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Motorola Moto E specifications leaked, to be priced similar to the Moto G

After being acquired by Google, Motorola feels like a completely different smartphone brand. Its past few releases such as the Moto X and the Moto G have been very well received. The Moto X was a high-end smartphone with a twist, while the Moto G was solidly performing a mid-range smartphone with focus on the basics. Motorola is now reportedly working on the Moto E which will be priced at $230 (unlocked off-contract).

Motorola Moto E Specifications

Motorola Moto E Leaked Specifications

According to the leaked image, the Moto E will be equipped with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of ROM. A screen measuring 4.3 inches diagonally might feature an HD (1280 x 720 pixels) resolution, similarly to the Moto G. It will come with a 5MP primary rear-facing camera and a front-facing secondary camera as well. The battery is tipped to be a 1900 mAh one. Software wise, it will come with Android 4.4 KitKat, similar to all the Motorola smartphones that are on sale right now. Along with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, connectivity also includes dual SIM card slots, a feature which has huge demand in countries like India and China.

Similar to the Moto G, this device could be heading to developing countries like China and other Indian sub-continent countries. The Motorola Moto G which was priced at ~$200 (INR 12, 499) in India turned out to be a huge hit due to its affordable price tag, inclusion of dual SIM card slots and getting the basics right. The device appears to be very slim at just 6.2mm which might also mean that it could be a more stylish version of the not-so-attractive Moto G. Not only Motorola, even Google is working on a cheaper variant of its Nexus smartphone powered by a MediaTek processor.


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Moto E specs allegedly leak, thinner body and low-price inbound

The Moto G is as of now Motorola’s lowest-priced smartphone offering, but the highly-popular G might soon be looking down at an even cheaper phone: the Moto E. Since its launch in November last year, the Moto G has gone on to be Motorola’s best-selling smartphone in history, thanks in no small part to its incredibly affordable price point and decent performance at that price. According to Xataka México (translated), the Moto E will feature similar specs to the Moto G, but come in body that is thinner and more compact.



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Motorola may have another mid-range smartphone, the Moto E

Looking for a new mid-range phone? If the Moto G isn’t what you’re looking for, it seems as though Motorola may be ready to launch another low-cost device soon. Recent reports suggest a device named the Moto E will follow in the footsteps of it’s predecessors, and solve a complaint held by some in slimming down a touch.

 

The device is expected to be a low cost offering to complement Motorola’s other offerings, though little is known about it right now. Xataka notes the device will be “priced between the 2,999 and 3,199 weights” (weight being the translation of “peso”). If true, that puts it right around the $230 mark, given current currency conversions.

Spec-wise, the Moto E is rumored to have a 720p screen like the Moto G, but no sizing is noted. A dual-core 1.2GHz processor is also said to be on board, backed by 1GB RAM. A 5MP camera and 1,900mAh battery keep it running, and 4GB (possible expandable) memory keeps your files safe.

While that sounds a lot like the G, the source notes that the Moto E will check in around 6mm thin — the Moto G is nearly double that. Such a slim size suggests the customization options would go away, since much of the heft we find with the Moto G comes with internals needing to be tucked away so we can change the rear plate — though it’s said to be offered in both black and white options.

The device — which is also touted as very Moto G in design — should be hitting Mexico soon, arriving on TelCel. There is no word on whether Motorola is concentrating on the booming Latin markets with this device, or simply launching in Mexico before bringing it to the rest of the world.

Source: Xataka

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Motorola working on an even lower spec’d Moto G, could it be the $100 Nexus? [RUMOR]

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Looks like Motorola may have found their market. In an attempt to build upon the success that was the low-cost Motorola Moto G, the soon-to-be Lenovo owned OEM may soon release an even lower spec’d smartphone to help further capture the low-end market.

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Uncovered by Brazilian site TechnoBlog, this unnamed phone (Moto E, perhaps?) will come in 3 slightly different variants (XT1021 with single SIM, XT1022 dual SIM, and XT1025 dual SIM with digital TV). If the Moto G wasn’t quite so low-end for you, this Moto G Lite drops them as far as anyone should be willing to go. Here’s a quick spec list:

  • 4.3-inch display
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • 5MP camera
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB internal storage
  • 1,900mAh
  • Android 4.4 KitKAt

Currently, the phone is rumored to launch in May, although whether or not we’ll see this outside of emerging markets remains to be seen. We should note an earlier rumor from today that mentioned we could see a new $100 Nexus smartphone. Given Motorola’s history with releasing Google Play edition variants of their devices in the Play Store, we can’t help but wonder if it could be the smartphone leaked with the specs above. But it seems the real question is: how low can Motorola go?

