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Motorola is dead! Long live Moto! And Vibe

Motorola is dead! Long live Moto! And Vibe

Before you start hyperventilating and breaking down, no, Lenovo isn't killing Motorola, the company. It is, however, practically putting an end to an iconic name that has spanned decades. The Chinese manufacturer will be retiring the "Motorola" brand in favor of the shorter "Moto" to slap on its high end smartphones. That said, the Motorola name itself will live on but only in corporate talk and documents. Nothing consumers will regularly see. At the end of the day, all of Lenovo's smartphones will soon be under one, single, unified brand: Lenovo.

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Lenovo Google Project Tango team-up date set

Lenovo Google Project Tango team-up date set

As of Q1 2016, Google will have officially teamed up with Lenovo to bring Project Tango to the public. The how and the when of the project will be revealed at the special event, but for now, we're pumped up about CES. There we'll undoubtedly see more of this collaboration, including word on whether or not this means Google will move forward with Project Tango with Windows or whether Lenovo will integrate Tango technology in to one of their Android devices. If so, where does this leave Motorola?

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Droid Turbo 2 drop test from 900-feet up

Droid Turbo 2 drop test from 900-feet up

Most smartphone users know that if you drop your smartphone while standing up onto a hard surface, odds are if it's not in a case, the screen will be broken. The new Motorola Droid Turbo 2 smartphone is supposed to have a very strong screen that Motorola bills as shatterproof. Some smartphone loving geeks took one of those Droid Turbo 2 smartphones and took it 900-feet into the air.

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Moto 360 Sport Review Part II: what no other device has

Moto 360 Sport Review Part II: what no other device has

While my first inclination was to title this post "what no other smartwatch has", that just wouldn't be accurate. What we've got here is a bona-fide piece of technology in the Moto 360 Sport that's never been released in any device before. Here, according to Motorola, the Moto 360 Sport equips a "first of its kind LCD display." It's a first of its kind, that is to say, in that it "combines a traditional backlit transmissive screen with a front lit reflective technology." The best of both worlds - always visible.

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Moto 360 Sport Review Part I: Day 1, Comfort

Moto 360 Sport Review Part I: Day 1, Comfort

The first thing that struck me about the Moto 360 Sport is how together it felt. While the first Moto 360 seemed the epitome of style at the time back when it was launched in late 2014, it was also rolling with a replaceable watch strap system that was ever-so-slightly more difficult to work with than its competition. Here in 2015 you have the choice of a replaceable strap with the Moto 360 (2015 edition) with a more traditional set of watch strap arms or using the Sport, a watch with one strap that's attached directly to the bulk of the watch.

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Moto 360 Sport hands-on and first impressions: just as nice

Moto 360 Sport hands-on and first impressions: just as nice

The Android Wear smartwatch Moto 360 Sport from Motorola has arrived on our review bench this week and we've taken it on a stroll. Before our full Moto 360 Sport review begins, we've got a few points we need to go over, starting with our initial impressions. As it turns out, this watch isn't the "lesser" version of the Moto 360 that we expected it to be. In fact, the design of this piece of equipment makes us feel as though Motorola's somehow kept the finer points of the non-"sport" model Moto 360 (2015) whilst adding a more robust bit of body in its rubbery silicone "sporty" watch band.

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Star Wars Droid Turbo 2: you can now own a BB-8 phone

Star Wars Droid Turbo 2: you can now own a BB-8 phone

With Star Wars The Force Awakens' release just days away, Verizon reveals a full collection of special edition Star Wars Droid Turbo 2 devices, fully customized. Remember that R2-D2 DROID phone from Verizon released all the way back in the year 2010? That device was pretty neat, if not just a bit plain for our now more modern tastes - but wait, what's this? Verizon has once again teamed with Lucasfilm for a licensing deal that goes above and beyond what they've got with the word "Droid" (yes, that word is effectively owned by Lucasfilm and therefor Disney.) Now the Motorola-made Verizon Droid Turbo 2 is coming back with Moto Maker customizations aplenty.

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Motorola’s Android 6.0 rollout finally includes some Moto E

Motorola’s Android 6.0 rollout finally includes some Moto E

Motorola just sent out a lot of good vibes today, some that are going to be visibly and immediately felt and one that was curiously hidden away like a treasure. Of course, with the Internet, nothing online is ever really hidden. So when Motorola didn't explicit mention that it just added the Moto E to its list of upgrade-worthy device, it was up to the netizens to discover that and shout it out for the rest of the world. Indeed, the budget friendly Moto E, or at least some models, will be getting Android 6.0 Marshmallow like some of its more expensive siblings.

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Moto 360 Sport release dates shared with details on hardware

Moto 360 Sport release dates shared with details on hardware

This morning Motorola revealed the Moto 360 Sport smartwatch in full - this after a brief introduction earlier this year with the standard Moto 360 (2015). This Android Wear device's release dates vary from country to country. If you're living in the UK or France, you'll see it popping up on December 18th. If you're inside the United States, you'll start to see this machine on the 7th of January, and in stores like Best Buy - and in the Motorola store in Chicago - on the 10th.

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Motorola Moto G Turbo launches in Mexico with Snapdragon 615

Motorola Moto G Turbo launches in Mexico with Snapdragon 615

Motorola has launched a new Android smartphone in Mexico called the Moto G Turbo Edition. The smartphone runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop as the OS and has a dual Micro SIM card slot. The display is a 5-inch 1280 x 720, 294 ppi resolution unit covered in Gorilla Glass 3 to protect from scratches. The processor is a 64-bit Snapdragon 615 octa-core unit.

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Motorola to open ‘experiential boutique’ shop in Chicago

Motorola to open ‘experiential boutique’ shop in Chicago

On Wednesday, Motorola announced plans to launch a retail store in Chicago, which will open in time for the holiday season. The store will be called, most appropriately, the Moto Shop, marking the maker’s first ever “experiential boutique” in downtown Chicago. The store will open on November 7, and will showcase Motorola’s own products: phones, tablets, and wearables, among other things.

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Moto X Force starts pre-orders in the UK

Moto X Force starts pre-orders in the UK

It may not be referring to a badass team of mutant superheroes but it might very well be. The Moto X Force is the latest tough as nails smartphone from Motorola, which has been christened in the US as the DROID Turbo 2 under Verizon's banner. The rest of the world, on the other hand, will get to enjoy the smartphone without the Verizon branding or bloatware. And it seems that the Moto X Force's journey has started in the UK, where the smartphone is now available for pre-order.

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