Motorola – Droid Life https://www.droid-life.com An intense Android news community bringing you the latest in phones, rooting, apps, and reviews. Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:36:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 DEAL: Best Buy’s Doorbuster Drops Moto X4 to $339 ($60 Off) https://www.droid-life.com/2017/12/13/best-moto-x4-deal-doorbuster/ https://www.droid-life.com/2017/12/13/best-moto-x4-deal-doorbuster/#respond Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:36:40 +0000 https://www.droid-life.com/?p=209623

The latest noteworthy holiday doorbuster from Best Buy is a mega-discount on the unlocked Moto X4. Normally priced at $399.99, you can buy one today at $339.99 ($60 off). Now, I know in my Moto X4 review I didn’t exactly tell anyone to run out and buy one, but when you get to prices this … Continued

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The latest noteworthy holiday doorbuster from Best Buy is a mega-discount on the unlocked Moto X4. Normally priced at $399.99, you can buy one today at $339.99 ($60 off).

Now, I know in my Moto X4 review I didn’t exactly tell anyone to run out and buy one, but when you get to prices this low, things can change. I knocked it for an average camera and poor performance. Performance is something that can improve with software updates, and I’d hope Motorola could do just that since all of their other phones are some of the best performing in the business. The camera not being one of the best was expected at the price point, so if you look at it that way, $339.99 is a pretty good deal.

Let’s also not forget that the Moto X4 is water resistant, works on all major US carriers, and looks pretty, assuming you can get along with that not-so-pretty camera hump.

Again as a doorbuster, this Moto X4 deal is good for today only.

Best Buy Deal Link

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Verizon Pushing Updates to Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, LG G6, V20, Moto Z2 and Z Play https://www.droid-life.com/2017/11/20/verizon-pushing-updates-galaxy-s7-s7-edge-lg-g6-v20-moto-z2-z-play/ https://www.droid-life.com/2017/11/20/verizon-pushing-updates-galaxy-s7-s7-edge-lg-g6-v20-moto-z2-z-play/#comments Mon, 20 Nov 2017 23:08:13 +0000 https://www.droid-life.com/?p=208748

It’s lookin’ like an update week for Verizon customers who own one of a handful of phones. Starting today and tomorrow, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, LG V20 and G6, and Moto Z2 Play and Moto Z Play will all see new software. At this time, Verizon hasn’t exactly updated all of the … Continued

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It’s lookin’ like an update week for Verizon customers who own one of a handful of phones. Starting today and tomorrow, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, LG V20 and G6, and Moto Z2 Play and Moto Z Play will all see new software.

At this time, Verizon hasn’t exactly updated all of the support pages for each phone and has only given us dates, so we’ll have to update it as we learn more. The one we do know everything about is the LG V20, which is supposed to get an update today (11/20) and it includes the November security patch. My guess is that that’s what all of the phones are getting too. The updates for the other phones are scheduled to begin rollout tomorrow, November 21.

UPDATE: Alright, so we’ve got new builds and changelogs to go with them. The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are getting the November 1 security patch, along with the KRACK WiFi fix. The Moto Z2 Play and Moto Z Play are also getting the November 1 security patch, but the older Z Play is getting Verizon’s AppFlash software too (it’s bloatware and you should uninstall it). The LG G6 is getting the October 1 security patch.

New Verizon software updates:

  • Samsung Galaxy S7: G930VVRU4BQK2
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: G935VVRU4BQK2
  • LG V20: New software version VS99518A
  • LG G6: VS98813A
  • Moto Z2 Play: NDSS26.118-23-15
  • Moto Z Play: NDN26.118-23-12-3

On a related note, this is the first update for the LG G6 on Verizon since August 1, which means that phone is still on July’s security patch. If you ever wonder why we prefer Google’s phones so much for updates, this would be a good example.

Again, we’ll update these as we know the new software builds. For those who own the phones, feel free to check for updates tomorrow!

// Verizon [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]

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DEAL: Verizon Drops 50% Off All Moto Mods, Including the New Polaroid Insta-Share & TurboPower Pack https://www.droid-life.com/2017/11/20/best-moto-mods-deal-black-friday-verizon/ https://www.droid-life.com/2017/11/20/best-moto-mods-deal-black-friday-verizon/#comments Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:15:03 +0000 https://www.droid-life.com/?p=208716

With Black Friday Deals Week just getting started, we’re still on the hunt for some of the biggest discounts out there. The leader in the pack at the moment may be Verizon, thanks to a huge 50% discount on almost all of their Moto Mods. I don’t know how long these will stay in stock, … Continued

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With Black Friday Deals Week just getting started, we’re still on the hunt for some of the biggest discounts out there. The leader in the pack at the moment may be Verizon, thanks to a huge 50% discount on almost all of their Moto Mods.

