Today Motorola unveiled its Moto G smartphone, which is related to the Moto X in many ways, but very different in others. I had the chance to try out the Moto G in person at Motorola's Canadian HQ in Toronto, and in many ways, it's a very impressive device. In others, however, it still reveals its cost consciousness.
One of the first things I noticed was that the phone feels a little chubby. It's relatively thick compared to premium smartphones like the Moto X or the Nexus 5, but that's to be expected considering the screen it's packing and the price. Display tech costs a lot when you're trying to reduce thickness, less so when you're unconcerned on that score.
People all around the world want to be a part of the mobile Internet so they can access the world’s information, share, and connect with the things that matter to them. But the smartphone industry has relegated hundreds of millions of smartphone buyers to second-class status, preventing them from experiencing the mobile Internet at its best.
That’s because price-conscious consumers who don’t want to pay $600 or more for high-end smartphones have been left with two bad options. The first is to buy cheap, new smartphones made with second-rate technology that don’t do justice to modern apps and experiences like navigation, video chat and games. The second is to buy “low cost” versions of premium products that were released two or three years ago and are already obsolete.
We think there should be a better option. Everybody deserves to be on the mobile Internet, and price shouldn’t stand in the way of anyone having a truly good smartphone to get them there.
Kyocera recently launched the Hydro XTRM with MetroPCS and as of today, there is word of the durable and waterproof handset coming to another US carrier. This latest is T-Mobile, though, this time around the Hydro XTRM will only be available for business customers. Pricing has yet to be announced, however Kyocera and T-Mobile have said the handset will be available beginning on November 20th.
The Hydro XTRM feature set includes a 4-inch (800 x 480) impact-resistant display, dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, 2000 mAh battery, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera and 4G LTE connectivity. There will also be Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The key though is in the casing and the durability of the phone and to that point we look towards the IP57 and Military Standard 810G ratings.
Motorola officially announced the Moto G earlier this morning. While there wasn’t much in the way of surprises given all the earlier leaks and rumors, the confirmation is welcomed. Perhaps more important though, Motorola is now offering two options to consider — the Moto G and/or the Moto X. As usual, any purchase decision will come down to individual preferences, however we can break down the specs of each device.
Beginning first with the Moto G and we see things kicking off with Android 4.3, a 4.5-inch display and Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
Retailers everywhere have stopped selling the new HP Chromebook 11, effective immediately. Best Buy store managers were sent a memo which read, in part, “Stores should stop selling the HP Chromebook 11 effective immediately”. This removal from the retail space is widespread, with Amazon and other retailers also pulling the item from their product listings.
The device is also gone from the Play Store devices page. The Best Buy memo notes that all stock should be pulled, and stored in a secure location in their warehouse. We’ve not heard of any issue with malfunction, or any type of fires starting with the device, so this is all very curious. Amazon’s listing notes the device is not available directly because “customers have told us there may be something wrong with our inventory of the item, the way we are shipping it, or the way it’s described here.”
So many thoughts to be thunk about the Moto G. Relatively unimpressive specs — save for that price. Not quite a Moto X, but will that matter to most folks in this target market? And will such a low cost to consumers — under $200, off contract and unlocked — finally spur some sort of change in the industry?
If you're looking to get the new Moto G — be sure to check out our quick-look video — on Verizon when it's available here in the U.S. in early 2014, it looks like you're going to have to go prepaid to do it.
The official VZWNews Twitter account this morning confirmed as such.
Heads up, all of you who happen to own the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, Google has officially announced that the software update Android 4.4 KitKat is now available in the form of an OTA (Over The Air) version from today onward. The thing is, this new update will only be available to Wi-Fi only models of the 7-inch tablets, so those who happen to carry
Approximately 314 smartphones are stolen in London every day, according to the Metropolitan Police.
While in 2011 Americans lost 30 billion dollars worth of mobile devices. These facts speak for themselves. Losing your mobile or having it stolen is, unfortunately, a common occurrence for many, many people. Question is, what can you do about it? To answer this and more, we hooked up with a man who deals with disasters like this all the time, Nokia Care aficionado and Community Manager, Wayne Spillett. Here’s his priceless advice.
Has anyone seen my phone?
