New Moto G Reportedly Appears in Full Form

On September 4, Motorola is going to show off not only a new Moto X, but a new Moto G as well. Don’t believe us? Go back and look at their press invite again, which clearly shows a phone with the letter “G” centered on its display.

Thanks to the folks over at HelloMotoHK, we may have one of our first looks (pictured above) at the new mid-range device. According to their images and information, the new Moto G will support dual-SIM (international variant) and microSD cards, along with swappable back covers, just like the original. We could also get an upgraded 5-inch HD display, 8MP rear camera, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, and the dual-front speakers that were first introduced on the Moto E(more…)

Monday Poll: Which OEM Would You Rather Purchase a Round Smartwatch From?

2014 was looking like the year of smartwatches thanks to Android Wear’s unveiling, but now OEMs are trying to make it the year of round smartwatches. The first and only notable smartwatch was the Moto 360 from Motorola, but new info from LG and Samsung has them both looking to introduce round watches in the upcoming future.

Given that consumers will now have multiple choices in this space, we would like to know which OEM you would prefer to give your hard earned money to. While we know exactly what to expect from Motorola’s premium smartwatch offering, LG and Samsung’s are a bit of mystery, but might feature a tad more plastic when compared to the Moto 360.

Below in the comments, feel free to give us an idea as to how you chose between the three OEMs.

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This is the New Motorola Skip, a Full-Blown Key Fob That Keeps Your Phone Unlocked When Near

Last year, along with the launch of the Moto X, Motorola introduced an accessory called the Skip (our review). The Skip was an attachable NFC clip that would allow you to skip the unlock PIN or pattern on your device with a simple touch. It really only had that one use. Motorola handed out the Skip for free to those who placed early Moto X orders, but it later retailed for around $20 (now $10).

As a follow-up, Motorola is on the verge of releasing a new version of the Skip, this time in the form of a Bluetooth-equipped key fob that has more uses than tap-to-unlock via NFC.  (more…)

Add Motorola XT1112 to the List of Possible “Shamu” Devices

A Motorola device under the codename “shamu” is largely thought to be the next Nexus device from Google. With that bit of information made public through a couple of reports, tech enthusiasts are doing anything in their power to try and find mentions or appearances of the device, because well, Nexus remains a huge deal in the Android world. With that in mind, feel free to add a Motorola phone under the model number XT1112 to your list of possible “shamu” devices.

The model number appeared this week through Zauba, an import/export tracking system in India that has been both correct and wrong in the past at helping us track down future devices. In other words, add the number to the list, but don’t invest deeply in it.  (more…)

Brazilian Retailer Outs Moto X+1 in Leather, Bamboo, and Black – New Moto G Also

Brazilian retailer, Livraria Logos, the same site that outed the entire set of specs and press shots for the Moto E a couple of days early, has once again posted early info for Motorola products. As a reminder, this site also posted up Moto X+1 specs extremely early, only to take them down shortly after we noticed them.

So what are they giving us today? First, their Moto X+1 listings have returned with a smaller set of specs, model numbers, and potential materials used as backplates on the device. Also, we are seeing a Motorola device under the familiar name of “Titan” reappear, a device that is more than likely the new Moto G that Motorola will unveil on September 4 along with the new Moto X.  (more…)

Images: Old Moto X vs. New Moto X+1

Thanks to a parting gift from @evleaks, we may have the cleanest look yet at the new Moto X (aka Moto X+1). The image he shared shows the Moto X on its way to Verizon in both black and white/wood variants, with big camera sensors and a possible button/sensor that also houses a Motorola logo on the back. The images also show a screen that may have even less bezel than last year’s model, at least on the top and bottom of the device, even with dual front-facing speakers.

Since we have such clean images that appear to be official press renders, we decided to match them up next to last year’s Moto X.  (more…)

Here is the New Moto X for Verizon in Two Press Renders

As a retirement gift, @evleaks just Tweeted the image above, which is likely a set of press renders for the new Moto X (or Moto X+1) that is headed for Verizon.

Two variants of the device are shown, one as an all-black base model, the other as a white and wood combo, something that you would see on the original Moto X if it were made through MotoMaker. It looks exactly like the last leak we saw, which showed a device with a wood back, centered Motorola logo/button, big camera housing, and metal trim.  (more…)

What is the Motorola “Quark” XT1254? Is It Really the “DROID Turbo?”

At the end of last week, a reader of ours pointed out that device made by Motorola under the model number XT1254 had passed through Bluetooth SIG with a description confirming that it was an Android smartphone. No other details were attached, so we ignored it. Then over the weekend, a couple of supposed CPU-Z screens of a Motorola device with a codename of “quark_verizon” surfaced under the same model number, causing the tech world to freak out, toss around conspiracy and fanboy theories involving the rumored Motorola Nexus, and generally sound silly. Names like “DROID Turbo” were mentioned, as were a handful of next-level specs.

So what is this mystery device? Well, let’s see if we can’t find out.  (more…)