According to Motorola and LG’s support accounts on Twitter, the Moto 360 (1st Gen) and G Watch will not be receiving the Android Wear 2.0 update that was previewed at this year’s Google I/O. This news should not exactly surprise anyone, but if you were holding off on upgrading your smartwatch, now seems like a good time to buy a new one, as support for these two devices seems to have ended entirely. (more…)
Listed inside of the My Verizon app, pricing for select (not all) Moto Mods has apparently been listed. As mentioned in the headline of this piece, you will need to prepare your wallet, as a couple of the Moto Mods are priced quite high, unsurprisingly.
According to the listings, the Insta-Share Projector will be priced at $299, which is quite the expense. The JBL SoundBoost Moto Mod, the one we demoed last week, is priced at $79, seeming a bit more realistic. The TUMI battery packs are also priced, with the wireless charging Power Pack listed at $99 and the standard Power Pack listed at $89. For those interested, the Kate Spade Style Shell is priced at $79. At this time, pricing of other shells is not known. (more…)
In a statement provided to Android Police following the Lenovo Tech World keynote, Motorola says that the Moto X is “alive and well.” Citing the somewhat recent launch (October, 2015) of the Moto X Force overseas, Motorola clarifies that the purpose of the Moto Z line is not to replace the Moto X, but to offer something a bit different to consumers. (more…)
Announced alongside the new smartphones from Moto and Lenovo, the Moto Mods are an attempt to bring modularity to the forefront of consumer smartphones. Featuring everything from a projector module, to Style Shells and JBL external speakers, Moto showcased an impressive number of Moto Mods that customers will be able to purchase with their Moto Z and Moto Z Force devices. (more…)
When the Moto Z is relieved of its Verizon exclusivity later this fall and arrives as an unlocked phone, it won’t have the connectivity of last year’s Moto X Pure Edition. According to Motorola, when asked if the Moto Z would be unlocked and work on all carriers, like last year’s Pure Edition, they responded to us by saying that the unlocked Moto Z will be “available on GSM networks starting September.” (more…)
You’ve seen the announcement, checked out the specs, figured out how the Moto Mods work, now know that neither has a headphone jack, and probably punched a wall over the fact that Verizon gets a lengthy exclusive on both initially and the Force for the long haul. I think it’s safe to say that you have enough information to weigh in on some level.
Are you buying the Moto Z or Moto Z Force?
The big selling feature for the new Moto Z and Moto Z Force is being pushed as the modularity of each phone, where Motorola will look to extend the style and functionality of each by selling you modules, called Moto Mods.
So far, we know that we can expect Moto Maker options for Moto Mods called Style Shells that can add a pop of color, texture (leather, wood, nylon, etc.), and personality to your phone. But outside of the Shells, we we will see Moto Mods including a speaker from JBL that can extend battery life by up to 10 hours, a Moto Insta-Share projector for turning any surface into a 70-inch screen, and an Incipio offGRID power pack that can give you up to 22 hours of extra battery life. (more…)