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…)
On this late Friday afternoon, it appears Motorola is seeding out a soak test to select Moto X (2nd Gen) Pure Edition owners, updating them to Android 5.1. The Pure Edition is the carrier unlocked model, so as a message to all US carrier variant owners, don’t go looking at your phones quite yet. (more…)
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.
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.
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…)
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…)