I don’t know how long these will stay in stock, but we’ve got the brand new Polaroid Insta-Share Printer Mod for just $99.99 ($100 off), Amazon Alexa Smart Speaker for $74.99 ($75 off), Insta-Share Projector for $149.99 ($150 off), Moto 360 Camera for $149.99 ($150 off), and a whole bunch of others dropped from $80 to $40 (TurboPower Pack, JBL SoundBoost2, Moto Gamepad). Most of the shells and other power packs are included too.

If you own a Moto Z or Moto Z2, you should probably get over to Verizon’s site in a hurry.

Verizon Moto Mod Deal Links:

Shop the rest of the Moto Mods 50% deal.


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Shake It Like a Polaroid: Motorola Intros the Insta-Share Printer Moto Mod, Priced at $199 https://www.droid-life.com/2017/11/15/polaroid-insta-share-moto-mod/ https://www.droid-life.com/2017/11/15/polaroid-insta-share-moto-mod/#comments Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:39:26 +0000 https://www.droid-life.com/?p=208449

Introduced this morning, the Insta-Share Printer from Polaroid may be one of the cooler Moto Mods we’ve seen to date. With it, you snap a photo on your Motorola device, then simply print it out and hand it over to whoever you want. Using ZINK Zero-Ink paper, you can print 2×3” smudge-proof photos, complete with … Continued

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Introduced this morning, the Insta-Share Printer from Polaroid may be one of the cooler Moto Mods we’ve seen to date. With it, you snap a photo on your Motorola device, then simply print it out and hand it over to whoever you want.

Using ZINK Zero-Ink paper, you can print 2×3” smudge-proof photos, complete with adhesive backsides for sticking on surfaces. You’re not limited to printing photos straight from your camera app either. Users can print photos from Facebook, Instagram, as well as Google Photos.

The Insta-Share Printer will be available for $199.99 in the US at Verizon and Motorola.com beginning November 17, and will be available for pre-order at Best Buy, B&H, Fry’s and Newegg on December 6, with general availability starting December 13. As for paper refills, we have reached out to Motorola to see how much those will cost, as it’s information not covered in the press release.

If you still value physical photos, this could be a solid little pickup for your Moto Mod-compatible phone.

Oh, and to clarify, you don’t have to shake the photo. 😊

// Motorola

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Verizon Galaxy S8, S8+, and Moto Z2 Force All Pickup Updates https://www.droid-life.com/2017/11/14/verizon-galaxy-s8-s8-moto-z2-force-pickup-updates/ https://www.droid-life.com/2017/11/14/verizon-galaxy-s8-s8-moto-z2-force-pickup-updates/#comments Tue, 14 Nov 2017 23:53:51 +0000 https://www.droid-life.com/?p=208445

The week is still young, but Verizon has already begun pushing out software updates to some of its more important phones. Over the next day, owners of the Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Moto Z2 Force will all receive over-the-air updates. For the Galaxy S8 and S8+, it looks like Verizon is cleaning up … Continued

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The week is still young, but Verizon has already begun pushing out software updates to some of its more important phones. Over the next day, owners of the Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Moto Z2 Force will all receive over-the-air updates.

For the Galaxy S8 and S8+, it looks like Verizon is cleaning up a bug from the previous KRACK update that wouldn’t allow devices to complete phone calls. The security patch on the update is still listed as October’s. As for the Moto Z2 Force, owners are receiving the November security patch with that same KRACK patch that the S8’s received. Bravo, Moto, for pushing that out semi-quickly.

Here are the new software builds to expect:

  • Galaxy S8: G950USQU1AQK3
  • Galaxy S8+: G955USQU1AQK3
  • Moto Z2 Force: NDXS26.183-15-5

To check for the new updates, head into Settings>System updates.

// Verizon [2] [3]

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Moto X4 Review (Regular vs. Android One) https://www.droid-life.com/2017/11/13/moto-x4-review-regular-vs-android-one/ https://www.droid-life.com/2017/11/13/moto-x4-review-regular-vs-android-one/#comments Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:01:34 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=208301

From the minute Motorola announced the Moto X4, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one. As a huge fan of the first three Moto X phones, yet also one who almost immediately made it clear that this phone doesn’t deserve to be a part of the line, I really just wanted to see … Continued

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From the minute Motorola announced the Moto X4, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one. As a huge fan of the first three Moto X phones, yet also one who almost immediately made it clear that this phone doesn’t deserve to be a part of the line, I really just wanted to see how this phone would play in Motorola’s grand scheme. After all, the new Moto X4 is not trying to be a top tier phone like its predecessors and drops in at a reasonable price, all while packing in a decent set of meaningful specs. It’s available as an Android One phone too – the first in the US and it works on Project Fi.

I’ve spent the past week or so with both the regular Moto X4 and the Android One Moto X4 to try and get a feel for both. The goal was to see not only if the differences matter, but if either stood out as the better option. Without spoiling much, I’ll just say for now that neither really impressed me and I’m fully ready to be onto the next phone.

