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Root method for the Droid Turbo released for $20

Posted by wicked March - 26 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

verizon_motorola_droid_turbo_blue_ballistic_nylonA root method has finally been released for Motorola’s Droid Turbo, with a small catch. The program costs $20 per phone you plan on rooting, which is pretty rare to see with root methods on Android devices.

The root tool was developed by maiko1 on XDA and allows you to flash any system image to your Droid Turbo, included pre-rooted system images. It won’t disable write protection, but if all you’re looking for is a simple root method to use some of your favorite root apps, this should do the trick.

Whenever you start dealing with rooting devices, you run the risk of doing some permanent damage that won’t be covered by the manufacturer warranty. If you’re still interested, hit the links below to get started.

source: mofo

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3rd generation Motorola Moto X in the works for late summer release

Posted by wicked March - 26 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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Amidst all of the excitement about the springtime releases of flagship smartphones, Motorola has revealed that the next generation of their top-tier Motorola Moto X device should be coming out in late summer, probably August or September. This timeline was revealed by Motorola President Rick Osterloh in a response on Twitter to a question about the time-frame for release of the next Moto X. Osterloh indicated Motorola tries to “stay on a roughly annual cycle” for product releases. 

The next Moto X is expected to come equipped with a Snapdragon 810 processor. True to previous efforts to distinguish their devices on more than just hardware, the next Moto X is expected to be “smarter than any other smartphone.” During the most recent round of #AskRickO questions on Twitter, Osterloh also revealed that Motorola does not have any current plans to do a smaller screen on their next device, although he seemed to get the message that there are users out there looking for a quality device in the sub 5-inch range.

source: @rosterloh
via: phoneArena

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Moto CEO for 2015: no tablets, no smaller flagships, Moto Maker expansion, and more

Posted by wicked March - 26 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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Motorola CEO Rick Osterloh took to Twitter to answer questions from Moto fans and revealed a few hints about the Lenovo-owned company’s plans for this year.

Starting with Lenovo, the executive said Motorola employees already feel at home in the Lenovo fold, and that the Chinese company gave them a “very warm welcome.” Motorola has been officially integrated into Lenovo on October 30, following a $2.9 billion purchase from Google; since then, representatives of both companies said that Motorola enjoys extended autonomy and that it would remain Lenovo’s main brand in the Western markets.

While Motorola has established a strong foothold in several big markets from around the world (Brazil, India, and China included), the company will continue to expand in 2015, with Central and Easter Europe singled out by Osterloh as targets. Moreover, Brazil is said to be a priority for the expansion of the Moto Maker program.

Asked if Motorola plans to release new tablets in the close future, Osterloh said there are no such plans and pointed towards tablet offerings from Lenovo, including the Yoga line. Motorola’s last tablet was released in 2011. That contradicts the statements of Lenovo boss Yang Yuanqing, who said in October that Motorola-branded tablets are in the pipeline.

There are no plans either for a Motorola flagship that is smaller than five inches. Motorola will probably keep the display of the Moto X (2015) to at least 5.2-inch, though an even larger screen is also a strong possibility.

Osterloh said Motorola will stick to its roughly annual release cycle for the next Moto X, meaning a release in early fall is likely.

“Contextual awareness, Moto Maker options and “premium value”” are Motorola’s main points of focus for its upcoming devices. Osterloh hinted that Moto Maker might be enhanced with more materials, joining the wood and leather “natural” options currently available.

Overall, the company hopes to “expand consumer choices (price points and options), expand our country reach and introduce cool new innovations.”

Osterloh also revealed that Lollipop for the Moto X (2013) is in early testing, that Motorola would love Android Wear to work with iOS (no plans though), and that an LTE variant of the Moto G (2014) is coming “pretty soon.”

More on Rick Osterloh’s Twitter feed.

Motorola lacks “any plans” for tablets, points to Lenovo for that

Posted by wicked March - 26 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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Lenovo sells multiple tablets. Motorola sells none. Don’t expect that to change for the foreseeable future. Rick Osterloh, Motorola’s President, hosted a brief Q&A session on Twitter earlier today in which he shot down the idea of the company releasing a tablet this year.

During the #AskRickO forum, Osterloh was asked if Motorola would be involved with tablets in 2015 to which he responded that “we don’t have any plans.” Instead, he redirected interested consumers to Lenovo’s tablet lineup. Motorola’s parent company currently sells sixteen Android and Windows tablets through its own online store. There, Osterloh believes a consumer can find a fitting tablet. Osterloh specifically recommended one of the YOGA tablets introduced in late 2014.

Source: Rick Osterloh (Twitter)
Via: Phone Arena

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Motorola ruled to have infringed on Intellectual Ventures patent

Posted by wicked March - 26 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

Moto_E_2015_Slanted_Motorola_Logo_Camera_Lens_01_TAA US Jury in Delaware has found Motorola guilty of infringing on one of Intellectual Venture’s patents, while clearing the company of a second potential infringement. The infringed patent in question deals with multimedia text messaging, while the non-infringing patent dealt with wireless bandwidth. Damages will be figured up later.

Intellectual Ventures probably isn’t a company that you’re familiar with as a consumer, as they deal mostly with licensing out patents to other companies. The company says they’re not like other patent trolls as they don’t file frivolous lawsuits, but they do have a pretty good track record with lawsuits that they do file. Either way, it’s still hard not to see these kinds of patent disputes hurting innovation and consumer devices.

source: Reuters

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DROID Turbo Root Method Now Available for $20

Posted by Kellex March - 25 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

The DROID Turbo root method that was first teased a couple of weeks ago is now available for purchase. Yes, I said “available for purchase.” The root game is difficult these days and it takes an awful lot of time to find exploits, so if you feel like rooting, you need to pay for the opportunity. “MOFOROOT” is the name of the Turbo’s root method and it runs $20 per device. 

