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[Deal] You can now pick up a second-generation Moto X for just $199.99


If you’re on the lookout for a mid-range smartphone and are not that fussed about having one of the latest devices on the market, then we have a great deal for you. For the next 24-hours, you can pick up a brand new, factory unlocked 32GB model of the second-generation Moto X for just $199.99.

It’s important to note that as this is an unlocked variant of the handset it will only work on GSM carriers like T-Mobile and AT&T, but not with CDMA carriers like Verizon and Sprint. A full list of supported carrier bands can be seen below:

  • 2G : 850/900/1800/1900
  • 3G : 850/900/1900/2100
  • 4G LTE : 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 17(700), 20(800), 28(700)

If you like the sound of the second-generation Moto X and would like to take advantage of this deal – hit the source link below.

Source: Amazon


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Verizon and Motorola unveil the DROID Turbo 2 and DROID Maxx 2

It happened! After a good deal of churning the rumor mill, we finally get to know the full scoop on the new Droids. Today, Verizon and Motorola announced two successors – the DROID Turbo 2 and DROID Maxx 2. It’s interesting that the Maxx skipped out last year and was resurrected this year. Let’s check out the different approaches these brothers take.

DROID Turbo 2


First up is the successor to last year’s DROID Turbo, which was a 2014 Moto X variant. What changes does the Turbo 2 bring? You’ll find quite a lot, but what Motorola is touting the most is the new ShatterShield technology. As the name suggests, it is essentially extra protection to make the front glass virtually shatter-proof.

This is a bold claim, but Motorola is certain of the robust system it has developed, enough to guarantee that the screen will not crack or shatter (your display and embedded lens will actually be warrantied for four years). But how does it work? The screen uses an integrated system of five layers, designed to absorb shock.


You can find more details about the ShatterShield technology on Motorola’s blog, here.

The design of the Turbo 2 is very reminiscent of this year’s Moto X, which isn’t a bad thing. One benefit of this is that you’ll have access to Moto Maker this time (the original Turbo wasn’t customizable). The Turbo 2 can be equipped from three different material choices: soft grip, ballistic nylon, or genuine Horween leather (pebbled texture).

Soft Grip

Soft Grip

Ballistic Nylon

Ballistic Nylon



Another throw-in is (if you buy the 64GB version by Dec. 31st) you’ll be able to change your phone to another custom design of your liking, within two years of the date of purchase.

Here is the specs breakdown for the Turbo 2:

  • Display: 5.4″ screen (AMOLED panel and QHD resolution)
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 810 SoC with 3GB of RAM
  • Storage: 32GB or 64GB, expandable with microSD (up to 2TB)
  • Cameras: 21MP rear (f/2.0 aperture, Phase-Detect Autofocus) and 5MP front (f/2.0 aperture, wide-angle, and 1.4um pixel size for better low light performance)
  • Battery: 3,760mAh capacity
  • OS: Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop)

The display size of 5.4″ is interesting. Recalling last year’s 5.2″ size, it looks like there was some conflict with jumping Turbo users to 5.7″ (although Motorola didn’t hold back for Moto X users). 5.4″ appears to be a middle-ground compromise.

We see the infamous Snapdragon 810 chipset once again, can’t shake it off. Motorola is touting the new and improved 21MP camera sensor, assumed to be carried over from the 2015 Moto X. The battery capacity is very generous, at 3,760mAh. You’ll also have quick charging and Qi wireless charging on-board.

The Turbo 2 is considerably more expensive than the Moto X Pure, at $624 off-contract. Financing with Verizon translates to $26/month over 24 months. If you want the version with more storage and a design refresh, it will be $30/month over 24 months ($720 full retail price).

Turbo 2 product page

DROID Maxx 2


The original Maxx was known to be a battery beast. Motorola and Verizon have renewed the focus on battery life with the Maxx 2. Let’s go over what it brings to the table.

