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6
Feb

Latest Android Wear update is on its way to the Moto 360 (2015)


motorola_moto_360_2015_launch_front_moto_body_heart_TAGood news for anyone currently wearing a Moto 360 (2015)! It looks like Motorola is pushing out the Marshmallow update to the smartwatch, bringing all those newly announced Android Wear features to the stylish wearable. Things like Doze support, improved gestures, and alternate messaging platforms are all on board, plus all the things that Motorola has baked in. While that update does enable speakers on watches that have them, the Moto 360 does not include any kind of speaker, so don’t get your hopes up there.

Motorola is enabling support for six new languages in the update, plus tons of bug fixes related to step counts, audio playback, and the mandatory stability and performance improvements.

The update should be rolling out over the next few days, so keep an eye out for it.

source: Motorola

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3
Feb

Lenovo reveals new Moto branding position with Q3 financial results


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Lenovo announced their third quarter financial results revealing they had returned to profitability for their smartphone division consistent with a commitment made after acquiring Motorola. In addition, Lenovo also revealed what their branding strategy would be for the Moto line of devices after it was recently revealed they would be dropping Motorola branding.

When Lenovo acquired Motorola, they indicated they had plans to achieve at least a breakeven status for their Mobile Business Group within four to six quarters. Lenovo combined restructuring efforts with strong performance in markets outside of China, notably emerging markets in India and Indonesia, to achieve a pre-tax loss for the business unit of only $30 million USD, which was a loss margin of only 0.9 percent.

Lenovo indicated smartphone volume declined to 20.2 million units for the third quarter, down 18.1 percent compared to the same quarter a year earlier. However, sales outside of China increased by 15 percent year-over-year driven by sales increases of 206 percent and 318 percent in India and Indonesia respectively. Lenovo says the share of sales volume outside of China increased to 83 percent during the third quarter.

Looking forward, Lenovo says they will employ a new dual-brand strategy for their smartphone portfolio. The brands will include Lenovo Moto and Lenovo Vibe.

Outside of the smartphone business, Lenovo saw quarterly revenue fall to $12.9 billion USD, an eight percent decrease year-over-year while pre-tax income was $397 million USD. Net income was also up at $300 million USD. These results exceeded analyst’s estimates. Lenovo noted that the company is dealing with issues like a general business slowdown as well as a decline in the PC market. Thanks to diversification into so many areas, Lenovo is weathering the situation.

source: Lenovo (BusinessWire)

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3
Feb

Lenovo mobile breaks even after Motorola purchase


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Lenovo’s acquisition of Motorola has led to some major changes at the company, including a notable shift in how the two will be branded. The purchase also cost Lenovo a handsome sum at $2.91 billion, but the company’s mobile division is now on the cusp of making money again.

In total, Lenovo has announced a $300 million net profit for Q3 2015 and the company’s mobile division is also almost back to making a profit after some major restructuring. Lenovo stated that it would take four to six months to return the division to a profit after purchasing Motorola.

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Looking at mobile, shipments have fallen by 18.1 percent over the year resulting in total sales of 20.2 million units. This is partly due to a halt in the Chinese smartphone market, which barely grew at all last year. Lenovo has been improving its performance outside of China though, with other sales growing 15 percent year-on-year and sales in India up a huge 206 percent. Motorola has been doing well too, with a 25 percent jump in sales quarter-to-quarter.

In terms of cash, Lenovo’s Q3 revenue came in at US$3.2 billion from its mobile division, of which US$2 billion was contributed by Motorola. The company made a small pre-tax loss of US$30 million, an improvement on the $217 million loss in the previous quarter. The division managed to break even in terms of operating costs, only amortization pushed the group into a small loss.


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Other aspects of Lenovo’s business are rather mixed. Its PC group continues to slump, with PC profits declining 18 percent from last year, falling to a US$405 million. Although that is still a pre-tax profit for the division and the company still leads the industry with a 21.6 percent market share. The company’s enterprise division saw an 8 percent year-on-year sales boost, but still posted a small loss of US$14 million.

With a return to profitability, all eyes will now be firmly focused on the products coming out of the combined Lenovo and Motorola smartphone division.

3
Feb

Lenovo finally profitable on mobile after buying Motorola


Lenovo is making money in PCs despite a flaccid market, and declining mobile sales apparently aren’t bothering it, either. The company made a solid $300 million in net profit this quarter, even though overall sales were down eight percent over last year. And its mobile phone business finally stopped losing money, fulfilling Lenovo’s vow to return to mobile profitability within four to six quarters after buying Motorola. Sales of Motorola devices (soon to become Lenovo Moto) jumped 25 percent over last quarter.

Its bread and butter PC sales aren’t doing bad, either. Even with the “Superfish” security PR disaster, Lenovo increased its PC share to 21.6 percent, though the overall PC market declined 10.9 percent. That was helped in large part by sales in its home country of China, where Lenovo dominates with a 40 percent chunk of the market.

