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.
The post Motorola tries to capture your heart with deals through Valentine’s Day appeared first on AndroidGuys.
The next version of Motorola’s Moto X could have a fingerprint scanner, following the current trend in the mobile industry of having a better form of security.
— Ricciolo (@Ricciolo1) December 22, 2015
The last Motorola phone to offer a fingerprint scanner was the Atrix 4G from 2011, which was the first smartphone to offer that feature.
The potential fingerprint scanner was not the only detail revealed about the Moto X (2016) on Tuesday. A picture leaked earlier in the day revealed that the new version may incorporate a heat pipe, which could indicate a shift to a metal and glass chassis.
Come comment on this article: Motorola’s Moto X (2016) could have fingerprint scanner… obviously
Although the next generation Motorola flagship, the Moto X (2016), is thought to be on track for a second half of 2016 release, the rumors and leaked images are already getting started. We have already seen one leak that revealed a radical departure may be in store from Motorola as they head down the path of a metal and glass chassis for the next version Moto X. A newly leaked image shows some innovative thinking on Motorola’s part, this time with regards to the internals of the device which appears to incorporate a heat pipe.
Heat pipes are not a new technology, but there have been few applications in mobile devices, although Samsung is reportedly looking at the same concept for the Galaxy S7. The need for some creative cooling solutions may be traced back to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chip that is the rumored selection for the the Moto X (2016). Smartphone manufacturers already went through one round of heat “issues” with the Snapdragon 810.
Supposedly the Snapdragon 820 was going to avoid that situation, but thus far indications are that heat management is still a significant issue. Thus we see designers exploring solutions like heat pipes. In the case of Motorola, managing heat may also be part of the reason to shift to a metal and glass chassis design.
On a related note, sources have compared this latest leaked image with the last one and have noted the rear-facing speaker grille seems to match up between the two devices. Since this is likely an early prototype, that could still change for the final design.
Come comment on this article: New leak reveals internal heat pipe for Moto X (2016)
Owners of Motorola’s Moto X (2014) should be able to download Marshmallow right now, according to Motorola’s discussion forum.
Users began posting about the update Sunday and continued Monday in response to a question originally posted in October about when carrier-branded versions of the Moto X will receive the updates. Motorola’s website does not indicate any plans to bring the Marshmallow update to carrier-branded versions of the Moto X 2nd Generation in the United States.
Come comment on this article: Unlocked Moto X (2014) receiving Marshmallow from Motorola
Amazon today is offering a $100 discount on the Moto X Pure Edition as part of its latest Daily Deal. The discount, lasting only another 16 hours, will bring Motorola’s 2015 flagship down to just $349.99.
This Daily Deal only applies to the 32GB edition of the smartphone. The price will remain the same for black and white colors of the device, but will increase slightly to $374.99 for the white bamboo style.
Featuring a 5.7-inch Quad HD display, a Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 21-megapixel rear camera, and a 3,000mAh battery, the Moto X Pure Edition has all the best that Motorola has to offer.
Users of the Moto X Pure Edition are already seeing the update to Google’s latest version of its mobile opearting system, Android 6.0.
Some consumers have decided to hold off on the Moto X Pure Edition amid rumors of a new 2016 flagship from Lenovo’s daughter company. The 2016 flagship, still rumored to sport the Moto X Pure Edition name, will reportedly have a drastic design change as well as an advanced camera.
The Moto X Pure Edition is available in preset designs through Amazon and many other big box retailers and can be personally customized through the Moto Maker.
Come comment on this article: Amazon discounts the Moto X Pure Edition for a limited time
If you’ve been eyeing a Moto device, your time to pounce may be fast approaching. Motorola has just revealed that its site will be holding a sale for Cyber Monday, starting at 11:00am CT on Nov. 30th. The deals will run through Dec. 7th until 11:59pm CT.
Specifically, you’ll be able to get the 2nd Gen. Moto X for 25% off ($299 instead of $399) and the 1st Gen. Moto 360 for 50% off ($149 instead of $299).