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Motorola could soon announce an ultra thin smartphone

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Motorola is heavily focused on midrange devices, with the Moto G being one of its most successful Android smartphones. It seems like the company could follow that trend if a report coming out of Brazil is anything to go by. This device will apparently feature a very slim form factor and is said to be only 6.2mm in thickness. The handset will reportedly break cover next month in Brazil with global markets expected to follow suit subsequently.

The smartphone will arrive in three different models XT1021, XT1022 which comes with support for dual SIM and XT1025 which supports dual SIM standby and digital TV on-the-go. All three variants will feature a 4.3 inch display of unknown resolution, a 1.2 GHz dual core processor, a 5-megapixel camera on the back, 4GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, a 1,900 mAh battery and Android 4.4 KitKat.

This could very likely be a midrange device with the hardware specs sheet not looking very flattering. However, devices like this have a huge market around the world, so Motorola will hope to replicate the success of the Moto G with this new offering.

Source: Tecnoblog

Via: Talk Android

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Motorola celebrating fifty application updates with a Hangout full of questions

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The Moto X and Moto G have garnered a ton of positive attention since being released in last August and October, respectively. Motorola, too, has gotten great feedback from everyone because of their timely software updates for devices and applications. In fact, Motorola has updated fifteen of their apps for fifty total updates. To celebrate, Motorola’s Punit Soni will be leading a Hangout next Wednesday to field any questions thrown at him. There, Soni will answer questions and take feedback from everyone involved.

To RSVP for the Hangout, click here.

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Verizon DROID MAXX comes with new coating and new price tag

In a case of putting old wine into new wine skins, Verizon Wireless has announced two new variants of 2013′s Motorola DROID MAXX. Coming new shades of red and black, these smartphones sport practically the same specs but with a lower price, at least compared to last year’s figures.

A quick review of the DROID MAXX’s features reveals some similarities with Motorola’s last flagship, the Moto X, including a the same screen resolution albeit in a larger 5-inch package, the 1.7 Ghz dual-core processor, the 2 GB of RAM, and, perhaps more importantly, the same touchless controls that made the Moto X popular.

These two new DROID MAXX options are, for all intents and purposes, the same except in color. It still has the same wireless charging capability, though Verizon is amusingly advertising Nokia’s wireless charging plate as the recommended accessory for that feature. These DROIDs do come with Android 4.4 already pre-installed, which only arrived on devices out in the wild only last January.

Motorola’s DROID MAXX are now available in High Gloss Red as well as Black with Chrome Accents color options with a price tag of $99.99 with a two-year contract. For comparison, the device launched August last year at $299.99 per month. Verizon is throwing in its Verizon Cloud storage offering, giving buyers 25 GB of cloud storage per line, but the smartphones do already come with a special Google Drive promo that comes with 50 GB of free extra space but only for two years.

SOURCE: Verizon

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Verizon Offers The Motorola DROID MAXX In Glossy Red And Black-And-Chrome Colors

redthumbWhen Verizon launched the latest generation of Motorola DROID phones back in August, the long-lasting DROID MAXX was only offered in a matte black color. It seems a little belated, but as of today Verizon is selling the Moto flagship in two new color options: glossy red, and matte black with new silver trim on the speaker grille, Motorola badge, power button, and volume rocker. Both of them use the same Kevlar body as the original model, but the red version uses the reflective coating previously seen on the DROID Ultra and DROID Mini.

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Motorola celebrates 50 app update milestone with Hangout on Air to talk software

Punit Soni to field questions live with #AskMoto hashtag

Motorola has made a big deal out of bringing several of its devices’ core functionalities out into the Play Store for easy updating, and it is now marking the milestone of 50 updates to over 15 apps over the last 8 months. Touchless Control, Active Display, Motorola Camera and Gallery are just a few of the apps updated regularly through Google Play rather than a complete system update, and to celebrate the accomplishment Motorola is hosting a live Hangout on Air to talk software.

