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Motorola to Replace Some AT&T Nexus 6 Phones

Friday, 1:42 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Motorola today said it will replace a few hundred Nexus 6 handsets sent to some AT&T customers. "We delivered a small number of Nexus 6 smartphones with incorrect software to AT&T customers who pre-ordered," said Motorola in a statement. "The incorrect software prevents the phone from starting up properly. We will provide replacements for consumers whose phones are affected. The problem has been corrected and the phones currently shipping are fine." When asked, Motorola denied that shipments were halted or recalled because of the bug. The issue appears to only affect the AT&T variant of the Nexus 6. "If a consumer sees the 'welcome' after the first time they turn on the phone, then their device isn't affected and they should use it as normal," said Motorola in an email to Phone Scoop. "People can call [Motorola's] customer service if they have questions."

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Motorola Updates Camera and Gallery Apps

Friday, 8:36 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Motorola has made new versions of its camera and gallery applications available to the Moto X, Moto G, and Droid Turbo handsets. The camera app gains new timer functions and Material Design. It also adds a way to switch between the user-facing camera and main camera with a double flick of the wrist. Motorola's gallery app was updated with Material Design, but no new features. Both apps are free to download from the Play Store.


Motorola Intros Fob for Finding Lost Keys or Phones

Wednesday, 1:46 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Motorola today announced the Keylink, a Bluetooth device meant to help the absent minded find their missing keys or phone. The Keylink can be attached to a key ring and is paired with devices via Motorola's Connect application. Once set up, your keys and phone will be able to find one another should either go missing. For lost phones, Keylink owners need only press a button to make their phone ring. Similarly, for lost keys Keylink owners need only open the Connect app to make the Keylink ring. According to Motorola, the Keylink has a range of about 100 feet, and the replaceable battery lasts about a year. The Motorola Connect app is free to both Android and iOS devices. The Keylink is available from Motorola and T-Mobile beginning today for $25.


Google Now Improved with More Voice Prompts

Nov 12, 2014, 3:49 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Google today revealed details about a new version of the Google Search app for Android devices. The latest rendition of Search makes use of Material Design and adds new Now cards for keeping track of reminders, travel, sports scores, and your commute. Google Now will recognize the "OK, Google" voice prompt within third-party applications. It can also be used to open and search through those third-party apps. Google has made it possible for the Nexus 6 and Galaxy Note 4 smartphones to enable the "OK, Google" prompt even when the device is locked and asleep (similar to the Motorola Moto X). Last, Google added a fun feature that allows users to flip a virtual coin when they need help choosing between two selections. Google Search is free to download from the Play Store.


Motorola Pushing Lollipop to Moto X and Moto G

Nov 12, 2014, 12:49 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

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 said the roll out will be done in phases and may take several days to reach all devices. Lollipop features a brand new design and numerous new features, such as support for multiple accounts, a new Photo gallery app, and better security. The update is free.


T-Mobile Pushing Nexus 6 Launch to November 19

Nov 11, 2014, 5:05 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

T-Mobile today said it is delaying its launch of the Motorola Nexus 6 to November 19 "to give customers the best experience possible." The company was originally expected to release the device November 12.


AT&T to Kick Off Nexus 6 Preorders November 12

Nov 11, 2014, 9:54 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

AT&T today announced that it will begin accepting preorders for the Nexus 6 smartphone on November 12. AT&T is offering the device through several payment avenues. The full retail price of the phone is $683, but customers who sign a two-year agreement can pick up the Nexus 6 for $250. The device is also available via AT&T Next monthly installment plans. It costs $22.77 with Next 24, $28.46 with Next 18, and $34.15 with Next 12. For a limited time, AT&T is offering new and existing customers a $50 discount on the Moto 360 smartwatch when purchased with the Nexus 6. AT&T didn't say when the Nexus 6 will actually ship or reach stores.


