, as the company said nine phones are getting the newest Android version after its launch.
Follow-up to Nexus 5 borrows Moto X styling, enlarges screen
After weeks of rumors, Google has finally launched the Nexus 6 smartphone, running Android Lollipop. At first glance, the Motorola-produced follow-up to the Nexus 5 bears a striking resemblance to the second-generation Moto X, complete with relatively few changes made to the external styling, but it boosts the screen to a phablet-sized 5.96-inch 1,440x2,560 display with a pixel density of 493ppi.
Motorola smartwatch update claimed to increase usage time by hours
Owners of the Moto 360 are reportedly seeing longer battery life for the smartwatch than at launch, thanks to an over-the-air update by Motorola late last week. The original suggestion by the company of an "all day" mixed-use battery life has apparently increased considerably, with users on Reddit surprised at the sudden battery gains.
Verizon release comes three days after AT&T pre-orders started shipping
Verizon Wireless customers waiting to buy the second generation of Motorola's Moto X smartphone don't need to wait very long, as the wireless company says the phone is coming tomorrow. Those wanting to customize their version of the Moto X will be happy to hear that Verizon is selling phones customized through Moto Maker in both 16GB and 32GB capacities.
Updated Moto X believed to be inspiration for Nexus 6 smartphone
The next version of the Nexus smartphone from Google could look like an enlarged Moto X, a report claims to show in an image. The rumored device is said to be called either the Nexus 6 or Nexus X, with Motorola expected to reuse some of the design of the updated Moto X to create a larger nexus device running on Android L.
Moto Maker UK sends e-mail with final Moto X design, not open to pre-orders
Motorola has enabled Moto Maker in the United Kingdom, offering customization of the new Moto X. Added just after the company commenced direct sales to the country via the website, the portal allows users to modify their future phone in an identical way to the United States version of the site, though unlike in the US, British customers do not get the option to actually order the device just yet.
AT&T, unlocked version of phone available, Moto 360 smartwatch back in stock
It's been a jam-packed year for Motorola so far, but it's about to get a little busier with the release of two anticipated devices. Motorola announced today that it's opening pre-orders up tomorrow for two versions of the next generation of its flagship Moto X phone, as well as the wireless Moto Hint earbud.
Motorola starts directly selling Moto G from UK website
Motorola has updated its online store in the United Kingdom, giving citizens the ability to directly purchase devices directly from the manufacturer, rather than diverting sales to retailers. The updated site, spotted by Pocket-Lint, stocks the second-generation Moto G for £150 ($), with separate pages offering to register visitors for updates for the Moto 360 and new Moto X. Moto Maker is expected to become available on the UK site in the near future.
Unlocked, unbranded version of updated Moto X said to be on the way
Motorola will be bringing out a version of its updated Moto X with a stock installation of Android, according to a report. Just like the Google Play Edition of the original Moto X, the 2014 edition of the smartphone is said to have a "Pure Edition" on the way, with the device believed to ship unlocked, unbranded, and without any extra software typically loaded onto smartphones by carriers.
Smaller battery, round components found in Motorola Android Wear device
Motorola's Android Wear smartwatch is, as to be expected, difficult to repair. A teardown by iFixit showed the Moto 360 is not designed to be taken apart for maintenance at all, thanks to large amounts of glue, with the report also noting that the 320mAh battery capacity quoted by Motorola may be inaccurate, as it includes a smaller 300mAh unit.
Hint earbud from Motorola actively listens for voice search prompts
Motorola revealed a new earpiece alongside its Moto G and Moto X updates, one which adds more usefulness to the standard Bluetooth headset. The Moto Hint is a compact earbud which can be used for voice searches and to interact with a paired smartphone using verbal commands, as well as for making and receiving phone calls hands-free.
Rear camera of new Moto G upgraded to 8MP, front camera to 2MP
Motorola has launched its second attempt at the Moto X's budget-friendly stablemate, the Moto G. Just like the updated Moto X, the new Moto G bears the same name as its predecessor, though unlike the flagship, Motorola has made more modest changes to the smartphone, with some of the internal specifications remain unaltered.
Rear 13MP camera of new Moto X has surrounding ring flash
Motorola's sequel to the Moto X has been unveiled with a number of improvements on the original, but retaining the same name. The new Moto X has a slightly larger 5.2-inch AMOLED screen with an upgraded 1080p resolution, backed by a quad-core Snapdragon 801 clocked at 2.5GHz, an Adreno 330 GPU, and 2GB of RAM.
Stainless steel Motorola smartwatch shipping today
Motorola's long-awaited smartwatch is going on sale in the United States. The Moto 360, complete with its round-faced 1.6-inch 320x290 display clad in Gorilla Glass and stainless steel, is being sold from Motorola directly and via a number of other retailers, though the choice of bands will be limited just leather options at launch.
Few changes made to design of Moto X successor
Motorola's upcoming successor to the Moto X has apparently leaked again in new images. The media photographs of what is believed to be the Moto X+1 show both sides of the smartphone's black and white models, and while one has a generic black back cover, the other is shown using a wood-effect version, complete with a prominent Motorola logo.
Texas Instruments processor claimed to power Moto 360
More details for the Moto 360 have surfaced, ahead of its expected launch early next month alongside two smartphones. A product listing for the Android Wear smartwatch appeared on the Best Buy website before being pulled from view, and provided not only a full list of specifications for the wearable device, but also confirmed that it will launch at $249.
Invitation depicts four devices, suggesting multiple Motorola launches
Motorola is preparing to hold an event in Chicago on September 4th, according to invitations sent to members of the media. Though light on detail, the invitation depicts an animated paper fortune teller showing four images, suggesting the smartphone producer could potentially have four devices launching at the event at the same time.
Close-up shots of Moto 360 point to heart rate sensor pedometer
Motorola's upcoming Android Wear smartwatch, the Moto 360, has allegedly been spotted being used with its charging station. The leaked photographs appear to show the smartwatch attached a charging dock for the first time, with the leak also providing a considerable number of close-up views of the Moto 360's sides and back, and demonstrates its size when worn and in comparison to the LG G Watch.
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.