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The latest comScore numbers are out, giving us an idea of who’s gained and lost over last quarter. While the overall movement isn’t shocking, there were a few surprises. We’re starting to think a recent big transaction is having negative a impact some may not have anticipated.
Apple still reigns supreme, commanding 41.6% of the smartphone market when compared t other OEMs. Samsung is second, naturally — they hold onto just over 1/4 of the market at 26.7%. LG ranks a distant third with 6.9%, which is just ahead of Motorola at 6.4%. HTC checks in as well, claiming 5.4% of the overall smartphone market.
When it comes to platform, we all know what the answer is. Android is still king with a 51.7% market share, while iOS has 41.6. Blackberry is holding steady with 3.1%, closely related to Microsoft’s 3.2%. Symbian is still hanging on with 0.2%, bolstered by those emerging markets where other platforms are still finding their way.
Two things stand out in this study: Apple and Motorola. Apple’s iPhone sales were up 1.0%, as was iOS. In terms of platform, iOs was the only one to pick up over last quarter — Android fell 0.5%. Motorola was also a loser, dropping 0.6% and out of third place for OEMs. We really hope the Lenovo purchase hasn’t hurt them.
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On Monday, we asked for readers to send in their questions for Volume 19 of the DL Q&A Sessions. We have gathered our favorites, then let our team have at them.
Questions seems to be quite focused on Motorola and the general state of the hardware/software game for Android. If you were curious for our honest opinions on the Lenovorola deal or which spirit animal our Android device’s would be, then read on.
Thank you for your fantastic questions, everyone.
Reminder: K is Kellen, T is Tim, R is Ron, and E is Eric.
If every phone manufacturer was running stock vanilla android, what hardware would you choose?
K: Motorola. I know we talk about our love for the Moto X all of the time, but it is the hardware I would still choose (thankfully it already runs stock Android). It may not carry the premium look of the all-metal HTC one, but it feels so fabulous in hand. I really hope that Motorola doesn’t change the size of the new Moto X, but maybe just upgrades the display and camera. No phone feels better in hand to me than this after all this time. And I’ve gone back and forth between the One, G2, and Nexus 5.
T: I would choose whichever one had the best camera. If each hardware maker had their typical sensors in there, then I would have to stay away from almost every one of them besides Samsung and HTC. If you were to tell me that each had the same camera, and I had to judge solely on the quality of hardware, then I would lean towards Motorola or HTC. Maybe if HTC lowered the weight on the One, I wouldn’t be so snobby towards it. Metal is heavy, HTC.
R: I think HTC makes some of the best hardware still, but Sony would be up there as well. It would probably depend on whoever had the best camera.
E: Probably HTC. The aluminum body of the One just feels too substantial to pass up. It isn’t a perfect design (the big black HTC bar on the bottom, capacitive buttons), but if the software was equal across all the other devices, that would be my choice. If only it were real!
Which OEM are you rooting for this year?
K: Last year I said Motorola, this year I’m probably going to go with HTC. HTC has one hell of an uphill climb if they want to survive. I don’t know if it can be done, but I hope so. They are truly trying to make the most premium smartphones of our time, they just don’t have a marketing budget to let everyone know about them. Hopefully, something changes this year, because I’d hate to see one less Android OEM.
T: I’m rooting hard for HTC and Motorola. Both of these companies need to hit a couple of homeruns this year, so here’s hoping they come through for consumers. We pretty much know what HTC has in store for us thanks to a ton of leaks, and I’ve gotta say, it’s not looking too good for them. Motorola on the other hand has found some success with the Moto X and Moto G (especially), so let’s see if they can keep it up.
R: I’m hoping HTC can stay afloat, that Sony will enter the US, and that Motorola will surprise us with a phone that can take pictures.
E: Everyone! Why wouldn’t you root for an OEM? HTC and Motorola need all the love they can get at this point. Samsung looks like they have disappointed a few people with the S5 so we have to give them some backing too. LG has their constant little brother syndrome and Sony still doesn’t seem to understand how to roll out a phone across the globe. No one benefits from not rooting for all Android OEMs, spread the love man.
What is your phone’s spirit animal?
K: A koala.
T: Kevin Bacon or a big ol’ bald eagle. ‘Murica!
R: Jony Ive.
E: Grumpy Cat.
How do you honestly feel about Lenovo’s acquisition of Motorola?
K: Not great. They soon won’t be an American company, they’ll no longer have the freedom that they had when being owned by Google, and their future is a giant question mark. They already lost their CEO. Who knows how many others from their current executive group will leave in the next few months. The Texas MotoMaker plant is almost guaranteed to go away. It all kind of sucks, actually. Moto did some really cool stuff last year, and will likely again this year until the acquisition is official, but after that, who knows what we’ll see.
T: Another great American company, now owned by a Chinese company. All of the hard work and uphill battles they fought last year might as well have been for nothing, as Lenovo announced they plan on introducing Motorola to emerging markets. Will they focus still on the US? Probably, but not as much as we would like. We probably have a few devices in Motorola’s pipeline to look forward to, but in terms of overall feeling towards the deal, I’m bummed about it.
