#TBT: When Motorola Let You Custom Design Phones Out of Texas

You might find this hard to believe, but it has been over three years since Motorola first introduced Moto Maker and the original Moto X. Everyone remember those good times, where you could custom design a phone to your liking, wait while it was assembled in Texas, and then receive it within four or five days? Ahhh, the good ol’ days.

Back in August of 2013, shortly after we reviewed the Moto X, we received our first custom order. Even though our in-depth review was done, the fact that we had another phone in house that was designed by us seemed like a moment worth sharing. And I think I felt that almost every time we designed another (yes, we designed like five of these things) because it was such a unique and personal experience that no one else was offering. (more…)

2017 in Android is Probably Going to be Awesome

I love Christmas and the whole holiday season, but now that it’s all but over for 2016, I’ve got to say, that I’m starting to get excited about 2017 and Android. As much as I’d also like to sit here with everyone else and continue to complain about how sh*tty parts of 2016 is/was, there are some good things on the horizon to consider. Plus, don’t we all need some positivity in our lives at this moment? (RIP, George and Carrie.)

Think about what we just went through. Samsung made their three best smartphones ever by a large margin. Sure, one of them had an affinity for fire and probably needs to be wiped from memory, but it was still an awesome phone. Outside of Samsung, though, we saw Google create a new line of phones that they seem ready to promote and push forward in competition with Apple and Samsung and the rest of the players in the smartphone game. We also got a best-of-the-year phone from OnePlus and watched Motorola do modularity better than anyone. But where this gets good in 2017, is largely based around all of that moving forward another step or two.

Let me explain.  (more…)

Here are the Full Moto G4 and G4 Plus Nougat Update Release Notes

UPDATE: It appears these notes went live back in October (lolz). Hey, sometimes we can’t keep up with all phones, their update schedules, and when they have or haven’t started rolling out. Either way, we had not yet posted the list, so browse it, your Moto G4 should be seeing the update soon.


Motorola’s Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus are two of their best phones of 2016. Not only do they perform well and come fully unlocked for use on any carrier, they are priced at a point that few can beat. To top it off, Motorola has already told us to expect an update to Nougat on them starting in Q4 of this year, which happens to be ending in a couple of weeks. That means we could be in-store for a holiday gift any day now.

The update has started rolling out in India for now, from what we can tell, but no users have reported seeing it yet in the US or elsewhere. The update is a big one, though, and we have the full changelog for you below, thanks to one of our readers.  (more…)

Incipio Vehicle Dock and 3150mAh Mophie Juice Pack Moto Mods Now Available

Two new Moto Mods hit Motorola’s online shop today, the Incipio Vehicle Dock and the Mophie Juice Pack with 3150mAh battery. Each Mod works with the Moto Z line of phones, including the Moto Z, Moto Z Force, and Moto Z Play. We were told last week to expect these two new Mods in the very near future and are now interested in testing each.   (more…)