Punit Soni will be leading the event, and is requesting questions from the public — simply post with the hashtag #AskMoto on Google+, Facebook or Twitter to ask your question, and hopefully Punit will read it during the event. Thanks, questions and suggestions are all welcomed, he says, and while the number of questions is sure to balloon to an unanswerable number, it may be worth watching.

The Hangout on Air will kick off at 1:00pm PT on Wednesday, April 23rd, and you can RSVP to watch at the Google+ event page below.



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Motorola Offering 30% Off Accessories to Bring Spring to Your Phone

Motorola Offering 30% Off Accessories to Bring Spring to Your Phone

Spring is in the air and Motorola seems to be feeling it. If getting a few new accessories for your Moto X or Moto G on the cheap sounds like the right way to celebrate, you are in luck. Use the code “SPRING30″ to take 30% off at checkout now through April 24. 

This is another coupon from Motorola that has to be applied once you hit the checkout screen. Once you get there, it should knock the price off before you have to commit your credit card. With this deal, you can take a pair of Motorola’s Wireless headphones down to under $100 when their normal price is $129.99.

If you were in the market for something shiny and new for your Moto X, or just love saving money, head over to Moto’s accessory page with this new coupon.

Cheers Jaxon!

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Motorola DROID RAZR HD, DROID RAZR M KitKat Upgrade Arriving Soon

Owners of the Motorola Droid RAZR HD and the DROID RAZR M should be pleased to hear that a KitKat upgrade is coming for both devices. No less than Motorola Mobility’s Senior Director of Software Product Management David Schuster announced through his Google+ page that the update will be arriving soon.

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Schuster said that “A number of people have been asking me about that status of the KitKat upgrade for the 2012 DROID family (HD and M). I am happy to report that we have made great progress and it should only be a few more weeks until you guys can enjoy it. So stay tuned…”

Both devices were released around September of 2012 which means that under a two year contract there’s still around 5 months left. This might be the last official update that these models will be having as it will reach its two year mark.

The DROID RAZR HD was once the flagship smartphone of Motorola. It sports a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED HD 720p display and initially launched with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Technical Specifications

  • CDMA/EVDO network support
  • Quad-band GSM and 3G support (available only outside of the United States with Verizon roaming)
  • LTE network support
  • 21 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA
  • 4.7″ 16M-color Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with HD resolution (1280 x 720 pixels); Corning Gorilla Glass
  • Kevlar coated, splash resistant body
  • Lightly customized Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 chipset
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core Krait CPU
  • Adreno 225 GPU
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 16GB of storage; microSD card slot
  • 8 MP autofocus camera with LED flash; face detection and geotagging; 1080p video recording
  • 1.3MP front-facing camera for video-chat
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n and DLNA
  • NFC connectivity with Android Beam preinstalled
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • Accelerometer, proximity sensor and auto-brightness sensor; compass
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • microUSB port (charging) and stereo Bluetooth v 4.0
  • microHDMI port
  • 2500mAh battery with good performance

Despite being nearly two years old the DROID RAZR HD still has respectable specifications and can even match provide an even match with current mid-range models.

The DROID RAZR M on the other hand has similar specifications and features as the DROID RAZR HD save for its smaller 4.3-inch display.

Technical Specifications

  • CDMA/EVDO network support
  • Quad-band GSM and 3G support (available only outside of the United States with Verizon roaming)
  • LTE network support
  • 21 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA
  • 4.3″ 16M-color Super AMOLED Advanced capacitive touchscreen with qHD resolution (960 x 540 pixels); Gorilla Glass
  • Kevlar coated, splash resistant body
  • Lightly customized Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 chipset
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core Krait CPU
  • Adreno 225 GPU
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 8GB of storage; microSD card slot
  • 8 MP autofocus camera with LED flash; face detection and geotagging; 1080p video recording
  • 0.3MP front-facing VGA camera for video-chat
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n and DLNA
  • NFC connectivity with Android Beam preinstalled
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • Accelerometer, proximity sensor and auto-brightness sensor; compass
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • microUSB port (charging) and stereo Bluetooth v 4.0
  • 2000mAh battery with good performance

In terms of specifications this model can provide an even match with today’s mid-range smartphones.

