MOTO X

Moto X Developer editions detailed

Moto X Developer editions detailed

A bit more insight has been lent this week by Motorola on the Developer Editions of their new hero smartphone Moto X. This device will be released on several carriers here in the United States, but will also see developer-friendly iterations with several different sets of innards as well. It's been made clear that one version will be a general North America Developer Edition while a Verizon Wireless Developer Edition will be available this summer.

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Moto X wrap-up: everything we learned in Motorola’s first 24 hours of rebirth

Moto X wrap-up: everything we learned in Motorola’s first 24 hours of rebirth

It's been one day since the Moto X was introduced as the rebirth of Motorola: a Google Company. Now it's time to take a moment and reflect. What did we just see? At it's most basic, Moto X is an Android smartphone that epitomizes the new wave, the Context Ecosystem, as it's been dubbed, and with it comes a new way to experience smart devices.

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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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T-Mobile Moto X only available on Motorola’s website

T-Mobile Moto X only available on Motorola’s website

While T-Mobile announced that they would support the Moto X, they won't be giving it the attention that other big carriers are providing. Namely, T-Mobile won't be selling the new device in their stores or on their website. Instead, buyers will have to go to Motorola's website to buy it if they want it on T-Mobile's network.

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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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No Moto X for Europe as expensive AT&T off-contract pricing revealed

No Moto X for Europe as expensive AT&T off-contract pricing revealed

European would-be Moto X users charmed by the smartphone's custom colors and Google Now focus will miss out on the Android handset, Motorola has confirmed, with "no immediate plans" for a launch. The handset won't be showing up in Europe any time soon, Motorola told us, while unlocked, SIM-free pricing details are still in short supply.

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Sol Republic DECK wireless speaker debuts Moto X’s “M4DE for Motorola”

Sol Republic DECK wireless speaker debuts Moto X’s “M4DE for Motorola”

Sol Republic has detailed its new DECK Wireless Speaker, the first M4DE for Motorola accessory and introducing a new "Heist Mode" for communal play. The DECK, a slot-topped slab of Bluetooth speaker using NFC for easy pairing, supports up to 300 feet of wireless range with the new Moto X and can be connected to by up to five devices simultaneously.

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The Moto X’s camera actually supports Ultra HD (you just can’t use it)

The Moto X’s camera actually supports Ultra HD (you just can’t use it)

Motorola is counting on three things to make the Moto X a success: Google Now, multiple colors, and its Clear Pixel camera, and now some extra details about the latter have emerged thanks to manufacturer OmniVision. The new OV10820 [pdf link] sensor may not have a snappy name, but it's a mighty capable chip, in fact able to capture 4k2k Ultra HD video.

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Moto X Rogers Wireless Canada launch detailed

Moto X Rogers Wireless Canada launch detailed

Motorola's new Moto X will be Rogers Wireless exclusive in Canada, the carrier has confirmed, with the Android smartphone headed up North in August. Priced from CA$189.99 with a new, two-year agreement, the Rogers Moto X will be offered in either black or white, with none of the color customization options available in the US.

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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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Moto X Moto Maker customization debuts “Made in USA” smartphone

Moto X Moto Maker customization debuts “Made in USA” smartphone

Once upon a time, you could have your cellphone in any color you liked, as long as it was black. Motorola wants to change all that with the Moto X, offering the new smartphone not only in black and white versions, but in multiple color finishes and even wood. At the heart of it is Moto Maker, a new online customization service that pairs US assembly with a big range of different shell options.

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