R: I don’t know what to think yet. I really like Lenovo’s Yoga Pro 2, but their smartphone software has been sub par so far. I think Lenovo has pretty good design chops, so for me the big thing will be to see if they can continue Motorola’s new-found love of close-to-stock Android with useful, not gimmicky, software enhancements. And a camera that can take pictures.
E: I think we all shared our feelings on a Droid Life show a couple weeks ago, but to sum it up: I’m disappointed. It seemed that we were just getting a new Motorola who was on the right track to do some really cool things and now we can’t be sure of that now. I know Lenovo has the manufacturing prowess to boost Motorola, but it takes more than that. You have to have an idea and vision, and I think we fell in love with the vision that Moto had under Google. I highly doubt that it will be the same under new management.
Do you think Nokia has a chance in the Android market?
K: Go away, Nokia. Go away.
T: It’s Nokia. I don’t really care quite yet. When I see an awesome flagship with crazy specs and a good camera, I might turn my head to re-acknowledge their existence.
R: I don’t think that question makes sense. Nokia is using Android to push Microsoft services on the low end, but the experience is far worse than a low-end Windows Phone, so I don’t see Nokia’s line of Android phones taking off any time soon. If Nokia went all in with Android and made something akin to the Lumia 1020 then I think they might have a shot, but that ship has long sailed for Nokia. Microsoft will undoubtedly shut down any Android-related projects once the acquisition is complete.
E: If they keep scraping the bottom barrel of the market, probably not.
Why do you guys prefer stock Android so much?
K: I think partly because I know it so well and am so used to it because we pushed so hard for it to be the standard over skins. I can get down with TouchWiz and Sense, but they just seem to carry this extra layer or three of fluff that I don’t need. Stock Android is simple, but lets me add what I want to it. There isn’t extra garbage. Plus, it has really matured over the last two years to become a beautiful OS that has all of the stuff you need to survive.
T: I enjoy stock Android because Google is my overlord, and if this is how they intended me to enjoy their mobile OS, then this is how I will keep it. On a more serious note, I think the problem with skins is that they add in too much. They go past the point of useful and just add in gigs worth of crap I will never touch. When you buy a phone with 16GB of storage, then only 8GB are useable thanks to a skin and crapware, then we have a problem. That’s some scam/false advertisement right there. Motorola is on the right track – stock Android, but with hints of proprietary goodness. Good on you, Moto.
R: I personally prefer stock Android because I like consistency. I want all of my apps and the OS to look like they match each other. Stock Android tends to be able to meet that aesthetic much better than the skins. That said, most stock Android icons are garbage.
E: For people just coming into the Android scene, it may seem a little weird to have this obsession with stock Android. You have to look at it from where we have been. Android skins like TouchWiz and Motoblur used to be god-awful. Absolutely killed your phone. Putting some kind of stock ROM on it or having a Nexus device was almost like night and day. OEMs have done a lot to make skins a lot less intrusive and a lot more functional, but some of that preference for stock still comes from that. Another big group of thinking is that stock Android makes it easy to ROM, root and hack their device. Something that other mobile OS’s don’t offer so easily. And then personally, I like minimal. Stock Android is slim, sleek and runs fast. Why wouldn’t I love it?
What are you expecting from a new Moto X device?
K: More of the same, at least that’s what Motorola told us in an interview. I’d imagine they’ll continue to add features to Active Display and Touchless Control. They’ll then upgrade to a 1080p display, find ways to extend battery life further, and hopefully keep MotoMaker on some level. I’m sure there will be some sort of new surprise to help sell the phone, I just have no idea what that’ll be. I really just wish they’d put the best possible camera sensor for mobile on Earth in that thing. PLEASE, Moto.
T: ”Better” specs and a MUCH better camera sensor. Good lord, Moto, did you even open the camera app before releasing the Moto X? If you tell me you did, I’m going to call you a big fat liar! Regardless, I have high hopes for a 2014 Moto X. Last year’s had the perfect mix of stock Android and helpful software/hardware features like Touchless Control and Active Display. Don’t over do it, Moto.
R: I would love to have a Moto X with a fantastic camera, but I am absolutely not expecting that from Motorola. I’m expecting a slightly spec bumped Moto X with a very similar chassis, a disappointing camera, decent battery life, and a low price.
E: Better camera, better processor, more MotoMaker options and a few other snazzy improvements along the line of Touchless Control and Active Display.
If you had to live with one for the rest of your life, would it be HTC’s Sense UI or Samsung’s TouchWiz UI?
K: TouchWiz. While I like the overall look of Sense, I really hate the way HTC changes basic actions in Android. Samsung may skin the hell out of everything, but general Android concepts are there. For example, to share photos from your gallery in Sense, you have to tap the “share” button first, then select which app, and then select the photos. On every other Android device on the planet, you select the photos first, and then tap share. Or how about their dock/app/folder situation in the Sense launcher? Or their terrible management of contacts? Or the insanely long process they have implemented for changing a wallpaper? Ugh. Things like that drive me nuts.