Nexus 6 Now Available Directly from Motorola

Nov 6, 2014, 1:53 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Motorola recently began accepting preorders for the Nexus 6 on its U.S. web site. Both the white and blue models are available in 32GB and 64GB variants for $649 and $699, respectively. Motorola is selling the unlocked GSM model at the moment. Google is also selling the Nexus 6, though its supply is currently exhausted. The Nexus 6 will be made available from wireless network operators, including AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile, later this month. Shipping times have yet to be announced.


Lenovo Completes Acquisition of Motorola

Oct 30, 2014, 7:04 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Google has completed its sale of Motorola to Lenovo. Google first announced plans to sell Motorola in January. The deal was valued at about $2.9 billion. Google purchased Motorola in 2012 for more than $12 billion, in part for its treasure trove of 17,000 patents. Since then, Google has retooled Motorola's products and released innovative devices such as the Moto X, Moto G, and Moto E in 2013. During the last several months Motorola delivered a range of new handsets, including the second-generation Moto X and Moto G, the Droid Turbo, and the Nexus 6. Motorola's devices all feature stock Android operating systems with unique and helpful additions, such as Active Display and Moto Voice. Lenovo plans to keep the Motorola brand intact and will use it to grow its own presence in the market. According to Motorola chief Risk Osterloh, Motorola will remain headquartered in Chicago and will continue to develop its Moto and Droid lines of hardware with a focus on quick OS upgrades and technology that solves real-world problems. "In Lenovo we have a partner that shares our mission and that brings global scale, a diverse product portfolio and a track record of seizing strategic opportunities and making the most of them," said Osterloh in a blog post. "Together we will go farther, faster. With an impressive portfolio of smartphones, wearables and PCs, our two companies will be uniquely positioned to push the boundaries of choice and value, and bring exciting new experiences to people everywhere."


Consumer Cellular Selling Moto G for $150

Oct 29, 2014, 3:10 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Consumer Cellular today announced the availability of the Moto G. The G has a 5-inch 720p HD screen, 8-megapixel camera, and quad-core processor. Consumer Cellular is selling the device for $150. The company does not require contracts.


Hands-On: Google Nexus 6

Oct 29, 2014, 2:02 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

The Google Nexus 6 is essentially a Moto X on steroids. It's huge, well-made, and has an appealing design. This full-sized phablet may impress, but it's not for everyone. Here are our initial impressions about Google's newest Nexus.

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Google Opens Nexus 6 Preorders, But Phone Already Backordered

Oct 29, 2014, 12:29 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   updated Oct 29, 2014, 12:37 PM

Google today began accepting preorders for the Nexus 6 smartphone via the Google Play Store. However, Google almost immediately sold through its initial supply of the phone. Google says it is "out of inventory" and interested consumers should "check back soon." The phone, made by Motorola, comes in indigo blue or white, and either 32GB or 64GB variants. None of the four models is available. Google didn't say when it will replenish its inventory. Google only offers the unlocked model, which starts at $649. The phone will be sold by AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon Wireless in the weeks ahead. The carriers will offer the phone with contract and monthly installment pricing.


Hands-On: Motorola Droid Turbo for Verizon Wireless

Oct 28, 2014, 11:23 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Motorola showed off the Droid Turbo today, a high-end handset headed to Verizon Wireless. Motorola says the phone is tough, powerful, and smart. Here are our initial impressions of the latest Droid.