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UK managing director Andrew Morley departs Motorola after Lenovo takeover

In light of Motorola‘s sale to Lenovo, the company’s UK managing director Andrew Morley is set to leave after joining Motorola back in 2010. This departure follows CEO Dennis Woodside stepping down back in September, soon after Google sold its mobile company to Lenovo.



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List of Moto X+1 custom back covers leaked, includes new leather colors

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While you were enjoying your Sunday BBQ, the man that is @evleaks was busy hand delivering his usual leaks onto the net. His latest? More (alleged) details on the rumored Motorola Moto X+1, the upcoming Motorola Moto X sequel we told you guys about a few weeks ago. This time around, it looks like Motorola might introduce new materials for customers to choose when customizing a smartphone on their site.

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Mr. Leaks provided a list of the available back covers to be found and while the usual colors made a return (along with wood), you’ll notice the addition of new leather options as well. We’re guessing these will look similar to back covers Samsung has been crazy about as of late (aka S Leather), although given Motorola’s history of using authentic wood back covers, these leather backs could feature real animal hide. Because… save the rainforests and all that.

As we approach the summer time (when the Moto X+1 is said to makes its official debut) we couldn’t be more excited. Many Android “spec whores fans” scoffed at the Moto X’s focus on software features over the higher end specs found on rival OEMs’ devices. With leather making the line up, we can’t help but wonder if Motorola will eventually introduce new materials to keep things fresh. Aluminum perhaps? Glass (please, no). What would you guys like to see on a Moto X+1?

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Motorola Migrate update improves pairing, fixes issues

If you bought the Moto X or one of Motorola‘s other recent handsets, Motorola Migrate likely served as a mixed blessing: while easy to use, it suffers from various bugs that could cause a random loss of connection or trouble pairing. Today the company pushed out an update for the app addressing the problems.

Motorola Migrate is a handy way to transfer the data from one’s previous handset to their new Motorola device, including things like text messages and contacts. The app is available from the Google Play Store, and once downloaded it works with wifi.

The old handset is used to scan a QR code generated by the app on the new handset, which then allows the two handsets to connect with each other. Those who have cameras with fixed focus could run into issues with this, having trouble scanning the code.

The update brings support for QR pairing with a smartphone that has a fixed-focus camera. Beyond this, a number of unspecified bugs that could cause trouble with transferring data between handsets have also been addressed, potentially eliminating any “connection lost” or similar errors.

SOURCE: Google+

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Motorola’s 2012 DROID devices still slated to get KitKat in a few more weeks

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Whenever Google releases a new version, or major update, to Android one of the most common questions for owners of existing phones is whether their device will ever benefit. Owners of the Motorola DROID  devices from 2012, the DROID RAZR HD, DROID RAZR M, and DROID RAZR MAXX HD has some reason to be concerned when Android 4.4 KitKat was released last fall as their devices were already “old” in terms of smartphones. They probably breathed a sigh of relief when Motorola announced they would make KitKat available for their devices at some point. After months of no updates though, some were questioning whether Motorola was really committed to the effort to make KitKat available for their devices. The good news for most, if not all, of these owners is that David Schuster with Motorola posted over the weekend that the update was only “a few more weeks” away.

In his post on Google+, Schuster indicates the team has made “great progress” in preparing KitKat for the “2012 DROID family” of devices. He does list the RAZR HD and RAZR M specifically, but left off the RAZR MAXX HD. Hopefully leaving off specific mention of that third device was merely an oversight. Schuster indicates the version to be released will be Android 4.4.2.

In a response to some questions, Schuster also reported work in continuing on Android 4.4.x for the 2013 DROID devices. However, the team has been dealing with “a number of different and unfortunately changing requirements.” He does think the challenges are behind the team at this point, so those devices appear to be on track to get an upgrade in “a few more weeks” as well.

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Droid RAZR HD and Droid RAZR M expected to get Android 4.4 KitKat in a few weeks

Users of the Motorola Droid RAZR HD and Droid RAZR M won’t have to wait much longer to update to Android 4.4 KitKat. Motorola has been making progress on the 4.4 update for both devices, both of which were originally released in September 2012. The update should be available in a few weeks, according to Motorola Mobility’s Senior Director of Software Product Management David Schuster. He wrote on Google+:

A number of people have been asking me about that status of the KitKat upgrade for the 2012 DROID family (HD and M). I am happy to report that we have made great progress and it should only be a few more weeks until you guys can enjoy it. So stay tuned…..

