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“Moto Maxx” trademark hints at upcoming phone, or does it?

Posted by wicked July - 30 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Motorola has filed a new trademark for a “Moto Maxx”, categorized under mobile phones, smartphones and accessories. It doesn’t take a mobile expert to realize this is probably a trademark for an upcoming smartphone, but confusion surrounds the mysterious device. Mostly because its name doesn’t follow Motorola’s traditional naming scheme.

If the Moto Maxx is to reach the light of day, we could see it taking multiple roads. The “Moto” moniker has been attached to global smartphones for some time now. This series includes devices like the Moto X, Moto G and Moto E, so the brand now has a fame for producing unlocked and/or easily accessible smartphones.

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On the other hand “Maxx” is closely associated with the Verizon-exclusive DROID brand. Devices like the Motorola DROID Maxx, DROID RAZR Maxx and others have been released and are known for their impressive performance in battery life. So, where does this leave the rumored Moto Maxx?

Is Verizon getting rid of the DROID branding (which does happen to belong to Lucasfilm)? Will it be part of the “Moto” family and simply come with a large battery, like other Maxx devices? For all we know this trademark could be nothing but a placeholder and will never make it to market. The Moto Maxx’s future is uncertain, but you can be sure we will promptly bring you any details that may emerge.


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Trademarked “Moto Maxx” hints at potential Motorola handset

Posted by wicked July - 30 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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There is always a good indication of what is to come when a company has something go somewhat public through an FCC filing. The only downfall of an FCC filing is that the name of the device can be tricky to identify. With trademarks at the USPTO, that kind of stuff is out and open for everyone to see. So today we have learned that Motorola has trademarked the name Moto Maxx. Interestingly, this associates two of Motorola’s brands with one device. The first part, Moto, belongs to the company’s own flagship devices for different regions around the world. The latter, Maxx, has typically stayed with Verizon and the DROID line of devices.

Is the DROID name finally being put to rest? We will just have to wait and see. If that is the case, then this would presumably be the successor to last year’s Motorola DROID Maxx.

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office
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“Moto Maxx” Trademarked by Motorola for New Phone

Posted by Kellex July - 30 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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? 

The filing doesn’t state much other than the name, but that name certainly tells us quite a bit. Over the past couple of years, we have seen the DROID RAZR MAXX HD and the DROID MAXX, both of which offered leading  class battery life. Not seeing the name “DROID” in this filing could mean that Motorola plans to add extended battery life to an upcoming variant of the Moto X. That’s a guess of course.

A Moto X with DROID MAXX battery life, does it get any better than that?

Via: USPTO
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Samsung is still the king of smartphones but continues to lose market share

Posted by wicked July - 30 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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It’s been quite a party for Samsung. Ever since the Galaxy S was introduced, they never looked back as they stream rolled over the competition. Getting to the top is no easy task, but sometimes it’s actually easier to get there than to stay there. Samsung is definitely feeling it as their market share has dropped significantly over the last year. Are consumers starting to get sick of Samsung’s dominance? Or is this just a bump in the road?

IDC is reporting worldwide smartphone market share for the 2nd quarter 2014 and Samsung dropped 7.1 (25.2% vs 32.3%) percent and sold 3 million less units as compared to the same time last year. Their biggest competitor also dropped market share, but they happened to sell more phones. Apple shaved 1.1 percent of their market share (11.9% vs 13.0%), but they sold an additional 3.9 million units.

Huawei has been the 3rd manufacturer for a while now and that continues. They also showed growth of 2.6% (6.9% vs 4.3%)  of their market share and sold 9.9 million more phones. Lenovo, who is in the 4th spot also showed modest growth. They gained 0.7% market share and sold an additional 4.4 million smartphones. Coming in at 5 was LG. Their market share was about the same, but they did sell a few more phones.

Missing from this list again was Motorola. The Moto G is their best selling smartphone of all time, but they are still not big enough to get out of the “others” category. And how about HTC? They are also stuck in the “others” category. This doesn’t bode well for either company since the 3, 4, and 5 spots seem like “miles” away from Samsung and Apple. You can see how difficult it is to gain any ground.

I wonder what the picture will show this time next year. Will Samsung still be the king? Or will they be dethroned?

source: IDC

 

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Moto X gets the Android 4.4.4 plus minor improvements

Posted by wicked July - 29 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Verizon’s Moto X devices are finally getting the Android 4.4.4 treatment as the version has finally been approved to roll out via OTA update. Motorola’s current flagship device did not have to wait long to get the latest Android version, and it’s not that big a jump from 4.4.3, containing mostly security updates and a few tweaks from Motorola.

The 4.4.4 update – which we’ve discussed earlier – is made up mostly of performance and security updates, this according to Google, who surprised the Android world by putting out 4.4.4 pretty much right after 4.4.3 (the last major update) came out. The update also contains a change in the dialer, which most people say look like the 4.4.4 dialer on the Droid MAXX, and not a Nexus-style dialer.

According to Verizon’s announcement, the update also improves photo results in fluorescent lighting, as well as the ability to pause and resume video recording on the Moto X. Most of the Android forums have warned, though, that you may lose root access if you advance with this OTA update.

