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Rebuilding Moto: Motorola’s Steve Horowitz speaks

Rebuilding Moto: Motorola’s Steve Horowitz speaks

With the new Moto X further refining its flagship Android phone, the new Moto G revamping the company’s most popular smartphone ever, and Moto 360 and Moto Hint making a double play for wearables, Motorola is certainly having an interesting month. With the whispers from the Her-like Hint still echoing in my ears, I sat down with Steve Horowitz, senior vice president for software engineering at Motorola, to talk about wearables, fitting into Lenovo’s ecosystem, and what he’ll miss when out from under Google’s umbrella.

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Are 5% of Android users really switching for the iPhone 6?

Are 5% of Android users really switching for the iPhone 6?

I’m not sure if you’re aware, but Apple is just about ready to unveil the next iPhone — and it’s a big deal (pun intended). At 4.7-inches, the iPhone 6 wants to appeal to customers who like bigger smartphones. Many of those folks are Android users, who already enjoy a myriad of devices with large screens. According to a new survey, a small but notable portion of Android users are set to buy the iPhone 6 when it comes out.

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Will Apple’s iWatch look like Moto’s old 360?

Will Apple’s iWatch look like Moto’s old 360?

Just this past week we released our tour of Motorola’s Chicago headquarters. Now that we’re one day away from what’s widely assumed to be Apple’s reveal of the iWatch, it’s time to take another visit. While we were at Moto’s labs we had a look at not only the Moto 360, but its predecessors, square-faced and everything.

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Is Moto G better than Moto X (2014)?

Is Moto G better than Moto X (2014)?

Last year we had a bit of a chat surrounding our reviews of Moto X and Moto G, and several readers suggested something outrageous. They suggested that the Moto G (2013) might be a better value than the Moto X (2013). This year, the differences between the two devices are more radical than they were last year. Could Motorola have made a mistake, creating too large a value gap between their two hero phones?

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Moto X’s secret weapon: Custom Voice Prompts

Moto X’s secret weapon: Custom Voice Prompts

When Moto X was first launched last year, it came with the first "any screen" voice command system. Re-named Moto Voice, that system is back with the 2014 version of Moto X. To further differentiate from the standard "OK Google" system installed with several Android devices in the wild today, Motorola has added Custom Voice Prompts.

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