Sorry, Moto X fans, I don’t think this is your next. Let’s talk about why in our Moto X4 review.

NOTE: As I mentioned, I used both the regular and Android One versions, so if something differs between them, I’ll call that out below. If I don’t, then you should assume the experience in that area is identical.

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What’s good?

Design

I can’t tell you the last time I had a phone in-hand that multiple people inquired about within a short review period, but that’s exactly what happened with the Moto X4. Over the weekend, I had separate conversations with different family members who each asked which phone I was currently using and the reason they asked was because they thought the phone looked nice. I was using the Sterling Blue (silver/blue) model at the time and would tend to agree with everyone I talked to – this is a handsome phone.

The Moto X4 is a great size for those who might not want an oversized phone, feels premium in-hand with its metal and glass body (even though no one should consider glass to be premium), sports an edge-to-edge display (from side to side, just not top to bottom), and has nice curves throughout to help it settle into your hand.

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It’s the shiny glass and color that help this phone standout, though. This might be a $400 phone, but it looks like a phone that could cost another $200 or $300. Sure, it doesn’t have an all-display front, plus its rear camera hump won’t appeal to everyone (I’m not exactly a fan). However, both Super Black and Sterling Blue versions do look great. The black carries a sophisticated sleekness, while the silver/blue model is nothing short of pretty.

Overall in the design department, I think Motorola is on to something here. If they are able to capture this style and carry it through to other phones in 2018, as long as they start reducing bezels and expanding display sizes, we should all pay them some attention.

Specs

Motorola packed in a 5.2-inch FHD LCD display, Snapdragon 630, 32GB storage (with SD slot), 3GB RAM, 3000mAh battery, IP68 water and dust resistance, Bluetooth 5.0, fingerprint sensor, and dual rear camera setup (12MP standard + 8MP wide-angle). The phone (both versions) works on all major US carriers (including Verizon) and runs Android 7.1 with Motorola’s simple take on an Android skin, if you can call it that. If you were to choose the Android One version, nothing changes outside of some of the software experience.

That’s a pretty solid set of specs for what Motorola is pushing as a mid-to-high-end phone. I hate to call the Moto X4 a budget phone because it’s not exactly acting like one. A true budget phone is something like the Moto G5S Plus, yet this phone does top that in a few key areas including design and finish, newer processor, water resistance, and NFC. Are those things worth the extra $120 you’ll pay for the Moto X4 over that phone? I tend to think so.

Software

Like all Motorola phones these days, the Moto X4 ships with a pure Android experience along with some on-top tweaks that add value (like Moto Display, Actions, and Voice). The Android One version isn’t all that different either. In fact, the only noticeable differences are the missing Moto Voice and Key options from within the Moto app on the Android One model, no option for fingerprint navigation, different phone apps, and a different color to the app drawer. Otherwise, you’ve got Moto’s custom clock widget, the Moto Display and Actions, and clean Android 7.1.1 on both.

While there is nothing exceptional about the software experience of either phone that stands out as groundbreaking, it’s again, the clean Android approach that I appreciate. I know that notifications will act properly, where all settings are, and that no terrible UI decisions have been made for me. You can still launch the camera quickly with a wrist twist, wave your hand over the phone to check notifications, and even do a little chop-chop to turn on the flashlight in a pinch.

It is a bit disappointing that both models are stuck on Android 7.1.1 and the September security patch (it’s November already). Google said that the Android One model will get Oreo before the end of the year, so that’s good. Unfortunately, it’s already months behind in security patches and runs horribly (see performance commentary below).

Battery life

I don’t know that I would call battery life on the Moto X4 exceptional, but it’s very good. On the regular X4, my stats show slightly better than the Android One version and typically topped 4 hours of screen on time while still leaving plenty of battery to sit on my night stand until the following morning with juice to spare. On the Android One model, I was seeing similar screen on time, but I often started considering the idea that I may need a charger before going to bed.

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Regular Moto X4 battery life

Either phone will get you through a full day, though, plus you have Motorola’s Turbo Charging on board for quick top offs. Motorola continues to show that it knows how to get the most out of a battery.

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Android One Moto X4 battery life

Price and availability

At $399 for the regular Moto X4 or Android One Moto X4 (or as low as $329 for the Amazon Prime Exclusive model), I’d call the price just about right. As I mentioned above, the phone tops the Moto G5S Plus in a handful of key areas that raised the price to where it’s at. Overall, I just find the fit and finish of this phone to be far superior to the G5 line like one would expect.

If you compare it to a phone like the OnePlus 5 that started at $479, the conversation becomes tougher. The OnePlus 5 clearly outranks the Moto X4 in processor, RAM, display tech (AMOLED), cameras, and performance (we’ll get to that on the X4). The OnePlus does cost more, though, and it doesn’t have near the network capabilities or water resistance, so again, I think the X4 is priced just right.

