New Moto X in Leather Drops to $0 at Amazon, $1 for Black Resin

Looking for a steal of a deal on the new Moto X (2nd gen)? Amazon has the best prices on both the AT&T and Verizon models. If you are interested in the black leather model on AT&T, you are looking at $0 for the device with a 2-year contract. If you want the new Moto X in black resin, you can pick one up on either AT&T or Verizon for just $1 with a 2-year contract.

The bamboo models on each haven’t necessarily been discounted at Amazon, though they are still cheaper than through the carriers (AT&T for $69.99, Verizon for $79.99). (more…)

James Franco Ditches His DROID Turbo on Launch Day for an iPhone 6

It’s not that James Franco ever said publicly that he signed an exclusive deal with Motorola or Verizon to use a DROID Turbo as his daily phone or be a company spokesperson, but after starring in a couple of teasers for the phone prior to launch followed by another couple of commercials on launch day (which is today, by the way), I can’t imagine that Motorola or Verizon wanted James parading around on Instagram with an iPhone 6. But as you can clearly see in the image above, that’s exactly what happened today. (more…)

FYI: DROID Turbo Can’t Currently do Simultaneous Voice and Data

As a quick heads up, we wanted to make sure the new DROID Turbo owners in the building were aware of a feature that isn’t currently available on their device, but will be by the end of the year – simultaneous voice and data. We aren’t sure why the device isn’t capable of simultaneous voice and data out of the box, but Verizon has confirmed to us that Advanced Calling 1.0 (which is their version of VoLTE) is required for it to work. Verizon has also confirmed to us that Advanced Calling 1.0 will arrive by the end of the year.  (more…)

DROID Turbo Receiving Day 1 Update to Build 21.21.15

If you pick up a DROID Turbo today, expect to receive a system update within the first couple of hours, if not immediately. The update brings the Turbo up to version 21.21.15, though we aren’t sure what changes are included. If it means anything, this is the build that my review unit has been running since I received it on Tuesday. I would imagine this is the final, stable build that was intended for day 1 and doesn’t necessarily include any new features.

I would point you to a changelog, but as I mentioned earlier, Verizon has this insanely terrible new support setup at their site that is mostly broken (has been for weeks). If we do find a changelog, we will be sure to pass it along.

To grab the update, head into Settings>System updates. Your phone should then check to see if anything is available.  (more…)

Amazon Outs Moto 360 in Champagne Metal, Leather Cognac Band, Promptly Pulls It All

When Motorola first introduced the Moto 360, they told us to expect new leather bands that could be swapped onto current models, along with metal options, some time later in the Fall. We knew that new leather bands would run an extra $29.99, metal bands $79.99, or a combination of the watch and metal band for $299, which is $50 higher than the leather strapped model. If a whole bunch of listings that went live on Amazon last night are any indication, those new options may be here fairly soon, along with some semi-unexpected colors.

I should point out that all of the Amazon listings I just mentioned have since been pulled, but there are cached pages of them that are still visible. Here is what we know.  (more…)

DROID Turbo is Now Available From Verizon for $199

Motorola, now a Lenovo company, has a new phone available today that we talked a lot about on Tuesday. Yep, we are referencing the DROID Turbo, a DROID device that is deserving of the name.

The new DROID Turbo can be purchased for $199 or 2-year contract with 32GB of storage in Metallic Red, Metallic Black, or Black Ballistic Nylon. If you want to double the storage to 64GB, you can have that with the Black Ballistic Nylon for $249 on 2-year contract. If you are looking at the full retail route, the 32GB and 64GB versions run $599 and $649, respectively.  (more…)

Motorola is Now a Lenovo Company, Acquisition is Complete

It’s official as of midnight last night – Motorola is now a Lenovo company. The companies both announced that the acquisition is complete at a total purchase price of $2.91 billion. With the acquisition, Lenovo is now laying claim to the “3rd largest” smartphone maker in the world title, and as you can imagine, has big plans for their new smartphone maker.

According to the companies, Motorola will remain a wholly-owned subsidiary with its headquarters in Chicago, along with additional offices around the world and in Silicon Valley. The Moto and DROID brands will continue to live on as well, all under the leadership of Motorola’s Rick Osterloh, who will stay on as president and chief operating officer of Motorola.  (more…)

Shapeways User Selling Bumper Cases for Moto 360, Priced at $8 in Variety of Colors

The Moto 360 is not exactly rugged; its internals may be protected by a stainless steel exterior and Gorilla Glass 3, but that does not mean it is not susceptible to nicks, scratches, or worse. Lucky for paranoid owners, one enterprising user of 3D printing marketplace Shapeways, has begun selling an additional layer of protection – bumper cases.  (more…)