On September 4, the day after Samsung gets done announcing its next Galaxy Note device, Motorola will host a press event of their own to unveil new products. We are fully expecting the next version of the Moto X to be the star of the show, along with the Moto 360. There may also be a new Moto G on hand. Well, that’s at least what the invite is hinting at.
Rumors of a Moto X+1 as the follow-up have existed for months now, but as we often remind folks, nothing is official until Motorola makes it official. The Moto 360, on the other hand, is all sorts of official already. This event should fill in some of the blanks, though, like final specs and price. The Moto G has helped Motorola find some success after years of frustration, so it only makes sense that they refresh the handset.
Who is ready for Motorola’s next big launch? (more…)
According to two reports at the end of July, Motorola has been given approval to make the next Nexus phone, a 5.9-inch whale codenamed “Shamu.” Since the Android world has begged for years to have Motorola make a Nexus, you can imagine that the hypebeast engine has been kicked into overdrive. And when I say “overdrive,” I mean that any potential sighting of the device means people are going to get excited, freak out, and then want to share it with the world, even if it looks highly questionable. And that’s exactly what we have thanks to benchmarks spotted over the last couple of days that allegedly out the device’s specs. (more…)
Back in February, Motorola confirmed to the press that a new Moto X would arrive in “late” summer, along with a smartwatch, which we now know as the Moto 360. Sources of ours have confirmed to us that Verizon is currently expecting the new Moto X by September 25. That date may be just outside of summer, which officially ends September 22, but it’s close enough. Also, there is always a chance that we see other carrier variants of the device arrive before Verizon gets it, which would put Motorola inside their own timeline. (more…)
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…)
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…)
Ask and you shall receive. At least that’s how it worked with a Google+ user hoping to get official confirmation on a future update of Android L coming to the Moto X. When John B. asked in a Moto X group on G+ if his Moto X would receive the next version of Android, Motorola’s Punit Soni stopped by after being tagged with a simple, “Yup.” (more…)
Moto X owners on the AT&T network are receiving invites from Motorola for a soak test. These owners have been waiting very patiently for an update to either Android 4.4.3 and/or Android 4.4.4, but this update is likely for Android 4.4.4. That is the version Verizon’s variant of the Moto X is on currently, so Android 4.4.4 could be a safe bet. (more…)
“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…)