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Moto G Lollipop upgrade coming soon

Moto G Lollipop upgrade coming soon

In "upcoming weeks" says Motorola on the first-generation Moto G's next big upgrade. This update will bring the smartphone up to Android 5.0 Lollipop, a software that many devices - some of which cost several times as much at the Moto G - haven't gotten yet. It's up to the manufacturer how these updates come - when and if - and most manufacturers have opted not to upgrade phones more than a year old, much less one that cost most users under $200 USD, and has a second generation on the market.

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comScore: Apple, Samsung, LG gain as HTC sputters

comScore: Apple, Samsung, LG gain as HTC sputters

Of the estimated 182 million smartphone users in the United States, just over half use Android, according to comScore. The analytics firm just released their year-end report, and it shows just over 53% of us are using Android, while 41.6% are using iOS. Microsoft still holds a 3.4% market share with Windows, and BlackBerry fell hard, dropping half a point to capture just 1.8% of the overall smartphone market. In the OEM market share race, things are getting interesting, but are still dominated by Samsung and Apple.

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OEMs rally behind Qualcomm and its Snapdragon 810

OEMs rally behind Qualcomm and its Snapdragon 810

Qualcomm may have admitted to the loss of a "large customer", which everyone knows by now to be Samsung, but the chip maker is far from ready to abdicated the mobile processor market throne. It has now called the banners of different manufacturers to come to its aid and convince the public, investors, and other manufacturers that there is nothing to fear from the Snapdragon 810 and that it is the chip to have for 2015. Noticeably but unsurprisingly, Samsung is absent from the roll call.

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Moto X hits China, has 1 million pre-orders in first week

Moto X hits China, has 1 million pre-orders in first week

When Lenovo purchased Motorola from Google, the collective mind share assumed Lenovo wanted inroads into the North American smartphone market to spread their own devices to carriers. That might be true, but the opposite end of the spectrum is having the more immediate impact. In China, where the mobile handset market is bursting at the seams, Apple and Xiaomi are quickly asserting themselves. No to be left out, Lenovo-owned Motorola announced their flagship Moto X would become available for pre-order on January 27. They’ve already got one million potential customers.

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Cablevision’s WiFi calling service: another reason you don’t need an iPhone

Cablevision’s WiFi calling service: another reason you don’t need an iPhone

This week the folks at Cablevision released a WiFi calling service called Freewheel without the iPhone and without the Samsung Galaxy S5. What does this say to the two biggest names in smartphone manufacturing inside the United States? What does it say to those consumers that seek out Samsung or Apple because they've seen their friends using said brands on phones? It says - clearly - that you don't need a top-end phone to go about your normal, everyday smartphone business. And you don't need a Galaxy phone or an iPhone to launch a nation's-first service like all-WiFi calling.

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Blame Apple for the Nexus 6’s missing fingerprint sensor

Blame Apple for the Nexus 6’s missing fingerprint sensor

Apple may get blamed by many for trampling on innovation, but it turns out the company - or at least its rapacious supply chain - was to blame for the Nexus 6's cute-but-dumb dimple. The branded divot beneath the current Android flagship's camera may act as a handy place to rest your finger, but it was meant to be a far more useful location for a fingerprint sensor, according to former Motorola chief exec Dennis Woodside. Now at Dropbox, Woodside confirmed in an interview recently what many had suspected since the Nexus 6 was first unveiled.

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Motorola returns to China with Nexus 6-alike Moto X Pro in tow

Motorola returns to China with Nexus 6-alike Moto X Pro in tow

Now that Chinese company Lenovo holds the reins over Motorola, it was only natural that the smartphone maker will be making its presence known in one of the fastest growing mobile market in the world. All that will start this year with the arrival of three Motorola smartphones in the Chinese market. But Motorola has one rather odd surprise to add to its other odd surprises last year. There's a new Moto X Pro in tow, but, for all intents and purposes aside from the branding, it's basically the Nexus 6.

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Moto X 64GB Pure Edition released with Moto Maker

Moto X 64GB Pure Edition released with Moto Maker

The largest amount of internal storage ever offered on the Moto X has been pushed to the 2014 edition with the Moto X 64GB Pure Edition. This device will be shipped with a "Pure" setup inside, meaning you'll get Google's Android apps, Motorola's Android apps, and no carrier apps. This version of the device is GSM-enabled, meaning you'll be using T-Mobile USA or AT&T in the United States. This unit comes with a T-Mobile SIM pre-inserted, and works with both AT&T and T-Mobile 4G LTE.

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Second Gen Moto G packing larger battery and LTE turns up in Brazil

Second Gen Moto G packing larger battery and LTE turns up in Brazil

A bit over a year ago, the first iteration of the Moto G hit the market and we reviewed it. We found that the device was a good performer for the money and if you want to know more about the original device check out our review of the Moto G. A new generation of the Moto G has turned up in Brazil packing some nice upgrades to the original.

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Nexus 6 returns via Motorola, ships early next year

Nexus 6 returns via Motorola, ships early next year

Since being launched in early November, the Nexus 6 has had trouble staying put. We can’t find it via Google Play (reliably), and carriers aren’t guaranteed to have it, either. AT&T famously pulled the Nexus 6 from their rotation due to a software glitch, and Verizon isn’t even trying to make a home for Nexus. Even when it is in stock somewhere, supplies and options are limited. Motorola, who manufactured the Nexus 6, has brought it back to their online portal, with all variants and colors being made available.

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Rumor: Incoming DROID has 6-inch screen, Snapdragon 810

Rumor: Incoming DROID has 6-inch screen, Snapdragon 810

Motorola, who have quietly dominated the Android landscape in the last half of 2014, are reportedly at it again. This time, they’re rumored to be taking the Nexus 6 form factor, and re-branding it as a DROID. The new Verizon-only device would keep the 6-inch screen, but come with impressive new internals. Rumors also indicate the device, in true DROID fashion, would carry a 4,000mAh battery. As for when this device will hit Verizon stores, mid-2015 is the rumor.

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Nexus 6 teardown: screwed and glued, but easy to fix

Nexus 6 teardown: screwed and glued, but easy to fix

Now that the Nexus 6 has been out for a bit, it’s time for a teardown. As they almost always do, iFixit is here to gently pry open and disembowel the latest from Google and Motorola. Like a surgical procedure for the technologically macabre, a teardown gives a good look at just what’s going on beneath the screen. The teardown also provides some important details on what components are under the hood, and how best to repair or replace them.

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