You can find out all of the details (including purchase info) about MOFOROOT at this dedicated page. The official XDA thread for it can be found here. Instructions are provided at the MOFOROOT page, but if it makes little sense, a lengthy video of the root method in action has been included above.

It sounds like hell. Enjoy!

Cheers Nate!

DROID Turbo Root Method Now Available for $20 is a post from: Droid Life

Deals: New Unlocked Moto X Developer Edition or LG G2 for $199 and $189

Posted by Kellex March - 25 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

If a phone is almost two years old, but can be had for an insanely cheap price, is it worth considering? Maybe as a device to tinker with? Maybe as a phone for a teenager? Maybe you broke your current phone and need something to hold you over until the Galaxy S6 drops? Or maybe you just like hoarding smartphones. Whatever the reason, we have two to look at today – Moto X (2013) Developer Edition at $199, and the LG G2 at $189.

Both phones come unlocked and should work just fine on AT&T with 4G LTE. Each is brand new, comes in original packaging, and were two of the best smartphones of their time when initially released in 2013. Still today, they should perform just fine for an average user.

Each phone also comes with free shipping. Think about it.

eBay Links:  Moto X Developer Edition  ($199) | LG G2 ($189)

Deals: New Unlocked Moto X Developer Edition or LG G2 for $199 and $189 is a post from: Droid Life

Turn on your Moto X flashlight by chopping the air

Posted by wicked March - 25 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

Admit it, you’ve always wanted to do something “magical” when you swish your smartphone in the air, like unleash a light saber or maim your enemy with it or something. Well, you still won’t get an actual weapon, but if you own a 2014 edition of the Moto X, you can actually do something cool with it. A new feature allows you to open your smartphone’s flashlight with just a few martial arts-style gestures.

Okay, you don’t have to actually learn karate or wushu. But getting your flashlight to turn on will be as easy as double chopping your phone in the air. Not actually chopping your phone into two, but just making some chopping motions, like you’re cutting some kind of meat on a cooking show. Chopping down twice will turn on the flashlight, without having to open the launcher. And when you’re done using it, just do the same thing again and it will automatically turn off.

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This may seem like a minor thing, but it is important for those emergency moments when you suddenly need a light, and you don’t need to fumble in the dark just to open it. To activate it, just head on to your settings and under Actions, you’ll find the option there.

However, it is only available for the 2014 Moto X and only if you’re already updated to Android 5.1 Lollipop. Motorola will probably eventually also include it in future updates to other lines, like the Moto G and Moto E.

VIA: SlashGear

Motorola offers limited offer discount for Moto G (1st Gen)

Posted by wicked March - 25 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

While most people are excited that Motorola is coming out with the 2nd Gen of their Moto G, don’t forget that the 1st gen is awesome as well. The OEM is not letting you forget about the original, as they’re offering a $40 discount when you buy a no-contract version of the Moto G with 4G LTE from their online store. And if you’re looking for a new mid-tier device, you should take advantage of this offer.

The Moto G runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU. It has a 4.5-inch with 1280 x 720 HD, 329 ppi Corning® Gorilla® Glass display. It has 8GB of internal storage, but supports microSD cards of up to 32GB. The main camera has 5MP while the front-facing one has 1.3MP, and video capture is at 720p HD. Out of the box, it has Android 4.4 KitKat, but Motorola is rolling out an update for the Moto G 1st Gen in the next few weeks to Android 5.0 Lollipop.

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The 2nd generation Moto G or Moto G 2015 4G (they should really come up with simpler names right?) is almost the same as its predecessor except that it has a bigger display at 5″ and its rear camera is much improved at 8MP with the front camera getting a slight upgrade to 2MP. It also runs on KitKat out of the box, but there will be an upgrade to Lollipop eventually.

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You can get the Moto G 1st Gen with 4G LTE for only $159.99 from their online store only until March 25. The Moto G 2nd Gen will not have a discount of course, but you can buy it at just $179.99, off-contract from the site as well.

SOURCE: Motorola

Deal: Moto G (1st Gen.) with LTE on sale for $160 for a limited time

Posted by wicked March - 24 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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One of our favorite budget-friendly smartphones of all time is on sale right now directly through Motorola’s website. From now until 10:59 a.m. CT on Wednesday, March 25th (tomorrow), you can pick up a 1st Generation Moto G with LTE support for only $159.99. Considering you’ll get a plethora of solid specifications and a $40 discount, we’d say this is a pretty great deal.

If you need a refresher, the 1st Gen. Moto G with LTE has a 4.5-inch LCD display with a resolution of 1280 x 720. It also has a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor and an Adreno 305 GPU backed by 1GB of RAM. You’ll also get a 5MP rear-facing camera, 1.3MP front-facing camera, and 8GB of on-board storage that can be expanded up to 32GB. This LTE variant comes with support for HSPA+ and LTE on GSM carriers.

Even though Motorola has released a new variant, the 1st Generation Moto G is still a great device. It performs well when gaming, switching between applications, web browsing and pretty much everything else. If you’d like to see how the Moto G performs, you can check out our full review. Just note that we reviewed the 3G model, so keep that in mind while you’re watching the video.

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