Head-mounted computing specialists Recon Instruments is building quite a team to take on Google Glass. Last year, Intel offered both cash and its manufacturing and technology expertise, and now the “other” Motorola has followed suit. Motorola Solutions has opened its checkbook and pledged to share its product development and distribution know-how with the Canadian outfit. Why has a company with a pedigree in walkie-talkies and barcode scanners teamed up with Recon? Not only does it have plenty of experience making rugged gadgets that’ll likely improve the Jet and Snow2′s hardiness, but it also already makes wearable computers on the side. The Motorola HC1, you see, is an enterprise device that’s designed to work in extreme environments where it’d be too dangerous to use a phone. Perhaps the two of them will develop a new wearable platform that’s as comfortable on the slopes as it is on the oil rig.
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Time for some Android news quick status. the @googlenexus Twitter account leaked out an interesting screenshot, that many are speculating to be the new Android dialer. Galaxy Note 4 might finally see that YOUM display, and Motorola might have a more budget friendly phone. Nothing wrong with that at all.
One of the primary pitfalls of the Moto G despite being the best budget Android smartphone on the market is the fact that it doesn’t have 4G LTE support. While this isn’t particularly an issue in some regions, or even for some customers, it’s undeniable that having 4G would make the Moto G by far the best option for accessing LTE speeds on a budget. Thankfully though, with the the Moto G LTE and Moto G Ferrari variants, it looks like Motorola may be readying a version with that capability, as well as a marquee branded version.
In terms of hardware, it looks like the Moto G LTE won’t be changing that much (see the hardware specs here), only that the updated processor will give the device LTE capability and only be offered as a 16GB model. The Moto G Ferrari is a bit more of a rumour, with no specific details given about the hardware configuration, however it is likely the device would come with a Ferrari emblazoned red back cover. It’s red so it should go faster right? This won’t be the first time that Motorola has teamed with Ferrari who also collaborated to bring you the Motorola i867 Ferrari (below).
After being acquired by Google, Motorola feels like a completely different smartphone brand. Its past few releases such as the Moto X and the Moto G have been very well received. The Moto X was a high-end smartphone with a twist, while the Moto G was solidly performing a mid-range smartphone with focus on the basics. Motorola is now reportedly working on the Moto E which will be priced at $230 (unlocked off-contract).
According to the leaked image, the Moto E will be equipped with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of ROM. A screen measuring 4.3 inches diagonally might feature an HD (1280 x 720 pixels) resolution, similarly to the Moto G. It will come with a 5MP primary rear-facing camera and a front-facing secondary camera as well. The battery is tipped to be a 1900 mAh one. Software wise, it will come with Android 4.4 KitKat, similar to all the Motorola smartphones that are on sale right now. Along with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, connectivity also includes dual SIM card slots, a feature which has huge demand in countries like India and China.
Similar to the Moto G, this device could be heading to developing countries like China and other Indian sub-continent countries. The Motorola Moto G which was priced at ~$200 (INR 12, 499) in India turned out to be a huge hit due to its affordable price tag, inclusion of dual SIM card slots and getting the basics right. The device appears to be very slim at just 6.2mm which might also mean that it could be a more stylish version of the not-so-attractive Moto G. Not only Motorola, even Google is working on a cheaper variant of its Nexus smartphone powered by a MediaTek processor.
Amongst all the speculation surrounding the allegedly upcoming Motorola flagship (currently coined “X+1″ by the media), another new Moto phone is purportedly in the works. Though this model is on the other end of the model spectrum, and is expected to reside just under the existing Moto G in terms of specs and affordability.
Currently dubbed “Moto-E” by the Italian site androidworld.it, this new model further emphasizes the “more phone for everyone” mantra brought on by the Moto G and arguably the Nexus 4 before that. The spec comparison reads as such:
- Display: 4.3″ (4.5″)
- Processor: 12.GHz dual-core (1.2 GHz quad-core)
- RAM: 1GB (1GB)
- Internal storage: 4GB (8GB)
- Rear camera: 5MP (5MP)
- Front camera: None (1.3MP)
- Battery: 1900mAh (2070mAh)
The height and width appear almost identical; the one noticeable dimension is the depth of the device. At 6.2mm, it appears to be almost half of the Moto G, which checks in at 11.6. This sveltness will definitely be appealing to a lot of potential buyers.