Additionally, there will be a one-day sale on the 2nd Gen. Moto G on Cyber Monday only (Nov. 30th from 11:00am CT until Dec. 1st at 10:59am CT), at 40% from $179 to $99.
If you were planning to pick one of these devices soon hopefully Motorola has just saved you some hassle.
Motorola seems to be clearing out its stock of old hardware for Cyber Monday this year. The company is discounting last year’s Moto X, Moto G, and Moto 360 models rather than the updated versions. But, know knows, Motorola could always surprise consumers with flash deals on this year’s round of phones and smartwatches. And we sure hope they do. Very few people will be inclined to get last year’s Moto X when they could just spend $100 more to get the Moto X Pure Edition. The same thing goes for Motorola’s smartwatch. All of Motorola’s Cyber Monday deals aren’t that big of a savings when you look at the current models’ prices.
- Moto X (2014) 64GB for $299 (25% off)
- Moto G (2014) for $99 (40% off)
- Moto 360 (2014) for $149 (50% off)
Each of these deals will be live on Monday, November 30, at 12:00PM ET.
Come comment on this article: Motorola’s Cyber Monday sale saves on last year’s phones and smartwatches
Last Thursday, we reported that Motorola had entered the initial development stages of the much-anticipated Android 6.0 update for a handful of its latest devices. Today, however, David Schuster, VP of Product Sales and Operations at Motorola, revealed that this upgrade is more than just a standard factory one. It will, in fact, transport compatibility for a new LTE band to one of the Lenovo-owned company’s smartphones.
Owners of the Moto X Pure Edition can expect to see support for T-Mobile’s 4G service (band 12) introduced when the update starts rolling out over the course of the “next few weeks”. Unfortunately, there’s no word on whether Wi-Fi Calling is included, but we suspect it will be seeing as it’s one of T-Mo’s core services, which attracts many customers.
So there you have it, folks. If you’re a T-Mobile customer who is undecided on whether to pick up a Moto X Pure Edition or not, this might just sway you. It’s a great phone that we’d advise you check out, but it’s certainly not for everyone. If you’re not a fan of high-end internals in a cheap, but durable frame, you’d best steer clear. If its something you’d don’t mind, though, then this is the device for you.
Come comment on this article: Moto X Pure Edition to gain T-Mobile band 12 support with upcoming Marshmallow update
Motorola released notes on their plans for Android 6.0 Marshmallow today. David Schuster, Senior Director of SW Product Management at Motorola Mobility, announced on Google+ that they are starting the initial deployment of Android 6.0 Marshmallow for the 2015 Moto X Style and 2014 Moto X. The Moto X Style is getting the upgrade in both Brazil and India while the 2014 Moto X is receiving the update in just Brazil.
The update will roll out in stages over the next few weeks. The approval process for the Moto X Pure(2015) is underway and Motorola should start to push out the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update sometime in the next few weeks. No other updates were listed for other Moto devices.
Motorola has already stated that some of the more current devices like the Moto E will not be receiving Android 6.0, but they are still one of the faster manufacturers to bring this update to a device regardless. I strongly suggest you upgrade to Android 6.0 when you get the chance as the new enhancements are really useful.
Once the update rolls out to your part of the world you can follow these instructions from Motorola to upgrade to Android 6.0:
For a successful installation, we recommend installing this update when the battery in your phone is at least 50% charged and you are connected to a Wi-Fi network.
If you have received a notification message for this update:
- Select “Yes, I’m in”.
- After the software is downloaded, select “Install now”.
- After the software is installed, your phone will re-start automatically.
- Your phone is now updated to Android 6.0.
If you have not received a notification message for this update, follow the steps below to manually update your phone:
- Select the Settings icon in the apps menu.
- Select “About phone”.
- Select “System updates”.
- Select “Yes, I’m in”. After the software is downloaded, select “Install now”.
- After the software is installed, your phone will re-start automatically.
- Your phone is now updated to Android 6.0.
