The New Moto X: 5 Things I Want to See

At the end of 2013, we called the Moto X the best phone of the year. Even though it had a pretty terrible camera and a not-even-close-to-class-leading display, the overall package of software features, size and feel, quick updates, and customizability through MotoMaker made it the phone to have, at least in our opinion. But here we are, weeks away from the unveiling of the new version, whether that ends up being called Moto X+1 or new Moto X or something else, you can imagine how excited we are to see what Motorola has in-store.

Still, Motorola needs to step their game up even further if they want to hold onto that “best phone of the year” title. The LG G3 is currently topping the charts (our review), with the OnePlus One and HTC One (M8) close behind it.

There are some specific things we would love to see Motorola address in order to make the next Moto X an amazing phone. Here are five of them.  (more…)

“Moto X+1″ Under Model XT1097 Shows Up in Benchmark, Outs More Specs

When it comes to leaks or information about unreleased devices, benchmarks are almost always hit or miss. In fact, you should almost never fully buy into the data that they provide because from one day to the next, they could show off completely different information for what they claim is the exact same device. With that said, they do often open the bucket of paint to help manufacturers go all Picasso during a press event, so we still like to see them, especially when we are only a couple of weeks away from an unveiling.

And that’s why we are taking a quick look this morning at yet another purported benchmark for the next Moto X, which was long ago dubbed unofficially as the Moto X+1(more…)

Motorola Hosting September 4 Event – For New Moto X, Moto G and Moto 360

On September 4, the day after Samsung gets done announcing its next Galaxy Note device, Motorola will host a press event of their own to unveil new products. We are fully expecting the next version of the Moto X to be the star of the show, along with the Moto 360. There may also be a new Moto G on hand. Well, that’s at least what the invite is hinting at.

Rumors of a Moto X+1 as the follow-up have existed for months now, but as we often remind folks, nothing is official until Motorola makes it official. The Moto 360, on the other hand, is all sorts of official already. This event should fill in some of the blanks, though, like final specs and price. The Moto G has helped Motorola find some success after years of frustration, so it only makes sense that they refresh the handset.

Who is ready for Motorola’s next big launch?  (more…)

New Moto X Currently Scheduled for September 25 Arrival at Verizon

Back in February, Motorola confirmed to the press that a new Moto X would arrive in “late” summer, along with a smartwatch, which we now know as the Moto 360. Sources of ours have confirmed to us that Verizon is currently expecting the new Moto X by September 25. That date may be just outside of summer, which officially ends September 22, but it’s close enough. Also, there is always a chance that we see other carrier variants of the device arrive before Verizon gets it, which would put Motorola inside their own timeline.  (more…)

Dan Rosenberg Unlocks Moto X Bootloader, Says Almost All Snapdragon Devices are Vulnerable (Updated)

The Blackhat 2014 conference is taking place this week in Las Vegas, a conference which Dan Rosenberg, the man responsible for exposing numerous security exploits on Android devices, is speaking at. You may recall his previous work that unlocked the bootloader of a number of Motorola DROID devices, something that developers had attempted for years to try and accomplish without success.

When Rosenberg (@djrbliss) first popped up on the list of Blackhat conference speakers with a topic that was to conclude by discussing an unpublished security exploit “including a live demonstration of using it to permanently unlock the bootloader of a major Android phone,” we were certainly interested. His talk happened last night, and according to those at the conference, he successfully unlocked the bootloader of the Moto X on stage.  (more…)