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Motorola Droid Turbo Boasts 48-Hour Battery Life

Oct 28, 2014, 11:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Motorola and Verizon Wireless today announced the Droid Turbo, a high-end handset that claims to offer two days of battery life. The Droid Turbo's design is in keeping with Droids past and comes in several finishes, including metallic fiber and ballistic nylon. Motorola says the Droid Turbo is tough enough for everyday abuse, though it is not ruggedized. The innards are protected by a water-repellent coating. The Droid Turbo has a 5.2-inch AMOLED quad HD display (2560 x 1440 pixels) that's protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It is powered by a 2.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor with an Adreno 420 GPU, natural language processor, and contextual computing processor. It has 3GB of RAM. The phone features a 21-megapixel main camera with an f/2.0 aperture, dual LED flash, and auto HDR. It can capture 4K video and slow-motion in 720p HD. The user-facing camera captures 2 megapixels and 1080p HD video. The battery measures 3,900mAh and supports Turbo Charge technology (developed by Qualcomm). It can deliver 8 hours of up-time after being charged for just 15 minutes. The device supports Verizon's LTE 4G network and includes Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy, dual-band Wi-Fi, GPS, and a handful of internal sensors. The Droid Turbo runs Android 4.4.4 KitKat (upgradable to Android 5.0 Lollipop) with Motorola's unique features on board, such as Active Display, Voice, and Droid Zap for sharing content with nearby devices. The Motorola Droid Turbo will be available October 30. The 32GB model costs $199 with a contract or $25 per month with Verizon Edge, while the 64GB model costs $249 with a contract or $27 per month with Verizon Edge. For a limited time, Verizon is offering all Droid Turbo customers a minimum of $100 for trade-ins, no activation fees, and early access to the Verizon Edge program. Last, Verizon says any customer who breaks the screen of their Droid Turbo during the first year of ownership will receive one free screen replacement.

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Google, Motorola Commit to Android Lollipop Upgrades

Oct 15, 2014, 11:18 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   updated Oct 15, 2014, 11:29 AM

Google today said Android 5.0 Lollipop, which will ship on the Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player, will be made available to the Nexus 5, 7, 10, and Google Play edition devices in the coming weeks. Motorola also said it will update many of its devices to Android 5.0 Lollipop, including the Moto X (1st Gen and 2nd Gen), Moto G, Moto E, as well as the Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, and Droid Mini. Timing on the updates is not available.


Google Shows Off Nexus 6 Smartphone, Nexus 9 Tablet

Oct 15, 2014, 11:10 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   updated Oct 15, 2014, 11:28 AM

Google today announced Android 5.0 Lollipop and with it the first few devices to run the new operating system, the Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9. The Nexus 6 is a large-screened smartphone made by Motorola. It has an aluminum frame and a 6-inch quad HD display with a 13-megapixel main camera. The camera includes optical image stabilization and HDR+ for improved low-light shots. The device has stereo-speakers with high-fidelity sound and comes with a turbo charger for fast charging. Google claims the device can get up to six hours of battery time after plugging it in for just 15 minutes. The Nexus 6 will be available for pre-order in late October and in stores in November. Google will sell an unlocked version through the Play Store, and the Nexus 6 will also be sold by AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon Wireless. The device costs $649 at full retail, which is $200 more than the Nexus 5. The Nexus 9 tablet is made by HTC and features an 8.9-inch 2048 x 1536 screen with a brushed aluminum design. It is run by a dual-core Tegra K1 64-bit processor with each core clocked at 2.3GHz. Other features include an 8.0-/1.6-megapixel camera configuration; BoomSound speakers; dual-band Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, and LTE; and a 6,700mAh battery. The Nexus 9 will be available for pre-order on October 17 and in stores starting November 3. The Wi-Fi model starts at $399.


Verizon Teases New Droid

Oct 14, 2014, 7:13 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Verizon Wireless has revived its Droid Does web page in order to tease an upcoming handset announcement. The site features a clock counting down to Noon on October 28 when, ostensibly, Verizon will show off the new phone. In recent years Motorola has been the only company to manufacture Droid-branded handsets for Verizon. The last three phones bearing the Droid name were last year's Droid Mini, Droid Maxx, and Droid Ultra.