Android 6.0 will bring these enhancements to your device:
|Doze mode||Doze mode is a new smart feature that helps to preserve your phone’s battery life: it recognizes when your device is idle and automatically goes into a deep sleep state. How does it work? When your phone is stationary, not charging and not in use for a long period of time, Doze mode shuts down unnecessary background processes to optimize power.|
|App Standby||App Standby reduces the battery drain of your phone by putting your seldom-used apps into a reduced activity state. You can choose which apps are applicable to App Standby:
1. Swipe the status bar down with two fingers and tap the gear icon at the top right corner of your screen.
2. Once in the Settings menu, scroll down and select Battery.
3. Tap the menu icon (3 vertical dots) at the top right corner of the screen and select Battery optimization. The greyed out list of apps under “Not optimized” cannot be added to App Standby.
4. Select “All apps” from the drop down list, then tap the app you want to adjust:
|App permissions||In Android Marshmallow you have even more control over what you share with your apps. With the new permissions model, apps designed for Marshmallow only ask for permissions at the time it’s needed to use a feature, instead of all at once when you install the app. You can modify the permissions granted to apps at any time from the settings menu, or you can look at permissions by type and see which apps have that permission granted.
To modify permissions for an app:
To modify permissions by type:
|App links||Android Marshmallow lets you decide what the right action is for each of your apps when you tap a web link. There are three actions you can set:
To set up the App links action and to check the supported links for a specific app:
|Expandable Storage||Android Marshmallow enables your SD card to fully extend device internal storage rather than just being used for media files.
After inserting a new SD card to your phone, you will see a notification to set it up. You can choose to use your new SD card as a portable storage or as internal storage:
If you have an SD card inserted in your phone when you upgrade it to Android Marshmallow, the card will be defaulted to portable storage. Any existing application stored in your SD card before the upgrade will run as expected (in portable storage). In order to move any new application to the SD card, you have to adopt it as internal storage first. To set your SD card as internal storage:
Important: when the SD card is adopted as internal storage, it is formatted and encrypted to protect your information. It cannot be removed and transferred to other device. If you want to use the SD card as portable storage or in another device after adopted as internal storage, then you need to format it. When doing so, please remember that formatting erases all the data stored in your SD card.
|Do not disturb||You can now easily configure interruptions by tapping the Do not disturb button in the quick settings panel. There are 3 different modes that you can set from this menu:
The new Do not disturb feature also allows multiple automatic rules by time or event. To set automatic rules and to define what’s considered as “priority only” notifications:
In addition, you can decide which apps are treated as priority. Notifications from these apps will go off in “Priority only” mode. To treat an app as priority:
|Volume controls||Android Marshmallow provides a more clean and intuitive way to control the ringtone, media and alarm volume. Just press and hold the side volume keys to adjust your ringtone volume, then tap the down arrow in the volume slider that appears at the top of your screen to adjust the media and alarm volume.
Mute: when Do not disturb mode isn’t enabled and the phone volume is set to vibrate, press the volume down button again to activate the “Alarms only” mode. You won’t be interrupted by calls, emails and other notifications, but your alarms will still go off.
|Now on Tap||Now on Tap* provides Google Now contextual results right in the app you are using. Just tap and hold down the home button and Now on Tap will assist you with relevant information based on whatever you are doing in your phone at that moment.
Let’s say you receive a text message from a friend inviting you to watch a new movie. Just long press the home button, and Now on Tap will provide links to info about that movie and shortcuts to the apps you may need. Once you’re done, the back button will take you right back to the messaging app so you can reply to your friend.
*Now on Tap is supported in English only. To change the language of your device, open Settings from the apps tray and scroll down to Language & input.
|Direct Share||Direct Share* is a new feature in Android Marshmallow that enables sharing something directly to a contact or conversation within an app. Tap the share icon in the app and at the top of the share panel, a list of contacts with app icons next to their names will pop-up. Then just pick the contact and hit send.
