Motorola Considering Benefits Packages With Free Phones, Rewards, Gift Cards for Credit Account Holders

Participants in Motorola’s Credit program are receiving surveys this week that detail future benefits which could potentially change the program dramatically. We’re talking benefits like free phones, discounts on products, gift cards, phone exchanges, free redesigns, invitations to Motorola events, and more.

The survey was passed along to us by two members of the program, so we were able to see exactly what Moto has in store. There are two possible new programs, one that involves Rewards and another that is more of a “benefits package” called “Elite.”  (more…)

Motorola Announces Rick Osterloh as New COO (Updated)

Motorola, in a blog post that has since been pulled, announced today that Rick Osterloh has been named President and COO of the company. Up until today, Osterloh was most recently the SVP of Product for the company, which means he helped lead the charge for their “reinvigoration” over the last year with products like the Moto X.

The announcement points out that Osterloh has been with the company for 7 years, leaving an “insider” in house to lead them forward with a pending takeover from Lenovo on the way. As you know, now-former CEO Dennis Woodside stepped aside to take the COO job with Dropbox back in February, shortly after the Lenovo acquisition was announced.

I’m not exactly sure why they pulled the announcement, but we caught the full text of it before they did so.

Update:  The post is now live. (more…)

What is the Moto X +1? Leather Backs to be a MotoMaker Option?

Buzz surrounding future Motorola products has been quiet since they unveiled their smartwatch, the Moto 360, back in mid-March. We’re now just waiting for that watch to arrive for its summer launch, hopefully alongside the new version of the Moto X. According to industry leaker, @evleaks, something from Motorola is on the horizon that could potentially be talked about, titled Moto X +1, though we’re not exactly sure what to make of it.  (more…)

New Moto X Boot Animation Features Sci-Fi All-Stars, “Powered by Android” Branding

Remember over the holidays when Motorola surprised Moto X owners with a new holiday-themed boot animation? Well, they have updated the animation again as of today with a clip that features some of your favorite sci-fi characters. In the video below, you’ll see the Loch Ness Monster, a UFO, and what appears to be a yeti (or Sasquatch or some other type of walking man-like harry thing).

Oh, the boot animation also shows a “Powered by Android” note at the bottom at initial boot, because Google has reportedly mandated such a move. That’s apparently a big deal to Android news sites. Because, well, you must not have known that your phone was powered by Android. Or maybe it’s a slow news week. Or maybe…I don’t know. But hey, the Moto X, Galaxy S5, and HTC One (M8) all say it.

Joy!  (more…)