Have you been anxiously awaiting the KitKat update for your RAZR HD or RAZR M? Let us know below in the comments.

Source: David Schuster



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Motorola: RAZR HD and RAZR M Kit Kat Updates Arrive in a “Few More Weeks”

Motorola:  RAZR HD and RAZR M Kit Kat Updates Arrive in a “Few More Weeks”

Over the weekend, Motorola’s David Schuster gave DROID RAZR HD and RAZR M owners some fantastic news on the Kit Kat update front. According to Schuster, Motorola has made “great progress” on the updates and should be able to deliver them within a “few more weeks.” 

Moto confirmed back in November that this family of phones would be updated to Android 4.4+ at some point, but doubts had begun to arise after months of silence. Well, we did see a special software “test drive” arrive in March, though nothing really came of it.

He didn’t mention the RAZR MAXX HD, specifically, but did say the “2012 DROID family,” which includes that model.

As we know more, we’ll be sure to pass it along.

Via:  +David Schuster

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‘Moto X+1′ back panel options rumored, including wood and leather

The Moto X’s customizability through the Moto Maker site is an important differentiator for Motorola, and if the latest rumor from Twitter leaker @evleaks is to be believed, the apparent successor to that phone, dubbed “Moto X+1″ could take things a step further with new backplates, including leather and wood options.

The 25 back panel varieties listed in today’s leak include —



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Motorola stays in-house for new President and COO

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While Lenovo works on completing its purchase, Motorola has found a new leading man. Rick Osterloh is now Motorola’s presiden and chief operating officer. What will Osterloh be doing? Reporting to the Motorola Operating Board at Google until this big acquisition is finished and the company ends up in Lenovo’s hands.

Osterloh, while not being a notable name on the surface, is actually a longtime Motorola employee. He joined the company in 2007 when it bought Good. From there, Osterloh worked with development teams for Motorola’s Android devices. Also, Osterloh worked with Skype until Microsoft spent a fortune on it before returning to Motorola recently.

Source: Motorola

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Motorola may boost benefits for credit account holders

Motorola began offering financing options for smartphone purchases several months earlier. At the time those looking to make a purchase were being tempted with zero down and zero interest offers, but essentially the Motorola option was just like signing up for any other credit card offer.

Taking that last thought a step further, it now looks like Motorola is getting ready to boost the setup with extra perks and benefits. Details are just beginning to take shape, and so far what we are seeing comes courtesy of a few Droid-Life tipsters. It seems there are a few surveys being sent out to members of the credit program. The survey is your standard question and answer type with the options ranging from very likely to don’t know.

More to the point, these appear to be lining things up for everything from free shipping, to extra Google Drive storage and Google Play gift cards. There was also mention of a “Loyalty Bonus” for those who “stayed loyal to the brand for 12 months.”

Of these two surveys, one points more to a Rewards Program with the other being an “Elite” benefits package. Further details on the Elite package look to include a “modest” monthly charge which could later be used for benefits including the possibility of a free phone. On the other hand, the reward program looks like it will be free and more similar to other credit card reward options.

As this is still in the random survey stage — we aren’t sure when (or if) any of this will be added to the credit program.

VIA: Droid-Life

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Under Lenovo, Motorola picks a new but familiar leader

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Motorola may have had to shuffle executives following Lenovo’s acquisition plans, but the phone maker isn’t straying far from its previous course. It just named company veteran Rick Osterloh as its President and COO, effective immediately. He’ll provide the “business continuity” that Motorola needs right now, according to outgoing leader Jonathan Rosenberg.

Recent history suggests as much. While many focused on ex-CEO Dennis Woodside as the face of the Google-era Motorola, Osterloh led product development during that period — he can take at least some credit for attention-getting projects like the Moto X and Moto 360. He’s also responsible for getting the ball rolling on Android at the company, having created the team that launched early efforts like the CLIQ and Droid.

