Last week, a report suggesting that LG was already abandoning modularity in phones caused some to worry about Motorola’s future in the niche. You asked us during our most recent Q&A if we thought Motorola would do the same and we responded by saying that it seemed more likely that they would continue on rather than give up. That’s because Motorola has a great implementation of modules with Moto Mods, but to succeed they need better Mods.
Today, Motorola announced a whole bunch of new initiatives to get creators and developers making the next great Mod. They’ll do so through funding at Indiegogo, Hackathons, and, investments by Lenovo Capital. (more…)
Been holding out on the Moto Z or Moto Z Force in anticipation of one of those mega-discounts from Motorola? You waited just the right amount of time. Starting this moment, you can cruise over to Motorola’s site and grab a $150-off promo code that can be used on any of three Moto Z products: Moto Z DROID, Moto Z Force DROID, and Moto Z (unlocked).
What kinds of prices are you looking at minus $150? The Moto Z DROID would drop in at $474, Moto Z Force DROID would drop to $570, and the unlocked Moto Z would be $549.99. Not bad? (more…)
For who knows how long via Best Buy’s website, select models of the Moto 360 (2nd Gen) can be purchased starting at $100 off. As for which models this deal applies to, it’s the Black with Black Leather, Black Stainless Steel, and Rose Gold with Blush Leather designs.
With the $100 off, the Black Leather option drops to just $199, the Stainless Steel option to $279 ($120 off), and the Rose Gold to $229 ($100 off). All of the watches are brand new, in boxes, and definitely not refurbished. (more…)
With no Galaxy Note 7 for you to spend money on coupled with the chance that our list of solid replacement choices might not be for everyone, we have another smartphone option for your consideration – the Moto Z DROID at Best Buy. Why? Because if you buy this modular wonder from Best Buy on a payment plan or contract, they will hand you a $250 gift card to be spent on whatever.
The Moto Z DROID, for those not familiar, is Moto’s newest flagship that is compatible with Moto Mods (our full review). Moto Mods are modules that can add functionality to or improve the experience of the Moto Z, like a projector, external speaker, and battery pack. It’s by no means a flawless device, but it’s a solid device that is of flagship quality. Is it better than the Galaxy S7? I don’t think so, but you may, especially if you find Moto Mods to be appealing.
Right now, the phone can be had for 24 monthly payments of $26 or with a 2-year contract and $201 up front.
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Now that the Galaxy Note 7 is officially done for and not coming back, those of you (a cool million or so of you) who owned the phone are probably wondering which phone should be the replacement as you makes plans for a return. I have both good news and bad news on this subject. The good news is that there are quite a few really good phones out there (or that are coming in a couple of weeks). The bad news is that there are no phones like the Note 7. You will have to sacrifice a bit.
I know that may sound slightly depressing, but let’s run through some decent options and why they may be your best choice today or in a couple of weeks. (more…)
Motorola published a complete list of devices that will see Nougat at some point, with fifteen devices making the cut at this time. As you might expect, newer devices like the Moto Z and DROID Turbo 2 are listed, but others that could also be labeled as new, such as the Moto G (2015), are absent from the list.
Other notables included are the Nexus 6, DROID Maxx 2, Moto X Pure Edition (3rd Gen), and the 4th Gen lineup of the Moto G. It should also be noted that no Moto E devices are listed here. (more…)
DROID Turbo 2 owners, a new update is on the way to your phones through Verizon. The update will arrive as software version 24.31.22 and will include WiFi Calling, along with the latest Android security updates.
And yep, that’s it!
To grab it, head into Settings>System updates. Verizon says that it may not start rolling out until October 3, which is Monday. (more…)
Lenovo, randomly posted this video today to its YouTube channels and Twitter that is of the new boot animation accompanying “new Moto phones.” We aren’t sure if that means future phones, as in, phones coming months from now or if the current crop of newish phones (like the Moto Z family) will see an update to this.
In the past, while still under Google leadership, Motorola frequently update the boot animations on phones like the original Moto X. These weren’t necessarily big feature changes or a part of a software update, but they did add some life to phones that were months old and were something we did look forward to.
Maybe this is a sign that Lenovo will do the same. Either way, let us know what you think.