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Lenovo opens the Moto Mod floodgates, commits to 12 per year

Lenovo opens the Moto Mod floodgates, commits to 12 per year

If you're a fan of the modular Moto Z, then you're apparently in for a treat, as Lenovo has committed to releasing 12 Moto Mods per year. The Moto Z family has already received seven different mods since it launched back in July, so Lenovo is already throwing a lot of weight behind its modular phone. From here it seems like things will only get better for Moto Z owners, which is definitely an exciting proposition.

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Moto Z mods: 5G and 4 more possibilities for play

Moto Z mods: 5G and 4 more possibilities for play

Motorola has big plans for the Moto Z and its accompanying Moto Mods as we move into 2017. Now with seven different mods offered for its Moto Z family of phones, Motorola senior vice president of product management John Touvannas suggested at a press event yesterday that a 5G mod could be in the pipeline. Obviously such a mod would be a while off, but launching a mod with 5G capabilities would mean that folks wouldn't necessarily need to upgrade their phones to take advantage of faster networks.

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Motorola bows out of smartwatches

Motorola bows out of smartwatches

The Moto 360 may have been the poster-child for Android Wear smartwatches, but don't expect a sequel any time soon, Motorola has warned. The company, one of the first to launch a smartwatch with a circular touchscreen, has confirmed that not only has it scrapped any 2016 plans for a new connected timepiece, neither does it intend to release one alongside the upcoming new version of Android Wear. It's another blow to a segment that, though highly marketed, has arguably failed to deliver in practice.

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Moto Z’s latest Moto Mods include a car mount and Mophie battery pack

Moto Z’s latest Moto Mods include a car mount and Mophie battery pack

A pair of new Moto Mods have been introduced for the Moto Z family. Utility is the name of the game with these latest Moto Mods, with the first being a battery pack from the folks over at Mophie. The second is a car mount from Incipio, and it comes with some extra functionality meant to keep your hands on the wheel.

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Android Nougat update: Xperia incoming, is your phone next?

Android Nougat update: Xperia incoming, is your phone next?

Good news for those of you with an Xperia XZ or Xperia X Performance: your wait for Android 7.0 Nougat is about to come to an end. Sony announced this morning that the upgrades to Nougat are beginning to roll out, so if you don't see the OTA update yet, it's only a matter of time before it appears. That's all well and good for Xperia owners, but for the rest of us still waiting, what kind of timetable can we expect before Nougat arrives on our devices?

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Moto Z may get Project Tango support through add-on module

Moto Z may get Project Tango support through add-on module

Google's Tango augmented reality platform might soon find a new audience in Moto Z users. Motorola apparently sees an opportunity to get in on the ground floor when it comes to AR, with CEO Aymar de Lencquesaing suggesting that its flagship phone could eventually see support for Project Tango. Support wouldn't be added through a special edition Moto Z, but rather through a new Tango module.

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Moto Z and Z Force get Android Nougat, Daydream support this week

Moto Z and Z Force get Android Nougat, Daydream support this week

Good news for those of you with a Moto Z or Moto Z Force in your pocket: Android Nougat is officially coming. Motorola said as much when it announced that it would support the devices with Nougat updates before the end of the year, but it looks like the roll out begins this week. Motorola says this is a global push, so you can look forward to some Nougat goodness regardless of where you happen to be.

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All-metal Moto M gets listed online ahead of official debut

All-metal Moto M gets listed online ahead of official debut

“M” is for metal. Or so we think it is. It’s definitely not for “magnificent” or “maximum”. Lenovo and Moto have yet to actually announce the smartphone, but the Moto M has already broken cover on the Tmall webshop, giving us a glimpse of the first ever all-metal Moto smartphone. And that metal design might actually be the best thing about the Moto M, as the spec sheet for the device reveal a mixed bag of mid-range specs that will have a hard time standing out from the crowd.

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Motorola, Indiegogo team up to push Moto Mods forward

Motorola, Indiegogo team up to push Moto Mods forward

Both LG and Motorola have revealed their own version of modular attachments to smartphones, but, unlike LG, Motorola seems to be really serious about it. For one, it has announced more such Moto Mods for purchase. For another, it is providing a Moto Mod Dev Kit to help developers and tinkerers make their own mods. And now, to further help those mod dreams come true, Motorola is partnering with crowdfunding platform Indiegogo to help such dreamers find funding for their bright, wild, and hopefully useful ideas.

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How to get Google Pixel fingerprint swipe gestures on Nexus 6P

How to get Google Pixel fingerprint swipe gestures on Nexus 6P

Fingerprint Cards has confirmed that the Nexus 6P and 5X have the same sensor as the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. As such, developers hypothesize that the same implementation of code could be possible. A similar set of firmware codes would need to appear on the Google Pixel and Pixel XL for this to happen. For this to happen, Google would need to dedicate time to making it happen.

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Lenovo Moto M specs leak, including huge 5,100mAh battery

Lenovo Moto M specs leak, including huge 5,100mAh battery

The now Lenovo-owned Motorola has been responsible for a number of high-quality mid-range Android devices, including the Moto G and Moto Z. There's been whispers of a successor for some now, and the latest leaks peg it as the upcoming Moto M. There's no word on when it will be released, but the specs were just published this week, and there's one detail that really jumps out: a massive 5,100mAh battery.

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Motorola confirms which smartphones will get Android 7.0 Nougat

Motorola confirms which smartphones will get Android 7.0 Nougat

The LG V20 has had its period of Nougat exclusivity. The Google Pixel, with Android 7.1, is now on pre-order. With those out of the way, Android Nougat is now fair game for manufacturers. Breaking its silence, Motorola has gone public with a full list of smartphones that are scheduled to receive the Android 7.0 update, starting somewhat this month. Owners of slightly older models, however, are going to be disappointed that their one year old phone isn’t invited.

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