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Motorola Confirms New Moto X Coming Late Summer, Smartwatch This Year Too

During a Q&A with a panel of Motorola executives at Mobile World Congress, Motorola executives confirmed that a new Moto X will arrive “late” summer 2014 and that they are working on a new smartwatch that will arrive this year. 

The panel features Rich Osterloh, Steve Horowitz, and Mark Randall, and was scheduled to be nothing more than a quick update on the state of Motorola following news that Lenovo would attempt to acquire them. Turns out, they were ready to share plans.

The Moto X was thought very highly of around these parts because of its focus on adding meaningful features to stock Android. If they can continue that idea with a new Moto X, but bump-up a couple of the specs to 2014 standards, it could once again be the phone we can’t stop talking about.

Motorola’s previous smartwatch attempt, on the hand, was not exactly a success. Known as the MotoActv, the watch wanted to be the ultimate fitness tracker, but unfortunately never caught on or received support once Google bought Motorola.

We aren’t sure how they’ll attack the smartwatch industry again, but I’d imagine it’ll be much like how they approached the Moto X. In today’s Q&A session, Rick Osterloh said specifically, “We are working on a watch that will be available this year. We aim to address consumer issues like style & battery life.”

Those are the only details we know about each product at this time, but it’s exactly the type of news that Motorola fans want to hear.

Also, during the interview, Motorola confirmed that MotoMaker will launch in the UK, Germany and Mexico in Q2.

Excited?

Via:  @Motorola [2]
  • Devika Kapoor
  • Jeff

    If they keep the screen size and form factor, I am interested.

  • Jérôme Besnard

    Can’t wait for moto X2 on Republic Wireless.

  • guest

    Motorola – a Chinese company

    • SmokeNMirrors

      Anheuser-Busch (eg Budweiser) – a Belgian company
      Makers Mark – a Japanese company
      7-Eleven – a Japanese company

      so what?

  • NexusMan

    I’m looking forward to both.

  • AbbyZFresh

    The X2 is probably a good way for Motorola to prove to Lenovo that their path of fast updates, stock android, and customization is much better in the long run. If the X2 is successful, Lenovo will have no choice to give Motorola more say in how their future phones will be made if they want to sell.

  • Dylan

    Wish they would have added wireless audio syncing to the Actv.

  • kali bred

    This sucks I knew it would happen but my phone crashed so I was forced to get a new one rather a phone then no phone

  • chris125

    Improve the camera! Only real complaint I had with the x

  • Ravi Rao

    I can’t wait for my bamboo watch!

    • NexusMan

      Nice!

  • EFF-A_X

    I just read an article online that claimed Rick Osterloh said the Moto G has been Motorola’s most successful and highest selling phone ever. Not the X, but the G. Bwahahahaha! Even the G is doing better than the “Nobody IRL Wants Me X”!

    Why make another version of a phone that belly flopped commercially? Guess Moto loves losing that money!

    • M3D1T8R

      How does ignorance feel?

      • EFF-A_X

        Probably the same way being a blind fanboy feels!

        • M3D1T8R

          You are clearly ignorant about basic facts of the global cell phone market. So do us all a favor and stop making posts about it. Maybe instead you can write about what it feels like to be a “blind fanboy”, since you seem to know all about that. I’m unfamiliar, please enlighten.

          • EFF-A_X

            Or better yet you could meditate on deez!

            “It” “feels” “cool” “to” “put” “quotes” “around “words” “like” “the” “senseless” “stench” “trench” “M3D1H8TR”. “I” “feel” “so” “enlightened” “now”!!!!

          • EFF-A_X

            Or better yet you can meditate on deez!

            “it” “feels” “so” “cool” “to” “type” “with” “quotes” “around” “words” “like” “the” “stench” “trench” “M3D1H8TR”! “I” “am” “so” “enlightened” “now”!

          • M3D1T8R

            I’m not sure that you understand how quotations work. Have they not taught you that yet by the 8th grade? If you make it to high school you might also learn that putting unnecessary exclamation points at the end of every one of your postsposts/sentences does not add to the quality of your writing, though it does make you look like an insecure child. Which I’m starting to think may be your goal here.
            “bwahahaha!”
            (Above quote is a free lesson. Careful, that one uses irony as well, so you might have to look that up.)

          • EFF-A_X

            😉

          • EFF-A_X

            I’m sorry you’re feeling like sucha p*ssy M3D1H8TR! Hope you feel better!

    • NexusMan

      You realize the G is a global phone, right. (Not only bands, but availability). And you realize the G is a budget phone, right?

      • EFF-A_X

        I would call the Moto X a budget phone too lol! I mean it really doesn’t cost sh!t and is ind of low-end in a lot of people’s eyes. Only DL readers hold it in such high regard. I don’t think have ever seen ANYONE IRL with one bwahahaha!

        As far as global availability is concerned, if the G is more available and has more bands, well then that just makes the X look even more pathetic in my eyes. What a shame that such a budget phone has more bands and is more globally available than the so-called Phone of the Year!

  • Pete Labozetta

    Per Sarge?

    • needa

      lol. yes, per sarge.

      what ever happened to those other phones that were supposed to hit last year. or better yet… what rock is bionic hiding under nowadays?

      • coh303

        I miss Bionic 🙁 he always had those dirty deets (per sarge)

  • Sean Walton

    Canada wants MotoMaker!!!!!!!

  • Justin Bontrager

    I actually hope the screen stays the same size. I just ditched my S4 for a Moto X. I thought I would love the 5in screen on the S4 and it was nice but it didn’t fit in my hand and I would accidentally rub the back button with the palm of my hand. It was really annoying. Now that I have the Moto X I never want to touch the S4 again.

    • chalker

      I done the same exact thing

    • M3D1T8R

      Yeah, for me the sweet spot would be the same great Moto X design but just a slightly larger screen, like 4.8 or 4.9″. 5″ starts to push the limits of comfort in hand. With very slim side bezels and a nice curved back like the moto x, it could be doable. But 4.9″ and 1080p would be perfect. Improve the camera, up the battery to 3Ah, put the speakerspeaker(s) on the front with great sound quality, headphone jack on the bottom,a decent processor upgrade, along with 3GB ram which should be standard by the time the new X comes out, and lastly give me a Motomaker upgrade option for 64 or 128GB, keep the near stock android with the proper buttons, and I’m sold. Incidentally this is the same want list I’ve had for years now. Hoping the new HTC One comes close to this. If not, I’ll stick with my DNA as I have thus far and await the new Moto X. The new Galaxy S4S or whatever they’re calling it looks like a total disaster on all of these counts besides storage, so it’s a nonstarter.