T: So blowing my brains out isn’t an option? I would go with the new TouchWiz that we saw on the Galaxy S5. It’s actually not that bad. Is it just me, or does Kit Kat make everything better? The unification of colors on the notification bar (and the translucency) has been one of my favorite changes to Android since I have been using this OS. I think it’s extremely hot. So, to answer the question, TouchWiz!
R: HTC Sense would absolutely be my choice. Samsung has always been bad at software design (look at the old Omnia line of Windows Mobile phones versus HTC’s Windows Mobile phones with TouchFlo), whereas HTC has usually been able to design things that look nice. It’s not always my favorite design aesthetic (I’m not in love with the latest versions of Sense), but it looks nice.
E: Both of these skins have a pretty bad history, but I think they’ve both come a long way. I have a slight preference for Sense though. I don’t need birds chirping at me for the rest of my life whenever I get a text message.
Moto Maker has added some pretty sweet options since its unveiling last summer, including bamboo backings for devices.
Today, Motorola announced that in the spirit of March Madness, the company would be adding nine new back colors and three new accents after studying the colors that many colleges use in their logos. Starting today, you’ll be able to fully customize your device with up to 40 college names and logos— Motorola will add more as time goes on.
Here’s the info on pricing from Motorola:
A custom Moto X from the College Collection is now available starting at the everyday price of $399 off-contract or $49 with a new two year contract. Currently in college? We’d like to sweeten the deal with a student discount. Register at motorola.com/college with a valid .edu address and you can get an off-contract Moto X for the discounted price of $339.
Seems like a pretty good deal to me— jump in if you’re feeling some school pride.
Come comment on this article: Motorola to offer college logos and colors for Moto X in Moto Maker
[Gig 'Em Aggies] Motorola Introduces The College Collection With 43 Moto X Custom Color Combinations And School Cases
The very first thing that college sports fans did when the Moto Maker customization tool came out was make a phone in the colors of their alma mater. Now that’s a little easier thanks to Motorola’s College Collection. To facilitate better collegiate customization, the College Collection includes nine new back colors and three new accent colors (which don’t seem to be available on the standard Moto Maker site). If that’s not enough for you, the customized phones also include a clear case with your school logo.
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[Gig 'Em Aggies] Motorola Introduces The College Collection With 43 Moto X Custom Color Combinations And School Cases was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Motorola has just announced the ‘College Collection’ Moto X, which will give users a new set of colors and logos to choose from, depending on your college. This variant of the smartphone is available through Moto Maker as an add on to the existing line of customization options offered by the site. The College Collection includes logos from 40 schools (and counting), so more colleges are expected to be added subsequently.
As a bonus, Motorola is also offering a discount if you buy using a qualifying ‘.edu’ email which is reserved for students. Using that email, students can get the Moto X for as little as $339.99 which is a $60 discount on the original price.
It must be noted that these are add-on cases and can be bought separately as well for $35 for any variant of the Moto X. But new buyers will be able to get the case for free along with the standard Moto X. So head over to the link below to check if there’s a case from your alma mater.
Via: Android Police
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Motorola is constantly reinventing the use for Moto Maker for the Moto X. When it launched it offered up a variety of color choices to click through. Then Motorola brought out the wood backs at a steep price tag that was cut down rather quickly. Now they have launched a custom College Collection.
The new collection offers up 9 new color back options and 3 new accent hues to cover the various college colors from across the country. It is matched up with a matching Uncommon case that sports the schools logo. You still have full control over the color options and can swap things around a little bit. Like swap out for wood and change the accent color.
Motorola has also kicked in a special for college students, educators and alumni. If you have an active .edu email that you can open and receive the promo code through, you can get a Moto X ordered for $339. That is $60 off the regular starting price.
I am a little disappointed that they have the Oregon Ducks but not the Beavers. Hopefully more schools will be added as time progresses. Until then, head over to the College Collection and take a look. Don’t forget, if you have a .edu email, you will want to go to the special education request page to get your promo code emailed to you before you order.
Yesterday, we told you guys about a new upgrade to Motorola’s Touchless Controls app that added an awesome new command. Saying “What’s Up” or “Read Notifications” will have the phone read back a list of your recent notifications.
We gave the new feature a spin on video on the Motorola DROID Maxx running Android 4.4 KitKat, and marveled at the fact that it sounds pretty natural and fluid. The app uses context-sensitive information and relativity to give a more naturally-flowing summary of all the things that need my attention.
Simply put: it’s awesome, and while it may not be the most revolutionary thing in the world, it all adds up to that valuable, yet simple software experience Motorola has provided in their latest smartphones. It’s the reason I raved over the DROID Ultra and MAXX in my review, and why it’s compelled me to get behind Motorola for the foreseeable future.
These sorts of features are what we hoped would come of Motorola’s ability to update the app through the Google Play Store, and we’re glad to know they’re taking full advantage of the unique capabilities they’ve enabled in their latest hardware. Watch a quick video demo of the feature in action above.
