Motorola announces 5.7-inch Moto X Style, Moto X Play and an updated Moto G!

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At a press event earlier this morning, handset maker Motorola unveiled a pair of new would-be iPhone killers, the larger-screened Moto X Style and the Moto X Play.

Additionally, the firm has refreshed its budget-minded Moto G handset, which now has a waterproof shell.

The 5.5-inch Moto X Style looks to one-up the latest iPhones with better hardware and will expectedly take on Apple’s upcoming ‘iPhone 6s’ and ‘iPhone 6s Plus’ refreshes, which are expected to launch this fall.

The 5.5-inch Play, on the other hand, was designed to match most of the iPhone 6 Plus’s innards. Both the Style and the Play blow iPhones out of the water with more advanced imaging features.

Moto X Style

The Moto X Style was designed to compete with Apple’s latest large-screened handsets.

Featuring a 5.7-inch edge-to-edge quad-HD 1440p display at 2,560-by-1,440 pixels, the phone has front-facing stereo speakers and is powered by Qualcomm’s 1.8GHz hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor with Adreno 418 graphics and three gigabytes of RAM.

The Style supports Bluetooth 4.1, 802.11an Wi-Fi and 4G LTE Category 6 for up to twice as fast 300Mbps cellular data transfer, a feature forthcoming iPhones should include as well.

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The Style has a powerful back-facing camera with a whopping 21 megapixel resolution and 1080p video capture at 60 frames per second. The front-facing camera is five megapixels with a wide angle lens. Both front and back cameras have flash.

The phone can be customized with a variety of backplate colors and metal accents, including all-new Saffiano leather, real wood with unique grains and new silicon options. And if you buy it straight from Motorola, you’ll get pure Android Lollipop 5.1.1 experience without carrier junkware and bloatware.

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A 3,000 mAh battery provides up to 30 hours of “mixed use,” according to Motorola, with a fast-charging feature called TurboCharge capable of providing ten hours of power in just fifteen minutes of charging.

The device will be offered in 16/32/64GB tiers, but the storage can be upgraded to 128 gigabytes by way of micro SD memory cards. Pricing and release dates are yet to be revealed though Motorola hinted that the standard edition of the Style will cost “$200 to $300 less” than competing Apple and Samsung phones.

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The Style will be available in markets across Europe, Latin America and North America starting in September. Beginning in September, shoppers in the United States will be able to pick up a Pure Edition starting at $399 and unlocked for all carriers.

The company has pledged to announce availability for Asia Pacific, including more on China and India, later this year.

Moto X Play

Featuring a 3,630 mAh 30-hour battery which should let it run up to two days on a single charge, plus a water-resistant body, the new Moto X Play “is ready for anything.” The front of the device is dominated by a 5.5-inch 1080p screen which maxes out at 1,920-by-1,080 pixels, just like Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus.

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The Play is driven by a 1.6GHz octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor with Adreno 450 graphics and has two gigabytes of RAM. Connectivity capabilities include built-in NFC for contactless payments, as well as Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band 802.11an Wi-Fi and 4G LTE.

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Just like the Style, the Play too can be customized to fit your style using Motorola’s Moto Maker tool. In addition, more than a dozen interchangeable backs with seven different accent colors are available across all markets.

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Like the Style, the Play has a a five-megapixel shooter out the front and a back-facing 21-megapixel camera with 1080p video capture at 30 frames per second. It comes in 16/32GB tiers, expandable via micro SD, and will be available starting in August in “various countries” across Europe, Latin America and Canada.

The Play, however, won’t be available in the United States. “We’ll have more choices for you all later this year,” according to Motorola.

Updated Moto G

Motorola has only slightly revised its budget-focused Moto G this year.

For starters, the handset now offers waterproof design (IPX7-rated, like the Apple Watch) and runs a 1.4GHz quad-core with Adreno 306 graphics and 1GB RAM. The 4G LTE device supports Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11an Wi-Fi and lacks NFC.

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Interestingly, the RAM can be upgraded to two gigabytes. The eight gigabytes of built-in storage can be expanded with removable storage that supports up to 32 GB micro SD card. This device, too, can be personalized with Moto Maker body customization.

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The new Moto G has a 2,470 mAh battery and the same five-inch 720p screen as its predecessor. In terms of imaging, there’s a five-megapixel front-facing camera and a 13-megapixel quick capture camera on the back with 1080p video capture at 30 frames per second, essentially the same module Motorola used on the Nexus 6.

The new Moto G is available today in more than 60 countries throughout North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific, marking Motorola’s biggest Moto G launch yet. It starts at $179.99.

Plus, a pair of new headphones

In addition to the new phones, Motorola today released a pair of iOS-compatible wireless headphones with Bluetooth 4.1 support: the $59.99 Moto pulse on-ear headphones and the $69.99 waterproof and sweat proof Moto surround in-ear earbuds aimed at sports fans.

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Both products come with a companion iOS app for easy pairing with up to two devices simultaneously, receiving notifications when the battery gets low and finding your lost audio accessory by locating the last location it was connected on a world map.

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Android 5.0 Update: Which Smartphones will get Lollipop and When?

