Post the takeover by Lenovo, there have been long question marks hanging over Motorola’s future. In fact, it was made clear earlier in the year that the Moto branding altogether will be ditched for the phones in the budget range and only be used for high-end flagship phones which sure shot will also ship with fingerprint scanners. However, it looks like Lenovo has decided to move the boundaries a bit as far as defining high-end phones go.
Motorola has been known to be one of the first brands to roll out updates to the latest Android versions on their device. In fact, the Motorola Moto X Second generation got the updates on occasions, faster than some of the older Nexus devices. The main reason for the same has been the fact that Motorola has largely gone ahead with the Vanilla version of Android without much of a tweaking here and there and as a result, the rollout process is faster as there are not many changes that the OEM needs to do after the AOSP code has been received from Google.
Motorola Moto G was one of the top devices in the mid-range tier and segment from last year. The device not only came in with very decent specifications but also with a design that was not too bland and boring. However, one spot where the Motorola Moto G lost out to its elder sibling that was the Motorola Moto X was the entire customization game. Yes, the phone did come with back shells that could be swapped, but that was about all that you could do with the phone. There was no option for users to be able to use, say a wooden finish back or even a leather back panel and you had to go back to using a plastic panel which made the device look a little cheap.
However, with the Motorola Moto G 2015 Motorola is set to change some of this problem. It has been widely reported that the device will be on show for the first time at the launch event planned in New Delhi on July 28th and one of the features that will be introduced will be an all new Motorola Moto Maker for the Moto G. Motorola has already earned a lot of praise for its Moto Maker with the Moto X and it is bringing the successful formula over to Moto G too. A screenshot of the Moto Maker was obtained from Reddit giving us a quick look at how the whole platform will look like.
The Moto Maker is very similar to that of the Moto X and you can pick what color would you like of your front bezel, the accents on the device, how you want the rear shell to look like, as well as the memory options that you can pick between an 8 GB or a 16 GB variants. What remains to be seen though, is that whether the tool in itself will come to India or not given the Moto X did not receive it in India.
Motorola has teased the media with an invite for an event to be held on July 28th. It was only yesterday when we revealed to you the pictures of the new and upcoming Motorola Moto G 2015 edition and it looks like that story may well be true as the device is just around the corner. It has been seen way too often in the past that so close to the launch date, the rumored specs and leaked images are true as the major smartphone brands look to create the buzz and excitement around their new phone.
While the invite does not give away anything in terms of what is about to come, it does say that your ‘Relationship Status is About to Change’ giving away that you are set to fall in love with whatever Motorola has to offer. Also giving away that indeed it is the new Moto X and Moto G is the way XOX is written, where the O is pretty much cryptic to form a G indicating the letter X and G.
Both the devices have seen their prices take a nose dive in the recent past on Flipkart adding fuel to the fire, that the Moto G and Moto X lineups are set to be refreshed. Guess, we shall find out all about it on July 28th.
The Motorola Moto G has been a very successful product out of Motorola’s arsenal. Both, the 2013 and 2014 versions of the phone have done well in the market in terms of numbers sold. In fact, the Moto G 2014 has recently been dropped to a price point of Rs 9,999 on Flipkart signaling the imminent arrival of a successor which will be the Motorola Moto G 2015 edition. Obviously, there is excitement around what Motorola will bring this time around, and with how it is in the modern tech world, thanks to the innate need for marketing and SoV, the device has already been leaked out in public.
The images show a very similar profile of the phone like the previous generation of Moto X. You will notice that the front facing speakers are gone and you have a more curvy back with textured panel. This is bound to help out with ergonomics of the phone. The Motorola dimple too has been downsized and is a part of a thin strip sort which also incorporates the camera and LED flash.
The device will run Android 5.1.1 out of the box if the leaked image is to go by. Both the volume rockers as well as the power button will be on the right flank of the device with headphone jack on the top. It is disappointing though, that Motorola has still gone ahead with massive bezels on the device which makes it a little ugly. In terms of specs, the phone will be powered by Snapdragon 410 SoC with 2 GB as far as the rumors go. There is no stipulated time frame for the launch of the device yet.
Motorola is on a price cutting spree of sorts. It recently slashed the prices of the Motorola Moto 360 in the United States to $179 and looks like the company is making similar moves in India. The price cut here though, is not on the watch but on the two premier flagship devices on Motorola here in India.
Motorola has cut the prices of both, the Motorola Moto X Second Generation as well as the Motorola Moto G Second Generation. The price cut on the Motorola Moto G Second Generation is Rs 2,000 while both the versions of the Motorola Moto X Second Generation have received the price cut of Rs 3,000. This makes the pricing of the Moto G to be Rs 10,999 and the 16 GB variant of the Moto X would be Rs 26,999 while the 32 GB version is now available for rs 29,999. Not just this, if you have an SBI card, and are willing to use it for the transaction, you can pick up another 10% off on the devices.
