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1
May

Motorola joins the “Make in India” fray


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The government of India has launched a policy called “Make in India” which attempts to entice manufacturers to open plants in the country for goods that will ultimately be sold there. Initially the policy is drawing a lot of attention, especially from smartphone manufacturers who see India as a prime market given its status as the fastest growing market on the globe at the present time. We have already seen companies like Xiaomi, Sony, and HTC comment that they are not only working on a sales strategy for the country, but that they are looking at opening manufacturing facilities in India as well. Marcus Frost, Motorola Mobility’s global senior marketing director for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific says the company is exploring “the possibilities of India manufacturing, considering we are significantly growing sales in India and the smartphone market here holds enormous potential.”

The Indian market is growing quickly on the strength of low- and mid-tier devices, so Motorola is in a good spot relative to that market with their Moto E and Moto G devices. Motorola currently holds about 3% of the Indian smartphone market, which trails behind leaders like Micromax and Samsung and even other companies like Sony.

Motorola has operated a manufacturing facility in India in the past, although that plant was shut down in 2013 as part of cost reduction efforts while under Google ownership. Sources say the plant is idle and could spin back up rather quickly if Motorola wanted to go in that direction. Motorola also has a research and development facility in Bengaluru, India.

Front says that while Lenovo is now Motorola’s parent company, and the two parts of the whole actually compete against each other in the Indian market, the Motorola global team will work independently to make a decision as to whether production in India fits in with their global strategy.

source: The Economic Times

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1
May

Motorola’s Mother’s Day sale discounts the Moto 360 and Moto X (2015)


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How about appreciating mom or yourself with something special on Mother’s Day? Over at Motorola, two flagship devices are discounted through May 12.

  • Moto 360 for $179 after a $70 discount (Moto Maker available)
  • Moto X (2015) for $399 after $300 discount when bundling with Sol Republic Tracks Air headphones

Source: Motorola

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30
Apr

Deal: Take $70 off a Moto 360, $300 off 2nd Gen. Moto X and Tracks Air headphones bundle


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We still have more than a week until Mother’s Day, but it looks like Motorola is already beginning to offer some nice discounts that will make your mom’s special day much less expensive. From now until Tuesday, May 12th, you’ll be able to pick up a customized Moto 360 for $179.99 ($70 off) through Motorola’s website. While the Android Wear smartwatch has been available for that price in the Google Store for a few days now, purchasing it through Motorola will allow you to get a customized watch, not just the standard black or gray versions.

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Want to get your mom something a little more functional? From now until Tuesday, May 5th, you can pick up an off-contract Moto X (2nd Gen.) and a pair of Tracks Air by Sol Republic x Bluetooth headphones for $399.99. Normally this bundle would cost you nearly $700, but Motorola has slashed the price down significantly for this promotion.

If you’re on the fence about any of the products listed above, be sure to check out our Moto 360 and Moto X (2nd Gen.) reviews! Head to the deal link below to start shopping.

Buy now from Motorola



29
Apr

Samsung is again the world’s top smartphone seller


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Samsung has recovered the top position in the global smartphone market, according to a Strategy Analytics report covering Q1 2015.

Samsung has lost the sales leadership to Apple in Q4 2014, according to some research firms, while in Strategy Analytics’ estimation the two companies tied for the first place with a 19.6 percent market share. Blowout iPhone 6 sales have helped Apple interrupt Samsung’s years-long run at the top, but it didn’t take long for Samsung to recover.

Samsung has shipped an estimate 83.2 million smartphones in Q1 2015, compared to 74.5 million in the previous quarter. Combined with Apple’s slowdown (61.2 million, compared to 74.5 million in the previous quarter), that gave Samsung a market share of 24.1 percent, a significant lead over Apple’s 17.7 percent.

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Samsung’s jump comes despite the fact that Q1 is typically slower than Q4, and despite of strong competition from Apple at the high-end, and Chinese brands in the mid- and low-end.

Coming in third in Strategy Analytics’ ranking is LenovoMotorola with 5.4 percent, while Huawei ranked fourth, with 5 percent. All other players are lumped in the “others” group (47.7 percent).

Looking at the shifts in market shares quarter over quarter, Samsung is the only top player that has gained share, seemingly at the expense of everyone else. That’s good news for the embattled company, though Samsung also needs the average selling price of its phones to increase in order to return to growth. Samsung just announced its Q1 2015 results today, and ASP has actually decreased, which took its toll on revenue.

All eyes are now on the performance of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Signs are very positive so far, so Samsung will likely preserve its dominance in the quarters to come. But while profits may recover as well, it’s safe to say that the days of explosive growth are over for Samsung.



28
Apr

Motorola takes a jibe at LG, points out they had a leather clad smartphone before them


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The launch of the LG G4 has obviously given the competition something to think about. And Motorola is not wasting any time in taking a jibe at LG, claiming that they had a leather covered smartphone a good one year before the LG G4.