*Note that Direct Share needs to be enabled by the developers of each app. Not all apps my offer Direct Share when Marshmallow launches.
|Moto Display and Ambient Display||In Android Marshmallow, Ambient Display has been removed from devices with Moto Display, and users previously on Ambient Display have been migrated to Moto Display.
Now, to turn on and off Moto Display, open the Moto app, then tap the icon on the top right corner of the screen, go to Display and tap the switch at the top.
|Moto Assist||In Marshmallow, Android introduced new features which enabled us to integrate Assist into other places:
Sleeping and Meeting – to keep your phone quiet while you are sleeping or while you are busy in a meeting you may wish to consider using the Do not disturb feature from Android. To set it up, swipe the status bar down with two fingers and tap the gear icon at the top right corner of your screen. Once in the Settings menu, scroll down and tap Sound & notification, then go to Do not disturb. To keep your screen dark while you are sleeping, open the Moto app, tap the icon on the top right corner of your screen, then go to Display and set the time under Keep screen dark.
Driving and Places – To allow your phone to read your messages and calls out loud while you are driving or when you are at a specific location, open the Moto app, then tap the icon on the top right corner of the screen, go to Voice and select Talk to me. Note: “Keep quiet” while driving and at locations, and “Play music” while driving, are no longer supported.
|Motorola Migrate||From time to time, we need to retire certain Motorola services so that we can usher in a new wave of technology and offerings for our users, as a result Motorola Migrate will no longer be offered on devices running Android Marshmallow.
In the meantime, you may wish to choose another app as an alternative for data transfers. Although we do not warranty or endorse these products, other consumers have had success with apps such as Copy My Data, Phone Copier, ShareIt, etc. which are all on Google Play Store.
|Attentive Display||In Android Marshmallow we have integrated Attentive Display into Moto Actions. To disable or enable Attentive Display, open the Moto app, then tap the icon on the top right corner of the screen, go to Actions and select Attentive Display.
Note: Attentive Display runs in battery saver mode, this means that when you are not looking, Attentive Display will dim your screen to save battery.
The post Motorola outlines Android 6.0 updates for Moto X Pure and others appeared first on AndroidGuys.
(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || ).push();
David Schuster has announced via his Google+ page that two Motorola devices are starting to see their official update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The 2015 Moto X Style, which some dub the 3rd generation Moto X, in both India and Brazil will start to see the update appear today and going forward. As for the 2014 Moto X, 2nd gen if you will, the lovely folks in Brazil will see the update too. The key highlights of the update were listed out as follows:
Here are a few of the new improvements and features in the Marshmallow upgrade:
– A new Memory Manager that lets you check memory usage of all your installed apps
– Volume controls have been greatly improved
– Do not disturb button has been added to the quick settings panel for easy access.
– System UI Tuner will appear in the settings menu at the very bottom once enabled. It provides a few simple UI tweaks.
– Google Now on Tap allows contextual information to be delivered based on content on your screen with a long press of the home key.
– Doze is a battery management feature that detects when your device is not in use and it will automatically go into a deep sleep state which saves your battery.
– App Standby reduces battery drain by putting seldom-used apps into a reduced activity state.
– Expandable Storage support allows for microSD cards to be used either in a portable storage or an internal storage mode. Portable storage allows your pictures, videos, audio and other media files to be stored. Internal storage allows both media storage along with apps and games but can not be used by other devices.
– RAM manager in settings which allows a consumer to view memory used by the system or an individual app over different time frames
– Automatic App backup not only backs up your apps but their associated data so when restored they will be the same as they were before
– Text selection has been improved
One can’t forget the addition on App Permissions, but really, Doze is probably one of the greatest new features wrapped inside Android 6.0. The full changelog of what to expect when your device sees the update can be found at Motorola Mobility. Those of you that haven’t see the update notification pop up just yet can always attempt to trigger it by heading to the Settings > About Phone > System Updates. Be sure you have well over 50% battery life, a solid Wi-Fi connection and some time to kill for it to download and install.
The post Moto X Style and Moto X (2014) Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates heading to Brazil and India appeared first on AndroidSPIN.