      • lazlo

        Interesting ideas but turning the Moto X into a Samsung-like spec monster sort of defeats its original purpose. Along with its ergonomic design, the beauty of the Moto is its simplicity and functionality. As some others have mentioned, Motorola need only sort out the mediocre camera. However, I think you’re suggestions are well suited for the Droid line. That is, keep the Moto X simple and functional ala iPhone. But use the Droid line for some spec heavy kick-butt ala Samsung.

  • hldc1

    I was excited about the next Moto X (key word there: was), right up until the point it was announced that Google was selling Motorola to Lenovo.

    • Brandon

      If it’s coming out in June it will still be made by Google-owned Motorola. Remember how long it took Motorola to get rid of their old stock when Google bought them?

    • needa

      what is the dif between china and korea? if it is the best phone out there, then it is the best phone out there. does anything else really matter?

  • Maxim∑

    Obviously

  • Richard Giordano

    Come on Moto what bout Some DROID love and confirmations for once! Ive been loving my 2013 DROID Maxx ever since I upgraded from the DROID Bionic the week the phone was released. Cant wait to see how Verizon and Motorola come out with another leading industry smartphone (hint 2014 DROID Line). Cant wait!!!! Like the day the new DROID comes out I will buy it off contract no matter the price because remember ITS NOT A TOY ITS A DROID.

  • Dave

    Yes a crazy place to ask this. Anybody know of a non root lock screen app that has app targets or pie style targets to open apps from the lock screen? Got my home screens nice and minimal, just looking for help thanks…

  • chris_johns

    if they make the screen bigger…ill hunt down the ceo of lenovo…just because
    now if they gave us screen size options in motomaker…thats a win

  • Sirx

    I gotta say this is my first time in a long time getting excited thinking about what a phone manufacturer was going to do next! #droidMAXXcult

  • EliteX

    As long the notification and touchless control is back, i’m on it.
    PS. Better Camera… I love my MotoX

  • chris_johns

    sooo…to late to return my current moto x?….jk i love my phone

  • Inquizitor

    Decisions, decisions. Do I replace my GNex with an S5, or wait to see what the new Moto X looks like. Despite seriously impressed with the Moto X, it was far too midrange for me last time. I fear Motorola will only continue this trend.

    • AbbyZFresh

      You still don’t understand the Moto X do you. It’s not a midrange phone.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        After being told and shown by OEMs (including Google) that specs are all that matter, I can’t blame anyone for being skeptical of the Moto X, honestly.

        That said, I think they are planning on staging a coup this year. They are way too low-key about what’s coming, and 6 months out from a possible launch we have absolutely no whispers on what’s going on. I think they’ll push to leapfrog their competitors: get their hands on SoC tech like Moorefield or the Krait 450 cores (stripped-down SD 805 chips) and push 4GB RAM, more sensors and contextual awareness than you can shake a stick at, and a significant update to Moto Maker that will expand selections to hardware and not just cosmetics. If they can accomplish any of that, they’ll not only shake the “mid-range” moniker, but could very well become the most desirable device on the planet in one fell swoop.

        • M3D1T8R

          Let’s hope they manage even some of that. Just a couple more Motomaker hardware customizations like 64 /128GB options, maybe a larger battery option (if 3+Ah isn’t standard) would be a nice improvement.

        • Inquizitor

          This certainly sounds like a very hot fever-dream, but I’d be surprised if much of this comes to pass besides more contextual sensors in the next phone. 2GB I expect, 3 would be a surprise. The smart things to focus on for Moto are software, camera, screen, sensors, memory, and processor. In that order. And while Moto Maker might have more options for cosmetics, I doubt you’ll see them go beyond that. If they were to put hardware selections in Moto Maker then they wouldn’t have two distinct phone models, the X and G.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            I readily admit that the specs I listed are rampant and wild speculation on my part, and indeed what I would like to happen more so than being probable. To be honest, the most likely scenario is 3GB RAM, a custom Krait 400(*maybe* 450)-based SoC with an Adreno 335 GPU which might even be dual-core again, and a smattering of sensors. The camera will likely move to the RCBC ClearPixel (if one is available of course), otherwise they may stick with the RGBC units, or move away from that tech entirely. They’ve already said that they are making their camera a key area of improvement, and I think they’ll deliver. The software will continue to be “AOSP+”, so no worries there. Perhaps a new version of Assist that merges in Smart Actions, but we’ll see. The Moto X and Moto G are already well-defined in their categories. The Moto G is a low-cost high-performance device, while the Moto X is their flagship, which is affordable but is basically more of everything the Moto G has.

            Motomaker is absolutely going to be moving to hardware, but definitely not Project-Ara style “choose your components” type of deal. There will be an across-the-board configuration for the internals, i.e. RAM, SoC, sensors, radios, camera, etc. The choices will likely be screen size and battery size. The battery doesn’t make a single bit of difference to certifications, and is the simplest hardware option to give. A Maxx-like extended battery, at the cost of a slight increase in device thickness, could definitely be an option. I’d guess we’d see two screen sizes, 4.7″ and 5.5″. I doubt they’d go any smaller, but a 4.3″ to match the Droid Mini is possible as well. While *technically* those would require an additional SKU, they could still be the very first “choice” you make in the MotoMaker tool. They could expand internal storage as well, of course.

            The main reasons that I foresee the above have to do with statements made by Motorola in the past, and logical extrapolations. Motorola has said, since the very first interviews about MotoMaker, that they would be looking to expand into more meaningful hardware choices. If that is their goal, the two above cases are absolutely the simplest from a design, manufacturing, and maintenance point of view, because they require little additional overhead on software, which is the most expensive part. One build for each radio configuration and you’re done. The battery takes exactly 0 extra coding work, and there’s a good chance that the software could be built with the drivers for both screens included so that it would work across the whole line. I’m fairly certain the only reason the Droid Mini gets its own build is because it uses an LCD vs. AMOLED, which is a pretty significant change in how the software works for Active Display and the like.

