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Moto G shipping slips again

Moto G shipping slips again

The Motorola Moto G was originally slated for release inside January of 2014 for the United States, but upon hearing of the smartphone's availability here in December of 2013, potential users were eager to put their hands on a unit. What's happened is a bit of a delay - and more than one delay since the original released and pre-order information appeared to the public. While Amazon's stash of Moto G units seems to be in high supply, Motorola's own shipping facility doesn't seem to be up to par at the moment.

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Motorola Mobility indicates wood backing option for Moto X is nigh

Motorola Mobility indicates wood backing option for Moto X is nigh

Motorola has officially teased the addition of a wood backing option for its Moto X smartphone. The option has long been rumored to debut at some point before year's end, with the first estimates of Thanksgiving being a bit quick on the trigger. A revised, Q4 release date range for wood backs surfaced around then, and it looks like that one is going to pan out sometime in the next few days.

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Moto G camera updated to bring additional quality control

Moto G camera updated to bring additional quality control

One of the finer points in Motorola breaking their camera software free from the basic Android build is their ability to update it swiftly, as they've done this week with the Moto G. What we're seeing is an update to the app through the Google Play app store which brings on manual control of focus and exposure as well as locked exposure during Panorama capture. This update also tweaks the quality of the photos shot ever-so-slightly so that the user gets to a place a lot closer to the many devices that cost prices far more hefty.

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Moto X Holiday server load pre-empts sell-out

Moto X Holiday server load pre-empts sell-out

There's nothing like a little bit of downed server time to get you in the mood for the holidays. That's what Motorola is experiencing this week with the Moto X as they ring up round 2 - or is it 3 - of their Cyber Monday sale adventure, having originally extended this deal because of server downtime in the first place. It's likely we'll see quick changes to stock once the store is re-initiated, as was the situation this past Friday.

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Moto G Review

Moto G Review

The Moto G is a smartphone the whole tech community has wishing for and waiting on for ages. It's a low-cost smartphone with hardware and software to back up its ability to be a contender in many markets - but more than that, it's also got the backing it needs to succeed. With the power of brand recognition in Motorola and Android and the push for success on a global scale from the manufacturer's parent company Google.

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Moto G a profit pariah as Google sacrifices margins

Moto G a profit pariah as Google sacrifices margins

Google may make a profit on every Moto G it sells, but it's likely swallowing a considerably smaller margin on the budget Motorola than rivals would stomach, according to a new teardown analysis. The 16GB Moto G, which Motorola sells unlocked and SIM-free for $199, costs Google $123 in components alone, research firm TechInsights tells the WSJ, with a total likely operating profit margin perhaps a quarter of what other manufacturers would expect from a similarly-positioned Android phone.

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Motorola Ara modular phones tag dscout for early feedback

Motorola Ara modular phones tag dscout for early feedback

The folks responsible for the strange and mysterious hardware known as Project Ara have asked for early assistance from potential users of the device(s) here this week. What they've unveiled is a connection to dscout, an app which allows project leaders to connect with users around the world. What you've got here is Motorola asking the public to inspire them, plain and simple.

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Moto G first-impressions

Moto G first-impressions

This week we've gotten the opportunity to work with the Moto G, the international off-contract hero phone for Motorola. This device was designed to attract users who no longer want to deal with the payment plans involved in on-contract smartphones both inside the United States and abroad, bringing a build that's well and above previous standards for low-cost Android handhelds. While each version of the Moto G is essentially the same save the radio connectivity, we're working with the USA-based off-contract model - the same revealed as ready to roll this month.

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