Lenovo Tech World 2016 Keynote Live Blog!

Lenovo and Moto(rola) will take the stage today during the Lenovo Tech World to unwrap at least a handful of new products. We have Tim on hand for the keynote and after-keynote coverage, so expect all the hands-on throughout the day of everything that is announced.

As for what we can expect, well, Lenovo is going to debut their Project Tango phone, a phone that may be so massive, it’ll make the Nexus 6 feel unworthy of its “Shamu” codename. Moto, on the other hand, is more than likely going to give us a first look at the Moto Z, the new line of phones that should replace the Moto X. This phone, or line, will include ultra thin bodies and modular capabilities that have been rumored herethere, and everywhere.

The event kicks off at 10AM Pacific (1PM Eastern). Join us below for the embedded live stream and chat!  (more…)

Question of the Day: Excited for Moto’s Announcements Tomorrow?

Tomorrow is a pretty big day for Moto(rola) and Lenovo. During the keynote of Lenovo’s Tech World conference in San Francisco (watch it here), Moto will get a chance to shine on stage as they unveil what we expect to be their next flagship phone, the Moto Z.

From what we have seen through a variety of leaks, the phone will take on new design language, ditch the “X” branding, and attempt to make modularity in a phone a real thing, something LG couldn’t do with the G5. At first leak, we weren’t exactly all that impressed by the Moto Z’s design, but have admitted to warming to it and maybe even becoming quite fond of it. As you guys know, I’m also excited to see companies like Lenovo and Moto taking chances with things like modules, because innovation doesn’t happen if everyone just place it safe.  (more…)

Check Out These Moto Z Moto Mods That Will Add Leather, Wood, Color to the Phone

When Moto and Lenovo unveil the Moto Z later this week at Tech World in San Francisco, one of the major focuses is going to be on the modularity of the phone. We think we have a pretty good idea as to how that will all work (with magic pins!) and what some of the modules (called Moto Mods) will be, but what does all of that mean for Moto Maker and leathers and woods and customizations to the phone’s appearance? It probably means more Moto Mods as plates with all of those options for quick customizability.  (more…)

DEAL: Get a Moto X Pure Edition 64GB and Moto 360 Sport for $400 ($350 Off)

A current steal-of-a-dual-deal is running through Motorola’s online shop that can land you a Moto X Pure Edition (our review) with 64GB storage and a white or orange Moto 360 Sport (our review) for $399. In case you haven’t memorized the typical combined prices of those two devices yet, at $399, you are looking at a discount of $350. Another way to put it, is this deal hands you a Moto 360 Sport for free and may even slash another $50 off for good measure.  (more…)

The Smartphone Industry Needs to Take New Chances, Like Motorola and LG are Doing With Modules

With Motorola on the verge of announcing its newest phone fit with modular capabilities and LG having just come off a an opening month or two where it introduced its take on a modular phone, I think it’s clear that smartphone makers have realized that in order to survive going forward, they need to do something new. It’s time to innovate again. It’s time to take chances, offer more value in new ways, make phones more than just phones, and move beyond the simple, slab smartphone that just gets the basics right. The smartphone world needs something new, something fresh. The last thing it needs are a bunch of devices that the average consumer can’t tell apart but seem to fit a tech media narrative of what they view as success or good.

Many of your favorite smartphone makers, outside of Samsung, are struggling and have been for years. Since the early gold rush to Android supremacy four and five years ago, the industry has matured, maybe even plateaued, and made it extremely difficult for anyone to succeed. Companies like Samsung and Apple are still doing quite well as they established dominance long ago and haven’t given it up, partially because they have massive marketing budgets, but also because they keep making great products that mean something to owners of them. For companies like Motorola and LG, they can’t compete with that reputation or marketing budget by just doing the same old thing. And that right there is why I’m glad that they are both taking chances by going this modular route. (more…)

#TBT: Motorola Shadow, the Fake Phone of Everyone’s Dreams

I was recently diving through many older Droid Life posts — like, 2009 and 2010 posts — and came across a device that everyone seemed very hyped about. At the time, the OG DROID was still a very popular device among Android owners, but many of them were getting ready to find a worthy successor to their new-found Android love. The Motorola Shadow, as it was known among the blogs, seemed to be the phone many of us wanted. (more…)