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Motorola shares some back story on development of the new Moto E (2015)

Posted by wicked February - 27 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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Earlier this week when we received the new Moto E (2015), we received a device that was very similar to its predecessor, yet different at the same time. We noted that externally the new Moto E (2015) looked almost identical to the first generation of the device with most of the changes being in software features and internal hardware. Motorola has taken some time on their blog to explain how they ended up incorporating the changes that they did in this latest smartphone. According to Motorola President Rick Osterloh,

“We designed the Moto E with the idea that people shouldn’t have to pay a lot to join the connected world and experience it at its best.”

Probably the biggest thing that Motorola says they learned from customer feedback was how much people enjoy taking pictures, especially selfies. This led to two additions to the Moto E (2015) – the front facing camera and the Quick Capture feature. Both of these features are popular on the high-end Moto X models and were noticeably absent from the Moto E. So Motorola decided to infuse the Moto E with some of their “premium innovation.” That same thinking led to the inclusion of dual accelerometers in the Moto E (2015) so that features like Moto Display and Motorola Assist could be added to the device. Like Quick Capture, these features are popular selling points for the Moto X and Motorola decided it made sense to push these down the chain to make their mid-tier line of smartphones more useful. While Motorola is not to the point where custom designed smartphones are an option for the Moto E (2015) like with the Moto X line, the availability of the colorful Motorola Bands is a way to emulate that kind of customization. The six available colors were designed to be easy to swap out so users could make the device more personal. Motorola points out that the bands have ridges to help provide a better grip as well, so there is a functional element that joins the form element. This focus on the physical presentation of the device extended to other details like the finish around the camera bezel and texture on the buttons. Although the device may be inexpensive, Motorola still wanted users to enjoy a premium experience. source: Motorola

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Motorola Camera gets updated with Material Design

Posted by wicked February - 27 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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Motorola is currently pushing out an update for its official Camera application via the Play Store. This upgrade doesn’t transport much with regards to new features, but it does bring an appearance transformation that complies with Google’s recently-announced Material Design guidelines, in addition to a multitude of bug fixes.

The full changelog can be seen below:

  • Material Design
  • New Icon
  • Bug fixes

To install the update, simply open up the Play Store on your device, toggle the hamburger menu by swiping in from the left-hand side of the screen, select ‘My Apps’ and click on ‘Motorola Camera’. Next, hit the update button, and the application will instantly start to download and install the upgrade from the Google Play servers. Alternatively, you can scan the QR code below to initiate the procedure.

Source: Google Play Store

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Nexus 6 with VoLTE rumored to be coming to Verizon

Posted by wicked February - 27 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

While we’re still waiting for the fulfillment of the promise that the Nexus 6 is “coming soon” to Verizon but a new rumor has already started that it’s not just the latest Google-powered Motorola-made phone that will be available to the carrier’s subscribers. Yes, the Nexus 6 will still be coming, but it will be with a brand new Android 5.1, which means it will be the first device to have the latest update to Lollipop, if the rumors are to be believed.

And having Android 5.1 means that the smartphone will be able to make and receive Voice over LTE (VoLTE) calls because of its “Enhanced 4G LTE Mode”. The Nexus 6 will reportedly be having the Verizon branding under the “n” in Nexus, which will not look all that great if you don’t like showing the world your carrier, but hey, that’s what we get for getting a phone for free (or discounted at least).

While Verizon has not officially made the announcement yet, we do know that a Nexus 6, whether with Android 5.0 or 5.1, will definitely arrive sometime soon, since they still have a promo video for the smartphone on their YouTube channel. Unless they’re just really hoping that Motorola and Google will come to them by unofficially promoting the Nexus 6, then Verizon will probably be bringing the smartphone to their network.

But aside from the fact that the availability of the Nexus 6, which always becomes out of stock, will expand with their addition to Verizon’s options, the other good news is that we will be having an Android Lollipop update soon enough. Well, at least for those who’ve already had their device running on Android 5.0. Some of us are still waiting to be Lollipop-ized.