The Android 5.0 update release: which smartphones will get Lollipop and when
The launch of a major software update is an exciting event for any smartphone geek. Updates patch bugs and bring goodies of all sorts, including visual and functional improvements. But an update’s release can be annoying in that it always takes time for the software to arrive. And sometimes, the wait is a lengthy one – it has been six months since Google previewed Android L, which subsequently became Android 5.0 Lollipop, and the update has yet to land on most popular smartphones out there.
Still, it should be easier to cope with the wait when you know how long you’ll be waiting for. That’s why we combed the web in search of official and trustworthy information on the matter. Here’s when the popular Android smartphones are going to get their Lollipop updates. Keep in mind that we’ll be updating the post if/when new information becomes available.

Samsung 

The Android 5.0 update release: which smartphones will get Lollipop and when

Samsung Galaxy S5 – Android 5.0 Lollipop for the smartphone is already available in a number of markets worldwide, including South Korea, Russia, Malaysia, as well as parts of central and Western Europe. Galaxy S5 owners in the U.S., however, still have Android 4.4.x KitKat running on their handsets. The AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile variants of the smartphone are probably going to get the new software in the coming weeks, although that’s just an assumption.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 – While official information on the Android 5.0 update for the Galaxy Note 4 is scarce, rumor has it that the new software should start rolling out before January is out. U.S. carriers are also expected to launch Lollipop on the Galaxy Note 4 within this time frame. Interestingly, Samsung is said to be skipping the 5.0 version of the OS and will update the Galaxy Note 4 straight to Android 5.0.1, which brings along a number of bug fixes.
Samsung Galaxy S4 – Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy S4 will get its Lollipop treat, and we’ve already had the chance to see what the new software should look like. However, we’re not exactly sure when the update is going to land on the non-GPe versions of the handset.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – Unofficial Lollipop ROMs for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 have been floating around, but an official update is still nowhere to be found at this point. At least we know that an update to Android 5.0 is definitely in the works and will come sooner or later, most likely after the company’s newer phones have been updated.
Furthermore, Samsung is planning on pushing out Android 5.0 Lollipop updates to the Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy S5 Active, Galaxy S5 Mini, and the Galaxy Note 2. We’ll update this post once we learn more details as to when the updated software might launch.

LG 

The Android 5.0 update release: which smartphones will get Lollipop and when

LG G3 – LG was quick to bring the Android 5.0 Lollipop update to its flagship smartphone; the software has been out since November. Its availability, however, is still limited. So far, we have reports of the update launching in South Korea and select parts of Europe, including Poland and the Nordic countries. Vodafone subscribers in the U.K. have been reached by the update as well, reportedly.

LG G2 – The good news is that LG’s former flagship, the LG G2, will surely be updated to Android 5.0. Unfortunately, we don’t have any specifics as to when the software might launch. What we know is that the Lollipop update will reach the G2 soon after it rolls out to the G3 globally. The new software is expected to update the G2’s UI by bringing the skin currently present on the G3, along with some or all of its perks.
Another smartphone we’re expecting to get Android 5.0 is the LG G Pro 2, but its maker has not announced any update plans yet. Likewise, there’s no word on whether any recent mid-range Android smartphone by LG will get the Lollipop treat.

HTC

The Android 5.0 update release: which smartphones will get Lollipop and when

HTC One (M8) – Android 5.0 Lollipop was expected to arrive on the One (M8) by January 3, but that didn’t quite happen, obviously. Word on the street has it that the software is actually bound to roll out within 1 to 2 weeks, although we’re assuming that U.S. carriers may take longer to push the update to their subscribers.

Lollipop will not bring a new version of HTC Sense, as thought at first. Or at least that’s what the latest leaks indicate. Of course, this doesn’t rule out the possibility of seeing a Sense 7.0 interface update launched in the future.
HTC One (M7) –  HTC’s former flagship is also in line for an update, but your guess as to when the software might start rolling out is as good as ours. It seems safe to assume that the HTC One will be updated soon after the One (M8) gets the Lollipop update.
In addition, the Android 5.0 Lollipop update is likely to be released for smartphones covered by the HTC Advantage program. These include theHTC One (E8), One Mini 2 (also known as the HTC Remix on Verizon), One Max, and the One Mini. Older devices will take longer to update, we assume.

Motorola

The Android 5.0 update release: which smartphones will get Lollipop and when

Motorola Moto G (2014) – The Moto G (2014) was one of the first non-Nexus devices to receive an update to Android 5.0 Lollipop. That happened back in mid-November, when the software launched for both the US and global versions of the device. However, there’s still a number of markets where the update has not been given the green light yet. Motorola isn’t giving any specific times and dates regarding the software’s further release.

Motorola Moto G (2013) – Yup, last year’s Moto G is getting updated to Lollipop as well. In fact, there have been reports of Android 5.0 already reaching some Moto G owners, although there appear to be many who are still waiting for their update to arrive.
Motorola Moto X (2014) – Android 5.0 launched for the handset back in November, when the Pure Edition of the device was served some Lollipop goodness. The Verizon model followed suit several days later.
In addition to these smartphones, Motorola will update the following handsets to Android 5.0 Lollipop: Motorola Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, Droid Mini, Moto E, and the 2013-edition Motorola Moto X.