AT&T to Sell Moto G with LTE for $180 On Oct. 10

Oct 6, 2014, 9:15 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   updated Oct 6, 2014, 10:37 AM

AT&T today said the Moto G with LTE will be available online and in stores on October 10. The device will cost $180 with no contract, $7.50 per month with AT&T Next 18, $9 per month with AT&T Next 12, or $80 with a one-year contract. The Moto G with LTE is last-year's G with an LTE radio added for faster wireless networking. It has a 4.5-inch 720p HD screen, quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, and 5-megapixel camera.


Microsoft Sues Samsung Over Unpaid Interest

Oct 4, 2014, 8:11 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Microsoft has filed a suit against Samsung seeking to collect $6.9 million in interest. According to Microsoft, Samsung delayed payment of $1 billion in smartphone patent royalties owed Microsoft. When it did finally pay, the company omitted the accrued interest. Samsung believes Microsoft violated a 2011 patent-licensing agreement the two companies struck when Microsoft agreed to purchase Nokia's handset business in 2013. Microsoft's new legal filing asks a judge declare it didn't violate the 2011 agreement and demands Samsung pay the interest on the late patent royalties. Most makers of Android smartphones pay Microsoft patent fees due to several Microsoft technologies contained in Android devices. Motorola is the only company not paying patent fees to Microsoft, and the two companies are still embroiled in legal proceedings.


Verizon Says Moto X and Moto Maker Available Sept. 26

Sep 25, 2014, 11:32 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Verizon Wireless today announced that its variant of the Moto X will be available beginning Friday, September 26. Customers can order preconfigured versions of the device, or use Moto Maker to design their own. Verizon is selling the 16-GB model for $99 with a new contract and the 32-GB version for $150 with a new contract. Verizon also plans to sell the Moto X through its Verizon Edge plans, which require monthly fees. Last, customers who sign up for a More Everything plan with at least 1GB of data will receive an extra 1GB of data per month for up to 24 months.


Republic Wireless to Offer Moto E in October

Sep 17, 2014, 10:30 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Republic Wireless has begun notifying customers that it will soon sell the Moto E smartphone from Motorola. The Moto E is Motorola's entry-level handset and features a 4.3-inch display with Gorilla Glass 3, a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon 200 processor with 1GB of RAM, and 4GB of internal storage. It comes with a 5-megapixel camera that can capture panoramas as well as 720p HD video. The phone also includes support for a microSD card up to 32GB, an FM radio, and a 1,980mAh battery that Motorola claims is good for a full day. The Moto E runs Android 4.4.4 KitKat, but is limited to 3G data. Republic said the Moto E will cost $99 when it launches in October.


Cricket Selling First-Gen Moto G with LTE

Sep 17, 2014, 7:43 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Cricket Wireless today said it will sell the first-generation Moto G on September 19 for $150. The first-gen G has a 4.5-inch screen, 5-megapixel camera, and Snapdragon 400 processor. It supports Cricket's LTE service.


Motorola Makes Moto Voice Available to 2013 Droids

Sep 16, 2014, 7:11 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Motorola recently published a version of its new Moto Voice app that is compatible with the 2013 Moto X, as well as the Droid Ultra, Droid Mini, and Droid Maxx. Moto Voice, formerly Touchless Control, combines several of the key functions found on the 2013 Moto X, such as the Active Display, Google Now voice prompts, and Google Assist. It allows users to customize their own catchphrase; and adds voice command support for YouTube, Facebook, and WhatsApp; allows users to switch modes via voice commands; and includes support for Moto Hint and Moto 360. Moto Voice requires Android 4.4 KitKat and is free to download from the Google Play Store.


Preorders for Moto X Begin Sept. 16, Moto 360 Back in Stock

Sep 14, 2014, 11:14 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Motorola today said consumers can order some of its new products beginning September 16. The Moto X for AT&T and the Moto X Pure Edition will both be available for ordering on Tuesday. The AT&T Moto X costs $99 with a new contract, and the Moto X Pure Edition - which runs stock Android 4.4 KitKat and features an unlocked bootloader - costs $499. Other carriers plan to announce availability soon. In addition to these handsets, the Moto Hint wireless earbud and the Moto Turbo Charger will also be available. The Hint costs $149 and the Turbo Charger costs $35. Last, Motorola said the Moto 360 smart watch will be back in stock on Tuesday, though quantities are limited.