It may be easier to think of the Maxx 2 a variant of the Moto X Play. It’s a mid-ranger. This is generally okay, since battery life is the name of the game here. However, what’s interesting is that the Turbo 2 has a slightly bigger battery. I feel like if this phone isn’t pushing that battery spec to the max, and is just a straight-up mid-end variant, then it should be under a different nomenclature.

Here is the specs breakdown for the Maxx 2:

  • Display: 5.5″ screen (1080P resolution and Gorilla Glass 3 protection)
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 615 SoC with 2GB of RAM
  • Storage: 16GB, expandable with microSD (up to 128GB)
  • Cameras: 21MP rear (f/2.0 aperture, Phase-Detect Autofocus) and 5MP front
  • Battery: 3,630mAh capacity
  • OS: Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop)

Just about all the hardware is toned down in comparison to the Turbo 2 (with the exception of the main camera). Motorola didn’t feel the need to change the Moto X Play’s display size of 5.5″. This guy won’t have access to Moto Maker either. You have two standard designs to choose from – Black with Deep Sea Blue Back or White with Winter White Back. However, the back shell is removable, and Motorola will have some other color options to swap with.


As you can probably guess, the Maxx 2’s appeal is pricing. Financing the Maxx 2 over 24 months will only be $16/month. You wish to buy it outright, that equates to $384.

Maxx 2 product page

Both of the new DROIDs will be available at Verizon really soon. It can order them online or find them in stores this Thursday (Oct. 29th). Is one of these your next phone?

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Some Moto X Pure Edition users are testing Android 6.0 Marshmallow already

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We have had our fair share of Moto X Pure Edition content here at Android Authority, but we know most people are more worried about their Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. When is it coming?

While we can’t answer that question just yet, the first signs of the new software have already started showing up. In fact, a select group of users is testing it! Some Moto X Pure Edition users started receiving soak test invites last week. Though it wasn’t specified what the update included, it would only be reasonable to think it could be Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Now we know that was exactly what Motorola was referring to.

Moto X Pure Edition Unboxing-9

Motorola’s own David Schuster wanted to make things clear for us, so he gave us all the juicy details on his Google+ page. It turns out this is not really a full-fledged soak test, though. Instead, it is a test drive to see if the software is ready for the next stage.

“There have been a couple reports of a Marshmallow “soak test” that has started for Moto X 2015 Pure Edition. Just want to make it clear that we have NOT started a formal “soak test”. We have started a small TestDrive for the Marshmallow upgrade on Moto X 2015 Pure Edition. We will be conducting these tests for the next couple of weeks. Pending the feedback during this test cycle will determine the timing of a full soak test.” -David Schuster

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For those who may not know, soak testing is when the manufacturer makes software available to some users in order to test its stability and performance. You can think of it as some kind of beta run. Regardless, it means Motorola is at it once again with the awesome update times. The phone maker is known to be among the best at keeping their phones up to date. We are glad to see that habit still lives.

By the way – are any of you guys lucky enough to be part of this select group?

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Sidestepping the carriers: Is Motorola in the right direction?

Carriers have long been a pain, not just for their customers, but also for the smartphone suppliers. While a device is all ready to get in customers’ hands, it first has to go through through the “middle man” and receive the carrier-approved status. This can come in various forms, from physical carrier branding on the phone to bloatware apps.

Also, tired of waiting for that overdue update? Many of the times it’s not the OEM’s fault. The update is merely sitting in the carrier’s holding area until they can test it and make it fit to push out under their terms.

Over the years, we’ve seen OEM’s just suck it up. Phone price subsidizes have been the driving force behind being stuck on carriers. It’s hard to make everyone cough up $700 for a phone (even though people do for computers).

But there is one OEM in particular who is clearly sticking it to the man – Motorola. This year, Motorola ceased carrier involvement with the launch of the newest Moto X flagship. You can’t buy a Moto X Pure from a carrier. It is only sold as an unlocked device, from either Motorola itself or third-party vendors. And the full price starts at $400.


