Motorola Teases Red Leather, Possibly for Moto X (2nd Gen) or Moto 360

On Twitter and Instagram, Motorola is asking folks what their favorite Red Leather to-go item is, followed by “We’ve got a little something in the works.”

To us, it seems likely that the company is teasing an upcoming leather option for potential buyers of the Moto X (2nd Gen) or even the Moto 360. Red Leather backs or Red Leather watchbands, anyone?  (more…)

Deals: New Unlocked Moto X Developer Edition or LG G2 for $199 and $189

If a phone is almost two years old, but can be had for an insanely cheap price, is it worth considering? Maybe as a device to tinker with? Maybe as a phone for a teenager? Maybe you broke your current phone and need something to hold you over until the Galaxy S6 drops? Or maybe you just like hoarding smartphones. Whatever the reason, we have two to look at today – Moto X (2013) Developer Edition at $199, and the LG G2 at $189.

Both phones come unlocked and should work just fine on AT&T with 4G LTE. Each is brand new, comes in original packaging, and were two of the best smartphones of their time when initially released in 2013. Still today, they should perform just fine for an average user.

Each phone also comes with free shipping. Think about it.

eBay Links:  Moto X Developer Edition  ($199) | LG G2 ($189)

Motorola Adds “Chop Twice for Flashlight” Action in Android 5.1 on Moto X

Hold on tight, Moto X (2nd gen) owners, you are about to chop your way into quick flashlight action with Android 5.1. Through the most recent Lollipop update that started rolling out to the “Pure Edition” at the end of last week, Motorola tossed in a new “chop twice for flashlight” option in Moto Actions. We a ctually thought this feature was being added to the Android 5.0 update for the Moto X that came out back in November – at least Verizon said it was included – but it is now official in the 5.1 update that is rolling out as of Friday.  (more…)

Awesome Deal: Verizon Moto X (2nd Gen) in Bamboo for Just $259

Whoa, talk about a semi-insane steal. An ebay daily deal just popped up for the Verizon Moto X (2nd gen) 16GB in bamboo at just $259. That would be the without-a-contract price. Oh, it ships for free too.

The device is “manufacturer refurbished,” so it’s not brand new. However, many would argue that when you give a manufacturer a chance to refurbish their own product, that they often times then have a chance to work out any kinks that you may find in a brand new one. Either way, $259 for the phone that took the crown for 2014 Android phone of the year? That’s almost impulse buy territory, right there.

You should read our Moto X (2nd gen) review if you haven’t already.

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Deal: Buy a Moto X From Motorola, Get a Free Moto E (2nd Gen)

We know how tough it is to consider buying a phone right now with new flagships from HTC and Samsung arriving in days, but Motorola continues to toss out decent deals that should at least make you look. Through March 24, if you buy a Moto X (2nd gen) through Moto Maker, Motorola will toss in a Moto E (2nd gen) 3G for free ($119 value). While that deal would have been even sweeter if the free Moto E was the LTE model, a free phone is still a free phone.

It appears as if the deal is good whether you go for an unlocked version or an on-contract Moto X.

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Motorola Gallery Receives Update With Material Enhancements, Highlight Reel on More Devices

Motorola pushed an update to its Gallery app this afternoon that includes a number of Material Design enhancements, along with a new icon. The update also improves the camera roll view sorting, introduces a “simplified design of Highlight Reel,” adds quicker access for cropping a photo, and should be more stable, on all supported devices.

The update should be live on Google Play.  (more…)