            Pipe dreams, yes, but I’d bet that if anyone can pull it off, it’s Motorola.

      • jimbob

        It has a mid-range display.

        • Woopwoop

          No, it doesn’t. It has a 720p screen, sufficient for its size. Displays are not an epeen competition, it is a matter of practicality and usability.

          • Inquizitor

            Just because you like it doesn’t mean it’s not midrange by this point. Midrange != bad, which a lot of fanboys have trouble understanding.

      • Inquizitor

        At the end of the day it very much is a midrange phone. It’s a fantastic package, and I bought it for my mom, but it’s not the phone for me. I want something with more power that will last a while.

        • Nikuliai

          Well I play a lot on it, haven’t (yet) encountered a game that lags on it and the battery is fine… and if you refer to “more power” as processor speeds and ram I have pretty bad news to you, after 2016 we’re pretty much stuck on topped specs, they can’t actually make the clocks run faster (A.K.A. let’s put 30 cores of max 3GHz which won’t do a thing on anything not video intensive), the specs right now will do for a while

          • Inquizitor

            If you like your phone then I’m happy for you, but don’t talk down to me when you don’t know anything about me or my needs/desires in a phone. I’m well aware of phone spec limitations, I’m not someone who just wants the biggest numbers and I don’t need to justify anything to you.

          • Woopwoop

            It sounds like you do though

          • Nikuliai

            you clearly don’t need to justify anything to me but you also clearly tried to…

            I never even talked (down? really?) about your needs/desires, I only said that the power of the phone can’t get much far from where’s now, I don’t really care about what you want, I went for the power sentence.

            PS: it’s not a midrange phone if you compare it with high ends and it behaves well in almost every -non benchmark- test

  • Grant

    I still want a removable battery a SD card slot and IR blaster. Until then I’ll stick with those who shall not be named here due to constant hate for them.

    • George264

      Don’t even dream about SD and removable on Moto X. It’s not going to happen, they’re pushing for the google way of keeping one package. IR blaster might come but what you’re looking for is the S5. I hate it but it seems like it matches your needs.

      • Nikuliai

        SD may happen now, not this year but Lenovo has 0 obligation of keeping the Google policy of not paying a dime to microsoft

  • Orion

    I’m hoping they add more customization like screen size.

  • Tay

    I literally buy my Moto X two days ago and I hear this. Luckily I’m on this edge program.

  • Beavis

    REAL news this week! Awesome!

  • Bryan Burch

    Only if it has a heart rate monitor. Otherwise, it’s a glorified pedometer.

    • EliteX

      heart rate monitor….lol

  • wmsco1

    Sammy hit’s a homerun out of the Box with Tizen. So LG on First ,who’s on second?HTC on Third. So what Player’s would we Have on Android team? How would it play out?

  • Al-Burrit0

    Motorola>LG>Sony. I want to see what you got in store for us!!

  • droidify

    Early leaked images

    • Brandon

      If you get it wet it warp lol

    • Intellectua1

      Good one, I literally laughed out loud..

  • Ahku Droid

    It better have a MAXX battery, be Play Edition priced, and allow Dev Editions to be customized on MotoMaker.

    • bobbyp

      Play Edition phones aren’t any cheaper. I don’t want to pay $650 for the next version of the Moto X.

      • Ahku Droid

        Since we get no love on Verizon, I haven’t checked in awhile. I thought the GS4 Play Edition was $399.

        Let’s say Nexus pricing.

    • chris_johns

      maxx battery/dev edition moto makers +2389571893457189237512375012358901325132561212412

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        The next obvious step in Moto Maker is battery and screen size, since the current Android software has absolutely no bearing on the first and the second is handled easily by the software, so long as the drivers are present in every build, and they won’t affect FCC/BT/WiFi certification and require a new model number.

  • Carlos Lopez

    As great as the x is and it’s successor is sure to be I think I’m gonna jump onto the Sony bandwagon this year

    • AbbyZFresh

      Thats only if Sony decides to release it to U.S. carriers.

    • Virinder

      Depends if the Sony Z1 Compact makes it to North America (DL believes so), and whether it comes to Verizon (a miracle, but the Z2 Sirius is supposed to be confirmed for VZW)

      • Carlos Lopez

        Nice though I’m hoping for a tmo release for the z2

  • Big EZ

    I wish they would announce a Moto XL(5.2″), and maybe even an XL (5.7″).

    • truth_cutz

      5.5 and I’m all in!

      • Kevin

        That’s what I said :p

    • Woopwoop

      Why not just go for the Nexus 5 then? Seems to fit the size, and the performance is top of the line.

      • Big EZ

        A few reasons. I prefer Motorola. The Nexus 5 doesn’t have the features the the X has. The Nexus 5 is only 5″. The small screen is why I don’t have a Moto X. I’m considering the Droid Maxx, but at only 5″ it’s also to small. Last but not least, the Nexus 5 isn’t available on Verizon.

        • Woopwoop

          Das some big hands you got there! Is the Note your only choice then right now?

          • Big EZ

            I have a Note 2, but I hate the software. I’d also prefer to have a Moto phone because Samsung and LG ‘s reception isn’t as good.

          • Woopwoop

            Yeah, Samsung software leaves a lot to be desired. I’ve been using CM on SGS3, and that’s much more pleasant than stock. I do understand not everyone has that option. It could be interesting if screen customization was a thing for Moto X, but I think it’d really be two different devices at that point since backs are easily swappable, but screens are parts of the actual phone body.

            Makes sense though, I could see how you’d want the bigger one as well.

  • truth_cutz

    Give me a slightly larger screen and I’m sold!

  • angryps3owner

    Such a beautiful phone. Too bad galaxy s5 looks like same old crap. Drop the same specs into the new moto x and I’m sold!

    • 213ninja

      s5 with wooden back ftw?

      • angryps3owner

        More like bigger moto x. I rather have no home button all glass on the front curved with wooden back. 5″ 1080p etc…

    • Al-Burrit0

      I wouldn’t mind having the moto x 2014 model looking like the 2013 model, but for Samsung their phones are just ugly. Samsung definitely needs a new look. I was surprised how many people liked the electric blue. IMO it is almost as bad as the gold edition…

  • Mario Lovato

    moto x might have had a chance, it is cool for the fan base but will never hit it big it is done guys let it go Denial is not just a river in Egypt.

