Motorola Returns to China Today With the Moto X – Moto X Pro and Others Coming Soon

Motorola officially made its return to China this morning in a keynote that was filled with dancing, fist pumping, and excitement. The event kicked off the launch of their whole product line-up in an area of the world that Motorola hasn’t been for some time. If it means anything to you, the Chicago-based smartphone maker pointed out that they managed to jump into China just three months after Lenovo closed their acquisition of them. Of course, Lenovo is a Chinese company, so it’s not that surprising that it all came through this quickly.

Anyways, today kicks off the launch of Motorola’s line-up that includes the Moto X (2nd gen), Moto G (2nd gen) with LTE, Moto X Pro, and Moto Hint. The Moto 360 will come some time later, but for now, Moto wants us to focus on those first four products.  (more…)

Your Nexus 6 Dimple Should Have Been a Fingerprint Scanner, Isn’t Because of Apple

Former Motorola CEO and current Dropbox COO Dennis Woodside sat down recently for a brief chat with The Telegraph to discuss his current role, but also make a comment about the Nexus 6 that may interest a number of you. Woodside’s comment refers specifically to the dimple on the back of the phone, a dimple that was originally supposed to add functionality to the device like many had speculated, only never ended up there because of Apple.  (more…)

Deal: Amazon Prime Membership is Just $72 Today Only

Update:  The deal is done.


To celebrate Amazon’s two wins at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards for its original series, Transparent, the online retailer has dropped Amazon Prime memberships down to $72 for 24 hours only. The deal went live at 12:01AM ET and is good through 11:59PM Pacific, tonight.

Amazon Prime memberships typically run $99 per year, so if for some reason you don’t already have a membership, now would be the time. Wait, you all do have Amazon Prime memberships, right? Don’t answer that if you don’t, just go sign-up.

For those new to Amazon Prime, your benefits as a member include free 2-day shipping, unlimited ad-free access to over a million songs, instant streaming of popular movies and TV shows, free unlimited cloud photo storage, and a bunch of free books. It’s awesome, even if you just use it for the free  2-day shipping.

Amazon Link

Deal: Build Your First Android App With This Free Mini Course

Need a weekend project? How does building your first Android app sound? Through a free “mini” course over at the DL Deals shop, you can breeze through the basic steps needed to be on your way.

The course includes 9 lectures, plus a challenge activity, with topics covering the new Android Studio and a basic introduction to Java.

In order to grab the deal for free, all you need to do is follow a couple of simple social network-related steps at the link below.

Deal Link

The Droid Life Show: Episode 76

On this week’s episode of the Droid Life Show, we’ll run through the hottest topics of the moment, which of course include the latest on HTC’s new flagship, currently referred to as either the One (M9) or “Hima.” We have seen alleged leaked photos of it left and right, along with additional word on specs. Outside of HTC’s new offering, Google stole headlines when multiple reports (as in, everyone had to try to out-scoop each other) stated that the search giant was in talks with Sprint and T-Mobile to lease space on their networks, so that they could move towards becoming their own wireless carrier. We also had Galaxy S6 spec talk, are seeing Lollipop arrive for more devices, and watched as Verizon won again. All that and more on the show!

At 2PM Pacific (5PM Eastern), join Tim and I live!

If you miss us live, feel free to subscribe to us by following one of the links below.   (more…)

LG USA: G3 Lollipop Update “Coming Soon!”

COMING SOON. WHATEVER THAT MEANS, IS WHEN THE LG G3 IN THE US WILL GET ITS UPDATE TO ANDROID 5.0 “LOLLIPOP.”

I don’t know why I’m yelling other than I feel like LG is yelling the news out loud to us with no actual details other than “soon,” which in turn is making me want to yell back or at you or with them at you or at them for you or for you with them or at you despite them or…you get it.

SOON. (more…)

Moto G (2nd Gen) Lollipop Update Starts Up Again, Rolling Out Now in US

Shortly after Google announced Android 5.0 “Lollipop,” Motorola was quick to begin pushing an update of it out to the Moto G (2nd gen) and Moto X (2nd gen) “Pure Edition.” The update most definitely made its way onto the Moto X, as we went hands-on immediately and have since been running it for months. The Moto G, on the other hand, may not have been receiving it for long. Our readers have been vocal in letting us know that the update stopped almost before it began and few had actually received it.  (more…)

Deal: Buy a Moto E From Motorola, Get Two Free Shells

I don’t know if it’s because the weekend is upon us or if today is just a day for deals, but we have another to kickstart your morning with. Motorola is currently hosting a deal that will land you two free Shells in any color ($30 value) if you buy a Moto E ($119). The Moto E, as you know, is Motorola’s ultra-affordable smartphone meant for emerging markets, to be a starter phone for someone leaving a feature phone, a first phone for anyone, or maybe even just for those looking for an incredibly affordable phone that still has decent specs for its price.

Motorola Links:  Moto E ($119) | Moto E Shells