Motorola teases the Moto360 smartwatch

Motorola teases the Moto360 smartwatch

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Motorola today teased the Moto360, the first announced wearable device to make use of Android Wear. Details are light on the device itself, but it looks great from the teaser images. The Moto360 should be available sometime in the summer in a variety of styles.

Oh iWatch, where are you?

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Thread Spotlight: What do you think of the Moto G?

Thread Spotlight: What do you think of the Moto G?

Moto GiFans forum member iHaxor writes:

So I’m getting my  Moto G tomorrow. And I wanted to know what program to use, if there is one, to root it. Also, what’s your opinion on the Moto G?

For those unfamiliar, the Moto G was released last November with an emphasis towards developing markets. The low-cost smartphone features a 4.5-inch screen, 1.2 GHz quad-core Cortex A7 processor, 1 GB RAM, a 2,700 mAh battery, up to 16 GB of internal storage and more. It can be considered as the less-expensive option over the flagship Moto X smartphone.

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Lenovo buys Motorola Mobility from Google

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Lenovo has bought Motorola Mobility from Google for $2.91 billion. Google purchased Motorola in 2012 for roughly $12 billion. The only major device to be released from Motorola while under Google was the Moto X, which was well received by most reviewers and customers. It’s unclear what Lenovo’s plans are, though the company is a growing Chinese technology company — it’s likely that they wanted a road into the profitable North American smartphone market.

[Google]

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Modular smartphone made real: Motorola teams up with Phonebloks, announces Project Ara

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Remember the modular smartphone idea Phonebloks which was suggested by what was seemingly a random British guy last month? Most shrugged it off as unrealistic and baseless, but today it appears that Motorola–and therefore Google–has embraced this moonshot fully. It’s a modular smartphone concept that may have seemed futuristic as little as a month ago. Introducing Project Ara, a free, open hardware platform for creating the smartphone that fits your needs. Motorola has been working on this for more than a year. (more…)

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Anandtech: Apple, Motorola only manufacturers to not cheat in benchmarks

Anandtech: Apple, Motorola only manufacturers to not cheat in benchmarks

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Anandtech, arguably the most reliable benchmarking website, dug in to reports that Samsung was juicing its processors to perform better in benchmarks. While researching Samsung’s “optimizations,” they began to run similar diagnostics on other devices.

Long story short, every manufacturer that isn’t Apple or Motorola includes optimizations and other tweaks to try to gain an edge in certain benchmarks. Samsung, HTC, and LG all use tweaks to boost voltage and clock speed when certain benchmarks are detected.

It’s important to note, however, that Google is also apparently opposed to this practice, as their Nexus devices — which are current being built by Samsung and LG — do not exhibit such behavior in benchmarks. Similarly, it seems that the blame lies squarely with the actual OEMs, and not chip makers.

But, perhaps most importantly, it highlights just how silly it is to use an artificial score to decide where to spend hundreds of dollars.

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Google Hosting a Mysterious Press Event Next Wednesday

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As reported earlier today by Engadget, Google has this morning sent out invites to a special “breakfast” with Sundar Pichai, the Mountain View corporation’s head of Android and Chrome. There’s no word yet on what the event is exactly for, but we can of course expect there to be an announcement of some kind. Considering Pichai’s position at Google, it’s likely that the announcement will be somewhere in his realm–Android and/or Chrome–but, then again, that’s a very big and broad part of Google now.

There have of course been rumors of Android 4.3 getting some light, but I personally would love to see the next Nexus 7. Google’s own tablet offering is already more than a year old and is due for a refresh, in my humble opinion. For the record, a Moto X unveil is unlikely as that would surely be Motorola’s announcement, not Google’s. What do you think the event will be for?

The news first came from JR Raphael on Twitter; you can find that tweet embedded after the break. (more…)

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Google’s Eric Schmidt Spotted with a Moto X

Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, talks on the new yet to be released Google produced Moto X phone at the annual Allen and Co. conference in Sun Valley

Google chairman Eric Schmidt took part in the annual Allen & Co. business conference on Thursday, and it looks like he also decided to give Italian site Corriere.it some photos of him using Motorola’s next handset. The hardware being shown in his hands almost perfectly aligns with the leaked photos we’ve seen in the past. The device features an all-black front, an almost all-white back, and a headphone jack clearly placed at the top.

The Moto X, which is rumored to launch in August, is expected to have a 4.7-inch 720p display, 1.7 GHz Snapdragon processor, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage and a removable battery. The handset is said to run Android 4.2.2 out of the box, and will be touted for its several user-customizable features. For more images of Eric Schmidt rocking the device head after the break. (more…)

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Android, Propelled by Samsung, Continues to Dominate Global Smartphone Marketshare

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Android, riding as a platform on the success of Samsung’s strategy of pushing dozens of devices in most form factors in almost every market, holds a huge lead over any other mobile platforms — including iOS — in terms of global marketshare. While iOS (and even other platforms, like Windows Phone) continue to do well in developed markets, Android’s penetration in undeveloped markets is becoming absolute.

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Leaked Photo Provides First Look at Moto X, the Next iPhone and Galaxy Rival

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While the iPhone, Galaxy S4 and HTC One continue to sit atop the smartphone market by a significant margin, Motorola has quietly been working on its own Android-based device called the Moto X. The handset, which is rumored to launch in August, is expected to have a 4.7-inch 720p display, 1.7 GHz Snapdragon processor, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage and a removable battery.

Weeks ahead of its release, a leaked photo of what appears to be the Moto X surfaced on PhoneArena. The device is being tested on Sprint’s 4G LTE network, and runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The Moto X will allegedly be touted for its features over pure horsepower, with sensors that will recognize when the device is taken out of someone’s pocket or change screen behavior when in a car traveling 60 mph.

Motorola will be launching a myriad of Android-based smartphones by this October, according to chief executive Dennis Woodside. The Moto X in particular will be manufactured at a 500,000-square-foot assembly plant just outside of Fort Worth, Texas, with the processors and OLED screens outsourced from Taiwan and Korea respectively.

[PhoneArena]

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