VIA: SlashGear

Moto Maker will now allow you to custom your new Moto 360

Posted by wicked February - 27 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

Despite the recent mini-controversy over Apple’s Sir Johnny Ive’s opinion over Motorola‘s build-your-own platform with Moto Maker, the OEM seems to be standing by its design and marketing principles. They recently announced that not only can new users continue to build their own Moto X, but now you can also customize a Moto 360 smartwatch using the same groundbreaking tool they’ve started. If you’re still on the fence about getting a wearable from Motorola, maybe this new development will convince you.

For now, the Moto Maker will only be able to give you design options for the Moto 360. You can choose from the watch casing (silver, black, or champagne gold), the band (two sizes and either leather or metal), and watchfaces (11 choices of what you’ll see first when you turn on the watch). For some people (especially the fashion-conscious ones), what stops them from getting a smartwatch is the fact that they don’t like the designs that most OEMs offer, so this customizable wearable from Motorola is their chance to make their own, despite the limitations of course.

While the design options are a big bonus, this can also pave the way in the future for Motorola to offer even more options in terms of hardware and to even upgrade products quickly. According to Dickson Isaacs, Motorola’s Director of design for wearables, their research shows that people care about details, the construction of their gadgets, and even the materials used. The Moto Maker enables them to be involved in a way in the creation of their device, and so hopefully later on, even the insides will be included in the customizable options.

There is no official announcement yet as to when the Moto 360 can be found in the Moto Maker, but it will be available for US, UK, France, Germany, and Mexico. We may be able to hear more details during the Mobile World Congress that will start this weekend in Barcelona.

VIA: Wired

Verizon will finally sell the Nexus 6 on March 12th with Android 5.1 and VoLTE

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

Nexus_6_Cloud_White_And_Midnight_BlueVerizon hasn’t been in any kind of a rush to release the Nexus 6 on their network, but it looks like the wait is almost over. Most Verizon stores are getting promotional materials for the device that are slated to go up on March 11th with a March 12th launch date, which means we’re about two weeks out from seeing the phone officially active on Verizon’s network.

To make up for such a long wait, rumors are pointing at the Nexus 6 running Android 5.1 out of the box, plus it’ll be able to take advantage of Verizon’s VoLTE services. Of course, other models of the device are certainly going to be updated to 5.1, but Verizon’s variant may get the honor of saying it was the first.

If these rumors hold up, expect to be able to purchase a Nexus 6 next month. Are you still excited about the phone, or has waiting for months changed your mind?

source: Phandroid

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Here is Verizon’s Nexus 6 Demo Video for Today’s Launch That Didn’t Happen

Posted by Kellex February - 26 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

Verizon’s Nexus 6 was supposed to launch today. Don’t believe me? All you need to do is watch the video below, which Verizon published to YouTube this morning as the phone’s official demo clip. Within the first 10 seconds, the presenter says, “The new Nexus 6, now available on the Verizon 4G LTE network.” Yeah, I’d say today was supposed to be the day.

Of course, the phone never did become available today, as March 12 is now the target, according to sources of ours. When the day does come, it should be available for $249 on-contract.

Until then, feel free to watch Big Red talk about Google’s 3-month old whale. Well, until they pull the video.

Cheers Nate!

Here is Verizon’s Nexus 6 Demo Video for Today’s Launch That Didn’t Happen is a post from: Droid Life

Motorola to bring Moto 360 to Moto Maker

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

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Coming in March, Motorola will allow consumers to design the Moto 360 to their liking in the Moto Maker store. Moto Maker is currently used for purchasers of the Moto X to design the smartphone exactly to their tastes and desires, but soon the circular smartwatch will appear alongside it. 

