Motorola is Now a Lenovo Company, Acquisition is Complete

It’s official as of midnight last night – Motorola is now a Lenovo company. The companies both announced that the acquisition is complete at a total purchase price of $2.91 billion. With the acquisition, Lenovo is now laying claim to the “3rd largest” smartphone maker in the world title, and as you can imagine, has big plans for their new smartphone maker.

According to the companies, Motorola will remain a wholly-owned subsidiary with its headquarters in Chicago, along with additional offices around the world and in Silicon Valley. The Moto and DROID brands will continue to live on as well, all under the leadership of Motorola’s Rick Osterloh, who will stay on as president and chief operating officer of Motorola.  (more…)

Check Out This Behind the Scenes Video of Project ARA Device Up and Running

With the announcement of its upcoming Project Ara developers conference in January, a video has been posted by the Ara team, detailing one of its Phonebloks development units up and running with Android.

As you can see, the unit is still in the early stages of development, but seeing the process which the Project Ara team goes through to create a device such as this is a real treat.  (more…)

Google Play Movies & TV Updated With Material Design and Smarter Info Cards

Fittingly on the day Nexus 6 pre-orders went live, Google has officially unveiled an updated Play Movies & TV app with a look inspired by Material Design. That is not all that has changed, though, as the app is gaining automatic Info Cards, a tweaked “Watch Now” tab, plus a new icon.

The influence of Material Design is everywhere. The slide-out menu has shed its Holo appearance, buttons and iconography float above parallax images, and every header is distinctly red. The result is a much cleaner, more intuitive interface.  (more…)

Shapeways User Selling Bumper Cases for Moto 360, Priced at $8 in Variety of Colors

The Moto 360 is not exactly rugged; its internals may be protected by a stainless steel exterior and Gorilla Glass 3, but that does not mean it is not susceptible to nicks, scratches, or worse. Lucky for paranoid owners, one enterprising user of 3D printing marketplace Shapeways, has begun selling an additional layer of protection – bumper cases.  (more…)