Some may call this too bold of a move. The carrier-way is still how the majority of the market understands phone buying. But we must give Motorola credit for taking a huge risk in an attempt to do it right. Control of the software, updates, design, and pricing is where it belongs – with the company that manufactured the device.

Fortunately, Motorola is not alone. The Un-Carrier (T-Mobile) has been making waves in showing the market the wrongness of the typical carrier strategy. T-Mobile no longer subsidizes phones. And other carriers have begun following suit, with financing options rather than subsidy.

There is also an increasing trend of top smartphone performers coming down in price. Google has been on the forefront of this revolution, beginning with the aggressively priced Nexus 4 and Nexus 5. It followed up this year with the $380 Nexus 5X and $500 Nexus 6P. And you won’t find the 5X or 6P in carrier stores either, they were only launched through the Google Store.


Last year, OnePlus came out of nowhere and offered a “flagship” around $300 (followed by the OnePlus Two). Additionally, we’re seeing fantastic budget offerings from Asus (Zenfone 2) and Alcatel (Idol 3). More strong unlocked options will provide the support needed to wean people off the old ways, and Motorola’s recent move was a big step. We can only hope other OEM’s follow suit.

Just today we’ve seen HTC express that monthly updates are an unrealistic goal. Part of the headache HTC has long had in getting updates out in a timely manner is the lengthy carrier-approval process. It is suspected that the upcoming One A9 will be a strong, budget offering, helping HTC move away from the carrier dependency.

Are you also excited about this unlocked-phone movement and agree that we’re moving in the right direction?

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No Marshmallow for Moto X 2014 (AT&T and Verizon)

Owners of Motorola’s second generation Moto X under the AT&T or Verizon brand will not be receiving further updates, including Google’s new Android 6.0 update. This news comes from Motorola’s official statement on which phones will be receiving Marshmallow.

While the Pure Edition of the Moto X will be receiving the update, anyone who bought the phone through the said carriers will be left out. This will disappoint many Moto X users who bought the phone for the reason of timely updates and long support. Here is the full list of Motorola devices receiving Android 6.0:

  • 2015 Moto X Pure Edition (3rd gen)
  • 2015 Moto X Style
  • 2015 Moto X Play
  • 2015 Moto G (3rd gen)
  • 2014 Moto X Pure Edition (2nd gen)
  • 2014 Moto G (2nd gen US & Europe)
  • 2014 Moto Maxx
  • 2014 Droid Turbo
  • Nexus 6 (carrier and unlocked)

To clarify that carrier branded Moto X 2nd gen will not receive the update, Matt from Motorola stated on Motorola forums that “The carrier version — AT&T and Verizon — will not get the upgrade.”

Whether this is because the now-owned Lenovo company is shifting resources away from software updates, it’s clear that Motorola is focusing on selling unlocked smartphones to customers rather than through carriers, specifically with the new Moto X Pure Edition they are strongly pushing for $499 in the US.


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The 220 day old 2015 Moto E wont be receiving Android 6.0 Marshmallow

We believe your phone should look and behave like you want it to. That means our approach to software is ‘less is more’, so you can focus on the choices that are right for you


Motorola, taking the “less is more” line a little too literally, will not be updating the 2015 Moto E and the Verizon and AT&T variants of the 2014 Moto X to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The 2015 Moto E, one of the best budget phones around, was announced in only February. In the marketing video for the Moto E, these fateful words were uttered.

And while other smartphones in this category don’t always support upgrades, we won’t forget about you, and we’ll make sure your Moto E stays up to date after you buy it.

Magno Herran, Marketing Manager for Moto E (2nd Gen.), February 25th, 2015.

Apparently what Motorola meant by that statement was that the Moto E would be upgraded from Android 5.0 Lollipop that it was launched with to Android 5.1. This, frankly, is ridiculous. For a company that promises quick updates and a stock-like experience, the new Lenovorola is going in the wrong direction. Gutting much of the workforce, not updating their recent phones and bad customer service is not the recipe that turned Motorola from the disaster it was into a favorite among stock Android fans.