Motorola is clearly referencing the Moto X here, which comes in leather as well as standard polycarbonate variants. LG hasn’t particularly been vocal about the leather back cover on the LG G4, but it will be interesting to see what the company has to say in response to this. It is possible that LG will charge an additional fee for the leather clad G4, which is what Motorola does with the Moto X as well.

The LG G4 has a bit more customization on its leather back panel compared to the Moto X, so the Korean manufacturer has an advantage there. Customers will be able to get the LG G4 from Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile as well as retailers like Best Buy and Amazon starting next month.

Would you prefer the LG G4 to the Moto X? Let us know below.

Source: @Motorola – Twitter
Via: Phone Arena

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28
Apr

[Op-Ed] Google’s Project Fi is a minor stepping stone to changing the way people connect






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I know we didn’t get out the news that Google announced their MVNO service earlier this week, but to sum it up, Project Fi is Google’s jump to the carrier side of the industry. The service rides over free Wi-Fi connections around the globe and can piggy back off Sprint and T-Mobile cell towers. From my understanding, you get both Sprint and T-Mobile network coverage on one device versus having to choose which carrier you want to back it up. I might be wrong though. As it sits right now, you need to request an invite to join the testing of Project Fi and the required device is a Nexus 6. As far as pricing goes, you pay $20 a month for unlimited calling and messaging and then tack on $10 per GB of data. Unused data for the month gives you a credit back to your account that you can apply to the next month of service as apposed to the current model where you either lose it or roll over massive amounts that you never tap into.

Project Fi Nexus 6The announcement was pushed by both carrier partners, the Nexus 6 manufacturer, Motorola and Google. As with any big announcement there has been mixed thoughts and feelings. Most of it ties to desires of unlimited data, the carriers involved and the single device option. However, many of those thoughts are very limited in grand scope of things.

If we talked about each part separately we would see a different story entirely. I can understand the unlimited data argument being a valid one from a select few power users who, more or less, abuse that ability to begin with. I am not saying they all do, but some certainly take advantage of the plan with torrents, streaming Netflix and Pandora all day all the time. Project Fi is certainly not an option for them looking to dramatically cut their bills down.

On a carrier stand point we can easily see how T-Mobile and Sprint play in the mix. Simply put, both carriers are the only two that already have Wi-Fi calling up and running. T-Mobile has been working on it for a number of years and Sprint has been following suite. While only a select few handsets are supported, the simple fact they do is the answer. AT&T is supposedly working on Wi-Fi calling with the last reports stating that it would arrive sometime in 2015. With both Sprint and T-Mobile supporting the ability to handle calls and messages over Wi-Fi already, it makes complete sense on why Google opted to work with both of them for their MVNO service at launch. If AT&T gets on board with the ability it isn’t out of the realm of possibility that Project Fi will open up on their network as well. There is probably a lot more to it, like network leasing, advertising, branding and coverage too.

So how about the Nexus 6 being the only supported device. Well, Google is in complete control of the device for one. Next we know that the Nexus 6 is one device that sports the chipset needed to run on multiple networks out of the box. Add in that most Nexus 6 owners, and people who even know that Project Fi exist, are going to be at least semi-technical individuals and you have the makings for a really great crowd based MVNO service start up.

The future of Project Fi as I see it

I see a lot of things happening with the service before the year ends. We know Motorola is on board and supportive of it. This should bring a few things – first, it should bring a wide range of devices and prices to the service, mainly the Moto X, Moto G and Moto E. Those three alone will cover all users price point needs and screen size needs. With all of them being fairly stock Android and Motorola doing a good job at updates, it should put their devices in even more hands. The next thing I see is Lenovo getting in on the mix – after all, they do own Motorola. That puts, either more Moto devices, or Lenovo devices, in the hands of people overseas. That does leave the question as to which cell carriers in other countries will jump on the bandwagon though. However, with much of the service being geared towards Wi-Fi, it would be possible to partner with internet providers for calls and messages before a carrier ever got involved.


Project AraIt is hard for me to not think about other projects Google is involved in and how Project Fi ties into it. For instance, how about Project Ara? You know, Google’s modular phone. That project will certainly have Project Fi access. While we know that project is going to be tested in Puerto Rico, it is hard to think that Google isn’t already working to put the low cost plan into action down there as well. That will cut the argument for a specific device out of the equation since you will basically build your own phone how and when you want to.

Then their is Google Fiber and Project Loon. Fiber is a no brainer really and you could essentially have a Nexus 6 home phone for $20 a month. Project Loon could feasibly put phones in the hands of people in places where internet wasn’t only a pipe dream, but so was calling a neighbor, friend, family member or doctor. Consider the Android One initiative paired with Project Fi and Project Loon. That mixture of innovation could land devices and service in the hands of the 4 billion people Google is after.

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Will Project Fi be for everyone? No. No service is ever for everyone. In my situation it could save me a bit of money. I am either at work, which has Wi-Fi or at home, which has Wi-Fi. My few travels around town aren’t spent playing online or with data intense apps. Any out of town travels are usually to places with no service, on purpose, or places where I know I have a Wi-Fi connection anyways. I do pay for unlimited data currently, on T-Mobile’s $100 for two lines plan, but rarely use over 2GB a month. Mathematically, I would spend between $30 and $40 a month for my line on Project Fi and the same for the wife. Ultimately that would save us $20 to $40 a month on our bills. For others out there, it could save even more.

