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.
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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…)
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…)
The original DROID Turbo – yep, that one! – started receiving its update to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow over the weekend. Again, this is the original Turbo, which is a solid 2 years old at this point, still receiving updates, even if they do seem months behind. (more…)
Following the news that Moto has zero intentions of launching a new Moto 360 smartwatch, we just wanted to throw a notion out into the cosmos: The original Moto 360 was the best Android Wear smartwatch ever, and no, you can’t argue otherwise. The watch’s design, use of Horween leather, and gorgeously round display made it the ultimate in my eyes. (more…)
In the latest bit of news from Moto that should be labeled as unsurprising, it has been confirmed that no new Moto 360 smartwatch is currently being developed for the launch of next year’s Android Wear 2.0. (more…)
Motorola sure seems to be out of ideas for Moto Mods. Not only have they mostly failed to deliver any meaningful Mods for you and I to buy today, but they are asking for your help with concepts for what customers may actually want to buy. While their implementation of modularity to phones is the best in the business, it’s clear that they are struggling to generate buzz and appeal. With that said, the next potential module could be a nice add-on for tech lovers who want to play with the future of real-life gaming or applications.
According to PCMag, who spoke with Motorola’s current CEO, his company is “likely” to introduce a Project Tango module to the Moto Z. That would mean the experience you’ll see on the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro – world’s first Tango phone – on your Moto Z. (more…)
On Friday, a bunch of Moto Z and Moto Z Force owners began receiving a surprise update to Android 7.0 Nougat. Motorola and Verizon remained mostly silent on the rollout or whether or not it was supposed to be happening so widely, but this morning Motorola confirmed the good news. (more…)