I can’t tell if it’s worse that they’re not updating a popular budget that came out in February or their flagship from a year ago on the two most popular carriers in the United States.

Full list of devices receiving Android 6.0 Marshmallow:

  • 2015 Moto X Pure Edition (3rd gen)
  • 2015 Moto X Style (3rd gen)
  • 2015 Moto X Play
  • 2015 Moto G (3rd gen)
  • 2014 Moto X Pure Edition in the US (2nd gen)
  • 2014 Moto X in Latin America, Europe and Asia2 (2nd gen)
  • 2014 Moto G and Moto G with 4G LTE2 (2nd gen)
  • DROID Turbo
  • 2014 Moto MAXX
  • 2014 Moto Turbo
  • Nexus 6

Motorola will also be sunsetting their work on Moto Assist, Moto Migrate and Moto Connect. The logic is a bit more clear on these apps though. Moto Assist and Migrate have had their functionality move into the core of Android and will come on all phones so it doesn’t make sense for Motorola to devote time and resources to a redundant program.

To say this turn of events by Motorola is disappointing would be underplaying it. A lot of people had hoped that after being acquired by Google, Motorola would be the “chosen one” going forward, giving us fast updates, great hardware and an attractive price but now that trust is broken for many people.

Source: Motorola blog via Android Police

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Android 6.0 not coming to the Verizon and AT&T Moto X (2nd gen)

First-Gen-Motorola-Moto-X-Finally-Getting-Android-5-0-2-Lollipop-Update-475881-2The Motorola Moto X (2nd gen) was strangely not included in the list of Motorola phones that will be receiving the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. Motorola only lists the Moto X Pure Edition (2nd gen) to get the update and not the carrier variant Moto X.

It’s possible they just forgot to include it or made a mistake, but according to Matt, the Motorola forums manager, the AT&T and Verizon variants definitely will not be updated to the latest version of Android.

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That really sucks for the Moto X owners because the phone is only about one year old. Technically, this isn’t officially from the high ups at Motorola and they might update it in the future, but it isn’t looking good.

Source: Motorola Forum
Via: Droid-Life

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Motorola details its plans for Android 6.0 Marshmallow


With Android 6.0 Marshallow coming as soon as next week to Nexus devices, other companies are going to be hard at work bringing the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system to their own hardware. Among the fast-moving companies to update their devices is Motorola. Today, Motorola shared which devices will receive the Marshmallow software update.

Motorola first explained its software approach:

We believe your phone should look and behave like you want it to. That means our approach to software is ‘less is more’, so you can focus on the choices that are right for you. In fact, we’ve made it a priority to avoid bloatware and skins, and focus on identifying and tackling areas where we can enable more meaningful exchanges between you and your phone, such as simple voice controls and notifications that you can interact with even when your phone is asleep.

Here are the phones that Motorola says it will bring Marshmallow to:

  • 2015 Moto X Pure Edition (3rd gen)
  • 2015 Moto X Style (3rd gen)
  • 2015 Moto X Play
  • 2015 Moto G (3rd gen)
  • 2014 Moto X Pure Edition in the US (2nd gen)
  • 2014 Moto X in Latin America, Europe and Asia (2nd gen)
  • 2014 Moto G and Moto G with 4G LTE (2nd gen)
  • DROID Turbo
  • 2014 Moto MAXX
  • Nexus 6

Is your device missing from the list above? It looks like the original Moto X from 2013 is not included; that also seems to be the case for the Verizon and AT&T variants of last year’s Moto X (2014). For the latter, let’s just hope that is has something to do with the carriers holding up the process of getting device owners Marshmallow.

Motorola does not yet have a schedule for any software updates but the company does plan to issue those details in the coming weeks.