Despite the profits, PC and mobile sales dropped dramatically this year for Lenovo, as they did with every other company, including Apple. The Chinese company managed to make money by running a tight ship and is on track to cut $1.5 billion in costs for the year. Its other saving grace is the server business, which it expects will reap $5 billion this year. In any event, the company’s string of 24 consecutive profitable periods was broken last quarter, so it’s no doubt glad to be back in the black.

Source: Lenovo

2
Feb

Apple focusing on yet another Android “innovation”


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Apple fans will soon have a new “innovation” to crow about according to new reports coming out of China. Sources are reporting that Apple has requested their largest camera supplier, Largan Technology, to provide dual-lens camera samples. Reportedly Apple is asking other camera manufacturers in Japan and China to also provide dual-lens camera samples. The dual-lens setup is believed to be targeted at a version of the next-generation iPhone Plus. Android fans will quickly recognize that use of dual-lens cameras was pushed heavily by HTC in the past and more recently companies like Lenovo, ZTE and Huawei are adopting the technology.

The report from DigiTimes is not the first hint that Apple is looking at dual-lens technology. The news coming from upstream component manufacturers comes on the heels of a report from investment analyst Ming-Chi Kuo with KGI Securities outlining potential plans by Apple to include a dual-lens camera in the iPhone 7 Plus. Kuo suggested Apple may produce two variants of the iPhone 7 Plus, one with a dual-lens camera and one that uses their traditional iSight camera.

Although dual-lens cameras have their fans, many Android manufacturers have found consumers were not enamored with the technology and it tends to fall flat as a unique selling point. That may not be as big a problem for Apple which has a very effective marketing regime regardless of how innovative a particular feature may be.

source: DigiTimes
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1
Feb

New in our buyer’s guide: Lenovo’s Yoga 900 and Samsung’s Gear VR


It’s been about two months since Engadget’s updated its buyer’s guide — we were busy eating holiday cookies, preparing for CES, going to CES and then recovering from CES (phew). Fortunately, though, even in those nine weeks, we haven’t actually reviewed much that we think is worth of our shortlist. The only two exceptions would be Lenovo’s thin-but-well-performing Yoga 900 and Samsung’s latest Gear VR headset, which we think is a great deal at $99. That’s all we’ve got today, but keep checking back in soon –after all, we’ll soon be pretty busy reviewing the products that just debuted in Vegas.

Source: Engadget Buyer’s Guide

1
Feb

Motorola announces the Moto X Force for the India market


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Motorola at a press event today in New Delhi, India took the covers off of the Moto X Force for the region. The company, whose name is currently being phased out, teased the device for the region earlier last week.

As a quick reminder, it comes with a 5.4-inch quad HD display and is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processor. Additionally, you’ll find 3GB of RAM on-board, as well as a microSD slot that can add up to 2TB of storage to pair with the device’s 32GB or 64GB internal storage options.

As far as camera optics go, the Moto X Force is toting a 21-megapixel sensor and a 5-megapixel front facing camera with flash and a wide-angle lens. On the software front, the Moto X Force is running a fairly clean version of Android 5.1.1, except for a few proprietary applications.

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One of the neatest things about this device might be it’s shatterproof display, but it’s also equipped with Motorola’s proprietary fast charging technology. Every unit will come with a 25 watt TurboCharger in the box, allowing you to garner up to 8 hours of charge in a meager 15 minutes. Not only that, but it’s massive 3,760mAh will keep the lights on well into the evening.

The device will be available to buy in India starting on February 8. Consumers will be able to find the 32GB and 64GB version on Flipkart and Amazon on that day for ₹49,999 and ₹53,999, respectively. It should also be available at places like Spice Hotspot and Croma, though you’ll no doubt have much more luck ordering it online come launch day.

Anyone plan on picking one up next week?

via: Android Cental

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28
Jan

Lenovo will launch a “more attractive, more innovative” device in July


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Yuanqing Yang has a tough job. Lenovo’s chief executive officer is battling a slowdown in the hypercompetitive smartphone market, while the PC industry – Lenovo’s cash cow – is in accelerated decline.

Despite these headwinds, Yang is optimistic. Speaking at the Davos summit last week, the executive said he expects smartphone users in developing markets to eventually graduate to a PC, which Yang called a “more powerful, full function device.”

Yang’s remark is sound, at face value, but there’s a whiff of wishful thinking here. PC sales have been declining for years – the end of 2015 brought the lowest sales since 2007 – and there’s no light at the end of the tunnel.

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Fortunately for Lenovo, the Chinese giant stands to win even if consumers decide they don’t need a laptop after all. Lenovo ranked fourth in 2015 in global unit sales, despite a large drop compared to the year before. 73.9 million Lenovo and Motorola smartphones were sold last year, compared to 92.7 million in 2014.

Despite rumors of the contrary, Yang said Lenovo will continue to promote Motorola’s brand, particularly in the US, where the company will introduce a new device in July. The executive said this device will be “more innovative and more attractive.”