    • Weber

      lol grammar

    • sirmeili

      I think if it’s “features” were to be come more widely known, they would take off compared to the Galaxy series. The features in the MotoX are great and their not shoved in your face. They just sit in the background and compliment how you use your phone. They are light weight and functional. Let me also add that they are not gimmicky in any way.

      When I’m driving it is awesome that my Phone says “Sara has just sent you a text message. Would you like me to read it to you?” then it read it to me, then it ask if I want to reply and even ready my message back to me for clarification before sending. Never once do I have to touch my phone. I was even pleasantly surprised that when I got a call in the car that it asked if I wanted it to answer, and when it did, it put it on speaker phone.

      It’s the simple things that the MotoX adds that when you have to use another device for any period of time, you really miss them and realize how great they are (when you have taken them for granted).

      • Silver Veloz

        I love that driving feature. It’s awesome.

      • BodomSlayer

        I converted a GS4 owner to the Moto X and he absolutely loves it. He said he is now on board the moto train lol.

        • EFF-A_X

          Aaaaaaaaaaand that train has come and gone. Next stop: Lenovo A.K.A. Suckville.Motorola is on a doomed path now. It’s over. Get used to it.

    • The Narrator
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  • danger2u

    in USA the Moto x costs 500 dollar 32 giga bamboo customized
    in Europe black or white 16 giga 508
    i hope the prices will be like in US when the Motomaker will be available here
    i paid my bamboo 32 giga and a pair of Jax sol republic 430 dollars

  • Fresh360

    None of the major Android sites picked up on the Lenovo mid range phones at MWC but the S860 is beautiful…That really gave me hope that Moto was in good hands…I know the Moto X (2014) was already in the pipeline from Google ownership but it does give me hope for future iterations.

    • droidify

      What did you think about that sweet skin Lenovo slapped over 4.2 jelly bean?

    • wmsco1

      I saw that as well, makes for real excitement.

  • Pdewet

    “but bump-up a couple of the specs to 2014 standards”. I agree with this. If the Moto X2 is the Moto X with a 5″ 1080p screen, a good solid camera and maybe a quad core processor it would be my dream device.

    • 213ninja

      it seems the flagship is sailing toward 5″ screens but the appetite on this blog doesn’t seem to be there. at least, in my reading…not that it matters. i’d actually love to see a larger device too, a 6″ note/Maxx/Gpro/XperiaZ competitor.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      The “expanded MotoMaker” may very well include screen size. However, they won’t go to 1080p unless there is no significant impact on performance or battery life (reason the Moto X was 720p, according to interviews). But, 5″ is definitely stretching things for a 720p display, I’d say the 4.7″ is the limit for that resolution.

      I honestly wouldn’t be surprised to see them use an Intel processor in the next version. The X8 system will run with any SoC, Intel is dying to get into the mobile device ring, and Moorefield (their quad-core chip) is expected to be in devices 2H14…right about the time the next X is launching. Motorola announced a multi-year partnership with Intel in 2012 when they announced the Razr i, but nothing has been heard of that since. Seems to me like a perfect storm for Motorola to swoop in and really impress. Qualcomm could use some stiff competition to keep them on their toes, and nVidia has been lagging as of late.

      I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw two expansions to Moto Maker: Screen size (4.3″-4.7″ 720p, 5.5″ 1080p) and battery. Battery upgrade for $20-30, screen size may have additional cost or maybe not.

      • BodomSlayer

        How is 5″ ‘stretching’ 720p? Wasn’t there a time TVs maxed out at 720p and the displays were still crisp?

        • M3D1T8R

          Do you sit ten inches from you TV screen? My 1080p 55″ plasma is perfect at a 6 foot viewing distance. My 1080p 23″ computer monitor is perfect at 2 1/2 feet. My 1080p 5″ phone, on the other hand, is perfect at about one foot viewing distance. See how it works?

      • M3D1T8R

        Would be cool but I have my doubts on screen size customization. Storage, maybe battery, but screen size means a wholey different basic design engineering. But if they did do it, 4.9″ 1080p would be my perfect choice, and you didn’t list that as a (hypothetical) option!

    • sirmeili

      I can see why you’d want the screen and camera, but do you really care about the processor? I never once see my MotoX skip a beat and until I do, I am satisfied with what is in it. IT’s smooth and fast and all that with a dual core.

      I think we are entering a point in time where you should really be looking at real world performance and not just specs.

      • cns2007

        +1000

      • BodomSlayer

        I think the biggest part about the Moto X is that it is the thin version of Android and that 2 GB of RAM makes a huge performance difference.

    • Woopwoop

      They better keep the small size option. I would really hate to have the one phone line that actually fits in my hand right now become like the rest of them. There are no comparable phones in that size, while there is half a dozen different choices for large devices.

  • Droidarmy

    Booyah Moto X version 2 ftw!

  • I’ve enjoyed my GS4 (with some rooting and massaging), but I’d love to see a high-spec new Moto X win me over this summer. #VZUnlimited

  • 213ninja

    i heard sammy booked unpacked episode 2 late summer to announce glam laminate battery covers…

  • sski66

    Now I don’t feel bad about not getting one this past sale, I was hoping we were gonna hear something like this , that’s why I held off, awesome ! So what do u guys think they’ll upgrade, screen, processor, camera?

    • 213ninja

      tough to say if lenovo is shot-calling…yoga flip screen? i hope it’s nice.

      • sski66

        Hahaha, yeah right, that would be something.

      • cns2007

        Lenovo will not be calling any shots in regard to the next version of the X. Because 1) the next version is already in the pipeline and being developed, 2) and more importantly, Lenovo does not own Motorola yet. In fact, there is a high probability that by the time the next X releases, the sale will still not have completed. It took Google over 6 months to complete the purchase of Motorola.

        • 213ninja

          true dat

    • sirmeili

      Even knowing one is coming out at the end of summer, I have no regrets getting mine. It’s the best phone I’ve ever owned. Hopefully the X2 will follow in the same path, but if not at least I have my OG MotoX 🙂

      • sski66

        Cool, & for that reason I really struggled about getting one during the sale.I don’t want a junked up Moto X. But through all the different Tech websites the consences was that the next MotoX is in the pipeline so Lenovo doesn’t have the time to mess it up even if they want to, just hope thats right.

