In honor of Valentine’s Day, Motorola has announced a new promotion that will go live on February 2nd at 11am CT and will give you as much as $140 off your purchase.
For those looking to save the max amount, you’ll need to register for a special promo code on February 2nd between 11am and 11:59pm CT. A total of 200,000 promo codes will be issued, allowing you to get $140 off any purchase of at least $499.99 or $50 off any purchase of $249.99 and up. Once you have a promo code you’ll have until February 14th to use it or it will expire. Miss out on registering? Between February 2nd and February 14th, anyone can get $100 off if they spend $499.99 or $35 off on purchases of $249.99 and up — no promo code necessary.
As you’d expect, there are a few catches to this promo. First, you need to have a US shipping address. Second, certain devices are excluded from the offer including the Nexus 6 and the Moto X 2nd gen on Republic Wireless. Of course devices like the Moto X (2nd gen) and Moto 360 are very much eligible for this deal.
For a full list of exclusions, promo details or to learn how to register for a promo code, you’ll want to head on over to Motorola’s website.
Motorola has officially re-entered China by launching three smartphones; the Moto X, the Moto X Pro, and the Moto G (4G LTE). The news of Motorola re-entering the Chinese market surfaced earlier this month. The American smartphone manufacturer is now all set to take pre-orders for the Moto G (2nd gen.), the flagship Moto X (2014), […]
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It’s no big deal to expect a fingerprint sensor on a flagship device of this generation given that there are some previous generation devices already rocking one. But to my and many other’s surprise, the Nexus 6 didn’t come with one. On investigation, it was found that Motorola originally had an intent but stepped back at the last instant. The purported location of the fingerprint was inside the Motorola’s trademark dimple.
The plan was disturbed by Apple and was a result of the buyout of AuthenTec in 2012, a pioneer company in fingerprinting technology for use in Apple’s Touch ID sensor. Motorola was working closely with AuthenTec from way back in 2011 to integrate the technology in its smartphone like the one on Motorola Atrix 4G.
Former CEO of Motorola Mobility revealed in an interview with The Telegraph:
The secret behind that is that it was supposed to be fingerprint recognition, and Apple bought the best supplier. So the second best supplier was the only one available to everyone else in the industry and they weren’t there yet.
An in-depth look at the Nexus 6 firmware files suggests that fingerprint support was originally implemented but later removed because of the unintuitive “swipe” scanning type hardware. It was a right thing to do in my opinion. It’s better to leave something than fail badly at it.
Source: Android Central
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Burn-ins on your AMOLED screen are the worst. They are just absolutely terrible. There is nothing worse than seeing a ghost on your phone for all eternity. The good news is that you don’t have to site idly by while your OCD goes crazy.
One Brendon Sled has taken it upon himself to fix your devices unfortunate screen. AMOLED Burn-in Fixer is an app designed to be effective and easy to use.
The basic idea behind the app is to invert the colors of your status bar and/or navigation bar (depending on which location is showing signs of burn-in) to reverse the eye sore.
There are three easy steps to fixing these burn-ins. Install, Test and Fix. It is that simple.
Step one, install the app from the Google Play Store for free. You can either search “AMOLED Burn-in Fixer” or make use of the widget at the bottom of this post.
Step two, test your screen for signs of burn in. You just follow the yellow brick road on this one. Tap the “Test Burn-in” tab, then select “Hide UI”. You will be presented with a solid gray background that will reveal any burn-ins to you. This will most likely be around the status bar and navigation bar areas as previously stated.
Step three, fix all the things! Once you determine the areas that require doctoring, go back to the “Fix Burn-in” tab and select the locations you require. Then, follow the instructions on screen. Enable inverted colors in your system settings and hide the app settings.
Everything is simple and painless. You just have to leave the inverted screen up until the signs of any burn-in are reduced to your satisfaction.
Unfortunately, the app only installs on Lollipop devices.
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Motorola’s Nexus 6 almost had a fingerprint sensor, but Apple spoiled the idea. In an interview with UK newspaper The Telegraph, former CEO Dennis Woodside (who now leads Dropbox) reveals that the handset’s dimple was supposed to play home to a discreet recessed sensor, but its supplier couldn’t meet its quality demands. “Apple bought the best supplier,” Woodside explains, “so the second-best supplier was the only one available to everyone else in the industry and they weren’t there yet.” At least Moto didn’t just, y’know, throw one in anyway.