The company also announced that it is using the release of Marshmallow as an opportunity to reorganize its own apps and services. Since Marshmallow has a plethora of sound and notification settings, Moto Assist is no longer necessary and will be removed. The same goes for Motorola Migrate as Google has really improved data backup. And Motorola will also shutdown the Chrome extension within Motorola Connect — a way to text from a computer with Google’s Chrome browser — with the rise of other alternatives and instant messaging services.

Source: Motorola

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Motorola outlines Marshmallow upgrade plans for devices

Many of us favor Motorola’s approach to smartphone software, not deviating too much from the true Android experience. One benefit to this is that you get more reliable OS updates. Being that Android 6.0 Marshmallow is the current hotness, Motorola has just opened up about what to expect and who should expect it.

On The Official Motorola Blog, the OEM discusses the future software plans. Firstly, it is made clear that the true-to-Android vision is still the driving force. I particularly connected with this statement:

This philosophy has enabled us to make what we think are the most personal and responsive phones in the world, built on a foundation of pure Android with a few Moto Enhancements to improve (not impede) overall functionality.

Bjorn Kilburn, Motorola VP, Software Product Management

With that said, there happens to be some Moto Enhancements features made redundant by new features in Marshmallow. Motorola said they will be removed to “ensure we’re complementing Android (not competing with it).” For instance, with Android’s new “Do not disturb” mode, Motorola doesn’t feel the need for Moto Assist anymore. Also, because Marshmallow handles user data backup/restore, Motorola Migrate will be retired.

Motorola also addressed probably the most questioned thing about updates, “Is my device getting it?”. Here is the list of device currently in the works to receive Marshmallow:

  • 2015 Moto X Pure Edition (3rd gen)
  • 2015 Moto X Style (3rd gen)
  • 2015 Moto X Play
  • 2015 Moto G (3rd gen)
  • 2014 Moto X Pure Edition in the US (2nd gen)
  • 2014 Moto X in Latin America, Europe and Asia2 (2nd gen)
  • 2014 Moto G and Moto G with 4G LTE2 (2nd gen)
  • DROID Turbo
  • 2014 Moto MAXX
  • 2014 Moto Turbo
  • Nexus 6

Motorola warns that this list isn’t final, and also defers to its per region software upgrade page. There’s no word about timing yet, only that the team is working fast and will release the updates when they’re ready, and to “Look for more news on timing in the coming weeks.”

Are you satisfied with Motorola’s support?

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HARDWARE SHOWDOWN: LG Nexus 5X versus Motorola Moto X Pure Edition

We’re smack-dab in the middle of a heated smartphone release cycle which means consumers have some really great new devices to choose from. If you are in the market for a new device, the next few weeks will provide you with a number of excellent models to consider. Two such handsets are the LG Nexus 5X and the Motorola Moto X Pure Edition.

The Nexus 5X is the newer of the pair, however there’s only a couple of weeks separating them. In other words, we might as well consider them both brand new. Let’s take a look at what makes up these two and see how they stack up against each other. To do so we’ll start with a head-to-head chart from our friends over at Graphiq.


As you likely know, hardware isn’t the only thing that matters when it comes to picking out a smartphone. Software plays an important role in helping decide which model might be best for you. To that end, the Nexus 5X comes out ahead because it runs the absolute latest in Android.

Dubbed 6.0 Marshmallow, the newest release brings about a number of new features and native support for others. Google Now On Tap, for example, provides contextual answers and information to users without any effort. Other goodies found in Android 6.0 include support for USB Type C charging and fingerprint verification.

Perhaps one of the best features is the new way in which Android will hibernate apps and services to prolong battery life. As we all know, whether it’s fast charging or wireless, batteries could always use some help.

App permissions get smarter and more intuitive with Android 6.0, too. Customers will find that they have more control over which permissions are granted on an app; developers win with a better user experience that doesn’t ask for all of these requirements ahead of launching the app.

Either phone is going to give you a stock, or near stock software experience that is clear of any bloated carrier-backed apps. The Nexus will likely win in the long run with what expect to be more timely software updates, however Motorola has proven to be quite supportive of its older models, too. Really, it’s hard to go wrong with either one.


