Just this past week we released our tour of Motorola’s Chicago headquarters. Now that we’re one day away from what’s widely assumed to be Apple’s reveal of the iWatch, it’s time to take another visit. While we were at Moto’s labs we had a look at not only the Moto 360, but its predecessors, square-faced and everything.
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?
This week Google has updated its device store with a couple of new devices. First - and perhaps most important - is the Google sales portal for Moto 360. Where earlier today Motorola’s own sales portal was the only place you’d have been able to purchase their round watch, now Google is bringing the heat as well. Google Glass has been for sale from Google before, but never through Google Play directly.
3D printing, laser-cut leather, and a whole suitcase full of fake arms. The path to market for the Moto 360 certainly wasn't typical, as our behind-the-scenes photo tour of Motorola's design and testing labs in its Chicago headquarters proved. Read on for plastic wrists, Gorilla Glass, and more.
You have to do something slick if you want to stand out as a portable battery pack these days, and Motorola thinks it has the answer with the Power Pack Micro. At just 1,500 mAh it certainly isn’t the largest battery for your bag we’ve seen, but the fabric-clad block makes up for it in other ways.
The Moto G is a hard act to follow. Motorola’s best-selling smartphone of all time, and the poster-child for delivering a capable user-experience without breaking the bank in the process, it proved to be one of the most popular Android handsets of 2013. Now, for 2014, there’s the new Moto G, promising to answer the key complaints about its predecessor while still keep its budget crown.
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.
Has there been a Motorola product so coveted, so eagerly desired, since the original RAZR as the Moto 360? Teased at Google I/O several months ago, but only now reaching the market, the round-faced Android Wear watch has been blamed for stalling sales of squared-off rivals as would-be buyers hold out for the eye catching form factor. The time has come, then: the Moto 360 is on sale today, and I caught up with Motorola to find out all the details.
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.
It’s less than a day now before we get full details on the second Moto G device, but it would appear that someone has spilled the beans a bit early. What you’ll be seeing here (for a very short time, presumably) is a video which shows off the Moto G (still called Moto G, not re-named for the second wave) in all its glory.
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.