The Future Of Motorola

When Lenovo purchased Motorola Mobility from Google earlier this year there was some scepticism about what would happen to Motorola's line of Android devices. Anyone who has seen a Moto G or a Moto X knows that Motorola have a close to pure stock Android experience. The UI is stock Android in its design but Motorola have added some excellent features to it without ruining the user experience (*cough TouchWiz*). Today Motorola VP of software, Punit Soni, took to a Google Hangout to answer questions from Joe Public regarding Motorola and their vision for the future. Punit stated that Motorola... Continue reading

Google by the numbers – Q1 2014 earnings report

Google has just released their Q1 2014 earnings report, the good news is that they made money. They've also addressed the sale of Motorola to Lenovo, there's no effective dates as yet but they have listed financial results from Motorola Mobile as "Net loss from discontinued operations". Larry Page, as CEO noted in the opening of the report 'We completed another great quarter. Google's revenue was $15.4 billion, up 19% year on year. We got lots of product improvements done, especially on mobile. I'm also excited with progress on our emerging businesses. The full statement is available to read online,... Continue reading

Moto X available on Post-Paid plans with Dodo Mobile – Outright $525

The Moto X has only arrived on Australian shores in the last couple of weeks, at launch it's mainly been available for purchase outright with no carriers announcing plans for the phone. But Dodo Mobile are bucking the trend and offering the device on two of their Post Paid Plans. Backed by the Optus 4G network Dodo is offering the Moto X on two of their top tier plans - the Mobile Smart Mega and Smart Plus plans : Inclusions Mobile Smart Plus Mobile Smart Mega ... Continue reading

Motorola seems to be out to troll everyone with the name of their Moto X successor

The Motorola Moto X has only just launched here in Australia, but we already knew back in February when they announced it was on its way that they were working on a successor and the name looks set to troll a lot of companies. For a start it seems like the name 'One' has been used by a lot of companies in the last couple of years: Xbox One, Fitbit One, HTC One, with HTC getting a double shot with the HTC One X+, and of course the OnePlus One is about to launch. But all that... Continue reading

Motorola Moto X now available on JB Hifi website for $499

The Moto X, the phone that we've heard about non-stop for the last eight months from tech sites in the US is finally here. Announced for the Australian market two weeks ago starting at $549, the phone has finally reached a retailer - JB Hifi and it's dropped $50 in price since the announcement being advertised at $499. The phone is available on the JB Hifi website in Black or White. As we originally said at the time, there's no Moto Maker option to customise the phone at this time unfortunately. JB Hifi is pushing... Continue reading

Motorola removes the 16GB Moto G storage option from the Australian website

Its seems that Motorola has scrapped the possibility of a 16GB Moto G making its way down to our shores, with the Motorola Australian website now removing the 16GB storage option within the specs area of the Moto G page. Now while this might not seem a big surprise as Motorola never acutally provided any details of when the 16GB Moto G would be coming to Australia, it is worth noting that the Moto G 16GB has been very scarce within the UK and most of Europe, with the 16GB version not even seen hitting the shelves till late December... Continue reading

Rumour: Moto 360 will feature OLED display, sapphire glass, wireless charging

Motorola caused quite a stir this week when it announced the extremely good looking Moto 360 smartwatch. However, aside from a few renders and a launch window of 'Summer 2014' (Winter for us Southern hemisphere folk), there was not much in the way of useful information. Instead, we've had to turn to unofficial channels to find out more. G For Games claims to have information from a Motorola source that says the Moto 360 will feature an OLED display, sapphire glass and magnetic induction wireless charging. While these details are still just rumour... Continue reading

Motorola talks Moto 360

This morning, Jim Wicks, head of Motorola Consumer Experience Design sat down with Barbara Liss from Motorola's Social Media team for a Google+ hangout. It wasn't smooth sailing, it was 25 minutes late (perhaps Moto 360 had the wrong time set?) but they eventually got down to brass tacks and talked about the design. To start with, Jim spoke about the circular shape of the Moto 360. He described the history of time pieces as part of the decision to go circular rather than the square or rectangular route that a number of companies entering the smartwatch field tend to... Continue reading

Google shows what’s up their sleeve with ‘Android Wear’ – it’s all about the wearables

As teased by Sundar Pichai at SXSW, Google has today announced their plans for wearables by announcing Android Wear. Android Wear is a about bringing Android to wearables and getting information to you. As expected it's heavily focused on Google Now and it will be used by a pretty vast array of partners from the Open Handset Alliance(OHA). To start with Google and their partners will be concentrating Android Wear on the most common wearable in the consumer market at this stage - Watches. There's four major focuses with Android Wear - Information, answers, health and fitness and syncing in... Continue reading

Motorola officially announces the Moto X for Australia, starting at $549

It's finally happening - Motorola announced this morning that it's bringing the Moto X to Australia. The device has appeared on the Australian Motorola site, although it's listed as coming soon. If you can't remember the phone that caused such a stir in 2013, you get 16GB of internal storage behind the device's 4.7-inch 720p AMOLED display, with a customised 1.7GHz Quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro Krait CPU, 2GB RAM and a 2200 mAh battery. There's a 10MP rear camera and 2MP front, and it's running the latest version of Android (KitKat 4.4.2) out of the box. The phone... Continue reading

Motorola Moto X coming to Telechoice in Black or White for $599

At Mobile World Congress, during a Q&A Session on Twitter, Motorola announced that they would finally be releasing their higher end phone the Moto X in Australia. The first sign of the phone arriving here has come in the form of a tip that Telechoice will begin carrying the Moto X in their stores. Motorola Australia has so far declined to comment further on the announcement of the Moto X arriving locally, but the tip we've received says that Telechoice will begin selling the Moto X for $599. Unfortunately, there's currently no release date for the phone, but we... Continue reading

Motorola’s Touchless Control and Migrate apps updated for certain devices

Part of the appeal of the new software on Motorola is the Touchless controls, and Motorola has just pushed out an update which brings some interesting new options to this feature. The new features are mainly around the talk to action mode, in which users ask 'what's up?' to have their notifications read to them. Although, if you're not quite wanting that term, you can use the more generic phrase 'read notifications' instead. The update also brings additional language support for English, Italian and Spanish to the Touchless App control, with additional languages being looked at for future releases. The... Continue reading

Moto X to launch in Australia – Moto Maker service could extend internationally starting in the UK

The Moto X was a subject of much contention when it launched as a US/American exclusive, but it's slowly rolled out to other markets of late beginning in the UK at the start of this month. Now it seems that Australia may be getting the phone, along with our friends over in India. At the Motorola event at Mobile World Congress, Motorola took to Twitter to answer some questions put to them from Motorola fans around the world and one of them asked this very important question, which Motorola answered : There's no mention of when, how much the phone will... Continue reading