Those of you with a hankering for trying out the camera experience included with the Motorola Moto X will now find it in app form on Google Play. Of course just because the app is available on Google Play doesn't mean its out there for everyone. On the contrary - this app only works with the Moto X, for now.
Every now and again, the leaks and rumors move aside as something more solid appears, usually when a retailer pulls the trigger a bit too early. This time around, it was Motorola that tripped up, with the Moto G making a brief appearance on its website today next to the Moto X before being pulled. Though there wasn't any data with the listing, it did lend some tidbits of info.
There's nothing like pushing a prediction for a price drop on a smartphone one day only to see that price drop take effect the next. That's what's happened today (with an article posted yesterday) on the Motorola Moto X, a smartphone that'd cost $199.99 on-contract just 24 hours ago, now going for a cool $99.99 (also on-contract). This device works with 16GB of internal storage while a 32GB edition is available on-contract for $149.99 USD.
The Motorola Moto X is out on the market across the United States, and only weeks after launch we're being set up for a lower-cost option with the device known as Moto G. This device has appeared in the United States Trademark registration archive with word only of the possibility of it being a smartphone. Rumor has it that this is one of two Motorola smartphones being revealed in the span of the next several months, with a new flagship smartphone appearing for sale in early 2014. UPDATE: The Moto G is now officially out and detailed.
Google made $14.9bn in revenue in Q3 2013 despite Motorola Mobility sales continuing to shrink, with CEO Larry Page making one final earnings call to praise the Chromecast and namecheck smartwatches as one of the next big things in digital. Overall, revenues were up 12-percent versus the same quarter last year, with cash or cash-equivalents on hand amounting to $56.52bn. Speaking on the investor webcast, Page highlighted the speed at which the multi-screen world had developed, pointing to wearables like Glass and smartwatches as examples, and saying he no longer need feel guilty about spending time visiting the Android team.
Motorola has added iPhone migration to its Moto X setup system, hoping that by making it easier to switch from iOS to Android, more Apple users will abandon the platform. The newly boosted transfer tool still doesn't pull across all of the data from an iPhone, but can grab contacts and calendar entries from iCloud down into a Google account.
Smart devices that better understand context and might even be divorced from the traditional carrier deals are the future of mobile, Google Ventures' Rich Miner has predicted, teasing that the search giant's finance arm is almost ready to announce an investment that might help deliver some of the carrier-cutting intended with the initial Nexus project. Asked during the Mobilize conference today whether Google was considering rebooting its goal to push unsubsidized smartphones and relegate the networks to dumb pipes, Miner argued that the average consumer "still prefers a subsidized device" right now, but that Google Ventures is hoping to change that. "We've made an investment in one company that we're not going to make public right now" Miner revealed, "that is going to affect that space."
There's a device out there in the wild called the Motorola Moto DVX, and it's being prepared by the folks at Motorola to do battle with the likes of the least expensive phones on the market. This device looks and feels rather similar to the Moto X, but it wont be delivered with the same near-high-end specifications. Instead it'll be cut down to the bare minimum, delivered with the ability to take on the Motorola quality and abilities delivered with the Moto X with modifications made to cut the price right out from under it.
Two flagship Android phones on AT&T are in line for some software attention, beginning with the carrier pushing out the camera and touchless controls update to the Moto X from today. The firmware, which was released to T-Mobile Moto X owners back in September, improves auto-white balance and color accuracy, as well as exposure particularly in low-light situations. Meanwhile, there's a much-anticipated update to the HTC One on AT&T's horizon, too.
It is inevitable - it is Moto X's destiny. Here we're seeing - again - the likes of the low-cost iteration of what Motorola presented earlier this year with the Moto X. This model has appeared more than once in leaked casing photos in a variety of colors and is now - for the second time - being called the Motorola DVX. This version is said to bring on many of the features of the Moto X in a model that'll cost downwards of $200 USD off-contract.