Deal: Buy a Moto E From Motorola, Get Two Free Shells

I don’t know if it’s because the weekend is upon us or if today is just a day for deals, but we have another to kickstart your morning with. Motorola is currently hosting a deal that will land you two free Shells in any color ($30 value) if you buy a Moto E ($119). The Moto E, as you know, is Motorola’s ultra-affordable smartphone meant for emerging markets, to be a starter phone for someone leaving a feature phone, a first phone for anyone, or maybe even just for those looking for an incredibly affordable phone that still has decent specs for its price.

Motorola Links:  Moto E ($119) | Moto E Shells

Motorola Sets up Lollipop Update Tracking Page

Following directly after the announcement of Lollipop by Google, Motorola was quick to announce upcoming updates for most of its devices. Included in the list of supported devices are of course the first and second gen. Moto X phones, as well as all of last year’s DROID units.

For those among us who need a more visual representation of what is coming to Motorola device owners, Moto has set up a special tracking page for the Android 5.0 update.  (more…)

Android 5.0 Coming to Moto X (Both Models), Moto G, Moto E, and Last Year’s DROIDs

Motorola may have had a hand in crafting one of the first devices to run Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box, but that thankfully doesn’t mean the manufacturer isn’t committed to its existing product lineup.

In a blog post today, Motorola confirmed both the older and newer Moto X and Moto G, Moto G with LTE, Moto E, and all three current-generation Droid smartphones – the Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, and Droid Mini – will receive an upgrade to Lollipop.  (more…)

Moto’s Punit Soni: Moto X (2013) Will Continue to Receive Updates “As Long as the Hardware Allows It”

Think your old Moto X or Moto G is looking a bit long in the tooth? There may be a bit of incentive to hang onto your last-generation handset. In reference to the capabilities of Motorola’s new/refreshed quartet of devices, Vice President of Product Management Punit Soni wrote in a post on Google+, “as long as the Hardware [sic] allows it […] all that software will come to our existing users too.” (more…)

Motorola Contextual Services and Assist Apps Updated, Home and Driving Mode Made Available to Moto E and G

Two of Motorola’s apps found in Google Play received updates this morning, bringing added support for Home and Driving modes to the Moto G and Moto E. Contextual Services is the app that essentially powers the Motorola Assist and Touchless Control (aka Moto Voice) applications, so if you happen to own a Moto G and Moto E, these updates will be a necessity to you.  (more…)

T-Mobile Moto X Gets Android 4.4.3, Moto G and Moto E Too

Remember the invites for participation in a soak test of a new software update that Motorola sent out last week to owners of the T-Mobile (unlocked) Moto X? Remember how we had no idea what it was? We now know. It’s Android 4.4.3 and what is more than likely a new record for an Android version update for non-Nexus or Google Play Edition phone.

The update, as can be seen in the screenshot above, not only includes Android 4.4.3, but introduces improved image quality and the ability to pause video while recording, as well. Users will also see the new dialer application that we highlighted yesterday, plus support for Motorola Alert, an app that was previously an exclusive to the Moto E.  (more…)

Motorola Hosting Live Moto E Hangout at Noon

Have questions about the newly launched Moto E from Motorola? Maybe just interested in listening to Motorola talk about their latest entry-level device? Tune in to the video below at noon Pacific for a live chat with VP of Product Marketing Steve Sinclair and Product Manager Bill Park.

If you have specific questions that you would like to see answered, hit them up on Twitter with your question and the hashtag #askmoto.

Once you are done watching their chat, be sure to check out our Moto E unboxing and comparison to the Moto X and Moto G. We also have a unit in-house, so if you have specific questions, be sure to drop those in the comments. (more…)