We’ve known about Google’s ambitions to match Apple’s TouchID with its own fingerprint solution since December. An Ars Technica investigation of the Nexus 6’s firmware revealed support for the feature was removed late in the development cycle — presumably when Motorola worked out the sensor wasn’t up to scratch. Apparently, there was an API that all Android devices and developers could tap into, opening the door to things like payment authentication and app security measures. Given the work that Google’s already put into this, dont’ be surprised to see such features coming to Android soon.
Source: The Telegraph
Apple trumped all other smartphone manufacturers last quarter based on consumers activating a device. The usual Android foes were all far behind Apple with Samsung leading the way. Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) conducted a survey with five hundred subjects in the United States and aimed to find which phone brands were most popular among activations. The devices, both old and new, were activated between October and December of last year.
Samsung trailed Apple by 24% and that was the closest any company came to catching the clan in Cupertino. After that, the numbers dropped off significantly. The third place company was LG with 11% and Motorola finished fourth at 4%. Rounding out the bottom was HTC (2%), Nokia (2%), Amazon (1%), and “other” with 4%. BlackBerry, who may or may not be facing an acquisition in the near future, had no activations from the survey.
Josh Lowitz, the co-founder of CIRP, explained that the loyalty of Apple customers is far greater than that of Samsung and LG’s. He said:
“iPhones drew from loyal Apple customers, with 86% of buyers upgrading from an older iPhone. Samsung and LG saw far lower loyalty rates, with 25% of Samsung owners and 18% of LG owners who activated a phone in the quarter switching to an iPhone.”
Come comment on this article: Survey finds 50% of phones activated last quarter came from Apple, 26% from Samsung
On Google+, Motorola stated that an Android 5.0 Lollipop update is coming to the Moto G in India and the US. While it’s only a staggered rollout, it’s at least good to hear it is coming.
Specifically, both generations of the Moto G are being updated in India, and the second generation Moto G will receive the update in the US. This comes after a tease from Motorola that said Lollipop would come to devices it released in 2013 and 2014.
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American customers who are looking for a budget device might want to turn their attention towards the Moto E today.
As part of a new promotion, Motorola is now offering two free back panels or shells for free along with the smartphone. The pricing has been at $119.99 for the unlocked and contract free version of the handset which comes with 4GB of native storage.
The listing on Motorola’s site mentions that the smartphone has received a discount of $29.98, down from the original pricing of $149.97. So there are multiple reasons to check out the Moto E.
To run you through the hardware of this budget device, it comes with a 4.3 inch 960 x 540 resolution display, a 5-megapixel camera on the back, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot, a 1,980 mAh battery and Android 4.4.4 KitKat with an update to Android 5.0 believed to be on the horizon.
Come comment on this article: Motorola offering two back panels for free with the purchase of the Moto E in the U.S.
According to an official update from Motorola, Lollipop (5.0.2) is now rolling out to both generations of the Moto G in India, as well as to the 2nd gen Moto G in the United States.
— Motorola Mobility (@Motorola) January 23, 2015
However, while only the US and India are specifically mentioned in the tweet, 1st gen Moto G Reddit and XDA users from other parts of the world, including Brazil and Europe, are reporting that they received the OTA update today. So it’s a good idea to check for yourself from Settings>About Phone>System Updates.
The update will bring the stock Lollipop experience to users of Motorola’s wildly popular budget device, including a new way of handling notifications, new recent apps interface, and many visual changes.
Have you received the Lollipop OTA yet? Share in the comments.
Devices like the Nexus 6, Motorola DROID Turbo, and HTC One (M8) are capable of enhanced charging with Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 technology. The special chargers, when paired with supported devices, powers them much quicker than ordinary chargers. Both Motorola and HTC have released their own Quick Charge 2.0 chargers, but availability has been somewhat limited. The Motorola Turbo Charger will soon be available in the Play Store. When? No one is sure. It is a good sign, however, that its status reads “coming soon.” The price listed is $34.99.
In the meantime, you can purchase the Turbo Charger directly from Motorola.
Source: Google Play
Come comment on this article: Google lists the Motorola Turbo Charger as “coming soon” in the Play Store