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Rick Osterloh is the new COO and President of Motorola Mobility

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Motorola’s Dennis Woodside recently left the company to join Dropbox leaving an open vacancy for a new President. And the company’s little known executive Rick Osterloh has filled his spot now until the Lenovo acquisition goes through. Osterloh is a known company man, so Motorola has saved itself the trouble from hunting for a new executive outside the company.

Up until now Osterloh has been the Senior VP of Product Management at Motorola, so the reins are in very capable hands. He was also briefly involved with Skype where he oversaw the design and product team until it was acquired by Microsoft at which point he joined Motorola back. While Osterloh is likely to continue for the foreseeable future, he could be replaced once the company comes under the control of Lenovo.

Motorola is going through a transitional phase right now and changes in executives are much expected at this juncture. Even though the Lenovo acquisition was inked earlier this year, it will take some time to take effect, so Motorola will have to manage the day-to-day affairs as usual until then.

Source: Motorola Blog

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Motorola Announces Rick Osterloh as New COO (Updated)

Motorola Announces Rick Osterloh as New COO (Updated)

Motorola, in a blog post that has since been pulled, announced today that Rick Osterloh has been named President and COO of the company. Up until today, Osterloh was most recently the SVP of Product for the company, which means he helped lead the charge for their “reinvigoration” over the last year with products like the Moto X.

The announcement points out that Osterloh has been with the company for 7 years, leaving an “insider” in house to lead them forward with a pending takeover from Lenovo on the way. As you know, now-former CEO Dennis Woodside stepped aside to take the COO job with Dropbox back in February, shortly after the Lenovo acquisition was announced.

I’m not exactly sure why they pulled the announcement, but we caught the full text of it before they did so.

Update:  The post is now live.

Here is the full announcement:

A Moto insider to lead us forward

We’re excited to announce that Rick Osterloh has been named as President and COO of Motorola Mobility. Rick will assume the role today, reporting to the Motorola Operating Board at Google until the Lenovo acquisition is complete.

Rick is a Silicon Valley veteran and a familiar face across Motorola, where he has been leading all product management and helping to define the ‘go forward’ strategy for the past two years. Rick first joined the company 7 years ago when Motorola acquired Good, and he started Motorola down the Android path while managing product and engineering teams. Between stints here, Rick joined Skype, where he oversaw design and product for more than 250 million monthly users until it was acquired by Microsoft.

Since his return, Rick’s had a key role in the company’s reinvigoration. He’s been a guiding visionary on the entire product front and a passionate advocate for our philosophy to focus everything we do on the consumer experience.

I believe that Rick’s appointment provides the focused leadership and business continuity needed to steer the organization into the future, and I look forward to continuing in my role as Google liaison and advisor to Motorola through the transition period supporting Rick.

Sincerely,
Jonathan Rosenberg

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Motorola names Rick Osterloh new president and COO

Motorola Mobility has a new President and COO: Rick Osterloh. Formerly SVP of Product, Osterloh is taking over the helm of Motorola from form CEO Dennis Woodside. Woodside, if you’ll recall, stepped down in September to take a position as COO of Dropbox, following Google’s selling of Motorola to Lenovo.



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First working Project Ara prototype device expected this month

Project Ara, the modular smartphone endeavor started by Motorola before being folded into Google’s ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) group, is making progress towards its first working prototype, according to a recent write-up by MIT’s Technology Review.



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Motorola honored to receive four Red Dot design awards

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Motorola recently won four Red Dot design awards, something that has never been done before, and today a blog post was posted to the Motorola blogspot that detailed how honored they were. These awards were given for a number of products that were released in this past year, including the Moto X.

Other products that received awards were 3 of the companies Bluetooth-enabled devices, the Motorola Roadster Pro automotive speaker, the Motorola Whisper and the Motorola Sliver II headsets.

The Red Dot awards are an international design competition that has been around since 1954. Products are judged by group of design experts and winners are selected based on their ability to display the highest level of design and innovation.

Motorola went on to say that design has always been central to the company, and that the same spirit for design would continue on in future designs like the Moto 360.

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What is the Moto X +1? Leather Backs to be a MotoMaker Option?

What is the Moto X +1? Leather Backs to be a MotoMaker Option?

