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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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Moto X Cyber Monday allotment drains immediately

Moto X Cyber Monday allotment drains immediately

It would appear that one of two things are happening with Motorola's current push for the Moto X after their Cyber Monday debacle. One possibility is that their re-up of supplies in their most recent apology for terrible server up-time this Monday have simply been drained in a matter of monutes. The second possibility is that they only had a small allotment set for this first of two days - we've asked Motorola to speak on this point and are awaiting comment.

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Moto G Shells arrive in colorful replaceable availability with US release

Moto G Shells arrive in colorful replaceable availability with US release

This week the folks at Motorola have unleashed their USA-bound Moto G, ready for the likes of off-contract competition with LG-made Google Nexus 5 and other low-priced unlocked machines. With them comes the arrival - right on time - of the accessory collection that makes the Moto G unique. These are the Moto G Shells and Flip Shells, both of them big parts of the full replaceable back cover collection for the Moto G smartphone.

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Moto X wood backing option won’t arrive for Thanksgiving, is slated for holiday season

Moto X wood backing option won’t arrive for Thanksgiving, is slated for holiday season

The Moto X has long been touted as a highly customizable smartphone, allowing buyers to choose from a plethora of colors and, in some cases, different backings and personal engravings. Not all of the customization options were available upon launch, however, and many have found themselves waiting a long time for the wood backing option in particular. If you were hoping for Thanksgiving availability, you're going to have to keep waiting.

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Moto G USA availability begins today: off-contract and GSM

Moto G USA availability begins today: off-contract and GSM

It's time already to see the Moto G hit the market in the USA despite previous suggestion that we'd have to wait until 2014. That is, if you're all about working with the GSM model of the device rather than the CDMA version, meaning you'll be working with the likes of AT&T and/or T-Mobile rather than Verizon. This single model works with a 4.5-inch display and a quad-core processor for $179 USD off-contract.

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Motorola modular phone Project Ara teams with 3D Systems for manufacturing

Motorola modular phone Project Ara teams with 3D Systems for manufacturing

If there was any doubt that Motorola would continue to push forward with their modular smartphone project through the future, it's been given another kick in the pants today. Motorola Mobility LLC, A Google Company, has today announced their new partnership with the 3D printing group 3D Systems for the modular smartphone system called Project Ara. This partnership will allow Motorola to get one step closer to what they describe as "production-level speeds and volumes."

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