Possible Moto X+1 Device Shows Up in Benchmark With 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801

A device that could be either the Moto X+1 or a new DROID variant showed up at Geekbench within the last couple of days, outing a couple of specs along the way.

Remember the Verizon device in the mystery box from earlier in the week that sported a model number of XT1096? The device that stopped through Geekbench showed up with a model number of XT1097. We could be looking at a different carrier variant, or again, it could be another DROID family member. Either way, the phones are more than likely related with model numbers so close.  (more…)

Huge Moto 360 Leak Outs Wireless Charger, IP67 Rating, 2.5 Day Battery Life, and More

Notice the circular stickers attached to the Moto 360 in the picture at the top of this post? Those were included on the device that we photographed at Google I/O, which were measures taken by Motorola to hide certain aspects of the device that they weren’t quite ready to talk about. Now, take a look at the image below from Mr. Gadget, who spent enough time with the device without those stickers on to give us a mini review while also outing all sorts of specs that had yet to see confirmation. It should be instantly clear why Motorola had those stickers in place.  (more…)

Bullsh*t Rumor of the Day: The Moto 360 is Now Made of Plastic!

“The first thing that you’ll notice is that it’s really made with beautiful materials, designed to look and feel like a traditional wrist watch. You’ve got stainless steel on the case here, and then genuine leather in the band.”

That’s how Motorola’s Cathay Bi describes the Moto 360 in the opening 30 seconds of a video filmed to showcase their upcoming smartwatch during Google I/O. Why am I bringing that point up again today? Because the tech industry is bored today and passing around a rumor from a Korean news outlet that is suggesting Motorola is ditching the metal and going with plastic in the Moto 360. And also because a number of readers pinged us with concern.  (more…)

“Moto Maxx” Trademarked by Motorola for New Phone

A reader of ours pointed out this morning that Motorola recently filed for a trademark of the name “Moto Maxx,” a name that could be used in a new smartphone. For those new to the name “Maxx” and Motorola, just know that the tag when attached to a phone usually means massive battery life. Does this mean the Moto line, which currently includes the Moto X, Moto G, and Moto E will also get a battery-beast brother?  (more…)

Motorola Nexus “Shamu” Gets Even More Support in New Report

Over the weekend, rumors of a Motorola Nexus surfaced suggesting that Google and the company it plans to sell to Lenovo had teamed up to produce an oversized phone-tablet hybrid under the codename “shamu.” The device is said to carry a 5.9-inch display, fingerprint scanner, and arrive some time around November. That rumor has now turned into a second report out of The Information who claim to have secured a confirmation through “three people with knowledge of the matter” that the device is coming and is a whale. (more…)

Verizon Moto X Android 4.4.4 Update Now Available to All, Here is the Changelog

Verizon has gone ahead and approved the Android 4.4.4 update for their variant of the Moto X, making it available this morning to all. The update, which first hit soak testers on Friday, includes improved camera picture quality by improving photos taken in fluorescent lighting and enhancing the dynamic range. It also introduces an option for pausing and resuming videos during recording. Finally, a new dialer with a new graphical layout and colors has been introduced.

The update jumps the device up to build 210.12.41.

To check for the update, head into Settings>About phone>System updates>Check for system updates.   (more…)