Sony

The Android 5.0 update release: which smartphones will get Lollipop and when

Sony Xperia Z3 – First, the good news: the Xperia Z3 will most likely be the first non-GPe Sony smartphone to get the Android 5.0 update. As for the not-so-good news, the new software is going to take about a month more to arrive; Sony is aiming for an early February roll-out.

Sony Xperia Z2 – The Xperia Z2 should get its Lollipop dose soon after the software hits the Xperia Z3. This means we’re probably going to see the update launching in February.

Sony Xperia Z1 – There’s definitely an Xperia Z1 Android 5.0 update in the works, but, to no surprise, the Z2 and Z3 are being prioritized over the former flagship. If you’re an Xperia Z1 owner, you might want to brace yourself with patience.

As for the rest of the Xperia lineup, Sony has confirmed that all of its premium Z-series smartphones and tablets will be updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop. These include the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia Z1S, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z2 Tablet, Xperia Z3v, Xperia Z3 Compact, and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact.

‘Moto X + 1’ = Motorola’s next Android phone?

The kids, they just love the algebra these days. At least that’s what the marketing folks at Motorola seem to be thinking if the latest from online leak-master @evleaks is to be believed.

Late Saturday, the notorious (and often accurate) Twitter account tweeted what appears to be a leaked logo for the upcoming phone with no more information than the claim that it’s coming soon:

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It’s hard to believe that “soon” will be anytime in the next two months, but there’s plenty of reason to expect the successor to the Moto X, which was released in August of last year, at some point this summer. It’s hard to say what to expect in a Moto X2 or a Moto X + 1, but I think upgrades to all the specs that count, particularly the camera, are a safe bet.

It also makes sense that the Moto X + 1 could be the first Motorola phone to launch alongside the Moto 360 smartwatch running Android Wear, and we know that the Moto 360 will be launching in the summer. My guess is that there will be an even harder sell to buy these as a pair than we’ve seen with theGalaxy Gear and Samsung’s premier Galaxy phones.

Just about the only thing that’s certain is that this will be just the first among many other leaks to come. And if it does turn out to be called X + 1, we’re going to have to endure lots of terrible algebra puns in the marketing.

So get ready for Motorola to “cross-cancel the competition until it’s clear that the only way to solve for whatever “X” is in your life is with the Moto X + 1.”

Motorola Moto X goes live with X8 chipset, 4.7″ AMOLED screen!

Motorola has officially taken the wraps off the Moto X – the first phone that has been entirely developed under the supervision of Google. It’s also the company’s first phone in a while to be fully assembled in the USA.

The Motorola Moto X is build around a 4.7″ AMOLED display with full RGB matrix and 720p resolution. This results in a pixel density of 316 ppi. The screen is protected by a new type of Gorilla Glass, which is dubbed Magic Glass due to its curves towards the edges of the phone.

On the inside, the Motorola Moto X features a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset with dual 1.7GHz Krait cores, Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM. Internal storage is 16GB or 32GB depending on the version you choose and there’s a microSD card slot for further expansion. Just like the latest DROID line-up, the Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset is part of the Motorola X8 board, which also includes a natural language processor and contextual computing processor.

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The Moto X camera has a 10MP sensor and uses the ClearPixel technology for superior low-light performance. Every other green portion of the Bayer filter array, which sits in front of the image sensor, is replaced by a clear one, allowing more light to reach the sensor.

On the software side, the camera offers HDR, burst shots and panorama. The Moto X can also shoot full HD videos at up to 60fps and there are features like face detection and geo-tagging on board. At the front, there’s a 2MP camera capable of 1080p video recording that serves for video-chatting purposes.

Motorola has gone great lengths to make the Moto X a truly customizable phone. Customers can choose whether the front panel to be black or white, as well as the color of the back panel from 18 options. There’s also a third customizable area called accent – it covers the camera rim and side buttons. Further customization includes adding a name or short message on the back of the phone as choosing a Google account and wallpaper to come preinstalled on the device.

The Motorola Moto X runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, which at first glance looks as clean as stock, but Motorola has added a few touches of its own. One of them is the Active Display feature, which makes use of the OLED screen and brings a snippet of information (the time, new messages and voicemail) on a blank black screen. Think of it as an Android version of Nokia’s Glance Screen feature.

Motorola has also preinstalled a transfer app called Migrate. It allows you to transfer your photos, videos, SIM contacts and even call and text history from any Android phone running Android 2.2 or higher.

Because of the curved back, the Motorola Moto X thickness varies from 5.6 to 10.4mm. The phone has a pretty decent footprint for its 4.7″ display – 129.3 x 65.3mm with a weight of the very acceptable 130 grams.

Below the customizable back panel sits a 2200mAh battery, which Motorola rates at 13 hours of 3G talk time and up to 24 hours of mixed usage endurance.

The Motorola Moto X a will be available on the five largest carriers in the USA – AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular. It will cost $200 for the 16GB version and $250 for the 32GB units, both with a two-year contract.