Like everything Google does, we are the testers and the project has a bigger picture that we aren’t privy to. I feel Project Fi has a definite place and direction in the sphere that is Google and will ultimately become a service that will either be your primary provider, or, at the very least, become a viable option to cut cost in life when we need it.

What are our thoughts? Do you see the potential future of Project Fi, or are you seeing it as a failure before it starts because of its launch state?

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22
Apr

Motorola begins rolling out the Android 5.1 update to the Moto X (1st Gen), Changelog below


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If you own a 1st generation Moto X, you will be pleased to find out that the Android 5.1 Lollipop update has begun rolling out. In Brazil. I know, it isn’t good news if you don’t actually live in Brazil, but hey, at least it’s a start, and a sign that it’s on the way. We have the changelog after the break.

Other than the bug fixes that Android 5.1 contains, the changelog mentions features such as Smart Lock (trusted devices), changes to the UI and notifications, the new flashlight feature and the use of the new Android Runtime (ART) among others. As to why the update is rolling out to Moto X (1st Gen) handsets in Brazil first, it’s probably because it (Brazil) has a smaller user base. Meaning that if there are any problems with the update, it’s an easier task for Motorola to give support and fix the issues. I’m sure it won’t be long until the 5.1 update is released on a wider scale.Until then, we can always just drool over the changelog, I guess.

Any spelling mistakes or grammatical errors in the document are not down to me, for once. The change log was translated from Brazilian Portuguese to English in the interests of being able to read it.

Moto X  1st Generation - Android 5.1 Lollipop - Software Update Changelog

 

Source: Motorola
Via: Droid-Life

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21
Apr

Original Moto X Android 5.1 update begins rolling out, starting with Brazil


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At the beginning of this month we learned from Motorola’s David Schuster that the Moto X (1st gen), Moto E (1st gen), and the Moto G with LTE (1st gen) would all be making the jump from KitKat directly to Android 5.1 Lollipop. With Android 5.1 already available on the Moto X (2014), you may be wondering how much longer before the original Moto X will see it. If a new OTA release in Brazil is any indication, the wait might not be so long.

Several reports are coming in with news that Brazil is seeing Android 5.1 on the Moto X (2013) starting today. It’s unclear if this is a soak test or a full OTA rollout for the region. As for what’s new, unless you managed to get on an Android 5.0 soaktest for the Moto X, the update will be your first taste of all the changes that Lollipop brings to the table such as improved notifications, changes to the mult-tasking menu, and more. As for what 5.1 brings over 5.0, we’re looking at mostly a bug-busting update, though you can get a solid rundown of the biggest changes here.

If all goes as planned, the worldwide rollout of Android 5.1 to the Moto could begin as early as next month. Of course individual carrier versions will likely be among the last to see the update.

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21
Apr

Moto E (2015) 4G now available in India for Rs.7,999


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Following the release of the 3G Moto E (2015) last month and the pre-order launch for the 4G Moto E (2015) last week, the competitively priced smartphone is now finally available to purchase in India, via Flipkart, for a price of Rs.7999.

The market has changed a little since the first generation Moto E hit the shelves. At Rs. 7999, Motorola is now positioned against other compelling offerings from Huawei and Xiaomi’s tempting Redmi 2. To sweeten the deal, Flipkart is offering 10 percent off for SBI card users and has discounts on accessories like Grip Shells and colored bands. The company is also giving away some shopping vouchers with your purchase.

As well as faster data speeds, the Moto E (2015) 4G option sports a faster Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 SoC, which is built from a quad-core Cortex-A53 configuration and Adreno 306 GPU, rather than four Cortex-A7 cores and an Adreno 302 GPU. Other than that, you’ll find the same 4.5-inch display, 1GB of RAM, 8GB storage, 5MP rear camera and 2,390 mAh battery as the 3G model. Not forgetting the latest Android 5.0 operating system too.

If you would like a closer look at what the Moto E (2015) model has to offer, check out our related video content below.

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17
Apr

Motorola Connect updated with new features for the Moto 360


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Motorola is in the midst of rolling out an update for its official Connect application via the Play Store. In terms of added functionality, the upgrade brings a truckload of new features to the app, some of which are specifically aimed at Moto 360 users, giving them the means to: “upload their own watch face background, share watch face creations and customize watch faces directly on the watch.”

Hit the break below for the full changelog. 

  • Moto 360: Customize watch faces directly on the watch
  • Moto 360: Upload your own watch face background or choose from one of our curated backgrounds across five themes
  • Moto 360: Share your watch face creations with your social networks
  • Moto Body: Opt-in to receive a weekly email summary with insights on your activity
  • Moto Body: Improved visualization of wellness data
  • Performance improvements

If you own a Moto 360, have the Motorola Connect application installed on your smartphone or tablet and want to install the update — simply, hit the source link below. 

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