Want the upgrade on your Moto X, DROID Mini, DROID MAXX or DROID Ultra? Head to Google Play and grab it yourself (but only if you’re on Android 4.4 KitKat). The feature is available in English, Spanish and Italian, with even more coming soon. PS to my colleague Joe from WinSource: the Packers most certainly do not suck, thank you very much.
Working to entice more Android lovers into its ecosystem, Motorola has just released an update to some of its special apps. Motorola Migrate now works for Android to Android transfers while Touchless Control just gained a new trigger phrase for notifications.
The Motorola Migrate app tries to take away the pain and apprehension in when moving from one smartphone to another, preferably one of Motorola’s. Previously, however, the app only worked for transferring data from an iPhone, which, admittedly, is where most reluctant switchers would be coming from. This new version, however, now makes the process work for Android-to-Android migration as well. Users can even choose which content they wish to transfer or even move SIM contacts directly to a Google account. It also now fails gracefully when the Motorola smartphone can’t accommodate the old phone’s content because of limited free disk space.
Motorola Moto X owners will also be receiving an update to the smartphone’s hands-free features. Now users can get updated with the latest notifications, which are read aloud to them, just by saying “What’s Up” or “Read Notifications”. This new feature is fully available for US English, Spanish, and Italian languages. Other languages, however, are still in beta.
The updates are now up on Google Play Store and should be rolling out to users, especially with the Touchless Control app, which is only available for the Moto X and few other Motorola smartphones. Those using Motorola Migrate will need to have the same version of the app installed on both smartphones.
A new upgrade is headed to the Touchless Controls app on the Moto X and the Verizon DROID Mini, Ultra and MAXX. There weren’t a multitude of new features, though the magnitude of the one new feature certainly does excite us.
Motorola has added a new “What’s Up” command, which will recite your notifications back to you in an oddly-digitized voice. You can also use “Read Notifications” if the former command is too informal for you.
Motorola took care to mention that this feature only works on devices that have received the Android 4.4 upgrade, so if you haven’t been stepped up to KitKat yet you’ll want to get on that as soon as possible. The new commands are fully functional and available in English, Spanish and Italian, while various other languages have been included under the beta label.
It’s good to see Motorola’s continuing to deliver great new features through apps in the Google Play Store, and not leaving it up to firmware upgrades which can take quite a while to reach everyone. Grab the download here, and let us know what you think after having tried it for yourself.
The Touchless Control feature on the Moto X and Verizon’s 2013 DROIDs (Ultra, Maxx, and Mini) is already one of the coolest Android manufacturer add-ons around. Today it gets just a little cooler: the Touchless Control app was updated to add a “What’s up” command. This voice command will make your phone read out the unread notifications in your status bar. This should be great for hands-free updates while driving. Or bathing.
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Motorola Touchless Control Updated With A ‘What’s Up’ Command That Reads Out Notifications was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Existing customers of Motorola devices will be treated to a surprise email notifying them of a loyalty discount on the Moto X. This will effectively bring down the pricing of the smartphone to $349.99, which is a flat $50 off the asking price. The mail is also accompanied by a coupon code, which is exclusive to each user and will have to be used during checkout to avail the discount.
While the standard customizable Moto X will cost $350 after this discount, users will still have to shell out an extra $25 for the wooden variants, which is a negligible amount really. There is no word on whether these codes can be transferred to other users, but considering that most people who receive this mail already own a Moto X, it is safe to assume that they will be transferable.
Motorola has been offering several discounts on the Moto X, but the pricing has gone back to its old state now. However, with newer flagships set to arrive in the markets, we can expect the company to offer more discounts on the smartphone in the coming weeks. If you have received a loyalty code in your email, make sure you redeem it by heading over to the Moto Maker page from the link below.
Via: Android Central
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Motorola just updated Touchless Control for the Moto X and DROIDs. Among bug fixes and improved accuracy, they added two new commands which do the same thing. You can say “What’s Up” or “Read Notifications” and you will hear the time and information about any new notifications that you have. From my limited time with the new update, it appears to only work with notifications that are present in the Active Display.
It’s fully launched for U.S. English, Spanish, and Italian. It’s in beta for other languages and regions.
If you have a Moto X or one of the new DROIDs, download the update now. Links after the break.
Come comment on this article: Motorola Touchless Control updated with the ability to read notifications
$349 off-contract codes going out to ‘loyal’ customers
You’ve been loyal to Motorola, and we’d like to thank you with this exclusive offer. Design Moto X with Moto Maker and use your exclusive promo code, LOYAL-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXX (redacted), at checkout. Trade in your old device for an even bigger discount.
Of course, you’ll still have to spend some extra cash on the wooden backed look, but a base price of $350 for the Moto X is worth a close look. Of course, new models are coming from everyone, including Motorola, but chances are none of them will be $350.
We’ve no idea if these codes are able to be shared like the last ones were, but I imagine we’ll know shortly.