The distribution plans for this phone is not mentioned, but it can be deduced that Motorola would have a very similar game plan; meaning pretty much worldwide.
Republic Wireless yesterday added the Moto G smartphone to its portfolio of smartphones. Essentially doubling its roster of devices, the Motorola smartphone joins the Moto X as being offered without contract. The 8GB Moto G is priced at only $149.99 and can be paired with Republic Wireless’s plans that range from $5-$40 per month and employ a mix of cell tower and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Mr. @evleaks is at again with some leakage, this time having to do with the Moto X+1. Apparently the mystery device will be highly customizable (duh) and users will be able to grab themselves a custom back cover, which of course will be in the Moto Maker whenever this device hits. So Leaks posted on his social media a list of different colors and styles that will surely please those looking to get it.
They brought back the wood covers, which I tell you what: when the wood Moto X hit the site, I saw a slew of people snatch one up. I have never been a huge fan of the wood look, but that’s just me. Anything blue or black tickles my fancy, and this hopeful follow-up to the Moto X just might be my next choice for a phone. Let us know what you think about the choices for back covers for the Moto X+1.
The recently leaked Moto X+1 is expected to be sold with more than two dozen backplate options, according to evleaks. Reportedly, the Moto X successor will have 25 different colors and designs spread across warm, neutral, cool, wood, and leather categories. Today’s model comes with 31 options though none of them are “leather”.
- Wood (Teak, Bamboo, Rosewood, Ebony)
- Leather (Black, Red, Grey, Blue)
- Warm (Red, Orange, Lemon Lime, Violet, Crimson, Raspberry, Cabernet)
- Neutral (Slate, Purple, Smoke, Black, Chalk)
- Cool (Navy, Turquoise, Olive, Royal Blue, Dark Teal)
We’re still in the dark as to what we should expect in the Moto X+1 but we assume faster processor, more memory, and a better camera are in order.
moto X+1 backplate options: pic.twitter.com/UIcDtDSLXO
— @evleaks (@evleaks) April 13, 2014
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Motorola may have had to shuffle executives following Lenovo’s acquisition plans, but the phone maker isn’t straying far from its previous course. It just named company veteran Rick Osterloh as its President and COO, effective immediately. He’ll provide the “business continuity” that Motorola needs right now, according to outgoing leader Jonathan Rosenberg.
Recent history suggests as much. While many focused on ex-CEO Dennis Woodside as the face of the Google-era Motorola, Osterloh led product development during that period — he can take at least some credit for attention-getting projects like the Moto X and Moto 360. He’s also responsible for getting the ball rolling on Android at the company, having created the team that launched early efforts like the CLIQ and Droid.
There isn’t much in his background outside of Motorola to hint at a break from existing strategy. Beyond his most recent stint, Osterloh is best known for leading product management at Skype at a time when its mobile clients were becoming important. He also performed a similar role at Good Technology, a pioneer in enterprise smartphone use that Motorola bought in 2006 and sold three years later after getting little out of the deal. A brief position at Amazon in 1999 isn’t likely to have much influence given how much Amazon has changed since its storefront-only days.
Really, Osterloh has already been doing what you’d expect him to do in his new position: releasing products that revolve around strong mobile software. We wouldn’t rule out a change in strategy in the long term, especially since Motorola has been bleeding cash. For now, though, Osterloh’s appointment shows that the company is satisfied with how its recent devices have panned out — and it’s betting that you feel the same way.
Source: Official Motorola Blog
Motorola Mobility has announced Rick Osterloh as the new President and COO. Osterloh is stepping into the role of former CEO Dennis Woodside who is now the COO of Dropbox. Hopefully Osterloh can steer Motorola into the right direction especially after the acquisition from Lenovo.
Below is a snippet from Motorola’s blog:
Since his return, Rick’s had a key role in the company’s reinvigoration. He’s been a guiding visionary on the entire product front and a passionate advocate for our philosophy to focus everything we do on the consumer experience.
I believe that Rick’s appointment provides the focused leadership and business continuity needed to steer the organization into the future, and I look forward to continuing in my role as Google liaison and advisor to Motorola through the transition period supporting Rick.
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