The Motorola Phones That Never Were

Sep 6, 2014, 8:13 AM   by Rich Brome   updated Sep 8, 2014, 12:44 PM

In a rare peek behind the curtain, Motorola reveals early prototypes of its phones, as well as phones that never saw the light of day. Explore a full gallery of prototype Motorola phones and watches, including a RAZR flip-phone for Android, phones made of cork, and early versions of the Moto 360 watch.

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Hands On with the New Moto X

Sep 5, 2014, 1:00 AM   by Rich Brome   updated Sep 11, 2014, 4:27 PM

Last year's Moto X was a major turnaround point for Motorola. Building on the critical acclaim of the first model, the company is back at it with the second generation Moto X. The display, processor, and camera specs are all improved, and it's been upgraded to a metal frame that forms the sides. You can still customize it with colors and wood, and now leather as well. But how is it in person? Read on to find out.

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Hands On with the new Moto G

Sep 5, 2014, 1:00 AM   by Rich Brome

Motorola's first Moto G has been their best-selling phone ever. It's just enough phone at a really great price. Now they're back with a second generation that ups the screen size and throws in a memory card slot and stereo speakers. We give it a quick whirl to see how it works in this hands-on.

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Moto G Goes Full-Size

Sep 5, 2014, 1:00 AM   by Rich Brome

Motorola today announced a revamped Moto G with a larger 5-inch screen, memory card slot, and dual front speakers. The 2nd-generation Moto G also upgrades the main camera to 8-megapixel and the selfie camera to 2-megapixel. The new Moto G retains the 3G-only radio and same Snapdragon 400 1.2 GHz processor. The phone comes with either 8 or 16 GB of internal memory and either black or white. The rear cover snaps off and eight color options are available as accessories, as well as covers with a flip-over screen cover that automatically locks and unlocks the screen. The Moto G goes on sale today for $180 unlocked.

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Motorola Turns Moto X Into True Flagship

Sep 5, 2014, 1:00 AM   by Rich Brome   updated Sep 5, 2014, 3:00 AM

Motorola today announced the 2nd-generation Moto X. The new Moto X sports a larger, 5.2-inch AMOLED full-HD screen, Snapdragon 801 processor, and 13-megapixel camera with 4K video capture. It's also thinner and sports an aluminum frame and sides and Gorilla Glass front with a curved beveled edge. The new Moto X is available with custom color combinations and materials through Moto Maker, now including leather backs and custom accent colors on the front. New infrared sensors allow the phone to automatically wake up and show the time when your hand is near the front, and wave gestures silence calls and alarms. The hands-free voice activation phrase can now be customized to something other than "OK Google Now". Turbo charging can add eight hours of battery life in just 15 minutes. A best-shot feature captures several photos before you press the shutter, and uses face recognition to automatically suggests a better shot if you were late to capture. The new Moto X will be available with Moto Maker customization on both AT&T and Verizon. It will cost $99 on contract or $499 unlocked and ship later this month.

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Verizon Adding PTT to Select Phones Via New App

Aug 7, 2014, 10:45 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Verizon Wireless is offering a handful of its handsets the ability to include push-to-talk, walkie-talkie features. The service, called Push To Talk Plus, is available to smartphones including the Motorola Droid Maxx, Samsung Galaxy S5, and Casio G'zOne Commando beginning today. Other phones, such as the Kyocera Brigadier, will gain the feature down the road. According to Verizon, the service is powered by Kodiak Networks and offers fast call setup times, improved voice quality, and encrypted calls. Users will be able to join existing PTT calls, as well as rejoin calls they left. The service is being offered to business customers, who need to reach out to their sales representatives to initiate service. Push To Talk Plus costs $5 per month per line, though Verizon is offering six months for free to those who sign up soon.