As for availability, you can buy this phone as an Android One phone from Google, from Motorola as a regular Moto phone, or Amazon with a discounted rate as long as you are OK with some Amazon ads. It works on all major US carriers and shouldn’t be hard to get a hold of even if it isn’t sold at any of those carriers.

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What’s not-so-good?

Performance

I’m just going to say it – the performance on the Moto X4 sucks, and that includes the Android One version. I haven’t used a phone this jittery from Motorola in years. Moto had become one of those companies that was so good at fine-tuning Android that the hiccups and stutters almost everywhere on this phone were shocking.

You can see the jitters the minute you swipe open the app drawer and scroll through a list of apps. The icons almost skip as if the drawer were paginated. It’ll give you a headache if you look at it for too long. Opening apps, like the camera, is a painful process too. I can’t tell you how many pictures I more than likely missed at my son’s birthday this past weekend as I switched between both Moto X4 devices trying to get the camera to load up. I also can’t tell you how many times I tapped on an icon for an app and it sat there thinking for a handful of seconds before finally opening it.

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I should point out that Motorola may be aware of how badly this phone performs because the regular Moto X4 had all animations turned off out of the box. I’m not sure if you’ve used a phone with animations set to 0 in a while, but it’s not fun. It’s an attempt to speed things up, yet all it does it disorient you as if something is missing. Thankfully, I know where developer settings are and unlocked those to turn animations back on immediately.

Again, the issues here show on both phones, including the Android One model, which seems so odd since it runs an even leaner version of Android. I don’t know who is to blame for that. Just know that whichever phone you were considering, it probably won’t run well. I’d imagine all of this, well, jank, can be fixed, but how long is it going to take for that to happen?

Camera

I know you are seeing the camera listed here and assume it’s awful, but it’s not really. At $400, you shouldn’t expect it to be great either, though. So you know, the camera apps on the Android One and regular Moto X4 are the same and provide the exact same set of features.

You’ve got a 12MP (f/2.0) standard shooter coupled with an 8MP (f/2.2, 120-degree) wide-angle shooter. They are housed in a hump that you either love or hate (me) and are as capable as most phones that fall out of flagship levels. That’s a nice way of saying that the Moto X4 can take decent photos in good lighting and outdoors, but the struggles are immediate indoors.

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As I mentioned above, I took a bunch of pictures from my son’s 4th birthday over the weekend and made sure I took about 4x too many. I did that because I expected most to be unusable, with blur, since the camera’s shutter isn’t exactly the quickest, and wanted to make sure at least some were keepers. With non-moving objects, you’ll get OK results, though.

I like the camera setup here because it’s the same as LG’s, where you get a standard shooter along with a wide-angle camera. As I’ve said numerous times, I like this flexibility vs. the dual camera setups that include a secondary zoom lens that most people just use for fake bokeh effects (which this camera also does). With that said, switching between the two shooters isn’t easy like it is on LG phones. Instead of zooming in and out to make that switch happen, Motorola forces you to tap a button off to the left side of the camera app that isn’t obvious at first.

As for results, you can see a handful below. The camera is OK at capturing color, has average dynamic range, is OK in indoor macro settings but not so much when indoors and not in a close-up setting, and does a poor job at faking its way through the bokeh portrait effect. Again, you’ll want to snap photo after photo because it’s not the most trust-worthy shooter on the market.

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Anyways, you get it – the Moto X4 camera is fine at times and not so much in others. It’s not lacking features, but isn’t really great at any one thing either.

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Should you buy the Moto X4?

I’m not sure I would tell you to run out and do that. At $400, you should probably do what you can to spring for a slightly more expensive phone, like the OnePlus 5(T) or Essential Phone. Sure, those don’t have the water resistance nor do they work on Project Fi, but the overall set of specs tops the Moto X4, as does the performance from each.

And that’s mostly my beef here. The Moto X4, at least on paper, has so much going for it, yet the performance side of things is such a disaster that the phone just isn’t fun to use. I’m talking for both the regular and Android One models too. Poor performance is also one of those areas that can only improve with software updates. The problem there is Motorola’s poor history of updating phones regularly, so you shouldn’t exactly go in expecting improvements.

Honestly, I’m not really sure who this phone is for. The price point is such a weird in-betweener from the $250-$300 budget range and $500-700 high-end range, that I don’t know why someone would settle here. You could drop down to the much-better-performing Moto G5 line and save a couple of hundred bucks or splurge a bit for true flagship like OnePlus’ latest.

It’s gonna be a no for me, dog.

