T-Mobile Won't Offer Moto X to Customers Directly
T-Mobile indicated that though the Moto X is compatible with its network, it will not sell the device directly to consumers at its retail shops. "The Moto X optimized for T-Mobile's 4G LTE network will initially be available through Motorola's channels," said Chief Marketing Officer Mike Sievert in a statement provided to AllThingsD. "We do not plan to stock Moto X devices immediately in our stores, but are working closely with Motorola to make the Moto X a great experience for T-Mobile customers. Any news about distribution in our stores would come at a later date." Sievert did not say if the Moto X could be purchased via its Equipment Installment Plan, which requires a down payment followed by monthly payments. Motorola said that the device would be sold by all four major U.S. carriers, plus U.S. Cellular. AT&T and Sprint have announced their intent to offer the Moto X, and U.S. Cellular has listed the phone on its web site. Verizon Wireless, which recently announced a trio of Motorola-made Droids that share some features with the Moto X, has yet to provide specific details about the Moto X's availability on its network.
Review: Motorola Moto E
Motorola takes a shot across the bow of other entry-level device makers with the Moto E, its low-cost leviathan. The Moto E redefines what inexpensive Android smartphones can offer.
More Carriers and Phone Makers Agree to Adopt Google's RCS-Based 'Android Messages' Service
Google today said more wireless network operators and handset manufacturers will use Android Messages, its RCS-based messaging service, as the default SMS/MMS tool on their phones. (Android Messages was previously known as Google Messenger.) Some of the features of RCS, which is a global standard, include group chat, high-resolution photo sharing, advanced calling features, and read receipts.
Motorola Pushing Lollipop to Moto X and Moto G
Motorola today said that owners of the second-generation Moto X and Moto G handsets can update their phones to Android 5.0 Lollipop. Motorola has made Lollipop available to the Moto X Pure Edition, Moto G GSM (U.S.), and Moto G GSM (Global) retail versions sold in the U.S.
Motorola Turns to Indiegogo to Kickstart Moto Mods Development
Motorola today said it has partnered with crowd-funding service Indiegogo in order to improve the selection of Moto Mods for its Z-series smartphones. Motorola is encouraging creators to share their Moto Mods ideas through its Moto Mods Developer contest.