  • Chris Hughes

    The moto x2 Starting at 699…wait 599…no 499 if you sign up now One time only!…oh ok 375 with a coupon code or 399 forever…oh hell how about just 350 forever… And the woods backs will be available for 100..I mean 50…I mean 20 extra bucks!

    Just kidding moto you know I love you…and my X

    • EC8CH

      I for one welcome retail pricing that drops as opposed to other phones who’s retail pricing doesn’t drop a penny while their on contract price falls to zero.

      • Chris Hughes

        agreed!

      • Ryan

        Wholeheartedly agree on that. Motorola dropped the price by about $200 since its initial release. And that was ~7 months ago roughly. Now that’s how you run a business and keep customers attracted sometimes. Surprised I don’t see more Moto X’s running around.. oh wait, no… I’m not surprised, nevermind.

        • michael arazan

          Guessing this year everyone is going to wait 2-4 months to see if Moto drops prices again, which they might do if no one buys it at release, because they are expecting a price drop further down the line.

          It’s like they created a price drop paradox because of last year.

      • The biggest downside though is that people who buy phones on or soon after launch at the full price, can no longer sell them 6-12 months later for much money at all.

        • jeffroks

          OK, don’t get mad. I own an Android, but the only phone that holds it’s value is… Well you know.

        • David Narada Brown

          yea its gonna hurt release sales once people get hip to the pattern

        • en28so

          Maybe is because you should keep your phone for at least a year and a half? I personally keep my phone for at least 2 yrs. Unless you got a money tree planted in your backyard. I don’t sign any more contracts either and buy phones for $250-$300 that have been around for a year.

          • You just prove my point. Selling your phone 12-18 months later you’ll get much lower resale value since Motorola started the price high and kept cutting the cost.

    • bobbyp

      I got my Moto X a few weeks after release but it is a work phone I would have been annoyed if I had bought it myself with the price drops. Of course the same thing happened with the OG Razr with the Maxx right on its heels.

      • Eric R.

        I remember the Razr was $299 when it came out, which is insane for a on contract phone

        • bobbyp

          Guess who paid that much for it? This guy as a birthday/Christmas present for my 18 year old son none the less. I was sitting on the Bionic which ended up being a pretty good phone after several updates.

          • droidify

            At least that makes you a cool dad. My dad wouldn’t have loaned me his StarTac when I was 18

        • ahhh yes

          It was $499 when it came out…

          • Eric R.

            Im talking about the Droid Razr that came out just over 2 years ago

      • asten77

        OG RAZR has a beef with your description. 🙂

        • Justin Larmay

          My mom still rocks this phone and will not give it up. She has 2 back ups just in case. She bought a few extras on eBay.

          • Now that’s really future proofing your technology needs! lol – I love it. Definitely something I’d do if I wasn’t so into tech.

          • M3D1T8R

            Oh man, but that phone was so bad. Never understood why it was so popular. Now the used Motorola Barrage’s I got for my mom and my wife, those things are solid like a rock! (If only you could use your own mp3’s as ring tones..)

          • ohioDroid

            A lot of those mid-2000s Motorola phones could be seem-edited to allow adding of mp3 ringtones.

          • DJyoSNOW

            Because you could fit it in your daisy dukes….

        • michael arazan

          I had that phone till ther top part broke off after 2 years of flipping. Great phone, first phone I could play all tpes of games on, but mostly golf. The camera was pretty dam good for it’s time too, videos were pretty clear.

    • ytcracka

      Haha…so true!

    • Scott Capodice

      Should have been the price it’s at now since launch and would have changed over bunches of ppl

  • sagisarius

    Did they say anything about whether Lenovo was going to keep updating with new versions of Android at the same pace? That’s pretty much the only thing I really care about. Though it’s also nice to know that Motomaker isn’t dead.

  • EC8CH

    Will they be handing out the Moto Bucks again to blogger to hype the beast? /s

  • enigmaco

    My moto x is still gangsta.

    • AbbyZFresh

      Gangsta? Is this 2004 again?

      • The Narrator

        Damn it feels good to be a gangsta

      • enigmaco

        Fa shizzle

        • Scott

          *Fo shizzle

          • enigmaco

            Fa can be used as well

    • chalker

      That’s right!! Left my VZW S4 for it! Haven’t even missed it!

    • Jared Denman

      Malibu’s Most Wanted

      • enigmaco

        Don’t be hatin I’m the shiznit.

      • Patmw123

        I said I got Gamecast man, damn. I can’t afford it.

    • enigmaco

      I had the droid RAZR hd before this and at some times miss it.

      • bobbyp

        I have both Moto X for work and the HD Maxx for personal. They both have very good points.

  • JBartcaps

    It may be a great phone but with the acquisition by Lenovo, how quick will it get updates?

    • AbbyZFresh

      Never. Chinese companies are more about mass production and manufacturing than actually updating the devices. Let alone use stock android.

  • Charlie R.

    They also later answered a question regarding high-end smartphones by essentially saying that the days of the $600 phone are coming to an end.

    To me this means that, like the Moto X, specs on this year’s model won’t be top of the line. I am totally fine with that.

    • Eric R.

      I am too, because I’m getting the G3

    • Ryan

      I think as long as Motorola continues to improve the X8 Computing System, I don’t think a phone needs more than a dual-core CPU. Maybe quad-core if one is hardcore gamer on their phone I guess..

      • Brandon

        I have noticed that Dead Trigger does lag occasionally when I have it at High Graphics, my S4 didn’t have that problem IIRC.

        • Jason B

          The S4 also has a slightly different Adreno 320 since it uses the S600 AB. It’s clocked at 450MHz, stock, but Samsung may bump it up to 480MHz for some games.

          The Moto X uses the 400MHz variant of the 2nd gen Adreno 320. Enough of a speed difference to be quantifiable in an intensive game.

          • Brandon

            Yea it’s only really noticeable when there are like 10+ zombies around me and I’m spraying them down with the AK-47.

    • Woopwoop

      Yep, and right there with ya – I don’t need top-of-the-line anymore. My S3 is working just fine 2 years later, and my SO loves the Moto X. The battery life, and usability features on the X entirely make the phone. I used to be in the “must have the highest CPU speed with latest architecture” camp, but Moto X seems to have converted me.