When we first heard that Motorola was going to be hosting a little event at MWC we were unsure as to what they would be chatting about. With the Lenovo deal fresh on everyone’s mind we hoped that we’d find out more on that. However discussions held at the short event went in a different direction. There was talk of the Moto G’s success, the next-gen Moto X in the works, and even a moment on wearables.
For those that missed the event, Motorola has finally uploaded it to its YouTube account. We have that video for you after the break. If you have a half an hour to kill, then this may be right up your alley.
Come comment on this article: Motorola’s MWC event now available for your viewing pleasure
Clear a half hour slot for Moto’s brief Barcelona special
A week ago in Barcelona, Motorola held a fairly low key press event. Well, more a panel discussion than an out-and-out press conference. We were there, of course, and brought you the key facts such as Moto’s take on wearables, the success of the Moto G and Moto Maker launching internationally. It wasn’t broadcast live, but now you can go back and watch it all if you’re interested.
Short and sweet, but still worth a watch, especially if you weren’t able to follow our live coverage from Mobile World Congress last week.
For those of you that might have missed the half hour long sit down with Motorola executives, Moto was kind enough to upload the video for you to watch at your disposal. Many questions are answered by the men of Moto. Questions that involved future plans of the company, and the recent acquisition by Lenovo. There was also mention of a new Moto X coming out this year, but a lot of you probably read all about it. So if you feel like seeing what the newly bought company had to say at MWC, check it out below and let us know your thoughts.
We knew Motorola was going to release their Windy Day sequel, Buggy Night, we just didn’t know when. Today, the Motorola Spotlight Player received an update, and of course, it included the latest interactive video from Motorola’s specialty team.
If you’ve got a Moto X and you’ve been anticipating this latest video, you can update your app to see the new little short. If you’ve managed to avoid Windy Day so far, now’s a good time to hit the download link below and get caught up.
Come comment on this article: Motorola Spotlight Player updated with Buggy Night, the follow-up to Windy Day
Last week, Motorola held a 30 minute event in Barcelona at MWC, where three Moto executives sat down and answered questions about the company’s future, success, and acquisition by Lenovo. The event was not streamed for the masses, so we know there are plenty of people who have no idea what exactly the execs talked about.
Motorola has been kind enough to throw together the below video, in which you can sit down and watch the full event unfold.
As mentioned, it’s sort of long and doesn’t really provide too much insider info that wasn’t already written up last week. For example, they announced that a new Moto X is coming, the company has plans for wearables, and MotoMaker was launched internationally.
Have a watch below.
Moto G owners who have updated to Android 4.4 might be experiencing some trouble. Many issues have been reported since the update, and range from annoying to serious. Though they got it wrong the first time, Motorola is aware of the issues, and is working hard to rectify them.
They’ve created a mass landing page for all complaints surrounding the Moto G, since there are so many of them. Some users report a loss of mobile signal entirely, while others seem to have an issue with Airplane Mode. It seems the Moto G may be slipping into Airplane Mode without displaying any icon, or letting users know at all.
The problems are widespread on the device, and don’t stop with connectivity. Some report the device will randomly display that no SIM is present, even when it is. Some ae pointing to mobile data as the culprit, with suggestions that it doesn’t occur when mobile data is turned off.
Motorola is looking into all the problems, and diligently trying to solve them. These issues weren’t reported until the device got the Android 4.4 update. Though commendable that Motorola quickly updated their handsets to KitKat, a lack of connectivity is a big issue, as is the device not recognizing your SIM card. No timetable was offered for a fix, but we’re sure Motorola will have the problems solved pretty quickly.
Following a soak test back in late February, the official Android 4.4.2 update for the Sprint Moto X has begun rolling out to the general population. The relatively minor update adds new printing features, better battery life, and fixes Microsoft Exchange synchronization issues found in the previous software version. Here’s the full list of changes published by Motorola:
The new version, 161.44.32.ghost_sprint.Sprint.en.US, should be available for all Sprint Moto X users immediately, assuming you actually go into settings and check for the update.
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Sprint Moto X Android 4.4.2 OTA Now Rolling Out (Software Version 161.44.32) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Near the end of last month, Motorola teased an upcoming interactive film for Moto X owners titled, Buggy Night. It is the followup video to Windy Day, a cutesy little video that surprised Moto X owners as it randomly appeared on their homescreens, then took them on an adventure through cartoon wood environments.
The app that holds these videos, Spotlight Player, has been updated on Google Play with Buggy Night included inside.
If you or your kids have been waiting for this new interactive flick to come out, then follow the link below and grab it.
Cheers everyone who sent this in!
Coming to an X Phone near you
The second Motorola interactive piece for the Motorola Spotlight Player is pushing out today, titled Buggy Night.
The “video” — for lack of a better term — offers an interactive 360-degree view, and you control the action by moving your phone. Not just any phone, though. You’ll need a Moto X to use the Spotlight Player app and its associated clips.
As we saw with the first video Windy Day, Buggy Night is built by award-winning storytellers and animators — directed by Mark Oftedal and featuring many of the folks who worked on Windy Day, including Caldecott medal-winning illustrator and writer Jon Klassen and Academy award-winning producer Karen Dufilho-Rosen. It really is a nice treat for the senses, and shows off some great ideas from the folks making our Android phones.