Although the Nexus 5X comes in three color options for 2015 (Carbon, Quartz, Ice), the advantage still belongs to Motorola. Thanks to its Moto Maker tool, the Moto X Pure Edition can be designed with more than 1,000 color, accents, and even back cover finishes. If you are looking for a phone that is uniquely you, you won’t beat Motorola.

Storage capacity

The Moto X Pure Edition is offered in three storage options: 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB. As for the Nexus 5X, it comes with only 16GB or 32GB capacities. Depending on your needs, and how much you rely on cloud backups and storage, this could be a moot point. Since both devices have options for 16GB or 32GB, the winner here is the Moto X Pure Edition due to the fact that you can go up to 64GB of storage. Additionally, the Moto X also offers microSD card support, so that sets the LG Nexus 5X a little bit further behind.


If you are the kind of person who looks strictly at specifications, the Motorola camera bests the one found in LG’s phone. But, until you see actual photos and consider your own needs, the jury is still out. We’re very curious to see how the 1.55 micron sensor looks, especially for low light conditions. As for not having optical image stabilization, that’s a bold move on Google’s part.

Around front, the battle is pretty equal due to the 5-megapixel sensor in the LG Nexus 5X while the Moto X Pure also includes a 5-megapixel shooter. Because of the fact that they are both 5-megapixel, this battle may come down to overall performance in regards to which can take the best selfie.


The Moto X Pure takes the cake in the battery department, but not by too much. The LG Nexus 5X features a 2750mAh battery, while the Moto X Pure Edition is sporting a 3000mAh battery. We’ll see how well Android Marshmallow does with their Doze settings, and if the latest version can really extend battery life by that much. Keep in mind, Motorola is usually right behind the Nexus devices with software updates, so it may not be too far off before Android Marshmallow makes its way to the Pure Edition.


You can pick up the Moto X Pure Edition from and pair it with any major service provider. This is essentially the same thing you’ll find in the Nexus line as Google sells it through its own store.


Perhaps one of the most important aspects in purchasing a smartphone, the overall cost often determines if a phone is “too rich for our blood”. Moreover, it’s price that helps us determine whether a certain feature is worth spending the cash or if we’re actually content with a little less.

The Moto X Pure Edition starts at $400 for the 16GB model with 32GB coming in at $450 and the 64GB option at $500. If you opt for a premium finish case (leather or wood), then look to add another $25 to the cost. The Nexus 5X starts at $379 for the 16GB model, with the 32GB variant coming in at $429. Either way, you’ll be saving some money with the Nexus 5X compared to the Pure Edition.

Other important aspects

Indeed, each phone has a few details that help to separate them from the rest of the pack. The Nexus 5X comes with a fingerprint reader on the rear, which is used for security and authentication. Depending on what you plan to do with your smartphone, this could be a make-or-break factor.

Something else worth noting, the Nexus 5X comes with a USB Type C charger. Why is that important? Well, we venture to guess you’ll need to get some new cords and chargers for the house and car if you plan to juice up throughout the day. This means some added cost to the bottom line. The Moto X Pure Edition still uses the micro USB port for charging and works with every single one of those cables we’ve collected over the years.


Which phone is right for you? We can’t answer that for you. You’ll have to weigh what’s important to you decide if it’s worth the extra money to go with the Nexus 5X. And, really, it’s not as if you have to settle for a Moto X Pure Edition. We simply love that phone and will gladly recommend it to anyone and everyone. LG seems to have stepped up their game for the Nexus 5X, hoping to repeat the cult-like following that the 2013 Nexus 5 received.

The Nexus line is one of our favorites in all of smartphones and we’re super pleased to see LG partnering with Google again for 2015. It’s only a matter of time before we see these two devices in a hands-on head to head comparison, so be sure to keep an eye out.

Note: Portions of this post’s content is also used in other head-to-head comparisons.

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