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…)

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…)

Wednesday Poll: Are You Pre-Ordering the Nexus 6 Today?

At some point today, the Nexus 6, Google’s new flagship smartphone, will go up for pre-order through Google Play. That could happen in a couple of minutes or it could be another couple of hours. Google doesn’t ever tell us when these things will go live, we instead have to sit here for hours tapping the refresh button. The fun of a Nexus launch!

Because this is a major launch, we want to know if you are planning to pre-order one. You will have a couple of color (white or blue) and storage size (32GB or 64GB) options to choose from, along with starting prices of $649 and $699. There are no carrier deals to be had today. If you want to pre-order the Nexus 6, you have to fork out the full retail price.

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Video: DROID Turbo vs. DROID MAXX and Moto X (2nd Gen)

With the unboxing and hands-on gallery out of the way, we wanted to put the brand new DROID Turbo up against last year’s DROID MAXX, to see how far we have come, but also against the still-mostly-new Moto X (2nd gen), to see the leap Motorola made in just a couple of months.

As you may recall, Motorola took some flack last year with the new DROID line and original Moto X for using what most considered to be sub-standard specs. That is not the case at all this year. The Turbo tops almost every other phone on the market in terms of specs, from its Quad HD display to its Snapdragon 805 processor to its 3GB RAM and 21MP camera. The Turbo is a beast on paper.  (more…)

DROID Turbo Unboxing and Tour

In case you were wondering, yes, we have a DROID Turbo in hand and are ready to start testing the hell out of it, so that we can get into one of the most anticipated reviews of the year. With the device launching this Thursday online and in Verizon stores, I can imagine that plenty of you will want to know all there is to know before then should the Turbo be on your short list of potential new phones. Trust me when I say that we are going to tell you as much as we can before Thursday. Our review won’t be out then, since we like to actually test phones fully, but there are all sorts of things we can do to help you make an informed decision.

To start off our coverage, we have gone ahead and unboxed this DROID beast, walked through specs, made sure to show off the Turbo Charger, talked about in-hand feel, and even jumped into the mostly-stock-Android experience to show you what to expect when you first boot.

I will have some initial impressions shortly, comparisons too, but for now, check out the device in-hand and in action.  (more…)

DROID Turbo Specs (Official)

Now that Verizon and Motorola have unwrapped the DROID Turbo, we wanted to provide you with the official set of specs for this next-gen device.

As you are well aware, thanks to countless leaks over the past few months, this is indeed a powerful phone. It sports a next-level Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor clocked at 2.7GHz, 5.2-inch Quad HD display (2560×1440), 3GB RAM, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, 21MP camera, and a 3,900mAh battery that could last you up to two full days.

If you were looking for a DROID to help reignite the brand, this would be it.

The rest of the specs can be found below.  (more…)

Verizon Announces the DROID Turbo at $199, Available October 30

A new DROID is here. The DROID Turbo by Motorola has been announced as the next DROID-branded exclusive on Verizon, a phone that should bring back some respect to a line of phones that at one time was thought to be the cream of the crop. Thanks to its next-gen set of specs and massive battery, this is likely the best DROID we have seen in years.

The DROID Turbo sports a 5.2-inch QHD display (2560×1440, 565ppi), 3GB RAM, 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 processor, 32GB/64GB storage, 3,900mAh battery, 21MP camera, and Android 4.4.4, all wrapped in a body that at its thickest, is just 10.6mm. You can see the full set of specs here(more…)