Forget Wireless Charging, Your Next Phone Needs Quick or Turbo Charging

A year ago, maybe even six months ago, I was fully invested in Qi wireless charging. There was a time that I couldn’t even envision life without a phone that had Qi wireless charging built-in. In fact, I used to complain about phones not having the technology built in and chastised carriers for removing it from their phones. Today, I couldn’t care less about it. I can still acknowledge the convenience it brings by not having to plug your phone in, but at this point, I’m much more interested in charging phones faster than without wires. Yes, I’m talking about Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology, which has more recently been marketed as “Turbo Charging,” thanks to Motorola. This is the future of charging. (more…)

Nexus 6 in Midnight Blue With 64GB Back In-Stock at Motorola

The 64GB version of the Nexus 6 in Midnight Blue is currently back in-stock through Motorola’s store, if anyone is still interested (that would be those of you worried about the lack of an SD card slot). Cloud White in 64GB or 32GB, still out of stock.

In case you were wondering, Google Play (still) doesn’t have the Nexus 6 in-stock at all in any color or storage size.

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Tuesday Poll: In Your Mind Who Updates Android Devices the Fastest? Slowest?

While there is likely data out there on the Internet to support which OEM comes through the most consistently with regard to OTA updates, user perception is just, if not more important when it comes to deciding which phone you will purchase.

For the longest time, it seemed that no OEM was really better than any other, until Motorola and HTC decided to make it a race, with HTC going as far as promising updates to the newest version of Android within 90 days for their flagship devices. When someone buys a phone, they want to know their device will continue to see support, so many of you may opt for Nexus devices, assuming Google will provide you with the quickest. However, since Google makes the software, they have a bit of an unfair advantage in this competition, so we have decided to leave them out of this poll.

From how we see it, HTC and Motorola currently sit on top of the OTA update mountain, with Samsung, Sony, and LG trailing. Now, it’s up to you to tell us how you feel on the situation. Below, we have two polls – one which asks who is the quickest OEM to send OTA update, and one asking who is the slowest. Make sense?

Feel free to share your thoughts on the OTA update playing field below.

Which OEM updates their devices the quickest?

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Motorola has Both the White and Blue Nexus 6 32GB In-Stock

The Nexus 6 was announced in mid-October before arriving on select store shelves in November. It’s now mid-January, yet the device is still somewhat difficult to obtain, depending on where you are trying to buy it from and with what storage capacity. Motorola’s site has been much better about keeping stock than Google Play. That is once again the case this week, with both Midnight Blue and Cloud White versions (32GB) staying in-stock for a couple of days now.

If you are still trying to pick up Google’s whale, here is another chance that may not last long.

Motorola Link

Deal of the Week: Motorola 3,000mAh Power Pack for $8.99 (Regularly $50), 2-Pack for $14.99

Power packs. After spending another week at CES, I once again am so thankful for having them with me. There are times that you just can’t get to an outlet to get some juice in your back-up phone that’s about to die before 8PM. Some times, you need some help that doesn’t involve a socket in a wall.

If you have yet to buy yourself a power pack or battery pack of any kind, now would be a great time to consider it. Through an eBay daily deal, you can grab one of Motorola’s Power Pack 3000 (which means it has a 3,000mAh capacity) for just $8.99. Regularly, these packs run $49.99. I don’t think I need to do the math there for you to realize the substantial discount.

And if one of them isn’t enough, you can opt for a 2-pack of the Power Pack 3000 for just $14.99. So instead of paying $100 (plus shipping) from Motorola, you can have two of their high capacity battery packs for $15, with free shipping.

UPDATE:  Amazon has the same deal going, but with Prime shipping for Prime members. Amazon Link.

eBay Links:  Motorola Power Pack 3000 ($8.99) | 2-Pack Motorola Power Pack 3000 ($14.99)  (more…)

Motorola Announces the Moto X Pro, Like the Nexus 6 But for China

Motorola, in a somewhat surprising move, announced today that it is returning to China with a handful of devices, two of which are new to their lineup. For starters, the new Moto G (2nd gen) will now officially come in a 4G LTE variety. But more importantly, they are showing up to market with a Moto X Pro. That’s right, the Moto X, a phone that we called the top phone of 2014, will now come in a Pro style.  (more…)