MOTO X

Verizon Moto X available online first: in-store in coming weeks

Verizon Moto X available online first: in-store in coming weeks

The Motorola smartphone known as Moto X is not going to be available from Verizon in-store for a while - "in the comping weeks" they're suggesting today. Meanwhile Verizon has let it be known that the device will be available online starting on the 29th of this month - you'll just have to sample its abilities in the rest of the DROID series in-store or through one of SlashGear's several hands-on experiences.

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Moto X Skip dongle hands-on with Moto Maker custom phone

Moto X Skip dongle hands-on with Moto Maker custom phone

The Moto X is only showing up in AT&T stores today, but since we got our order in early through our Moto Maker walkthrough last week, we've had an early opportunity to try out the new Skip security dongle system. Effectively a wearable NFC tag, the Skip clips to your jacket, jeans, or purse, and - when tapped against the Moto X - bypasses its PIN code lock so that users can access the "touchless control" Google Now functionality straight away. There are a few other little surprises in the box, though, too, so read on for more.

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Moto X arrives as Moto Maker opens its customization doors

Moto X arrives as Moto Maker opens its customization doors

Motorola's Moto X smartphone has gone up for sale, landing on store shelves at AT&T locations, while Motorola's own Moto Maker customization service has opened its doors. The 4.7-inch smartphone, which we reviewed earlier this month, is priced from $199.99 for the 16GB model, though if you head down to an AT&T store you shouldn't expect to walk away with anything other than a black or white version.

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Qualcomm 800 floodgates open as Moto X loses its edge

Qualcomm 800 floodgates open as Moto X loses its edge

One of the most engaging bits of technology unveiled this year with the Motorola-made Moto X was Touchless Control, allowing users to say, "OK Google Now" to begin a query with the device. This service is always listening for the voice of the person with which it's tied, and can be activated even when the device is locked. Motorola (and their parent company Google) employed this service on the Moto X as well as all three of the new DROID devices released to Verizon this month - and it's more than likely headed to a wide variety of smartphones (and tablet) once Qualcomm has their way with the market this summer.

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DROID Ultra Review

DROID Ultra Review

Motorola Mobility scored big when they teamed up with Google. If it wasn't evident enough in the Moto X, then certainly Motorola's newly optimized experience is ready to shine in the DROID Ultra, the first of three devices coming from Verizon in their newest exclusive brand lineup. If the DROID RAZR HD took the original DROID RAZR to a place where it was more than ready to be that single unique member of the Android universe that was both top-tier for display and processor quality as well as fully rugged enough to make up for the comparative lack of hype the line received, the DROID Ultra succeeds in replacing the RAZR line in more ways than one.

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Moto X shipping to Rogers stores today

Moto X shipping to Rogers stores today

Those of you in Canada who are anxious to get your hands on the MOTO X have reason to rejoice. A leaked internal document from Rogers stores indicates a small amount of inventory will be available today. While there is currently no indicator as to how many units will be available and at which stores, it’s a good idea to check out the Rogers Reservation System to reserve yours and/or give a call to your local Rogers store if you want to get your hands on one today.

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Motorola Skip: It’s no digital tattoo, but it should solve Moto X PIN-pain

Motorola Skip: It’s no digital tattoo, but it should solve Moto X PIN-pain

Motorola's Skip accessory for the Moto X is the first in the company's steps to "superpower-like" authentication options, a clip-on NFC dongle intended to preserve both security and simplicity from the context-aware smartphone. Skip - which will initially be bundled with all Moto X orders placed through the Moto Maker site - clings to a coat, jeans pocket, or bag, and instantly unlocks the Moto X whenever they're tapped together, streamlining the "Touchless Control" system where Google Now is always listening. It's the first sign of what Motorola's Advanced Technology and Projects Group chief Regina Dugan promised was in development back in May.

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