If it hasn’t already, the Buggy Night clip will be pushed to your Moto X soon, and you can access it via the Spotlight Player app. If you need to install or update Spotlight Player, there’s a handy Google Play link at the top.
Thanks, everyone who sent this in!
One of the biggest advantages of Motorola’s latest phones is that they’ve been rapidly updated to Android 4.4. But at least some owners of the low-cost Moto G are having serious issues after updating to 4.4.2. Many posters on the official Motorola support forums are saying that their phones are intermittently dropping all cell signals, and in some cases even losing connection with the phone’s SIM card. These issues were not reported before the Android 4.4 update.
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Moto G is one of the most successful phones from Motorola. It’s a really good phone but it’s not free of problems. that’s why we dedicated some of our time writing this Moto G Problems and Solutions series. In this post, at least ten common problems were addressed but we know hundreds, if not thousands, of owners must have issues.
If you own this phone and are experiencing some issues with it, try to browse the post and see if your problem has already been addressed. If not then we contact us about it. You can like our Facebook Page to get updates via your favorite social network, follow us on our Google Plus Community, subscribe to our newsletter or email us at email@example.com.
Chrome is eating a lot of RAM
Problem: Hi, I have a 7-month old Android phone, Motorola Moto G, and it’s running the latest Android version, 4.4 KitKat. Everything in it is super cool and I love it. I forgot what kind of browser I was using but since the KK update, I started using Chrome since it is the default browser. However, just recently, I stumbled upon RAM usage and I found out Chrome is the fastest RAM eater of all. I also noticed that my phone seems to slow down when I browse the web using Chrome and I believe it’s because the browser is eating a lot of RAM. How can you prevent this? What are the browsers you will recommend? Thanks. — Sarah
Answer: I have nothing against Google’s Chrome browser. In fact, I often use it on my computer over Firefox. But honestly, it’s a memory hog even on Windows so I’m not surprised upon hearing problems like this. There’s nothing we can do about the browser’s RAM requirement except keep tabbed browsing to the minimum when using Chrome. Also, make it a point to clear cache, cookies and history from time to time and minimize bookmarks. As to browser recommendations, I personally use Opera and Dolphin browser, although I have the Chrome and Firefox installed on my phone as well.
Gmail and Google Drive not working
Problem: I was given a gift by my boyfriend, a Moto G, last week and ever since I wasn’t able to receive emails because Gmail just won’t work and so is Google Drive. I don’t know what the problem really is because I’m a noob at this. One thing is for sure though, I have enabled the 2-step verification on my Google account because it’s the email I use for processing payments through PayPal. Can you guys help me with it? – Miriam
Answer: I am quite sure it’s the 2-step verification that’s causing this problem. There are, however, ways to work around it. First, you can download Google Authenticator app from the Play Store to help you setup your account with 2-step verification. The entire process is easy so you could definitely follow on-screen instructions.
Second, you can setup your application-specific password so you can use your Gmail and Google Drive on your phone. While it is always convenient to have just one password for your Google account, this option wouldn’t hurt your account’s security. You can visit this page to setup your application-specific password.
Star in notification bar
Problem: I started having this problem about a week ago. Basically, aside from the normal icons in my notification bar, there is a star that does nothing. I don’t know how it got there and I don’t know how to get rid of it. Is it part of the system? By the way, my phone is Moto G, which I bought about 3 months ago. Help me please. Thanks. — Melli
Answer: It’s a push advertisement that could have been installed on your phone the time you installed a certain app. To get rid of it, you need to remember and find the app you installed, start with the most recent installation. If it stays there even after you uninstalled the suspected apps, there’s no other option but to do a factory reset. After that, make it a point to install an anti-virus or anti malware apps.
Randomly turns off
Problem: My Moto G is just 4 months old but I am already experiencing a lot of problems with it. The most annoying, however, is that it randomly shuts down. There were times when I was in the middle of the call and my phone simply just died on me. I wonder why the problem seems to happen a lot when I’m in the middle of the call and only a few times while I was doing something else. Can you help me with this, please? — Janice
Answer: The thing about “random” shutdowns is that you wouldn’t know for sure when the next instance would happen. But based on your statement, it seems to me like this is a battery problem. Phones with battery defects or problems behave like this–they turn off when you use them extensively. When in a call, the phone would run a lot of services at a higher frequency, thus, it requires a lot of power. This is when the battery gives up due to instability. You better call Motorola or have the unit replaced by your provider as I am sure it’s still under warranty.
App downloads can’t finish
Problem: Hi, I have a Moto G phone and recently I updated my phone’s firmware and some apps. Everything went well but what’s alarming is that after the update, I cannot download apps from the Play Store. I mean, I can download them but somewhere it would be stuck so I cannot install apps I downloaded. What should I do to fix this issue? — Jason
Answer: An app update or two may have messed up your phone’s settings that’s why. But since it concerns about app downloads, we will have to set our focus on the Play Store. You said you updated some app after updating your firmware, I believe you updated the Play Store as well.
