Monday Poll: Which Manufacturer Issues the First Marshmallow Update?

Now that Android 6.0 Marshmallow factory images are available and over-the-air (OTA) updates are rolling out slowly, what do you say we play a little future predicting? Google, as is always the case (except for that one time Motorola was on top of it), pushes updates to its Nexus line-up first, but after that, it’s a race to see who can be next.

Many of the big manufacturers have to get updates ready for their skins (Samsung, LG, HTC, etc.), while others just need time to make sure all is working well enough with their add-ons (Motorola). Of course, there are carrier barriers here that add time to the process, along with companies having to find the resources needed to work on update testing. In the past, we have seen companies lay out schedules for delivery, while others often shock is with how quickly (or slowly) they get these things ready.

So today, we want to know who you think is going to be first to push an official Marshmallow update (Edit: Outside of Nexus devices, folks. Come on.)? In the poll below, we went with the big guys, but did list an “Other” category as a catch-all for those not listed.

Which Manufacturer Issues the First Marshmallow Update?

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Lenovo Says to Expect the New Moto 360 by September 8

“It’s time,” according to Lenovo. Time for what, you ask? The new Moto 360 (2nd gen) of course.

The image below, which features that opening quote along with an image of the new Moto 360 emerging from water, was posted to Lenovo’s official Weibo account this morning. The image is an event invite with a date of September 8, which we can only assume is the day Lenovo plans to make the new Moto 360 available. Well, there is always a chance that this is when the watch will be unveiled, but we get the feeling it will be official on some level before then.  (more…)

Lenovo’s CEO May Have Just Outed the New Moto 360

Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing may have just outed the brand new Moto 360. It’s tough to tell if he did so on accident or if he was trying to show the smartwatch world what he thinks a real smartwatch should look like. Either way, in a post to his Weibo account that was quickly deleted, Yuanqing gave us an image of a smartwatch in a variety of sizes and colors – a watch he specifically referred to as the “Moto 360” – along with a bunch of different watch bands.  (more…)

Motorola Sells 10M Handsets During Last Quarter, a Company Record

Setting a company record, Motorola sold over 10 million handsets last quarter, equalling a 118% increase year-over-year, according to Lenovo’s latest earnings report. While it would be nice to give credit to the company’s flagship, the Moto X here in the US, that would likely be naive.

Moto’s mid-range game has been boosted thanks to the Moto G and Moto E, both of which appear to be doing very well among budget-minded buyers and overseas in Asia and in South America. In a earnings report, Lenovo only sees Motorola going up, as the company is now set to re-enter the Chinese smartphone market, headlined by the Moto X Pro(more…)

Motorola Returns to China Today With the Moto X – Moto X Pro and Others Coming Soon

Motorola officially made its return to China this morning in a keynote that was filled with dancing, fist pumping, and excitement. The event kicked off the launch of their whole product line-up in an area of the world that Motorola hasn’t been for some time. If it means anything to you, the Chicago-based smartphone maker pointed out that they managed to jump into China just three months after Lenovo closed their acquisition of them. Of course, Lenovo is a Chinese company, so it’s not that surprising that it all came through this quickly.

Anyways, today kicks off the launch of Motorola’s line-up that includes the Moto X (2nd gen), Moto G (2nd gen) with LTE, Moto X Pro, and Moto Hint. The Moto 360 will come some time later, but for now, Moto wants us to focus on those first four products.  (more…)

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…)