MOTO X

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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AT&T Moto X lands August 23 with Skip in-box initially

AT&T Moto X lands August 23 with Skip in-box initially

AT&T will open up the Moto X Moto Maker customization tool from August 23, with all early users getting a free Motorola Skip wireless authentication dongle, the carrier has confirmed. Some of those who pre-registered on AT&T's Moto X page will actually get to log into Moto Maker and process their order a few days later, from August 19, the carrier says, intending to select a few random users and offer them beta access.

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AT&T Moto Maker for Moto X Walkthrough

AT&T Moto Maker for Moto X Walkthrough

Motorola's Moto Maker customization suite is a key part of the Moto X smartphone's appeal, and we've finally had a chance to experiment with the 252 color combinations on offer thanks to early access to AT&T's launch system. Set to open its doors officially for Moto X orders later this month, Moto Maker - which will initially be limited to AT&T's customers, with Verizon and other carriers only getting the all-black and all-white versions until Motorola further rolls out the system - allows buyers to piece together different front and rear panels, accent colors, and even pre-configure the software before their new smartphone ships, with the final result produced right in the USA. It's more customization flexibility than we've ever seen in Android before; read on for our full walkthrough.

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DROID Ultra vs Moto X: anything you can do, I can do better

DROID Ultra vs Moto X: anything you can do, I can do better

This week the DROID Ultra hits the review bench at SlashGear, bringing with it a full understanding of how closely it'll be resembling the Moto X in features that - surprise - Google and Motorola implemented on the whole family. What we've seen thus far is a device that's only ever-so-slightly pulled in to the Motorola universe for apps - with a dash of Verizon, while we're at it. Essentially everything Moto X offers in a smartphone, DROID Ultra brings with just as much fury.

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DROID Ultra unboxing and hands-on

DROID Ultra unboxing and hands-on

The full second wave of DROID devices is hitting Verizon this month, with the DROID Ultra - the device landing on SlashGear's review bench today - sitting at the heart of the family. This device is the middle-ground, so to speak, between the DROID Maxx - with a similar size display and larger battery, and the DROID Mini, a reboot of the DROID RAZR M. Here we're seeing a sort of remix of what Motorola's reboot of the RAZR series should by default be bringing - boosted specifications - and what's appearing with the Moto X (software and hardware-wise).

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Nexus 5: tipped for Motorola, but should it be Sony?

Nexus 5: tipped for Motorola, but should it be Sony?

This week there's been suggestion that the next Google Nexus device would be made in collaboration with Motorola - a team-up that's been expected since the two companies became one last year. In the completion of the Motorola Mobility acquisition by Google, the latter company was pressed on whether they'd give the former special treatment in the form of Nexus device preference - they quickly suggested that the ASUS-made Nexus 7 was proof of non-preferential treatment. Fast-forward to August of 2013 (the month in which this article is posted) and Motorola's first release as "a Google company" is the Moto X.

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LG G2 vs Galaxy S 4 vs Moto X: hero phone war

LG G2 vs Galaxy S 4 vs Moto X: hero phone war

Now that LG has released its 2013 hero smartphone in the LG G2, it's time to hit the specifications battleground. What we're doing here on SlashGear first is taking on not just the Samsung Galaxy S 4, but the Motorola Moto X as well, aiming to give you an idea of the range of devices that are now sitting up on top of the game from several of the smartphone universe's top brands. We'll be saving the HTC One for a separate, individual battle - coming up not long after this one.

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Is the Moto X too expensive?

Is the Moto X too expensive?

The first Moto X reviews are in, and the verdict seems good: Motorola's new flagship takes a little time to demonstrate its worth, with features like always-listening Google Now and "breathing" notifications, but testers seem taken with the Android smartphone. Yet, if there's one well-repeated criticism, it's of Motorola's pricing for the Moto X; even as it was being announced, in fact, vocal complaints that the phone would cost more than its hardware warranted could be heard. Is the Moto X too expensive? Or are Android smartphones finally reaching a tipping point where overall experience decides worth, rather than how many cores are inside?

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Moto X Review

Moto X Review

Motorola needed to reinvent itself, and the Moto X is the result of that forced evolution. Guided - albeit at a remove - by new owner Google, the Moto X attempts to do what, arguably, no other Android phone before it has: step off the "biggest, fastest, brightest" treadmill and focus instead on the sort of real-world functionality that Motorola claims will make a significant difference for users. In doing so, though, Motorola pits itself against handsets that on paper at least are much more powerful than the Moto X, despite being the same price. Crazy strategy, or does X mark the spot for the future of Android? Read on for the full SlashGear review.

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