The first thing you should do is to Force Stop the Play Store, clear its cache and data. This procedure will restart the Play Store’s service once you launch the app while clearing data that are probably corrupt.
The second thing to do in case the first procedure can’t fix the problem is to uninstall Play Store’s update. You need to go back to the application manager and tap Uninstall Updates button. Reboot your phone after doing that to refresh the phone’s entire memory.
The third thing you need to do in case the first two procedures fail is factory reset.
Freezes during boot up
Problem: There was one instance when I had to reboot my phone but I was disappointed because it couldn’t continue to boot. The phone will power on but sometime after the logo appears, the phone stays in that screen. I don’t know if it was because of the update I recently installed or something else. Any suggestion would surely be appreciated. Thanks. — Mico
Answer: If this problem happened because of an update, at least, there is a high possibility it’s a software problem. Boot the phone to recovery mode and wipe cache partition from there. Each app has set of files containing data used by the phone to make them run faster the next time they’re launched. But sometimes, data becomes corrupt and being stuck during boot up is the phone’s common reaction after it couldn’t read some files. Clearing those caches will force the phone to cache newer and fresher set of data. This time, the phone might just boot up normally. Otherwise, perform a factory reset to delete your personalization, settings, and everything on the phone except default apps and files. However, make sure you back up all your important data prior to this procedure.
Can’t download MMS messages
Problem: I just updated my Moto G to Android 4.4.2 in January and since then I couldn’t download any MMS message. I do receive them though and there is a message that says “click to download” but the thing is the ellipsis just keeps turning and turning without really downloading the picture or video. It keeps on saying “retrying” but never really finishes what it started. Is there a fix to this? — Pedro
Answer: First and foremost, make sure to check if mobile data was enabled on your phone. Even if you have Wi-Fi, you couldn’t receive MMS messages because the phone uses mobile data to do so. Of course, it goes without saying that you must have credits left on your account if you’re using a prepaid plan. Secondly, make sure Auto Retrieve setting is enabled on Hangouts or whatever messaging app you’re using.
If the problem continues, disable Hangouts and see if you can receive and download MMS messages. There were some reports of KitKat-Hangouts issues. If messages come in after you disabled Hangouts, try to boot to recovery mode and wipe cache partition. Enable Hangouts back and check if it can download messages this time. If not, perform a factory reset, that might just resolve your problem.
Calls go straight to voicemail
Problem: My Moto G is actually just a couple of months old. Everything in this is good and I love it until 3 days ago. I don’t know, I mean I really don’t have any idea, what the problem is but I just stopped receiving calls and texts. My friend says that when she tried calling me, the call went directly to voicemail, at least, that was the first issue. Today, someone said that a recording says my service has been deactivated and when I dialed my number from a different phone, I can hear the same thing. How can my service be deactivated when I have an active plan with my carrier? Is it a phone issue? Thanks. — Joy
Answer: It happens all the time and the thing is that it’s not really a phone problem. Call your service provider’s hotline and have the representative double-check your account’s status. Even when the rep says or sees that the account is active, request that he/she should call your number so he/she would know what the real problem is.
When I was working as a technical representative, I often receive this type of problems. We have a tool that could fix this problem in one click. Even if my system says the account is active and in good standing, checking the phone number on that tool would display that it’s “Deactivated.” I believe all service providers in the U.S. have this kind of tool or at least, the rep could help you reactivate the number.
So, before you do something about your phone, call your service provider first.
Yellow pixels appear on the screen
Problem: I bought a Moto G phone in January and I just updated it to Android 4.4 KitKat. I’m kind of very observant person I am almost certain that there were no yellow pixels on my screen before and this is my problem because those pixels are visible on my screen especially when the background is white like when I launch a browser. When I take photos with white background, those pixels also appear. I don’t know what the problem is. What should I do? — Josh
Answer: There are two possibilities here: it could either be a hardware issue or a software glitch. We can’t do something on the hardware side of things but can at least try to solve the problem if it were on the software side.
First thing you should do is take a picture with white background to make those yellow pixels visible enough that you could easily spot them. Copy the picture to your computer and try to find those pixels. If they are still in the picture, your camera sensor may have some issues. If not, then it could be just a problem with your screen. But the thing is, you said they weren’t there before the KK update.
Either yellow pixels appear on the picture or not, do wipe the cache partition by booting to recovery mode. After that, reboot your phone and try to see if the problem is still there. If so, there’s no other option but to do a factory reset. Well, backup every important data first including messages, contacts, etc. because you may lose them during the process.
Lastly, call Motorola or bring the phone to an authorized technician to have it checked physically.