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Finally, the word from early jumpers to 4.4.4 using the Moto X is that the update has noticeably improved their battery life. Some have professed to as much as 14 hours more of standby time, and that the Android OS no longer uses up as much as 35% of total battery power. Verizon has not commented on the improved battery life, but if users are seeing it happen, then it can only be a good thing, right?

VIA: Droid Life

Motorola Nexus phone possible after Lenovo assimilation

Posted by wicked July - 29 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

The Android world is waiting with bated breath on who will be making the next Nexus device later this year, whether it be a tablet, smartphone, or even a phablet. That honor might be bestowed finally on Motorola, Google’s former subsidiary, but the wheels might only start turning once Motorola is fully under Lenovo’s purview.

The next Google device maker is always a fun guessing game, trying to pit manufacturers against each other in something that almost resembles a game of Magic the Gathering. Google has chosen already chosen some of the top Android OEMs in the market, once for HTC, twice for ASUS, thrice for Samsung, and twice for LG. With this pattern, some believe that HTC might be next chosen one, but The Information believes Motorola is actually next. It might seem that Motorola should have been the perfect candidate for the Nexus 5, considering it was still owned by Google back then but it might have been for that exact reason that it wasn’t chosen. Although Google is practically choosing one out of many manufacturers, it has to be careful not to play favorites. At least not too much.

But that’s no longer the case and Motorola is no longer with Google, leaving it free to be chosen as a rightful heir to the Nexus name. If things do go that way, the next Nexus device, let’s call it Nexus 6 for now, will be interesting, as a device and as a story. As the name might imply, the Nexus 6 is believed to be the first Nexus phablet, which could make it a perfect partner for the Moto 360 smartwatch, since you wouldn’t want to pull out your giant phone all the time. It will also be one of the very few deep relationships Google will have with Lenovo beyond the Chromebook sector. Motorola has definitely showed its chops when it unveiled the Moto X, putting prime features in hardware that wasn’t exactly high-end even at that time. It will definitely be interesting to see what the new Lenovo-Motorola duo will be able to pull off this time.

As much as the prospect of a Motorola, or any manufacturer, Nexus phablet is an exciting topic for discussion, it might not equally be when it comes to business talk. LG, when denying rumors that it will be making the next Nexus, revealed how the Nexus line, though popular, isn’t exactly profitable. Google dictates the number of devices to be made, which is quite low by OEM standards. Lenovo, and Motorola, aren’t exactly the biggest sellers in the Android world, which may make them not overly eager to sign up for the Nexus program. But then, depending on how the Nexus 6 turns out, this might exactly be what Motorola and Lenovo need to put their names right at the top.

SOURCE: The Information
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Verizon pushing Android 4.4.4 update to all Moto X users

Posted by wicked July - 29 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Each and every Verizon customer that owns the Moto X should be expecting a software update. Motorola transferred the update over to Verizon and, after being approved, it is being pushed out starting today. The 2013 flagship is getting some fixes and improvements aside from the Android 4.4.4 boost. The camera quality has been improved to handle lighting and range better. And users can now pause video recording. The only other change is the redesigned Dialer app. The Moto X is now running the latest version of Android, proving carriers are getting better at making sure updates are issued as quickly as possible.

Source: Verizon

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Motorola Nexus likely as Android Silver plans come into question

Posted by wicked July - 29 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Over the weekend, news broke that a Nexus device codenamed Shamu would be coming from Motorola. In addition to the rumor of a massive 5.9-inch display, this opened the eyes of many as the Nexus program has been in limbo and Android Silver is approaching as soon as next year. A new report from The Information confirms that Motorola is indeed working on a Nexus device and that Android Silver is really the one in limbo here.

Three separate sources confirmed that a Motorola Nexus with a massive display will be available. Google and Motorola reportedly had great interest in doing so for quite some time; however, the pending sale with Lenovo halted any sort of deal. With that seemingly being closed soon, a Nexus from Motorola has gotten the green light to move forward. A Nexus device would likely be the last Google-Motorola move before Lenovo takes over.

The departure of a Google executive is what has Android Silver’s launch under question. Nikesh Arora, the company’s former chief business officer, and his team were the backers of Android Silver taking over for the Nexus program. With Arora gone and the Nexus program sticking around a bit longer, Android Silver may be on hold indefinitely. The program was originally slated for a February 2015 launch.

What do you think? Are you happy another Nexus device is on the way?

Source: The Information

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

Posted by Kellex July - 28 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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.

According to this latest report, Google and Motorola teamed up shortly after Google announced that it would be selling the handset maker to Lenovo to create a new Nexus. And even though Motorola employees are still bitter over Larry Page’s decision to sell the company before they got a fair chance to turn things around, a Nexus is in the works.

This new report doesn’t offer much in the way of new specs, but does also mention the codename “shamu” and that it will be a big ol’ whale of a phone-tablet-thingy.  They also remind us that Nexus devices tend to be “reference designs” to show other Android makers what can be built with Android. The Motorola and Google pairing was said to have formed because Google wants to use features like Active Display and always-on-voice-actions that were featured in last year’s Moto X.

So yeah, we just went from “Who knows who is making the next Nexus?” to “Motorola is it!” in a day.

Via:  The Information [subscription]

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

Posted by Kellex July - 28 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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.  

If you aren’t seeing the update, you can manually update using the file included in the comments.

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Via:  Verizon
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