After a long wait, it appears Motorola is finally shipping out soak test invites for Moto X (1st Gen) owners, bringing them up to Android 5.0.2. According to Motorola’s Luciano Carvalho, the company has no current plans to bring Android 5.1 to the device, but that could change at any time. (more…)
The Galaxy S6s and HTC One M9 are arriving within a month, so it’s going to be tough to justify buying any other phone for the time being. Motorola is going to try to convince you that the Moto X “Pure Edition” is still worth it (and maybe it is for all we know), though, with today’s deal that will land you a new Moto X “Pure Edition” and a pair of TRACKS AIR Sol Republic Bluetooth on-ear headphones for just $449.94.
If you break it down, Motorola is basically giving you a Moto X “Pure Edition” with 16GB of storage, customized with MotoMaker, for $450. That’s a $50 discount over the normal full price. They are then tossing in $200 Bluetooth on-ear headphones for free.
Tough choice or are we all just waiting at this point?
Motorola now has a full fleet of 2nd generation Moto devices to take it well into 2015. With yesterday’s introduction of the new Moto E (2nd gen) with LTE, the Lenovo-owned company can hit almost any price point or level of phone a consumer may be interested in. We have the Moto X at the high-end, Moto G in the middle, and now the new Moto E rounding things out at the “low” end. “Low” is a bit misleading, though, since it technically tops the new Moto G in a number of areas.
To compare the three, we put together a classic chart to show the differences. I can imagine that a number of you are debating between the three, so this should help in your research. Below, you will find price, specs, connectivity, and color options for each phone.
Any questions? (more…)
With a soak test rolling out just a couple of days ago, it appears the update to Lollipop for the AT&T variant of the Moto X (2nd Gen) is now live for owners. According to Motorola’s release notes, the update is to build Android 5.0.2, bringing all of the Lollipop goodness, including lockscreen notifications, major UI changes, and so much more. (more…)
Back in January, I expressed my love for Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology that allows you to charge your phone at pretty insane speeds when compared to your typical USB charger. The technology has been made famous by Motorola within the last year, thanks to their use of it as a selling feature in the new Moto X, DROID Turbo, and Nexus 6. They are also selling a $35 Turbo Charger that can give your phone hours of use in just a few minutes time. But Quick Charge 2.0 is in more than Motorola devices. In fact, the HTC One (M8) from early last year has it, as does the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact, and Galaxy Note 4. That’s right, most of the popular phones released within the last year have the technology built in.
Unfortunately, most official OEM Quick Charge 2.0 chargers aren’t cheap, so many of you have avoided buying any. Like I mentioned, Motorola sells their Turbo Charger for a whopping $35, but HTC also has a quick charge adapter that runs $35 too.
If you want a lower cost charger, you currently have to turn to places like Amazon. There are a handful of third party accessory makers now making Quick Charge 2.0 adapters, one of which is Tenergy, who just so happens to be hosting a Lightning deal over at Amazon at the moment. For just $12.99, you can grab yourself a Quick/Turbo charger and realize why I think it’s the future of charging.
As of right now, the deal is 41% claimed, so you may want to hurry.
Quite often, we get asked things like, “What icon pack or wallpaper is in that screenshot?” or “What is that widget?” or “What phone are you currently using?” To hopefully help provide answers to those questions in a more official capacity, rather than so casual through the comments section, we decided that going forward we would try and put together explanation videos in a new feature called “This is my Android.” As we change phones or launchers or icon packs or start using a handful of new apps throughout a year, you will see videos of us highlighting them along with the reasons why we made a switch or change. Pretty simple, right?
As you can imagine, these should come out much more regularly in the coming months as we see the new 2015 flagships from companies like HTC and Samsung. Until then, though, let’s kick this off with a first look at my current setup. This is my Android. (more…)