MOTO X

Moto X gets fun new ‘chop twice’ feature for flashlight control

Moto X gets fun new ‘chop twice’ feature for flashlight control

Turning on the flashlight on your Android phone takes a few swipes, typically. It’s not hard, but fumbling in the dark can be annoying. Bright screens can blind you while you find your way to the flashlight. Handy, the feature for smartphones is also largely unnatural. We’re used to flicking a switch on a flashlight in-hand, not swiping through screens! Continuing on the gesture-driven path, Motorola has added ‘chop twice for flashlight’, which brings the flashlight feature up on the Moto X with a few swats.

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Motorola boss: more wearables coming, maybe even a new phone

Motorola boss: more wearables coming, maybe even a new phone

With Motorola, you pretty much know what you’re getting. There are a few really good smartphones that make a mark at their respective price points, and a wearable. There are even a few neat accessories. At Mobile World Congress this week, Motorola President Rick Osterloh said nothing was going to change, either. Motorola will continue to iterate on their stuff, but will stay their course. Interestingly, Osterloh also suggests Motorola is probably done with tablets, a sector best left to Lenovo, in his view.

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Motorola teases something new arriving next week

Motorola teases something new arriving next week

Though Jony Ive may disagree, Motorola has a lot going for them. After a brief stint at Google to recalibrate themselves, they’re now under the auspices of Lenovo. They’re doing really good work, too, with the new Moto X winning much praise while the Moto 360 makes a home on wrists. That tandem might not be enough, though, and the company has begun hinting that more is on the way. In an email to some press, Moto says they’re ready to seed something new.

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Motorola boss rebuffs Apple’s Ive Moto Maker slight

Motorola boss rebuffs Apple’s Ive Moto Maker slight

Whether you use Apple products or not, you have to admit; they’re really gorgeous, masterfully crafted devices. Jony Ive and his crew dedicate a lot of time and energy into creating some really great hardware, so his views on the subject of design should be treated with a level of respect. I mean, the guy was knighted — he’s probably worth hearing out. Still, the guy running Motorola was non-plussed about recent statements Ive made. Though he didn’t specifically call Motorola out, Ive’s comments were pretty transparent.

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Moto X hits China, has 1 million pre-orders in first week

Moto X hits China, has 1 million pre-orders in first week

When Lenovo purchased Motorola from Google, the collective mind share assumed Lenovo wanted inroads into the North American smartphone market to spread their own devices to carriers. That might be true, but the opposite end of the spectrum is having the more immediate impact. In China, where the mobile handset market is bursting at the seams, Apple and Xiaomi are quickly asserting themselves. No to be left out, Lenovo-owned Motorola announced their flagship Moto X would become available for pre-order on January 27. They’ve already got one million potential customers.

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Motorola returns to China with Nexus 6-alike Moto X Pro in tow

Motorola returns to China with Nexus 6-alike Moto X Pro in tow

Now that Chinese company Lenovo holds the reins over Motorola, it was only natural that the smartphone maker will be making its presence known in one of the fastest growing mobile market in the world. All that will start this year with the arrival of three Motorola smartphones in the Chinese market. But Motorola has one rather odd surprise to add to its other odd surprises last year. There's a new Moto X Pro in tow, but, for all intents and purposes aside from the branding, it's basically the Nexus 6.

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Moto X 64GB Pure Edition released with Moto Maker

Moto X 64GB Pure Edition released with Moto Maker

The largest amount of internal storage ever offered on the Moto X has been pushed to the 2014 edition with the Moto X 64GB Pure Edition. This device will be shipped with a "Pure" setup inside, meaning you'll get Google's Android apps, Motorola's Android apps, and no carrier apps. This version of the device is GSM-enabled, meaning you'll be using T-Mobile USA or AT&T in the United States. This unit comes with a T-Mobile SIM pre-inserted, and works with both AT&T and T-Mobile 4G LTE.

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Moto X (2014) hits Republic Wireless next month

Moto X (2014) hits Republic Wireless next month

The second-generation Moto X will be available through Republic Wireless early next month, the carrier has announced. This will give those interested in Motorola's latest handset a no-contract option, rounding out the other Moto devices already offered by Republic Wireless. The phone will be launching amidst the holiday shopping season on December 10th, bring with it a 16GB capacity and a price tag shaved down from the typical off-contract pricing. Buyers will be able to customize the device through the Moto Maker, as well.

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Verizon’s Moto X Android Lollipop release Benchmarked

Verizon’s Moto X Android Lollipop release Benchmarked

This morning the 4G LTE Verizon version of the Motorola Moto X from 2014 has an update rolling out across the United States. This update is for the system software, bringing this unit's OS up to Android 5.0 Lollipop. Users have seen this update appearing as early as noon here in the midwest - if you don't have it yet, you will very, very soon. Whatever you do, though, don't expect this download to be loaded quickly - some downloads are taking upwards of an hour.

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Moto X, Moto G will receive Android Lollipop starting today

Moto X, Moto G will receive Android Lollipop starting today

Android 5.0 Lollipop — you want it, but when will your device manufacturer give it to you? If you’ve got a new Motorola device, the answer is — well, today! Via their blog, Motorola is announcing they have begun rolling out the Lollipop update for several of their own devices, and have upgraded their device list to include one of our favorite new Motorola handsets. While limited to their Moto X and Moto G variants for now, you can expect others to roll out with Lollipop sooner than later now that the ball is rolling!

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