MOTO X

Moto X Google Play Edition appearing later this year

Moto X Google Play Edition appearing later this year

Though we've yet to hear from LG, the third of four of the biggest Android device manufacturers in the United States, Motorola, is about to come to the Google Play store amid its first big outing this week. This device is described as the relaunch of Motorola after the Google acquisition, released in the summer of 2013 as the first top-to-bottom Google-influenced Motorola handset. Now where's the Google Play edition?

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Android’s next big update may be entirely contextual (in 2015)

Android’s next big update may be entirely contextual (in 2015)

This week there's been word from Google - in a round-about way - that a new contextual OS will be coming our way by 2015. Based on the wording delivered in the tip, this could easily be another push for Android - and based on how infrequent the updates to Android have been over the past year or two, it's not unrealistic that it would be delivered by the suggested 2015.

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Moto X and the dawning Context Ecosystem

Moto X and the dawning Context Ecosystem

The Moto X is too expensive. It's underpowered. It's ugly. Consumers don't want color options. They don't want to talk to their phone, just on it. If it's not metal, it's not premium. Man, the Moto X is a disappointment. Some of the instant - and vocal - criticisms of Motorola's new phone have bordered on the vitriolic, the backlash perhaps again proving that pre-reveal hype can be a double-edged sword. Nonetheless, there's a sense that in immediately dismissing the Moto X on how it measures up to today's phones, we're missing out on recognizing how it could be showing us the shape of the phones of tomorrow.

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Moto X hands-on

Moto X hands-on

Motorola is back, and the Moto X is its coming out party. The culmination of Google's new hand on the wheel, the "context aware" smartphone promises to step away from the core-chasing that plagues Android today, and instead deliver real usability improvements like entirely voice-activated Google Now, a camera with better low-light performance that doesn't sacrifice megapixels along the way, and the promise of all-day battery life. Google has had a year to work with Motorola for this relaunch: the Moto X is the fruit of that labor, and it's already tasting mighty fine. Read on for our first-impressions as to why the Moto X is a mobile game-changer.

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