Buzz surrounding future Motorola products has been quiet since they unveiled their smartwatch, the Moto 360, back in mid-March. We’re now just waiting for that watch to arrive for its summer launch, hopefully alongside the new version of the Moto X. According to industry leaker, @evleaks, something from Motorola is on the horizon that could potentially be talked about, titled Moto X +1, though we’re not exactly sure what to make of it. 

Is the Moto X +1 a new phone? Is it a promo that would involve a Moto X plus a freebie? Could it be Motorola’s idea surrounding the pairing of the Moto X with the Moto 360? We do not know. We could speculate all day around whether or not this is the terrible new name for the follow-up to last year’s Moto X, but @evleaks left us only the Tweet, no context. My guess? It’s a promo pairing of the Moto X with another product. Either way, the name or phrase is in the wild and is something to look out for.

On a semi-related note, Evan also dropped a note this weekend that read “2013:wood::2014:leather,” which we would assume is related to the Moto X. If you decode his teaser, he could be saying that we’ll see leather as a MotoMaker custom back option for this year’s Moto X. Last year we got wood, this year we’ll see leather. After all, Motorola has said on numerous occasions that they will continue to explore different materials. Leather would be an interesting, if not classy, option.

Have any thoughts on the Moto X +1 or leather as a back plate option?

Via:  @evleaks [2]

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Rumor: Moto X successor to be named Moto X+1

The next Moto X is expected to land this summer, and while we don’t know much about Motorola’s plans for a sequel to their best selling smartphone yet, we have a bit of a clue as to what they’ll be calling this mystery. As leaked by @evleaks, we could see Motorola bring their 2014 offering to the storefronts of the world as the Moto X+1.

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The leak didn’t give us much more beyond the wide release window of “coming soon,” but there’s no harm in letting our thoughts run wild. For starters, we’re certainly wondering what Motorola’s stance will be when it comes to processors. The original Moto X was seen as “outdated” as it was a custom configuration based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4.

While not all of us are in line with that belief — yours truly wrote an editorial about it last year — Motorola has to answer to the more vocal crowd, and that crowd seems to want some heavy duty firepower inside. Motorola also stuck to its guns on using 720p resolution in their high-end options, so it’ll be interesting to see what they do in that regard. We also wouldn’t mind a camera worth lifting a finger for.

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Motorola was applauded for nearly everything else about the phone, though. Namely, their ability to provide 24 hours of battery life on just a 2,200mAh battery was quite popular, as well as their custom processor setup that enabled Touchless Controls and Active Display.

That build quality was as well as we’d ever seen for a phone, and the fact that they didn’t mess with Android’s stock user interface too much sat well with those who prefer not to deal with bloated OEM skins. Our full review has all the details in case you happened to miss it.

There’s no doubt Motorola has a lot riding on this upcoming release. Pressure to improve growth and financials have caused them to go back to the basics in every facet of their business.

It also doesn’t help that the company is in between being sold off to a third-party entity for the second time (that being Lenovo, if you aren’t in the know). With the launch of this new Moto X+1 paired with forthcoming innovations such as the gorgeous Moto 360 smart watch — both of which are still buoyed by longstanding rumors that Motorola will reenter the tablet space — 2014′s spotlight will definitely be fixed squarely on their backs.

The next generation Moto X is expected to launch this summer, so we should be close to seeing more details spring up as we move close to those months. Let us know what you’d like to see in the new Moto X in the comments section below!

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Leak suggests Motorola will move emphasis from wood to leather in 2014

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In 2013, Motorola focused on wood being the material worth emphasizing with the Moto X. With its Moto Maker platform to produce custom devices, Motorola needed something to differentiate the Moto X. However, upon launching, the wood backs did not exactly maintain the buzz from when the Moto X was revealed in August. The hype cooled off because wood backs came long after the device’s release.

Now, in 2014, it seems that Motorola will be shifting its focus to another material. That material? Leather. On Twitter, @evleaks tweeted “2013:wood::2014:leather.” Of course, this is a very vague tweet on the surface. But what other company used wood in 2013? None, just Motorola.

So it looks like leather will be adding leather to its Moto Maker platform this year. Will it be available for the current Moto X? I would not think so. I believe that the leather backs will debut on Motorola’s next device, either the Moto X + 1 or the rumored 6.3-inch device.

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— @evleaks (@evleaks) April 6, 2014

 

Source: @evleaks

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