Good 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.
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Motorola has just launched the latest iteration of its Moto 360 smartwatch, the Sport, on the Google Store in Canada. The device has been available to purchase in the region exclusively from Best Buy in various colors for the past couple of weeks, but it’s now listed on the search engine giant’s official Android Wear page in the gorgeous black colorway for $379.99 CAD ($280 USD).
For those who missed its announcement back in December 2015, the Sport is a more lightweight version of the traditional leather-band Moto 360. It’s aimed at the more active amongst us and comes with a plethora of nifty sensors which track your daily steps, calorie intake and heart rate. You can also pre-load music onto the device for wireless playback during exercise.
As the Moto 360 Sport runs the latest build of Google’s Android Wear open-source operating system, you have the facility to place calls, send texts, peruse notifications, keep track of to-do lists, follow directions and, of course, check the time without having to pull out your smartphone, too.
If you’re based in Canada, like the sound of the Moto 360 Sport and want to pick one up in black from the Google Store — hit the source link below.
Source: Google Store
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Being a mobile enthusiast is a fun hobby. I find technology vital to staying connected while it helps me be efficient and on task. With that comes the need to charge a wide range of devices. And I can honestly tell you that with different charging specs on tablets, smartphones, smartwatches, speakers and cameras that having the right charger can mean the difference between destroying a battery and staying powered up.
I have been using the Tronsmart Titan 90W Charging Station with five ports to charge up all of my devices lately and I can tell you that I love it. Chargers are more commonplace than any other accessory, but high-quality chargers are a rare breed.
The Tronsmart Titan is a 90W charger with enough power to charge five devices at full speed all of the time. The five port charging station is relatively big for a charger with a decent amount of weight, but really isn’t an issue for me. I don’t like desktop chargers that are so light that they shift around with light movement. It measures 6.25 x 3.25-inches while being about an inch thick and comes in a matte plastic finish with four rubber feet on the bottom.
There are five full USB sized charging ports in the front, with good spacing between them, so you don’t have force fit the five cables right next to each other. The center of each port is colored green which is a thoughtful addition as it makes it easy to see each port against the black plastic.
Each USB port is rated at 18W for a grand total of 90W, and each port comes with smart technology that allows you to charge your latest devices at the fastest speeds, including Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0.
The back of the charger holds the power switch so you can turn the charger on/off and not worry about vampire energy drain which can end up costing you a lot of extra money.
What are Energy Vampires?
Check out this excerpt from energy.gov:
Take, for example, the seemingly innocuous cell phone charger. As cellphones have become a staple of modern life, so have the devices that power them. To ensure that they’re able to be in constant contact, many Americans carry chargers in their bags, have them in their cars and even their office. So it shouldn’t come as much surprise to find that many cell phone users have one or more chargers constantly plugged in at their home. What most people don’t realize is that these chargers are continually drawing power, even when no device is connected to them. In fact, the average charger is consuming .26 watts of energy when not in use, and 2.24 watts even when a fully charged device is connected to it.
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By themselves, those watts won’t cause a huge increase in your energy bill. But if you add other common devices to the equation, you’ll begin to see why energy vampires are often responsible for adding 10 percent or more to your monthly utility bill.
I normally don’t think twice when it comes to chargers, but with my recent switch to Nexus devices with USB Type-C, and to unlocked smartphones, having the right charger has never been more important to me. The Tronsmart Titan touts VoltIQ technology which is the brains behind controlling the charging speeds depending on needs. Once you plug in your devices, the VoltIQ smart tech automatically identifies the voltage settings and adjusts charging speeds accordingly to make sure your device does not overheat and overcharge.
I really have no complaints when it comes to using the Tronsmart Titan. It charges all of my USB devices at the proper rate, and it is safe for the most sensitive devices like those with USB Type-C. I use it with my Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nuu Z8, Samsung Gear S2, Huawei Watch, LG V10, and NVIDIA Shield. It comes with me on all of my business trips in place of bulky individual chargers, and helps me minimize vampire energy drain with a simple flip of the power switch.
Input: 100-240V (Max)
Output: 5V/2A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A (Max)
What you will get
1 x Tronsmart UC5F Desktop USB Charger
1 x 5 Foot AC Power Cord
1 x Welcome Guide
Overall the Tronsmart Titan 90W 5-port USB charger is everything I could want in a desktop charger. It’s smart, safe and charges my devices at the quickest possible speeds. You can find it on sale now at Amazon.com for just $37.99. I highly recommend it.
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Smartwatches have only been around for a few years, but just like everything, what was once new is now old. The original Moto 360 and the Sony SmartWatch 3 are no longer being sold in the Google Store.
Their webpages are still active, but clearly state “no longer available for purchase”. The purchase button is also greyed out and only says “not available”.