There was a recent spat between Apple’s Jony Ives and Motorola’s president, Rick Osterloh, with regard to the Moto Maker. Ives felt that by giving consumers choice, it allowed Motorola to forego responsibility in design quality. Obviously, Osterloh disagreed, and with this news that the Moto 360 will join the Moto X in the Moto Maker, Motorola appears to be flipping the bird to the naysayers.

The options prospective buyers might find in the Moto Maker for the smartwatch will deal with the band, the watch casing, and the choice of what watch face the buyer wants to see when they first turn on the device. Additionally, Motorola says that there’ll be some new watch faces to choose from.

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The watch casing will come in silver, champagne gold, or black. The band’s varieties include two different sizes of leather or metal, which probably have different color options in each category.

In an interview with Wired, Motorola’s director of design for wearables, Dickon Isaacs, had the following to say about the new addition to Moto Maker:

“We clearly believe in the power of choice, as a brand. And this is really empowering. To be able to design your own watch—it’s not an analog watch, it’s a highly sophisticated device of the future. To be able to do that at this level, we just think it’s going to be incredibly liberating.”

So if you’ve been hesitant to buy a Moto 360, or if the styles currently available just didn’t appeal to you, you might want to revisit the smartwatch here in March.

Source: Wired

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Comparison: Moto X (2nd Gen) vs. Moto G (2nd Gen) vs. Moto E (2nd Gen)

Posted by Kellex February - 26 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

Motorola now has a full fleet of 2nd generation Moto devices to take it well into 2015. With yesterday’s introduction of the new Moto E (2nd gen) with LTE, the Lenovo-owned company can hit almost any price point or level of phone a consumer may be interested in. We have the Moto X at the high-end, Moto G in the middle, and now the new Moto E rounding things out at the “low” end. “Low” is a bit misleading, though, since it technically tops the new Moto G in a number of areas.

To compare the three, we put together a classic chart to show the differences. I can imagine that a number of you are debating between the three, so this should help in your research. Below, you will find price, specs, connectivity, and color options for each phone.

Any questions? 

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Comparison: Moto X (2nd Gen) vs. Moto G (2nd Gen) vs. Moto E (2nd Gen) is a post from: Droid Life

Customize Your Own Moto 360 Through Moto Maker Starting in March

Posted by Tim-o-tato February - 26 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

According to Wired, who spoke with Motorola directly, the Moto 360 is headed to Moto Maker, allowing for users to customize their very own smartwatch. While the customizations seem to be rather sparse, with Motorola to only offer current options that are already available, the idea of being able to mix and match looks without you having to do any of the work yourself is interesting. 

At launch, it is stated that Motorola will offer the usual Black, Silver, and Champagne Gold housing options, followed by the same leather bands. It is not mentioned if Motorola is offering the colored leather bands from DODO as part of the customizations at launch, but we sort of doubt it. Users will also be prompted to select 1 of 11 watch faces that will be first shown at boot up, and Motorola even has a few new ones we have not seen yet.

Motorola states they have been working towards this moment for some time, continuing with, “There’s a couple of things here we’ve been dying to finally get out, for people to buy and wear.”

While this move seems rather late, as it probably will not sway many to go with the Moto 360 over other competitors, especially with the Apple Watch incoming, we have a feeling this move is made for Motorola’s future smartwatch endeavors. Maybe the Moto 360 2 will feature a lot of customization options, all available through Moto Maker? Guess we will have to wait and find out.

This option for Moto 360 buyers will go live in March. Interested?

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Via: Wired

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Moto E (2nd Gen) with LTE: Hands on and first impressions

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

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The original Moto E was already a killer budget phone, but with all technology, there is always room for improvement. Motorola unveiled the all new Moto E for 2015 yesterday, which provides a bigger display, a quad-core processor, and LTE. At a cost of $149, it’s hard to imagine how Motorola is doing it. It even has Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, which you won’t find on too many phones.

Look for our full review very soon, but for now, hit the break for our quick hands on and first impressions.

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