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Moto X “Pure Edition” said to be in the works

Moto X “Pure Edition” said to be in the works

Save for Google’s Nexus-branded phones, the Motorola take on Android is as pure as you can get. Building on that momentum, Motorola is said to be releasing a very stock Moto X (2014), free of any branding or carrier involvement. Called the “Pure Edition”, this Moto might be as close to Nexus as you can get.

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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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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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This is the new Moto X for 2014: Hands-on

This is the new Moto X for 2014: Hands-on

As recipes for success go, the new 2014 Moto X has a good one: take the wildly popular concept of a keenly priced flagship smartphone that punches well above its weight, and then refine the heck out of the design, construction, and materials until it can comfortably stand alongside rivals with no shame whatsoever. If you thought the original Moto X was competitive, then its update for 2014 is nothing less than fighting talk from Motorola.

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Moto Hint hands-on: Your whispering personal assistant

Moto Hint hands-on: Your whispering personal assistant

Who says a smart wearable has to be a watch or an eyepiece? Motorola thinks there’s a future in wearables that whisper to you, with the Moto Hint Bluetooth headset its chosen approach. Not only far more discrete than the typical boom-style Bluetooth hands-free kit, the earbud also borrows from the Moto X’s always-on listening bag of tricks.

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Verizon DROID incoming: officially “fast approaching”

Verizon DROID incoming: officially “fast approaching”

This afternoon Verizon has made clear that they’ll be "reactivating" their DROID landing page. This means that the next Motorola smarphone is incoming soon - just a year after the last wave of Motorola DROID devices. Right on schedule - sort of.

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You don’t want a Moto G2

You don’t want a Moto G2

We do not need another Moto G. Rumors over the past couple of weeks have suggested that Motorola is creating a second-generation device, one that’ll have a larger display and a larger price tag. Does that defeat the purpose? Absolutely.

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Digital Tattoos drop the Moto X requirement soon

Digital Tattoos drop the Moto X requirement soon

After a week with a digital tattoo for the Motorola Moto X, and only for the Motorola Moto X, it became apparent that we needed more. Not more tattoos - we’re fine with this test with this tech, as it’s relatively limiting. Instead, we’re pumped up about our chat with the creators of the digital tattoo, VivaLnk - especially regarding the upgrade.

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VivaLnk Digital Tattoo Review: An Android’s best friend

VivaLnk Digital Tattoo Review: An Android’s best friend

When we first heard about digital tattoos, the thought of forever bonding one’s self with technology that could very well be outdated by the time the art was done seemed… less than appealing. As it turned out, Motorola’s first chatter on the next level in the wearables game wasn’t quite so permanent. This week we’re having a peek at the digital tattoo as created by VivaLnk for Motorola’s Moto X.

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Moto X+1 and Verizon DROID line detailed for August

Moto X+1 and Verizon DROID line detailed for August

Those of you looking to upgrade to a new Motorola device may be in luck with releases in the near future. Words and images this week suggest that Motorola is ramping up toward not only a new Moto X, but a series of DROID devices for Verizon as well. A Moto G release is stuck in there somewhere as well - all of these releases set for non-traditional street dates.

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Motorola’s digital tattoo made real

Motorola’s digital tattoo made real

This week the digital tattoo - temporary tattoo, that is to say - has been made a real product by the folks at Motorola, Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group, and VivaLnk Inc. This is not the firs time we’ve heard of such a product - Motorola first showed a prototype off at D11 last year. Now Regina Dugan’s Motorola digital tattoo demonstration is here - digital tattoos in packs of 10!

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