      • en28so

        Finally I find somebody that keeps their phone for two years like me! I just don’t understand why people like to spend so much money on a phone every single year! SMH

        • Woopwoop

          Yeah, I have no idea either why anyone would waste so much money. I have yet to run into a task that the S3 couldn’t handle with buttery smoothness. I do run Cyanogen on it, which aids the performance a ton compared to stock. Still though, I don’t see myself switching to something else for a while.

  • bluefolder

    The three most important factors to consider when creating the next Moto X: Camera, Camera, Camera!

  • Justin

    I think it will be like the original Moto X 2013 but with bigger battery, better processor, better camera…( it better have a better camera) and a sharper screen. Hell why not throw in waterproof too.

    • sagisarius

      I think the one last year kinda was waterproof, they use some nanocoating on it to make sure it is waterproof. A few people have tried it, there are some crazy youtube videos of it.

      • Justin

        You are correct… But I was thinking maybe they can do some kind of crazy waterproofing like jumping in the pool with it and taking some crazy awesome underwater shots, something attention grabbing

      • Nikuliai

        it’s IP 67, dust and water resistant, not ip67 (dust protected and submergible), but yeah, it does work under a little water, but it likely won’t survive dropping it into a pool or the sea, maybe not even the wc, but it should resist a bowl of water for a while (not gonna try it tho, love my phone)

    • Chris Hughes

      I dropped mine in a deep slushy puddle and couldn’t figure out where it went for a good 30 seconds. It never even turned off…

      • Patrick Smithopolis

        It needs a better camera, better screen and better color reproduction.

    • Scott Webber

      and 1080p

      • Woopwoop

        Dat battery tho

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    :-/ … They are already on a terrible cycle. After the S5 after the HTC One, and for all we know After the G3 from LG. Between folks being locked into contracts and others buying full priced phones who are they expecting to get the new Moto X?

    • Chris M

      If they keep them at the same price off contract I would say the same people that bought the first X and others.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        You know the X didn’t sell well at all right? “Those same people” can’t save Motorola.

        • Nikuliai

          I honestly doubt that fact, if you consider the Moto Maker investments (on the US and now Europe) you can expect some loses from Motorola, especially considering they had to make new factories to assemble the phones, if the Moto X weren’t selling well at all you would see losses of 500+ million, they had a $1.24 billion in revenue for the company, which turned into a loss of $384 million, something like 100m more than last year, is it good? not at all, is it expected considering all the investment Motorola did on 2013? totally

          Besides, the X didn’t sell because many people though it was “just a dual core”, that idea is starting to get lost since they actually realize now that the phone actually works great, and next year’s specs shouldn’t be as dramatic as the one of 2013, they should have a better battery and camera, so the biggest flaws of the phones are out, and that includes the pricing if they stay true to what they did this year

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            Look at the US market for example where the majority of people sign new contracts. S5 will eat up a ton of contracts, then there’s the HTC One eating up some more. Now you’re looking at a Summer time time frame which is “IPhone wait and see” territory. They are putting themselves behind the 8ball.

          • Nikuliai

            Not arguing that, on the US they are late to ship, but they have other markets aswell, like Brazil and Chile, where the X is THE top selling phone right now, the US is not the biggest market for the X, they failed to realize that last year, that’s why they are still expanding the Moto Maker and why they made the Moto G so Motorola is not doomed yet, and at least I am sure as hell I’m buying the Next X if it has a better camera and I can use Moto Maker (now I had to order a Toast cover)

            I agree on the iPhone thing tho, but if they ship the X after them they will lose even more people (since they attack iPhone owners with the kind of innovation the X is doing), the timing is bad because of Sammys, LG and HTC (meh) throwing the phones first, but they can actually be smart about this and use the 805 with the X8 or even the new x64 intel processors (if they work well) and they could easily crush he competition and get more buyers after the -non drone- people decides the iPhone 6 isn’t really a big deal when they release it

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      From what I’ve gathered, they are expecting to push the Moto G hard in emerging markets, China, and possibly Europe. There is no reason that the next X can’t leapfrog the competition rather than lag behind by being the first to use a Moorefield SoC with 4GB RAM. Recall that they developed the X8 to work with _any_ SoC; they were quite happy and adamant about that fact, which certainly led me to believe that they would be looking to source their SoC from someone else for the next round.

      Sales for the X haven’t been zomg awesome, but they seem to be selling steadily enough that they see growth. Remember that they only sell the Moto X in ~20 markets and the Moto G in ~30, as compared to the 150 that the GS5 and 5s are launched in. That is one of the things that they are counting on from Lenovo, scaling their manufacturing and carrier/regulatory partnerships so they can rapidly expand to more markets.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      This should pretty much tell you where they know the money is:

      http://m.androidcentral.com/moto-g-motorolas-most-successful-smartphone-ever

      Considering that includes the Droid, that’s quite the declaration.

  • Drew

    And let the flood of X and Nexus 5 lovers circle jerk and bash Samsung here too? I swear, I have absolutely nothing against Motorola and Google, but their hardcore fanbase, especially the X/N5 users, are so goddamn annoying. It’s like seeing Apple fanboys but for Androids. Every goddamn article about Samsung, they just HAVE to chim in and say “I LOVE MY MOTO X” “I LOVE MY N5” “NO THANKS SAMSUNG” “SO BLOATY” “SO UGLY”.

    Well guess what dudes? I’m gonna chim in here just to tell y’all how much I LOVE MY G2 AND NO THANKS MOTOROLA YOU ARE CHINESE NOW. OH SXHT WHAT NOW!?

    • Weber

      Whoa, let’s take it down a notch.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Wow. All I have seen here so far is “gogo Motorola, that sounds great!”.

      Glad you enjoy your G2. If the X isn’t for you, no big bud. Chillax, have a Snickers 🙂

    • bobbyp

      You are allowed to find other tech sites if this one doesn’t suit you. I do enjoy this site mostly because of the active user group and the comments. It is when the bashing of opinions kick in that I just start to feel run down about reading comments anymore.

    • rfranken

      Wow man. its like…..its like your an extension of me. i couldn’t agree more
      no-homo

    • The Narrator

      LG isn’t American. You just hate Chinese people for no reason?

      http://memesly.com/media/created/988pzt.jpg

      • Drew

        Why are you saying chinese “people”? I never said people. I meant to point at the fact that majority of people look down on Chinese made goods.