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Ready for Verizon Gigabit LTE? Moto Z2 Force Now Is https://www.droid-life.com/2017/10/23/verizon-gigabit-lte-moto-z2-force/ https://www.droid-life.com/2017/10/23/verizon-gigabit-lte-moto-z2-force/#comments Mon, 23 Oct 2017 15:08:17 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=207489

When Verizon launches Gigabit LTE service later this year, the Moto Z2 Force will be one of the first phones able to take advantage of it. Thanks to an update that arrived on Friday, Motorola’s newest flagship will be able to hit “peak speeds far exceeding most phones in the market today.” The update arrived … Continued

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When Verizon launches Gigabit LTE service later this year, the Moto Z2 Force will be one of the first phones able to take advantage of it. Thanks to an update that arrived on Friday, Motorola’s newest flagship will be able to hit “peak speeds far exceeding most phones in the market today.”

The update arrived as software version NDX26.183-15 and also includes the Blueborne security patch, as well as that semi-shady AppFlash app Verizon continues to push that’s nothing but a garbage advertisement and should be turned off by you. That’s all side noise, though, as the Gigabit LTE piece of this update is huge news.

Verizon will use four carrier aggregation to push out this new Gigabit Class LTE by leveraging unlicensed spectrum, along with licensed spectrum. That technology is called Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) and is going to be the new hotword in wireless technology as we see carriers crank out ridiculous download speeds to your phone. It should allow for Verizon to reach 1Gb download speeds and up to 150Mbps upload. AT&T will use LAA as well.

Of course, in order to do this, phones will need technology that can take advantage of these speeds and the Moto Z2 Force is one. The combination of a Snapdragon 835 processor and a Snapdragon X16 LTE modem inside should do the trick. Phones like the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and HTC U11 also come equipped with those two Qualcomm products and will likely see updates on Verizon as well. You can read more on the Snapdragon X16 at this post.

Now, Verizon hasn’t said specifically when Gigabit Class LTE will launch, but they did tell RCRWireless back in August that they are already upgrading cell sites with new hardware that can push these speeds. These hardware upgrades are happening across the US. Still, you’ll see that Verizon has noted on the Moto Z2 Force update page that Gigabit LTE won’t be available in all areas at launch.

In the end, even if we don’t have a launch date from Verizon, I’d assume that we’re fast approaching the day. After all, the Moto Z2 Force now has the software to access those speeds and Verizon is saying that Gigabit LTE will launch this year. I don’t think I need to point out that we’re closing in on the end of October, leaving Big Red only two more months to launch in 2017.

// Verizon

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Motorola’s Moto Mod Speaker With Amazon Alexa Official at $149, Arrives in November https://www.droid-life.com/2017/10/18/amazon-alexa-moto-mod-motoz/ https://www.droid-life.com/2017/10/18/amazon-alexa-moto-mod-motoz/#comments Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:27:57 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=207290

The newest Moto Mod to join the ever-expanding family is the Moto Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa. With this speaker connected to your Moto Z device, you’ll be able to access Alexa by voice command at any time. Like all other Moto Mods, this Amazon Alexa-equipped smart speaker works with the Moto Z and Moto … Continued

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The newest Moto Mod to join the ever-expanding family is the Moto Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa. With this speaker connected to your Moto Z device, you’ll be able to access Alexa by voice command at any time.

Like all other Moto Mods, this Amazon Alexa-equipped smart speaker works with the Moto Z and Moto Z2 family. All you do is slap it on the back and it’ll just work, giving you access to Alexa to play music, get news, grab answers to questions, control your smart home, order an Uber, add items to a grocery list, etc. It’s like an Amazon Echo, only in Moto Mod form on the back of your phone.

The speaker has four microphones inside, so it should be able to hear you from across the room as well. It’ll even act as a nightstand clock, thanks to its design that allows it to angle nicely when on its back. Motorola says to expect up to 15 hours of built-in use through the speaker’s own battery.

This new Moto Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa arrives in November for $149.99 at places like Amazon, Best Buy, Verizon, and Motorola’s online shop.

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// Motorola

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Verizon Updates Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, Moto Z2 Force With Blueborne Patch (Updated: More!) https://www.droid-life.com/2017/10/03/verizon-updates-galaxy-s8-galaxy-s8-moto-z2-force-blueborne-patch/ https://www.droid-life.com/2017/10/03/verizon-updates-galaxy-s8-galaxy-s8-moto-z2-force-blueborne-patch/#comments Tue, 03 Oct 2017 16:08:04 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=206519

Verizon is pushing out three updates this week to add Blueborne security patches to the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Moto Z2 Force. The update to the Moto Z2 also includes the September Android security patch. UPDATE: Verizon now says that additional devices are also receiving the Blueborne patch including the Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy … Continued

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Verizon is pushing out three updates this week to add Blueborne security patches to the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Moto Z2 Force. The update to the Moto Z2 also includes the September Android security patch.

UPDATE: Verizon now says that additional devices are also receiving the Blueborne patch including the Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, and Galaxy S6 Edge+.