Not just this, you would be getting a healthy double your data cap from Airtel when you buy the two Motorola smartphones. There have been no slashes on the accessories or on the Motorola Maxx which is a device that we are really interested in. It is worth considering that maybe the slashing prices of the Mi4 as well as the introduction of Mi 4i and the likes of Yu Yureka which may have forced the hands of Motorola.
After rolling out a firmware update last week which promised to bring the impending Android 5.0 Lollipop update to the first generation of Motorola Moto G, the device is now receiving an OTA for the lollipop sweetness. Motorola has generally been bang on time when it comes to rolling out the latest Android updates for its device post its return to the personal technology game, largely due to the fact that it runs Vanilla Android out of the box, with very little customizations.
The second generation of Motorola Moto G to has received the Lollipop update in parts of the world and it comes as no surprise that perhaps the hottest selling Motorola device is globally receiving the update now. Motorola updated its blog stating that the update is essential and “Android 5.0 Lollipop is one of the most significant in recent Android history. It improves your experience in many areas including visual style and how you interact with your device.”
The update brings the much spoken of material design as well as performance enhancements. Motorola has listed all the changes on their blog right here, though most of these are in convergence with everything that the other devices receiving the update have got. No major update is expected in any of the Motorola based service post the Android 5.0 OTA. We urge all our readers to make it a point that they have at least 50% battery backup on their smartphones before they attempt the update.
When Motorola announced the Motorola Moto E in India, it had categorically announced intentions to support the device for next two major Android updates. After Google confirmed that Android L is out of Beta and set to hit the Nexus and GPE edition devices later this month, Motorola became the first OEM to come out and lay out in open its plan to bring the update to their devices.
It is an excellent news that Motorola has decided to bring the update to all of its Moto range of devices, including the first and second generation of Moto X, G and the Moto E. This makes the lineup of devices, easily the most affordable Android L devices out there. While the timing of when these updates will be released is not exactly known, you would believe that given largely Vanilla Android feel of these devices the updates would not take a very long time to hit once they hit the Nexus smartphones.
All the updates would be available OTA, and you can follow the updates live on Motorola’s update page right here. The official communication from Motorola India also confirmed that the Nexus 6 would be available later this year in India, making us, one of the 28 countries where the device would be first announced in after the United States.
Motorola has made the Motorola Moto G available starting at Rs 10,500 for a limited time in India. Motorola says that the stock of the device is limited so you must hurry up to pick up the device while you can. Not just the 8 GB variant, the 16 GB device has also seen a price drop of Rs 2,00 meaning it is available for a cut price bargain of Rs 11,999.
It is not clear how many eact units are up for sale during this period or for how long will the discount last, but our guess is that this move has been made after the growing popularity of Xiaomi and its fans which has in a way subdued the traction in the middle tier segment that Motorola has been enjoying. It would be interesting to also see, if Motorola does bring similar discounts to say, the Moto X in the wake of the upcoming Moto X+1 and other competition in the market.
It is interesting to note that, while the Moto G is available on discounted rates, the shells or the back covers are still retailing for the same prices of above Rs 700 mark and there has been no discount on them. In terms of specifications, the Moto G has a 4.5 inch 720 P display that is powered by a Snapdragon 400 SoC and 1 GB of RAM with a 2070 mAh battery on board. The device supports dual SIM configuration.
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Motorola’s Moto range of smartphones have a strange feature whereby the carrier ID takes up space on your notification bar. this takes away plenty of space that could otherwise be used up by the incoming notifications. Add to it, not all of us are interested in having our carrier ID on top of the notification bar as their branding in most cases can be pretty irritating thanks to odd names.
But with the latest Android 4.4.3 update that is hitting all the unlocked Motorola Moto devices, there would be an option to hide away the Carrier ID on top of your device. While the latest Android 4.4.3 update does not bring too many features on the surface of things, this is a rather important one. To disable the carrier ID, all you need to do is get into the Network Settings of your device and uncheck the box of ‘Show Mobile Network’ to hide the carrier ID.
If you still pull the notifications bar down, you will be able to see the carrier ID just like any other KitKat device. The news about this add on was made public by Punit Soni, who is the VP of Motorola on his G+ page. However, interestingly, the screenshot he posted was a 1080P however, interestingly none of Moto E, Moto G or Moto X have a 1080 P display. Maybe a 1080 P Motorola device is on the cards?