        I have nothing against chinese people, or any other race or color…

        • The Narrator

          Okay buddy. Whatever you say.

      • YoDawgIHeardYouLikeLameMemes

        __

        • The Narrator

          It amazes how much you like to troll and fail. Bet your mother is proud.

          • YoDawgIHeardYouLikeLameMemes

            O-0

    • Maboyuan

      The N5 is a derivative of the G2. You are simply proving the fanboys’ point. Well done.

      And for the record, I love my X because of the things it can do, not the brand. That and the sweet-ass wood back – FACE!

    • enigmaco

      Somebody has a case of the Mondays

    • Justin

      I can’t help it if I like my Moto X sorry.. like someone else said there is other sites out there that might suit you better.. js

    • Jared Denman

      We as moto x/N5 device owners appreciate good quality tech products as opposed to most other smartphone owners (not saying you) buy them because of marketing even if its a crappy device.

    • PoisonApple31

      For the most part the Moto X/N5 comments are tolerable – with the exception of 3 to 4 users – who are horribly annoying.

    • 213ninja

      that was neat.

    • Al-Burrit0

      Dude a lot a Samsung fans hate the moto x as well. I guess because the galaxy device does not get all the attention like it use to. The G2 is such a good phone glad you like it. That would of been my second choice! 😀

      P.S. i love my moto x 😉

  • Droid Ronin

    What a wide range of news we’ve been going through today. First, Samsung ditches Android for Tizen on their Gear, now a Moto Smartwatch!

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Tizen on the Gear 1 makes sense, keeps the ecosystem from being fragmented, and will likely perform better.

      As for Motorola, I don’t think it will be Android either, but an evolution of Active Display. That system is actually a secondary, extremely light-weight OS running in parallel to the Android OS (which is why you can’ screenshot it). They could transplant the X8 system, with a very efficient SoC, under a Mirasol display, and have a watch with Active Display, Touchless controls, some background sensor monitoring tech, in a very attractive design, that lasts for a week+ on a charge. Heck, they could even work on partnering with Seiko or Citizen to license their Kinetic or Eco-Drive power systems and last indefinitely.

      A smartwatch you never charge. Yes I know I’m dreaming, but someone will make it happen.

      • Gr8Ray

        My Eco-Drive watch has a solar panel hidden in the “black” area of the watch face. That would be extremely difficult to do with a smartwatch, let alone provide enough power to actually charge the battery.

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          There are several iterations of Eco-Drive, the solar that you have, along with a thermal differential version (Eco-Drive Thermo, which they have since abandoned), and a mechanical-solar hybrid (Eco-Duo Drive).

          The current crop of the Eco-Drive’s solar cell is actually *behind* the watch face, which is semi-permeable (many you can see the cell behind the face if held at the right angle). As such, the color of the watch face is pretty arbitrary. I am not certain if the Mirasol display is similarly semi-permeable (some LCD and OLED screens can be made that way), hence the mention of the Seiko Kinetic movement, which is a mechanical charger (I actually love the sound mine makes as the internal armature whirls around).

  • Kailua

    Love my Moto X. They need to find a way to compete against the spec war.

    • sirmeili

      I think they just need to do some more marketing. Leave the specs out (everyone else does in their marketing as far as processor, memory, etc). If Motorola put as much money into marketing as Samsung and Apple, they would have done better (not saying they have that kind of cash though).

      I Think they are doing a bit better with the MotoG in that respect.

  • Justtyn Hutcheson

    (referencing 2014 smartwatch) “We want to make it more a piece of jewellery [sic] rather than ugly tech”

    “Will the new smartwatch run Android?”
    “All I can comment is stay tuned, it won’t be running Tizen”

    /shotsfired

  • Franklin Ramsey

    Late summer is so far away…

    • Ryan N

      my moto x (1st Gen, lol) will easily carry me until then. Most excited for this story out of any on DL in weeks!

      • Franklin Ramsey

        I’m just hopeful my GNex lasts that long. It’s starting to show it’s age. lol

        • Chris Hughes

          OMG…why would you wait all the way until late summer if you need to replace your GNEX?

          • Franklin Ramsey

            Well I don’t need to replace it. It still works and does everything I need. Just starting to slow down a little so it would be nice to replace it. I just don’t have to have the latest and greatest.

  • AndrewScottRox

    It’s too bad the Motoactv never caught on. I use mine nearly every day and love it. Everyone I talk to gets excited when I tell them about it but then cringe when I say “it’s no longer supported by Motorola though”. Nail in the coffin. It’s a shame what happened to that device.

    • Murph

      couldn’t agree more! Love mine as well…used it just this morning, still going strong. I don’t see any other ‘fitness/smart watches’ with GPS either.

      • AndrewScottRox

        …that plays music and has bluetooth. Phenomenal.

  • Alec

    This is awesome! If they price the new Moto X accordingly to what it is now, it should sell really well with the growing amount of no-contract plans. As for the smart watch, I don’t think they could gain much market share in the US but they were acquired my Lenovo (a Chinese company) so we will see what happens.

    • bobbyp

      The only issue with thinking in those terms is Lenovo is not Google and depending on the timing of the take over Lenovo might not be able to keep prices that low. It is a great thought though.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        Lenovo’s manufacturing chops far exceed what Motorola could do on its own, and they stated they are already planning on making sure that Motorola can utilize those assets from day 0 of the sale completion. Lenovo is going to push Motorola production fast and hard to get into as many markets as possible, especially the Moto G.

        • AbbyZFresh

          Which all costs money. Lenovo doens’t have the unlimited income Google has to do all that AND consume Motorola’s hundreds of millions of dollar losses each quarter. They will make sacrifices.

          And of course to add the final touch, the bloatware and ugly designs.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            I think that he is referencing the fact that Lenovo is a multi-billion PC maker that already has phone, tablet and other manufacturing facilities that Google doesn’t. Google might make more money than Lenovo, but Lenovo has fair greater ability to reduce costs simply by their superior manufacturing capability.

          • AbbyZFresh

            by using cheap materials to cut costs and produce massively?

          • psuturtle

            ever hear of economy of scale?

