Motorola Starts Pulling the Plug on the Original Moto X

The Moto X (1st gen aka “the OG”) is in the process of being killed off by Motorola. If you cruise over to the Motorola online shop, you will no longer be able to purchase or design the original Moto X through Moto Maker. The only models we are seeing as still available are the Verizon and GSM developer editions, but I would venture to guess that they won’t be around much longer either. The new Moto X (2nd gen) launches at the end of this week, so the move isn’t really all that surprising.  (more…)

T-Mobile Moto X Finally Gets Android 4.4.4

The T-Mobile variant of the original Moto X, which is a lot like this year’s “Pure Edition,” is finally receiving its update to  Android 4.4.4. We aren’t sure what took Motorola so long to push this update out, since the Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint models have all had it for some time (update details), but that’s the situation. With the T-Mobile variant being controlled by Motorola as an unlocked device, you would have figured that it should be first to receive new software.

Either way, the update started as a soak at the end of last week and may be rolling now to all. To check for it, head into Settings>About phone>System updates.

The update is version 213.44.1.  (more…)

SunShine Bootloader Unlock Tool Released for Moto X, DROID Family

TeamAndIRC released their SunShine bootloader unlock for the original Moto X and the DROID family from last year (MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini), this afternoon. The unlock tool comes in the form of an .apk that is sideloaded onto your Motorola device of choice. Once installed and paid for ($25 per device), a quick run through of a compatibility check followed by an approval or two is all that it takes before your phone is unlocked.  (more…)

Friday Poll: Buying the New Moto X?

Not that the release of our review should mean that you can finally decide whether or not you are buying the new Moto X, but we would love to know your thoughts after reading not only ours, but others’ as well. The Moto X review units have been in the hands of press for a couple of weeks, which means several outlets have weighed in. Some are calling it the best Android phone ever made, others are calling it a solid option. We think it fits somewhere in the middle of those two categories, as a device that is better than last year’s Moto X, but still needs improvements in a couple of key areas.

So, when the Moto X finally arrives (more than likely before the end of the month), are you buying one?

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Moto X Review (2nd Generation)

Last year’s Moto X earned “Top Android Phone of 2013” honors from our staff even though it had some pretty major flaws. With its below-average 720p display and mostly-terrible camera, the overall package still bested the rest of smartphones in the game, thanks to its perfect size, Moto Maker customizations, and incredible software add-ons from Motorola. So what happens when Motorola takes what it created from last year’s best Android phone and tries to improve it in all areas, especially those two we just mentioned? You get the Moto X (2nd generation).

With generation two, Motorola has gone with a bigger 1080p display, because that’s what their research showed that people want. They also tossed in a 13MP camera, premium metal frame, and added options like Leather to Moto Maker, but managed to keep a phone that looks and acts very similar to last year’s model. So did Motorola get it right again? Let’s find out.

This is our Moto X (2nd generation) review.  (more…)