Motorola has rolled out a pair of new smartphone applications for users of some of its Android devices. The new apps are Assist and Connect. Both of the apps are available on the Google Play store right now. The apps are compatible with a limited number of Motorola devices so they won't work for everyone.
Keen eyes have spotted the addition of Chromecast to the ranks of Motorola accessories sold direct by Motorola itself today. What does this mean for Motorola's connection to Google - other than the fact that they are wholly owned by Google at this point in history? Maybe a whole lot, maybe nothing new at all.
A patent application has been made public this week which shows Motorola to be thinking about creating "tattoo stickers" that would be applied to a users throat. These aren't the same sort of temporary tattoos you'd have gotten in 12-packs of Barqs rootbeer in the 90's, but a sort of sticker that'd be just a bit more long-lasting. What Motorola proposes here is that the user would keep this sticker/tattoo on their throat and use it as a microphone for their smartphone - one that could do just a bit more than listen to what you're saying.
Google appears to be getting serious about putting the whole modern device lineup on their newest Android 4.4 KitKat operating system software update here just days after the system was revealed in full. While you'll be able to pick up the LG-made Google Nexus 5 right this minute, each of the four major US-based manufacturers of smartphones have sounded off on when they'll be pushing the Android 4.4 KitKat update to their newest and most popular machines.
Every now and again, the leaks and rumors move aside as something more solid appears, usually when a retailer pulls the trigger a bit too early. This time around, it was Motorola that tripped up, with the Moto G making a brief appearance on its website today next to the Moto X before being pulled. Though there wasn't any data with the listing, it did lend some tidbits of info.
This week Motorola has announced that they're teaming up with SOL Republic for a pair of bluetooth headphones by the name of SOL Tracks Air. What you've got here is a pair of headphones that's able to concurrently connect to two different devices at once. In other words - if you've been worried about receiving a phone call while you've had your Bluetooth headphones attached to your gaming PC in the past, you're not alone.
We've discussed the relatively new initiative Phonebloks a couple times this year, a project kicked off by creator Dave Hakkens that has taken to social media to garner mass support for its mission. As it turns out, Motorola has had a similar project in mind -- a modular mobile phone with removable parts -- which it announced today as Project Ara, a sort of update to its Sticky endeavors that have taken place over the last few months.
The Motorola Moto X is out on the market across the United States, and only weeks after launch we're being set up for a lower-cost option with the device known as Moto G. This device has appeared in the United States Trademark registration archive with word only of the possibility of it being a smartphone. Rumor has it that this is one of two Motorola smartphones being revealed in the span of the next several months, with a new flagship smartphone appearing for sale in early 2014. UPDATE: The Moto G is now officially out and detailed.
Google made $14.9bn in revenue in Q3 2013 despite Motorola Mobility sales continuing to shrink, with CEO Larry Page making one final earnings call to praise the Chromecast and namecheck smartwatches as one of the next big things in digital. Overall, revenues were up 12-percent versus the same quarter last year, with cash or cash-equivalents on hand amounting to $56.52bn. Speaking on the investor webcast, Page highlighted the speed at which the multi-screen world had developed, pointing to wearables like Glass and smartwatches as examples, and saying he no longer need feel guilty about spending time visiting the Android team.