The updates are rolling out as:

  • Moto Z2 Force – NDXS26.122-58-8-4
  • Galaxy S8 – G950USQS1AQI6
  • Galaxy S8+ – G955USQS1AQI6
  • Galaxy Note 5 – N920VVRS3CQI2
  • Galaxy S6 – G920VVRS4DQI1
  • Galaxy S6 Edge – G925VVRS4DQI1
  • Galaxy S6 Edge+ – G928VVRS3CQI2

What is Blueborne? Blueborne is an airborne attack by hackers through your device’s Bluetooth, hence the name. It was discovered weeks ago and affects most connected devices that support Bluetooth, which is why you are seeing many Android phones receive specific updates to fix this vulnerability. More info on Blueborne can be found here.

// Verizon [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]

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Moto G5S Plus Arrives in US for $230 on September 29 https://www.droid-life.com/2017/09/21/moto-g5s-plus-arrives-us-230-september-29/ https://www.droid-life.com/2017/09/21/moto-g5s-plus-arrives-us-230-september-29/#comments Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:25:45 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=206098

Motorola’s special edition Moto G5, also known as the Moto G5S Plus, arrives in the US on September 29 for $229.99. The Moto G5S line was first introduced at the beginning of August as upgraded or “special” versions of the Moto G5 line. The upgrades are subtle, but they are indeed upgrades. In the G5S … Continued

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Motorola’s special edition Moto G5, also known as the Moto G5S Plus, arrives in the US on September 29 for $229.99.

The Moto G5S line was first introduced at the beginning of August as upgraded or “special” versions of the Moto G5 line. The upgrades are subtle, but they are indeed upgrades. In the G5S Plus, you’ve got a bigger 5.5-inch FHD display now, along with dual 13MP rear cameras and an 8MP front shooter. The rest of the phone mostly stays the same, though, including the 3000mAh battery, Snapdragon 625 processor, 3GB/4GB RAM, 32GB/64GB storage, and fingerprint reader.

The Moto G5S Plus is an unlocked phone that works on all major US carriers.

In our regular Moto G5 Plus review, we gave the phone pretty high marks because of the combination of price, specs, and experience. With minor upgrades in the G5S Plus, I can’t imagine the experience won’t be similar if not improved. Also, at $230 (for a limited time – will be $280 soon), this seems like a ridiculous steal of a deal.

If interested, you can pre-order today at the links below:

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Android One Moto X4 Announced for Project Fi, Priced at $399 https://www.droid-life.com/2017/09/20/android-one-moto-x4-project-fi/ https://www.droid-life.com/2017/09/20/android-one-moto-x4-project-fi/#comments Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:47:22 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=206028

There has been rumblings of an Android One-branded Moto X4 in the works, and today, it’s been made official by Google for Project Fi customers. What differentiates the Android One Moto X4 from the standard Moto X4 is the pure Android experience it runs, plus its compatibility with the Fi network. For those who value … Continued

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There has been rumblings of an Android One-branded Moto X4 in the works, and today, it’s been made official by Google for Project Fi customers.

What differentiates the Android One Moto X4 from the standard Moto X4 is the pure Android experience it runs, plus its compatibility with the Fi network. For those who value software updates, this is a good thing, as Google states this phone will receive an update to Oreo before year’s end. If that’s good enough for you, Google even says this phone will be among the first to receive “Android P.” That’s pretty sweet.

Beyond the software, the X4 hardware is identical to what you’ll find available anywhere else. The phone has a 5.2-inch FHD LCD display, Snapdragon 630 processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage (with SD support), rear dual camera setup (12MP + 8MP), 16MP front shooter, 3000mAh battery, and IP68 dust and water resistance.

Priced at $399, this is a nice little device from Motorola. Keep in mind, Google also announced a new trade-in program, which can net you up to $165 for select Nexus devices, and if you start your trade-in by October 5, you’ll earn an extra $50 Project Fi credit.

The Android One Moto X4 is up for pre-order starting today through the Project Fi website.

Project Fi Link

// Google

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Motorola Gets Raked for Not Updating Moto G4 Plus to Oreo as Promised, Says It Now Will https://www.droid-life.com/2017/09/18/motorola-gets-raked-not-updating-moto-g4-plus-oreo-promised-says-now-will/ https://www.droid-life.com/2017/09/18/motorola-gets-raked-not-updating-moto-g4-plus-oreo-promised-says-now-will/#comments Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:26:20 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=205911

At the end of last week, Motorola released its list of phones scheduled to receive the update to Android Oreo. As you guys know, the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus, two phones that are just barely a year old, were left off of the list. People were pissed initially, but over the weekend became … Continued

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At the end of last week, Motorola released its list of phones scheduled to receive the update to Android Oreo. As you guys know, the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus, two phones that are just barely a year old, were left off of the list. People were pissed initially, but over the weekend became even more livid as they discovered promo materials for the phone that suggested the phone would see both Android N and Android O updates. Because of that, Motorola says they will now update the Moto G4 Plus to Oreo, though we aren’t sure when.

