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.
For a limited time, you can pick up the Moto X (1st Gen) Developer Edition smartphone through eBay for just $199. This model of the Moto X comes unlocked, perfect for developers and users who enjoy tinkering. (more…)
As you can imagine, there were plenty of skeptics who questioned Motorola’s decision to offer Horween leather as an option through Moto Maker with the new Moto X (2nd gen). Leather certainly isn’t as durable, at least in most cases, when compared to plastic or wood. It’s soft, after all, so on one level, I can understand that point of view. But I can tell you that from the minute I first held a leather-backed Moto X in my hand at the phone’s unveiling, I knew exactly which version I would go with if I were to buy one – you guessed it, leather. What a fantastic decision that was. (more…)
According to a software engineer over at Motorola, who recently took to his Google+ account to let people in on the timeframe of their Lollipop updates, devices from 2013 and 2014 should be receiving the expected Lollipop updates, “really soon.” (more…)
Motorola, in a somewhat surprising move, announced today that it is returning to China with a handful of devices, two of which are new to their lineup. For starters, the new Moto G (2nd gen) will now officially come in a 4G LTE variety. But more importantly, they are showing up to market with a Moto X Pro. That’s right, the Moto X, a phone that we called the top phone of 2014, will now come in a Pro style. (more…)
Motorola, in a not-so-surprising-semi-expected-but-very-frustrating-for-early-adopters move, announced this morning that the Moto X (2nd gen) “Pure Edition” can now be purchased with an optional 64GB of storage. The jump to 64GB will cost an extra $100 over the 16GB model, but you should certainly consider going with the extra storage, since this phone doesn’t have a micro SD slot.
For now, the 64GB option is only for the unlocked “Pure Edition,” which is sold without a contract and works on both AT&T and T-Mobile networks. It will cost you at least $599, depending on the other options you pick.
If you are buying the Moto X (2nd gen), the “Pure Edition” is the version we would recommend going with because it receives updates faster than any other version of the Moto X and isn’t directly affiliated with any carrier.
2014 is over, in a day or so. That means we are reflecting on the year that was, the phones that took up a major portion of our lives, which apps were the best out of the hundreds of new ones, and which storylines dominated these airwaves. But in the end, this site’s coverage really revolves around two things – what comes out of Google (Android, services, Google Play, etc.) and which phones are the best in the world. The Google stuff will be discussed in varying ways over the next day, so for now, it’s time to focus on the best phones of the year. (more…)
2014 is less than two weeks from being officially in the books. It has been a solid year for smartphone tech, especially on Android, though I’m not sure this year carried the same weight or significance as years past. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good year and a bunch of really great smartphones were released that will last a long time, I just don’t know how many of them will be all that memorable in a couple of years from now. With that said, we still need to decide who came out on top.
We saw follow-up flagships from all of the major players, like Samsung, Google, Motorola, LG, Sony, and HTC. None of them really took any chances, but they all still delivered phones that you would have no difficulty finding supporters of. Beyond the standard crew, we also saw Sony finally enter the US market while its newest flagship was still fairly fresh, and OnePlus made a big splash while pissing people off along the way. Like I just said – there were a ton of options, all of which were good in their own right.
We will have our DL staff top lists here shortly, but for now, we want to know the DL reader phone of the year. Who are you taking?