The Moto X Style and Moto X Play were introduced on July 28 2015. It’s safe to assume that the innovative device Yang is teasing is the fourth generation of the Moto X line. There is still room to grow in the US, thinks Yang, who noted that Apple doesn’t seem able to increase its market share above 50%.

A leak from December may give us a glimpse at the device Lenovo has in store for July. The image shows a device with a metallic unibody construction, a departure from the metal frame with customizable backs used since the original Moto X.

28
Jan

Smartphone sales crossed a record 1.4 billion in 2015


If the latest figures are anything to go by, smartphone industry is witnessing a slow growth rate as the overall shipment increased only by 12 percent in 2015. While overall global shipments surpassed 1.4 billion devices during the last year, the growth percentage the fourth quarter grew only six percent in comparison to the year before.

According to International Data Corporation (IDC), the slow growth can be attributed to the fact that most people in major mobile markets already own smartphones so the bubbling phase that we saw over the last few years cannot be matched.

Among OEMs, Samsung continues to take lead by having shipped 81.3 million units globally in the Q4, which is nine percent up from the same period in 2014. However, Apple has felt the pinch of the slow growth as it only managed to shipped 74.8 million devices in the fourth quarter in comparison to 74.5 million iPhones it sold in 2014. The research company advised that Apple should look to emerging markets such as India to ensure a steady growth.

On the third spot is Huawei, which only saw two percent growth from 2014 by selling 32.4 million handsets. Lenovo that acquired Motorola last year has seen a 24 percent year-on-year growth by shipping 74.0 million smartphones in 2015 in comparison to 59.4 percent. In the Q4, it shipped 20.2 million units while which is six percent up from the same period last year. On the fifth place remained Xiaomi that sold 18.2 million phones compared to 16.5 million units the year before. Check the table below to know more about the survey conducted by IDC.

Vendor 4Q15 Shipment Volumes 4Q15 Market Share 4Q14 Shipment Volumes 4Q14 Market Share Year-Over-Year Growth
1. Samsung 85.6 21.4% 75.1 19.9% 14.0%
2. Apple 74.8 18.7% 74.5 19.7% 0.4%
3. Huawei 32.4 8.1% 23.6 6.3% 37.0%
4. Lenovo 20.2 5.1% 14.1 3.7% 43.6%
5. Xiaomi 18.2 4.6% 16.5 4.4% 10.0%
Others 168.3 42.1% 174.0 46.1% -3.3%
Total 399.5 100.0% 377.8 100.0% 5..7%
Lenovo + Motorola 20.2 8.1% 24.7 6.5% -18.1%

 

Vendor 2015 Shipment Volumes 2015 Market Share 2014 Shipment Volumes 2014 Market Share Year-Over-Year Growth
1. Samsung 324.8 22.7% 318.2 24.4% 2.1%
2. Apple 231.5 16.2% 192.7 14.8% 20.2%
3. Huawei 106.6 7.4% 73.8 5.7% 44.3%
4. Lenovo 74.0 5.2% 59.4 4.6% 24.5%
5. Xiaomi 70.8 4.9% 57.7 4.4% 22.8%
Others 625.2 43.6% 599.9 46.1% 4.2%
Total 1,432.9 100.0% 1,301.7 100.0% 10.1%
Lenovo + Motorola 73.9 5.16% 93.7 7.20% -21.1%

 

Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, January 27, 2016

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27
Jan

Lenovo Vibe X3 arrives in India with HD Audio and fingerprint scanner


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The Lenovo Vibe X3 will go on sale in India on January 28 for Rs. 19,999, following a successful launch in China in November. The device will be available exclusively through Amazon India starting at 2 PM local time, making it the second Lenovo device to be launched in the sub-continent after the Lenovo K4 Note earlier this month.

The Lenovo Vibe X3 specs include a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display, hexa-core Snapdragon 808 (with two A57 cores clocked at 1.8 GHz and four A53’s at 1.4 GHz), 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage and microSD expansion up to 128 GB via a multi-purpose dual-SIM slot.

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The Vibe X3 also packs a fingerprint scanner, 21 MP primary camera with a Sony IMX230 sensor, PDAF, LED flash, f/2.0 aperture and support for 4K video. Up front there’s a beefy 8 MP selfie camera and the whole thing is powered by a solid 3,500 mAh battery, making the Vibe X3 a force to be reckoned with.

Running Lenovo’s Vibe UI on top of Android 5.1 Lollipop, the Vibe X3 is jam packed with a lot of the same entertainment features as the K4 Note, including support for VR TheaterMax via the optional AntVR headset, Lenovo Sound via the Dolby Atmos-Equipped dual front-facing speakers, some funky Skull Candy headphones and HD Audio quality through both the speakers and headphones. In case you can’t tell, audio fidelity is one of the main selling points of the Vibe X3.

What do you think of the Vibe X3 for the price? Have you had a Lenovo phone before?

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