HTC Posts Keyboard, Clock Apps in Play Store

Jul 24, 2014, 9:54 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

HTC has recently pulled some of the core applications out of its Sense user interface and made them available separately through the Google Play Store. Both the Sense keyboard and Sense clock apps have appeared in the Play Store in recent days, which can now be updated independent from full OS upgrades. Google and Motorola have taken similar steps with some of their apps, such as their camera apps. HTC already offers a handful of other apps via the Play Store, including Gallery, Blinkfeed, Sense TV, and Dot View.


Motorola Debuts Digital Tattoo for Unlocking Moto X

Jul 22, 2014, 3:04 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   updated Jul 22, 2014, 3:11 PM

Motorola today announced the availability of a digital tattoo that can be used to unlock the Moto X. The tattoo is actually an adhesive based on VivaLnk’s eSkin technology. It is about the size of a nickel and adheres to the skin for about five days. Users need only tap the Moto X against the digital tattoo, which has a shimmery, metallic design, to unlock their device. According to Motorola, the tattoo is waterproof and can be used during activities such as swimming and jogging. The digital tattoo was created by Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group in cooperation with VivaLnk. VivaLnk sells the tattoos in packs of 10 for $10. It was first announced last month.


Cricket Offering Lumia 630 for Free and Other Deals

Jul 10, 2014, 10:48 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Cricket Wireless, which is owned by AT&T, today announced the availability of the Nokia Lumia 630 smartphone. The 630, which is a variant of the Lumia 635 (being sold by T-Mobile and MetroPCS), will reach Cricket stores on July 11. Cricket is offering the Lumia 630 for free with a $50 mail-in rebate card. The device is an entry-level Windows Phone with a 4.5-inch screen and 5-megapixel camera. Cricket is also offering discounts ranging from $20 to $50 on a wide selection of handsets, including the ZTE Sonata 4G, Prelude, and Overture 4G; the Moto G; the Nokia 520 and 1320; and the Samsung Galaxy Express 4G. Cricket is the new brand name being used by AT&T's former Aio Wireless unit. AT&T is transitioning Cricket's CDMA customers to its GSM network so it can eventually repurpose Cricket's spectrum. All the devices covered by Cricket's new promotion operate on AT&T's GSM network.


Motorola Has to Stop Selling Phones in Germany

Jul 9, 2014, 7:55 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Motorola Mobility USA and Motorola Deutschland have been ordered to stop selling mobile phones in Germany after they were found guilty of infringing on a patent. A German court said Motorola's devices are improperly using patented antenna technology owned by LPKF Laser & Electronics AG. It's not clear when the sales ban goes into effect, nor exactly which devices are impacted. Motorola is involved with numerous patent lawsuits around the world, and is in the process of being sold by Google to Lenovo.


Google Shows More Details of Android Wear

Jun 25, 2014, 12:37 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Google today provided a deeper look at what Android Wear - its platform for wearable devices - will be able to do. Android Wear will first be deployed on smart watches, with LG, Samsung, and Motorola making the first wave of hardware. Much of Android Wear's functionality comes from Google Now and its voice-controlled searches and actions. The user interface includes multiple screens that are accessed by swiping up and down, and back and forth. Many of Android Wear's initial powers will center on interacting with smartphone-based notifications. The Google Now functionality adds tools such as voice reminders, voice search, and similar powers to the platform. Android Wear supports third-party apps thanks to the full SDK, which Google made available to developers today. The apps are automatically installed on Wear when the corresponding version is installed on the associated smartphone. The LG G watch and the Samsung Gear Live will be available for sale later today, with the Moto 360 arriving later this summer. Google didn't provide details about the hardware, but they can be ordered via the Google Play Store.