However, Motorola has already released a 2nd gen Moto 360 a while ago, which consumers are more likely to purchase, and have a new Moto 360 Sport out too. It isn’t too much of a shock that the Google Store has stopped selling the 1st gen version. Sony, on the other hand, has not released a Sony SmartWatch 4 yet, but you can at least get the Sony SmartWatch 3 at other stores if you really want one.
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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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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.
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.
Motorola is no stranger to running deals for some of its inventory over holidays. Valentine’s Day is still a couple weeks away, but the manufacturer isn’t wasting any time. Let’s check out what offers Motorola is using to show you its love.
This is probably the first deal that we’ve seen for the 2nd Gen. Moto 360. It’s not a discount off of the asking price, but rather, an incentive. If you purchase the Moto 360 right now, you can throw on a metal band and get a leather band for free.
This is pretty sweet if you like changing up your look from time to time. The 2nd Gen. Moto 360 makes it easy is switch out bands (it’s just a latch on the band that pops it off). The free band is a savings of $40.
The Moto G offer is a similar deal. You won’t get a discount on the asking price, but you’ll get an accessory for free. Actually, in this case, two free accessories: two extra back covers to change up the phone’s look.
Recall that the Moto G allows the user to pop off the back cover and switch out with another from a multitude of colors.
Each shell runs $15, so you’re looking at a $30 savings if changing up your phone’s appearance on a whim tickles your fancy.
Moto X Pure Edition
Lastly, the Moto X Pure Edition is getting some love as well. Motorola recently teamed up with a renowned designer, Jonathan Adler, for three unique back cover looks. The limited edition phones normally run at a premium ($475), but right now they’re at the same price of a normal Moto X Pure Edition ($400).
Bear in mind that these offers run through Feb. 16th at 10:59a.m. CT. Hit up the source link below to get to the deal’s launch page.
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To get in early on Valentine’s Day celebrations, Motorola, in keeping with its recent “relationship” marketing angle, is offering up some special deals on the Moto X Pure Edition, Moto 360 and Moto G. So if the only way you know how to say “I love you” is with consumer products, there are a couple of nice sweetheart deals on offer.
The biggest and best of the three deals s a $75 discount on the Jonathan Adler-designed Moto X Pure Edition, down to just $399.99. When you purchase a Moto 360 (2nd generation) with a metal band you’ll also score a free leather band. The last offer is on the 2015 Moto G (3rd generation), where you’ll pick up an extra pair of colored shells.
All the Valentine’s Day offers from Motorola are valid from now until 10:59 AM CT on February 16. The bonus items or discounts will be automatically applied at the checkout without the need for a discount code. What will you be buying for your Valentine this year?
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.
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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Motorola surprised quite a number of its customers last year when it chose to diversify the Moto X line. Rather than going solo as it had done in years past, the OEM – now owned by Lenovo – released three different devices: the Moto X Style, the Moto X Play, and the Moto X Force. Each one had unique points, with the Style the formal flagship device, the Play the more budget-friendly variant, and the Force a pure powerhouse. The last in the list is known in the USA as the Droid Turbo 2, a Verizon exclusive.
Today, Motorola has officially announced the Moto X Force for release in India, and will formally go on sale February 8th. It will be sold in two variants, a 32GB model for Rs. 49,999 and a 64GB model for Rs. 53,999. The phone will be carried at a number of venues, including Amazon India, Flipkart, and various brick and mortar locations including Croma and Spice. Three color options will be available: Black, Grey, and White.
The Moto X Force comes with a Snapdragon 810 Octa-core SoC with 3GB RAM, and a 5.4-inch QHD AMOLED display that Motorola touts as being “shatterproof”. The display offers a special tech called Moto Shatter Sheild technology, which consists of five layers:
- A Rigid aluminum core
- An AMOLED flexible display (can absorb shock and bend rather than break)
- A Dual Touch layer (so if one breaks, it will still work)
- An Interior lens
- An Exterior lens
Motorola has indicated that the ShatterShield display comes with a 4-year replacement warranty in the event of any accidental damage.
The phone also has a massive 3,760-mAh battery that’s guaranteed to make it through a full day of power usage. Also included is microSD support, a 21-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera.
Rounding out the specs, the device is single-SIM supporting and has 4G LTE (Category 4), 3G, CDMA, Wi-Fi 802.11ac and numerous other connectivity standards. The phone also supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 and ships with Android Lollipop 5.1.1.
Given the high price of the phone, it will be of interest to monitor the reception it has in the Indian market. BlackBerry has also launched its Priv in the same territory, another high priced, high profile product. While the Moto X Force is just over Rs. 10,000 cheaper, it is still a pricey proposition when compared to numerous alternatives already on the market from rival OEMs.
Readers from India, we want to hear what you think! Is the Moto X Force a deal worth taking, or is it priced too high to have? Should Motorola have made sure Android 6.0 was pre-loaded before releasing the phone, or is 5.1.1 good enough for now? Drop us a line in the comments section below and let your voice be heard!