I’d try to catch you up on the marketing material event that went down over the weekend, but you’ll find it all at this reddit thread. The basics are this. Some Moto G4 owners looked back at the original marketing materials for the phone and noticed that it said to expect an update to both Android N and Android O. Those mentions have since been scrubbed from Moto G4 materials, which of course, is never a good look.

Motorola responded today with the following to their Oreo updates blog post:

Since the time of posting this, we have learned of some errors in our marketing materials around Android O upgrades for moto g4 Plus. It’s our general practice for the moto g family to get one major OS upgrade per device, so it wasn’t originally planned for Android O. But it’s important to us we keep our promises, so in addition to the N upgrade it has already received, we will be upgrading moto g4 Plus to Android O. Because this is an unplanned upgrade, it will take some time to fit into our schedule, we’ll update our software upgrade page when we have more info.

In other words, we now know that Motorola only updates its Moto G line for a single year. To expect anything beyond that is silly on your part going forward. Whether that’s cool of Motorola or not is a conversation for another day, but they have made it clear that this is how they treat their mid-range phones. If I were buying into a mid-range line in the near future, I’d certainly hesitate with the next Moto G if this is Motorola’s stance.

Also, that statement only says Moto G4 Plus and not Moto G4. Sorry, Moto G4 owners.

Finally, it’s anyone’s guess when your Moto G4 Plus will see the update. As Motorola noted, this is an “unplanned upgrade,” so it could end up at the back of the pack. Here’s to hoping it doesn’t end up on the bottom of the list only to never see it.

// Motorola

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Motorola Posts List of Phones to Get Android Oreo Update https://www.droid-life.com/2017/09/14/motorola-android-oreo-update-list-moto-z/ https://www.droid-life.com/2017/09/14/motorola-android-oreo-update-list-moto-z/#comments Thu, 14 Sep 2017 18:39:45 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=205749

Motorola posted changes to its software update support site today that show which phones they are expecting to update to Android Oreo. We’ve gone through the list from each carrier and compiled them for you below. The usual suspects are there, but if you were looking for Motorola to go much more than a year … Continued

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Motorola posted changes to its software update support site today that show which phones they are expecting to update to Android Oreo. We’ve gone through the list from each carrier and compiled them for you below.

The usual suspects are there, but if you were looking for Motorola to go much more than a year deep in the line-up, you might come away disappointed. The Moto Z2 and Moto Z lines are there, as is the Moto G5 family, just not much else.

Motorola Android Oreo Updates:

  • Moto Z2 Force (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon)
  • Moto Z2 Play (Verizon, unlocked)
  • Moto Z Force DROID (Verizon)
  • Moto Z (AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, unlocked)
  • Moto Z Play (Verizon, unlocked)
  • Moto G5S Plus (unlocked)
  • Moto G5S (unlocked)
  • Moto G5 Plus (unlocked)
  • Moto G5 (unlocked)
  • Moto X4

A couple of notes here:

  • No Moto G4 phones are currently  listed as scheduled to get Android Oreo. The Moto G4 family is just over 1 year old. Let’s hope that changes.
  • Most of the carrier phones that are scheduled to get Oreo are listed as “pending partner support.” In other words, there is a chance that the phones may never see the update. Let’s hope that doesn’t change.
  • We have no idea when these updates will happen since a lot of this depends on carrier partners.

Seeing any phones we missed? Let us know if your phone is currently on the good side of Oreo or if you were left out.

UPDATE: Motorola posted up the list on their official blog now too.

UPDATE 9/18: Motorola now says it will update the Moto G4 Plus, but that they had never planned to. They only now will because of a marketing material mix-up of some sort. That seems like a bit of weak excuse, but hey, the phone should now get it at some point.

Since the time of posting this, we have learned of some errors in our marketing materials around Android O upgrades for moto g4 Plus. It’s our general practice for the moto g family to get one major OS upgrade per device, so it wasn’t originally planned for Android O. But it’s important to us we keep our promises, so in addition to the N upgrade it has already received, we will be upgrading moto g4 Plus to Android O. Because this is an unplanned upgrade, it will take some time to fit into our schedule, we’ll update our software upgrade page when we have more info.

// Motorola Support | Motorola Blog

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Moto X4 as an Android One Device Sure is Interesting https://www.droid-life.com/2017/09/11/moto-x4-android-one-details/ https://www.droid-life.com/2017/09/11/moto-x4-android-one-details/#comments Mon, 11 Sep 2017 14:54:13 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=205517

Over the weekend, this little beauty popped up, courtesy of @evleaks. What’s that? You think that’s the already-announced Moto X4? Well yeah, it is, only with one special addition that makes this instantly more appealing than the version Motorola unveiled a couple of weeks back. See that branding down low? Yessir, that says “Android One.” … Continued

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Over the weekend, this little beauty popped up, courtesy of @evleaks. What’s that? You think that’s the already-announced Moto X4? Well yeah, it is, only with one special addition that makes this instantly more appealing than the version Motorola unveiled a couple of weeks back. See that branding down low? Yessir, that says “Android One.” A Moto X4 for Android One!