Wi-Fi issues after 4.4 KK update
Problem: I’m pretty sure that my phone’s Wi-Fi were doing great before but for some reason, the signal just weakened noticeably low. We have setup the router at the living room. Before, I was able to get full bars when I was in my room with doors and windows shut. But now, I would be lucky if I get half of the signal my phone was receiving before. If it matters, I updated my phone to the latest Android version, 4.4 KitKat Can you guys shed some light on this issue please. — Lady G
Answer: Ask yourself, was this problem happened only after the Android 4.4 KK update? If yes, then it’s a software problem. All you need to do is boot recovery and wipe the cache partition. Here’s how:
- Power down the phone.
- Press and hold the Volume Down button for 3 seconds and then press Power key and release both.
- The phone displays different boot options, use Volume Down to scroll and highlight Recovery and press the Volume Up key to select it.
- When the phone displays Motorola logo and Android in distress, press and hold the Volume Up key for 15 seconds, then tap and release the Power key.
- The device will display additional menu options (Text will appear in blue).
- Use the Volume Down Key to scroll to wipe cache partition and the Power Key to select this option.
- The device will then perform the partition wipe.
- The device will reboot and start the normal power up sequence.
After doing the procedure above, check if your Wi-Fi connectivity improved. If not, then follow the same process but instead of choosing wipe cache partition, do a factory reset. Of course, you need to backup data you don’t want to lose along the process.
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Motorola has released a minor update to their Active Display app for Moto X, Droid Ultra, Droid Mini, and Droid Maxx smartphones. The primary change included in this latest version sets the app to honor the system vibration settings you may have set for your device. Just go into Settings -> Sound -> Vibrate on touch to turn vibrations on or off. Motorola also included some bug fixes and other optimizations in the update which reportedly make everything work much smoother.
Owners of the impacted Motorola devices should be receiving a notification that the update is available, but if they can’t wait for that they can use the link below to grab the update from Google Play.
Come comment on this article: Motorola Active Display app gets buzzy with latest update
Google’s Motorola wasn’t as special as you may think. At MWC, Motorola’s SVP of Supply Chain and Operations, Mark Randall — along with SVP of Software Engineering Steve Horowitz — spoke about their company’s time with Google. Some of the commentary we knew, but some is enlightening, showing that moving forward, Moto is going to be Moto again.
We’d heard former CEO Dennis woodside say on several occasions that Google gave no special attention to Motorola. There were no special inroads to Android, and no preferential treatment was given. Motorola’s popular new handsets are a result of Motorola, not Google’s heavy-handed approach, according to Randall.
With regard to the Moto X and Moto G, They say all the innovation there came from listening to customers, and responding accordingly. More to the point, it came from Motorola, not Google. Motorola took the time to listen to what we wanted, and delivered.
Another interesting tale comes with Motorola’s take on Android, where many believe Google had the most input. Randall says Google had nothing to do with Motorola’s Android, and Horowitz said he waited in the lobby before meetings like any other OEM. Horowitz also had the following telling statement to offer:
I know where [our] strengths are and I feel that Android’s something to leave with the Android engineers. We’re not about making useless changes. This strategy lets us ship Android upgrades at a much faster rate than anyone else. For example we shipped our KitKat upgrade to the Moto X 19 days after release.
When it comes to Lenovo, Horowitz was complimentary, noting that Lenovo offers them a way to ramp up production. He also said they’d provide “better access to better and newer tech.” That’s good news for Moto fans moving forward. If Motorola was really the brains and brawn behind all the newer innovation, their partnership with Lenovo can only help them.
Source: Phone Arena
- Motorola Moto X discount pricing extended through February 22
- CyanogenMod gives Motorola smartphones the unified build treatment
- Motorola announces Moto Maker will be coming to Mexico, Western Europe
- Motorola says smartwatch, new Moto X coming later this year
- Motorola updates their Assist app and Active Notifications feature
One of the key features of the recent breed of Motorola devices is Active Display which very cleverly turns on the display whenever a notification pops up and allows you to get a preview of them without even having to power on the display. This nifty feature is now getting an update directly from Motorola and is applicable to the Moto X, the Droid Maxx, Droid Ultra and the Droid Mini. So if you own either of these smartphones in the U.S., expect a minor update soon.
Luckily, since Motorola has made Active Display available through the Play Store, it will act more as an app update rather than a system update. This means you can manually grab the update from the link below if you haven’t received your notification yet. As for the changelog, the update will now allow users to change vibration settings for Active Display from the settings page.
Source: Google Play Store
Via: Talk Android
The Senior VP of Software Engineering at Motorola, Steve Horowitz, spoke openly about the company’s working relationship with Google. He said that even though the Mountain View based giant wanted Motorola to succeed, it wasn’t what Google “needed”. In an extremely candid interview, he further said that Motorola was treated like any other OEM and not like a Google subsidiary. “I waited in the lobby like everyone else”, he said.
Another company executive claimed that any success that Motorola achieved over the past two years is because of the company’s own efforts and not Google’s.
This makes it very clear that all wasn’t going well with the company and Google. As of now, Motorola is being handled by Lenovo, which will help Motorola become a global player and not remain a company with limited ambitions.
The company has claimed that it will continue working on Android in the coming days, with constant software support like the Moto X and Moto G, which is great news for global customers.
Via: Phone Arena
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