          • Van

            It seems he has some sort of vendetta against positive outlook for the company’s future products by using baseless arguments to support his claims.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            What do you think the Moto X is made of? Or Lenovo’s handsets for that matter?

            If the Moto X Bill of Materials is higher than $180 as this point, I would be very very surprised. The Moto G is likely under $100. Increase the volume produced, and economies of scale really kick in to push those down even further.

          • AbbyZFresh

            You got me there.

            That still leaves out the marketing budget. Which Lenovo hasn’t proven that they can convince people outside of us Android enthusiasts to buy the new Moto phone. They need the Apple/Samsung quality of marketing to be successful in the longer term.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            Lenovo’s CEO commented that while they do want to make a strong push in developed markets (US especially), that they are most likely going to focus their initial efforts on emerging markets. That way they can build up a solid foundation of income, good faith, and renewed mindshare before really try to tackle the front runners. A bottom-up strategy, in the current market, actually has some very promising outlooks, rather than trying to make a bull run for the top-end, which is pretty fierce. As you say, Samsung and Apple pretty much own the top-end. The middle and low, not so much. Have a flagship, but focus on marketing to the “next Billion people”.

          • psuturtle

            Ahhh…somebody else sees the pattern. Lenovo’s rise in the PC industry can be directly attributed to it’s attack of emerging markets, specifically while the other guys were still bludgeoning each other over market share in the declining mature markets. I’d say that correlates pretty well to where we are right now in the mobile industry. Lenovo has to go fight the battles it thinks it can win, and that starts in the emerging markets. They can’t ignore the mature markets, but emerging is the low-hanging fruit right now. Look at what’s happened to the companies that have tried to take on Apple and Samsung head on in mature markets first.

          • Van

            In an interview while discussing the acquisition, the Lenovo CEO noted that they will actually drive manufacturing costs down because they can assure cheaper components so your statement about costs rising is inaccurate.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            Lenovo, and Motorola’s reps here again, have consistently expressed excitement for Motorola’s current, developing, and future products, implying that Lenovo has no intention of interfering with Motorola’s current product trajectory. They simply want to scale that work to reach more markets, especially in Asia and emerging markets. That is done through increasing production and sitribution channels.

            With the recent announcement that Lenovo has partnered with Windows Phone, expect to see two brandings with very similar (to drive costs even lower) hardware: Lenovo will be Windows-based, from PCs to Laptops to Mobile Devices, a top-to-bottom product line; Motorola will be Android mobile devices and wearables. Doing such virtually eliminates any cross-over between the two except where it matters, which is in costing, procurement and production.

  • Whatever depression I may have from owning the first gen X instead of this summer’s X will be masked by my joy for a motomaker smart watch.

    • Van

      I literally ordered an X last week. Think how I feel right now!

      I’M SO ELATED! /s

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        Lol, a new X won’t make the current one any less great than it already is. And from what they’ve shown, it will definitely continue to get support for as long as they can (guessing bare-minimum 2 years, possibly 3 if the firmware can hold up considering they developed most of it themselves).

        Only thing troubling me is the lack of info on the 2012 device updates. They have been promised, but absolutely no word other than “we’re working as hard as we can”. They’ll definitely be 4.4.2 at this point, though.

        • bobbyp

          Considering the 2012 devices launched with ICS and were upgraded to 4.1.2 shortly after it truly feels like we have been sitting on these phones with almost no support other than losing root and the locking of the bootloader exploit since.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            Yeah, I feel for those owners, I really do. I hope Motorola has something special planned for them with the update, like access to the 50GB Drive storage deal, a massively improved Smart Actions, something, ya know?

          • Tyler

            My HD RAZR MAXX runs CM11 very well…very few bugs although battery life is not as good as 4.1. It’s a good placeholder until Moto finally releases 4.4 kernel and drivers…

        • Brandon

          I just bought mine a month ago off contract, once a better phone or the new X comes out it will be up on Swappa.

      • I’m still on an old, POS, dying GNex and have been waiting the better part of a year to upgrade to a Moto X. I can’t wait till late Summer to upgrade, so will be getting the current X regardless.

      • Trickie Tom

        Me Too.. I just got it on Sat. Said I should have got it on Monday.. Came faster than I could imagine.. And I still do find it cool a new ones coming out this year.. Hopefully it will do well too and there will be a 3,4.. So far the only thing thats really got me down about the X is that I never got it sooner.. I finally gave up my unlimited data for it too.. couldnt pass up an X for a penny.. 😛 Edit: Gave up my Bionic.. But still using it just for a media player seeing how its working just fine yet.

    • calculatorwatch

      I took a Google opinion rewards survey the other day about what I would want in a smart watch and I basically said battery life, battery life, battery life! Hopefully Google shares that info with Moto and they deliver.

      • I honestly think they’ll be developing their own “nexus-like / glass-like” watch of their own Then, they’ll just leave China’s Lenovo to solve Motorola’s smartwacth question marks. Is that too crazy to think? lol

  • Ryan N

    I knew all that samsung suffering wasn’t for nuthin!

    LET’S DO THIS!

  • wanderinghobo

    Please get the pricing right.

    • The Narrator

      Not if they update it significantly

  • AbbyZFresh

    I wish i could get excited for this but i already know this will all be over by the following year once the Chinese get a hold of these.

    • Jeff C

      care to elaborate? im confused 🙁

      • Franklin Ramsey

        I’m assuming she is making the assumption a lot of us are making right now, that Lenovo won’t support these nearly as well going forward in regards to fast updates and such. I am hopeful that we will be surprised.

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          I would be more surprised if things changed from the way they are. Motorola and Lenovo have adamant that the current status quo isn’t being modified, just supercharged with expanded manufacturing capabilities and market reach. Lenovo like what they are doing now, they have no reason to step in; that would likely do way more harm than good at this point. If Motorola flat fails, they’ll step in. So long as they keep doing well, cranking out OS and app updates along with well-received hardware, Lenovo will let them keep trucking along.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            The only thing I am worried about is the amount of bloat found on Lenovo computers. I’ve never seen how much they put on tablets or smart phones, but if they start putting the type of bloat on the Moto phones that they do on PCs it will slow down updates and slow down the phones too. I’m hopeful this won’t happen.

  • jbdan

    Umm…. Yeah!!

  • rotard777

    motomaker smart watches???

  • Tyrone Biggums

    And so it begins!