Every year, millions of mobile phones go missing, either the owner inadvertently forgot where they left it or it was stolen. We rely so much on our phones these days, not only do they keep us in touch with the world around us but they also store immense amount of information that we use regularly, so we really can feel naked if we don’t have our phone with us!
I guess it does make perfect sense for Vodafone to come up with its very own branded smartphone, and the Vodafone Smart 4G would be their first attempt. Using the services of Coolpad from China to manufacture the Vodafone Smart 4G, this is no high end device, but it will be the first from Vodafone to feature LTE connectivity while carrying the Vodafone brand.
From your clothes to your car, you express your personal style. Why should your smartphone be any different? Moto X, the first smartphone designed by you and assembled in the USA, is now available for customization on all major U.S. carriers including Verizon Wireless, Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T.
Just in time for the holidays, you can now choose to add a custom phrase to the back of your Moto X. With fiber laser technology, you can sign your design like never before. Show your team spirit, sport your nickname or give a gift with the ultimate personal touch by adding this free feature when you customize your Moto X on Moto Maker.
Last week you probably saw Google announce Android version 4.4; Kit Kat…
We’ve seen lots of questions on our Android upgrade roadmap and equally, we have lots to tell you, so here’s a note on just that…
First up, Jelly Bean 4.3
We’re pleased to tell you that we’ll start rolling Android 4.3 for Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia SP, Xperia Z UltraandXperia Z1 from next month*.
We also mentionedthat a few of our products would be jumping software version – so, we can confirm that Xperia T, Xperia TX and Xperia V* will be upgraded to Android Jelly Bean 4.3… also from next month.
Over the last six months, our MAKEwithMOTO team took Sticky, a truck wrapped entirely in velcro and filled with rooted, hackable Motorola smartphones and high-end 3D printing equipment, across the country for a series of make-a-thons. On that trip we saw the first signs of a new, open hardware ecosystem made possible by advances in additive manufacturing and access to the powerful computational capabilities of modern smartphones. These included new devices and applications that we could never have imagined from inside our own labs. Open fuels innovation. See some examples here, here, and here.
After the trip, we asked ourselves, how do we bring the benefits of an open hardware ecosystem to 6 billion people? Meet Ara.
AT&T already has a fair number of smartphones under their belt at this point in time, but they see it important to diversify their portfolio, which is why here we are with word that the Samsung ATIV S Neo has finally hit Ma Bell, being the first Windows Phone 8 smartphone from Samsung which happens to run on AT&T’s LTE network.
Samsung GALAXY ROUND Pioneers the Curved Display Smartphone Experience
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today introduced GALAXY ROUND, the world’s first curved display smartphone. Samsung has been a mobile display innovator by introducing color TFT-LCD, AMOLED, and Super AMOLED flexible display for its mobile product. With this pioneering curved display technology, GALAXY ROUND blends the latest smartphone screen innovations with unique design features. The sleek and thin Samsung GALAXY ROUND which equipped with a 5.7” Full HD Super AMOLED with 7.9mm thick and weighs 154g offers a comfortable hand grip feeling to user, and exclusive experiences of curved display.
LG, along with M&C Saatchi have come up with a rather interesting advertising campaign. LG is using this to promote the G2 smartphone and has it running in Sweden. While that means a vast amount may never see these ads in person, they are adding a nice spin on the regular competition bash.
You see, these ads are recognizing and targeting other manufacturer handsets. For example, those surfing with a Galaxy S 4 would see any ad that makes fun of the processor. Alternatively, those carrying an HTC One would see something regarding battery life and those carrying an iPhone would see something regarding the size of the display.
The option to turn off BlinkFeed is good to have — but you'll be missing out on a great feature
One of the more radical changes HTC brought in its Sense 5 user interface was the addition of BlinkFeed, a somewhat customizable news reader built into your home screens. In fact, it was meant to serve as your home screen, showing you the latest from your favorite news sources, Facebook and Twitter.
Sprint has been offering unlimited wireless services for quite some time already, hence it is not surprising to see that they have just announced that they will be putting up the recently introduced HTC One max smartphone to be part of their network devices later this year, which means we will be able to see this phablet being made available before 2013 clocks out.
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