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Motorola Debuts 64GB Moto X

Jun 9, 2014, 7:12 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Motorola today made a new version of the Moto X available with more internal storage. The Moto X can now be purchased with 64GB ($449), 32GB ($399), or 16GB ($349). The Moto X does not support microSD cards.


Moto X, Moto G, and Moto E to Get Android 4.4.3 from Motorola

Jun 3, 2014, 3:44 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Motorola today announced that the Moto X, G, and E handsets can all expect to receive the Android 4.4.3 KitKat update in the days ahead. According to Motorola, the update brings a new dialer, several new theme colors, as well as stability, framework, security fixes, and enhancements to the power profile capabilities. The update also improves camera image quality for the Moto X, gives the Moto X and G the ability to pause/resume video capture, and gives the Moto X and Moto G access to the Moto Alert app. The system update is only available to the T-Mobile variant of the Moto X to start. Motorola didn't say when it will reach other vesions of the Moto X. The update is free to download and install.


Motorola to Close Texas Assembly Plant

May 30, 2014, 11:40 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Motorola today indicated it will close the Ft. Worth factory used to assemble custom-designed Moto X handsets by the end of the year. Motorola opened the plant a year ago and at its peak employed about 3,800 people. The move allowed Motorola to offer four-day turn-around times on Moto X handsets created with its online Moto Maker tool. According to Motorola's Rick Osterloh, however, slow sales of the Moto X meant the company never achieved the economy of scale it needed to operate the plant. "What we found was that the North American market was exceptionally tough," said Osterloh in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. Motorola will continue to make the Moto X at facilities located in Brazil and China. Osterloh didn't say if the Moto Maker tool will vanish along with the Ft. Worth plant. Lenovo is in the process of acquiring Motorola from Google. The sale is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Lenovo plans to use the Motorola brand on its future smartphones destined for select markets, such as the U.S. and Europe.


Verizon Brands Its Dual-Band LTE Markets as 'XLTE'

May 19, 2014, 9:50 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Verizon Wireless today announced the launch of XLTE service, which is a new way for the company to market its dual-band LTE network. Verizon Wireless initially deployed LTE in the 700MHz band. Verizon's build-out of LTE in the 700MHz band is functionally complete. Verizon began rolling out LTE on its 1700MHz AWS spectrum late last year, and has been slowly adding markets over time. As of today, Verizon says it has initiated service on its AWS spectrum in half its existing LTE footprint. Moving forward, Verizon Wireless will market its dual-band LTE coverage as XLTE in much the same way that Sprint is marketing its tri-band LTE service as Sprint Spark. According to Verizon, XLTE markets offer consumers far more headroom thanks to dramatically improved capacity. With twice the spectrum to work with, XLTE markets can deliver faster peak data speeds when compared to Verizon's 700MHz-only LTE markets. Verizon said a number of its most popular devices are already compatible with its XLTE service, including the Samsung Galaxy S4, S5, and Note 3; the Apple iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c; and the Motorola Droid Maxx, Ultra, and Mini. Customers who own these devices don't need to do anything in order to take advantage of XLTE. They'll automatically connect to Verizon's dual-band LTE network where it is available. Non-XLTE devices will still be able to access Verizon's LTE network as normal. Verizon will continue to roll out XLTE to more markets over time. Verizon didn't say how long it will take to build-out its AWS LTE coverage. Verizon acquired the AWS spectrum from a consortium of cable companies in 2012.


Apple and Motorola Bury the Patent Hatchet

May 16, 2014, 7:22 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Apple and Motorola today dismissed all patent litigation between them. The companies told a court overseeing several lawsuits that the claims should be dismissed. Though the two smartphone makers agreed to drop their lawsuits, they did not reach a cross-licensing accord. Motorola first sued Apple over smartphone technology in 2010 and Apple responded with a suit of its own. Neither lawsuit resulted in a verdict. Further, the two companies agreed to work with one another on select aspects of patent reform. Motorola is currently owned by Google, but it is in the process of being sold to Lenovo.


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