I find that quite interesting for a number of reasons. For one, Android One devices are kind of like Google’s own line of cheaper Android phones that they don’t have to worry about making. All they do is worry about regular updates to them. That’s a big deal because, well, Motorola is terrible at updates, so the Moto X4 as an Android One phone should mean monthly security patches and regular OS updates, likely in a faster manner than the non-Android One Moto X4 would see. In other words, if you were considering the Moto X4, but don’t trust Motorola all that much because of their software history, this would be the model to potentially go after.

Additionally, this could mean an Android One phone for the US. While there isn’t necessarily a ton of proof yet that that will happen, we’ve already heard a report about the Moto X4 arriving later this year in the US as a Project Fi phone. Motorola didn’t mention anything along those lines when it first showed the Moto X4, but a Google-backed Android One phone on Project Fi does make some sense. Google works some magic with software for Project Fi phones, so having extra control over something like the Moto X4 would allow that to happen, maybe even without much interference from Motorola. Again, we have no confirmation yet that the Moto X4, as Android One phone, would arrive in the US for Project Fi, but that combination makes more sense than the regular Moto X4 running Moto’s light skin, without the regular updates, and less control by Google.

Should the above happen, though, you have to wonder about price. The Moto X4 was announced at around $400. However, Android One phones are typically supposed to be in the ultra-affordable range, yet I wouldn’t consider $400 to fit that mold. Take the new Xiaomi Mi A1 for example. That phone is an Android One phone with specs (Snapdragon 625, dual cameras, 1080p display, decent sized battery, metal body, etc.) that are comparable to the Moto X4, yet it’s priced at just over $200. Does the Moto X4, as an Android One phone, drop in price somehow? I wish I knew the answer to that.

Would you be down for a Moto X4 running pure Android?

// @evleaks

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Moto X4 is Official Without Any Customizable Options, $400 Price Tag, and Fall Arrival https://www.droid-life.com/2017/08/31/moto-x4-specs-price-features-everything/ https://www.droid-life.com/2017/08/31/moto-x4-specs-price-features-everything/#comments Thu, 31 Aug 2017 19:06:24 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=205300

Motorola unwrapped the Moto X4 this morning, a phone that isn’t anything like the old Moto X line and is instead some sort of new, shiny mid-to-upper-mid-range offering that is piggybacking off the old X’s good memories. That’s OK, I guess, just don’t compare this to the Moto X around these parts. We take our … Continued

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Motorola unwrapped the Moto X4 this morning, a phone that isn’t anything like the old Moto X line and is instead some sort of new, shiny mid-to-upper-mid-range offering that is piggybacking off the old X’s good memories. That’s OK, I guess, just don’t compare this to the Moto X around these parts. We take our Xs seriously, guys.

As for this new Moto X4 and its lack of personalization or customization, you are looking at a phone that steps above the mid-range tier, but not quite into the top tier. It features a 5.2-inch FHD LCD display, Snapdragon 630 processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage (with SD support), rear dual camera setup (12MP + 8MP), 16MP front shooter, 3000mAh battery, IP68 dust and water resistance, and Android 7.1 Nougat. The body is made of 3D contoured glass and an anodized aluminum frame.

Moto X4 with Alexa

Motorola has baked in some new smart features to help the phone standout. We’re talking about things like Amazon Alexa built-in, so that you can access your shopping lists, learn song lyrics, or perform other Alexa tricks while on the go. Motorola also included something called Landmark Detection that lets you point the cameras at items to find out more about them, as well as Face Filters in your selfies. You can even place three fingers on the screen to have it take a screenshot or connect up to four Bluetooth devices to the Moto X4 at once.

The Moto X4 arrives in September in Europe for €399. It should hit the US later this fall.

You can register for updates on the Moto X4 at Motorola’s site.

moto x4 specs features price

Moto X4 Specs

 Moto X4
OSAndroid 7.1 Nougat
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 630
Adreno 508 GPU
MemoryStorage: 32GB, microSD support
RAM: 3GB
Size148.35 x 73.4 x 7.99mm
163g
Display5.2" FHD IPS LCD (1920x1080, 424ppi)
Gorilla Glass
Battery3000mAh
TurboPower charging
DurabilityIP68
Network4G LTE (Cat11 DL, Cat5 UL)
CDMA / EVDO Rev A
UMTS / HSPA+
GSM / EDGE
2G: GSM band 2/3/5/8 CDMA BC 0/1/10
3G: WCDMA band 1/2/4/5/8
4G: FDD LTE band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/20/25/26/28/66
TDD LTE band 38/41
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0
NFC
OtherFingerprint sensor, USB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone
CamerasRear: Dual (12MP f/2.0 + 8MP ultra-wide angle f/2.2)
Front: 16MP f/2.0
ColorsSuper Black, Sterling Blue

// Motorola

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