Motorola Announces the New Moto E With 4G LTE and Other Upgrades, Available Now for $150

Motorola’s mystery announcement is official, and like we imagined the other day, it is the new Moto E. This time, though, it has 4G LTE, upgrades all around, and an even lower price. I know, how is that possible?

Where do we begin…how about with the upgrades? The new Moto E now has 4G LTE, a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, slightly bigger 4.5-inch display (still qHD), front facing camera, 2390mAh battery, and runs stock Android 5.0 “Lollipop” with Moto’s suite of useful apps on top. We are talking the best features from the Moto X, like Moto Display and Quick Capture Camera. Seriously, it has those two features now. The new Moto E is like a mini-Moto X.  (more…)

Android Wear 5.0.2 Rolling Out to Most Watches (Updated)

Update:  Most Android Wear devices, like the G Watch, G Watch R, Gear Live, and ZenWatch all appear to be receiving this update. Not much is standing out in terms of new stuff. If anything, your watch should be more stable.


An Android 5.0.2 update is rolling out now to Moto 360 units as build LWX49L. At least one of our readers has already received the update, which Motorola says updates Google Play Services and adds a “variety of system optimizations and security updates to improve performance stability.” This appears to be a bug fixers rather than a feature-introducer.

To check for the update on your device, head into Settings>About>System updates.  (more…)

Minor DROID Turbo 21.44.12 Update Fixes a Couple of Bugs, Here is the Changelog

Over the weekend, owners of the DROID Turbo who were participating in a soak test of new software told us that the update was nothing more than a VoLTE fixer, instead of being Android 5.0 “Lollipop.” This morning, Verizon confirmed as much with a changelog posted to the Turbo’s support page.

The update is indeed software version 21.44.12 and it fixes three bugs. Those three bugs involve call volumes, the email application, and the DROID Command Center Widget. Verizon’s list of changes doesn’t even mention VoLTE or Advanced Calling 1.0.

You can see the list below.  (more…)

Amazon is Now Selling the 32GB Nexus 6 With Prime Shipping

Still interested in the Nexus 6, but would like to avoid Google’s typically exaggerated shipping costs? What if you could buy it from Amazon at the same price as Google, only with Prime shipping? Starting today, you can! Amazon currently has both the white and blue 32GB models in stock. You could buy one today and have it in two days with no shipping fee (as long as your are a Prime member) or tomorrow by upping to 1-day shipping for $3.99.

Here is our Nexus 6 review in case you haven’t made up your mind yet.

Amazon Link  (more…)

Motorola is Sending Us Something “Exciting” Next Wednesday – Guesses?

Motorola dropped us a note this morning to say that they have an “exciting announcement” next week on February 25 and want us to be in the front row as it happens. Thankfully, “front row” means our own doorstep, so we won’t even have to travel for this one.

We aren’t sure what the announcement could be for, but the email does say that everything we’ll need “fits inside one box.”

Any guesses? New Moto E comes to mind. Maybe something else?

Wednesday Poll: Which OEM Would You Want to Make the Next Nexus Smartphone?

Last year, right around this time, we asked our community which OEM they would like to see create the next Nexus device in partnership with Google. With 42% of the vote, Motorola was the landslide victor. Now here we are in 2015, with likely quite a few of you sitting at a desk with a Motorola-made Nexus 6 by your side. Funny how things work out, yes?

So, to keep up with the opinions and views of our readers, we would like to ask you the exact same question, one year later. Now that most major OEMs have had their shot at creating a Nexus device, all but Sony, which OEM would you like to make the next Nexus device?

Did Motorola do such a good job on the Nexus 6 that you would like them to do another? Is it Samsung’s turn to give it another shot? And what about HTC and its Nexus 9 tablet? Did HTC do such a good job with that tablet hardware that they have earned your trust for another Nexus smartphone? Or, just maybe, is it Sony’s turn in 2015?

More importantly, and something we have all probably thought about, but what about the name? We have had the Nexus One, Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 5, and now Nexus 6. But we can’t have a Nexus 7 smartphone in 2015, since that already exists in tablet form. What is Google going to do there? Your guess is as good as ours.

Throw your thoughts down below on who should make it and what it should be called.

Which OEM Would You Want to Make the Next Nexus Smartphone?

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Jony Ive Thinks Moto Maker is Cop Out for Hardware Designers, Motorola Fires Back

No one around here has ever questioned Jony Ive’s ability to make something look nice. Sure, iOS is filled with rainbow colors and semi-transparent shading up the yin yang, but the dude knows design.

In a recent interview with The New Yorker, however, Jony had choice words for an unnamed company which allows users to design their own phone using a website, that company of course being Motorola and its Moto Maker site. On Moto Maker, users are allowed to choose colors and even materials used on the backside of a device, as well as the volume buttons and metal accents. The overall shape and design of the phone, though, remains intact.  (more…)