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.
For the old timers, this is going to be a really sad news. After Nokia’s name was erased away from smartphones and replaced by Microsoft, looks like another ex-giant is going to fall to the prey of time. It has been reported by CNET that Lenovo, who now own Motorola after purchasing it from Google, will be phasing out the brand name Motorola completely. What will remain is the Moto moniker, that Lenovo will be calling its high-end smartphone series, while sticking to the Vibe series for the low end or budget phones.
In a price sensitive and rather cautious market like India, it is those deny tiny bits of details that always make a difference. While you definitely need a great product, robust marketing strategy and a good trusted name in the market as ingredients for a good product launch, it is always the company that is willing to go that extra mile for its customers that usually ends up being called the Man of the Match. The likes of Nokia and Samsung have built a massive amount of cult following and trust in the Indian market with their after sales services and looks like a few others are taking a leaf out of their booklet. Motorola being one of them.
Motorola has announced the Moto Xpress in India, which is the first door to door service for its customers. The service went live in Delhi, Noida and Gurgaon and is expected to expand to other cities soon. In case you have an issue with your Motorola smartphone, you can schedule an appointment with the Motorola Expert who will visit your house for a fee of Rs 199.
Motorola says that if your phone is suffering from any glitches in the software, it would be fixed right on the spot, while if there is any hardware issue, it would take up to five days for the phone to be fixed and will be delivered to you by the Motorola service man. You simply need to book an appointment by calling at: 011-41717124
In India, our customer satisfaction score is over 85 percent and with our latest initiative we aim to continue enhancing our after sale services. Our other customer care initiatives will continue to operate as is.
We feel that such a move shall encourage other brands too to take their after sales services a little more seriously and would be a win-win situation for the consumers as they will be able to reliably pick up smartphones without worrying about the service support.
Motorola has listed down the much anticipated, Motorola Turbo on its website in India. Yes, the device will officially be called the Moto Turbo rather than Moto Maxx and Droid Turbo which were two of the most commonly said names in anticipation. The Moto Turbo has been one of the best devices out there when it comes to offering a great battery backup for its users and the USP of the device has been its battery as well as more than premium construction.
Flipkart has made the device available for pre-order, so you can go ahead and book the phone for a price of Rs 41,999 which is obviously slightly steep. This makes the phone, the most expensive device launched by Motorola in India and should not come as a surprise to anyone either, given the specifications it brings. We are not sure if there will be some opening day offers on the device, like the sorts that Motorola generally gives. Although with specs like 21 MP camera, 3900 mAh battery, Snapdragon 805 SoC, the Droid Turbo is a killer device, we still feel somewhere a price point of Rs 36,00 would have been absolutely perfect match.
The phone will come with Android KitKat out of the box, and so far only the black variant of the same has been made available. Find Motorola Turbo right here.
Motorola Moto E is due an upgrade this year. After relative success of the Moto E in its earlier days, the device succumbed to the competition provided by the likes of Mi 1s as well as the Android One devices which in a way played on the strengths of the Moto E and bettered it for the same price point.
However, looks like Motorola will come back in the game and stronger than ever with an interesting Upgrade to the Moto E. The surfaced leaks show a shape that is strikingly similar to the previous generation of the Motorola Moto E, however it is the internals and few add-ons which have caught our attention. It is expected to come with an Autofocus camera than a Fixed Focus one. Clear to see, the device runs Android 5.0 Lollipop.
If the renders are to be correct, the next gen Moto E will not have any front facing speakers, the rear camera will have no flash but a secondary microphone for perhaps noise cancellation and voice recording for videos. The screen size is expected to be 4.5 inches and the device will be powered by a Snapdragon 400 SoC which currently is the engine for the Moto G. We also observed a rubber like edges for extra gripping on the edges, which may not be a part of the body but be available as a shell.
Since the renders are out, we expect the Moto E to be out in the market fairly soon now.
Regarded as one of the best smartphones of the year last year, both, the first and the second generation of the Motorola Moto G have started receiving the Android 5.0.2 update to Lollipop. It was a bit strange given Motorola’s consistency of rolling down updates that this one took so long for Motorola to process, but the good news is that it is finally here after almost a month of the official Android Lollipop update coming out.
The second generation of the Motorola Moto G had received the update to Lollipop fairly early-ish around last month only, but the first generation, which was neglected so far has finally received the same. The update, as expected is available OTA, here is the entire changelog for the same:
- Material Design – You will quickly notice a whole new colorful look and feel to your device – from fluid animations to new application and system themes, colors and widgets.
- Notifications UI & Priorities
- New Interruptions & Downtime Settings: You can tailor how interruptions behave, choosing to allow all, none, or only priority interruptions. You can personalize what counts as a priority interruption (reminders, events, calls, messages) and even tailor them to be from only contacts you specify. The Downtime setting will allow only priority interruptions during the times and days that you specify. e.g. allow only priority interruptions on the weekend.
- Recent Apps (Multi-tasking): The redesigned Overview space (formerly called Recents) will include both applications and separate activities within those applications. For instance, each open tab in Chrome will also appear here along with recent applications; both your Gmail Inbox and a draft email message will appear as separate cards. This provides a consistent way to switch amongst tasks.
- Moto Display and Ambient Display: While your phone’s display is off, Moto Display will continue to surface relevant notifications to you using the low-power Contextual Computing Processor. It will also intelligently react when you use the Approach gesture under Moto Actions.
- Moto Assist and Downtime: Moto Assist integrates the new Downtime feature within Android Lollipop to control when you don’t want to be disturbed. Moto Assist also now uses the new Interruptions settings so that you can customize exceptions, such as letting only people on your starred contacts list get through.
- Flashlight: Lollipop includes a new flashlight option as part of Quick settings (swipe down with two fingers from the status bar to see it).
- Share your Device: You can now set up multiple user accounts on your phone. Guest mode is enabled by default. You can give calling and text privileges to other users of your device, or restrict them as you like in the Users menu under Settings.
- Pin a view/app: Screen pinning allows you to keep a specific app or screen in view. For example, you can ‘pin’ a game and your child will not be able to navigate anywhere else on your phone.
- Battery: The Battery settings panel now shows an estimated projection for how much time you have left while discharging or charging. You can also enable a new battery saver mode that will save power by reducing performance and most background data operations to extend your battery life.
- Smarter Internet Connections: With Android Lollipop, your phone will not connect to a Wi-Fi access point unless there is a verified Internet connection.
- Performance: Your phone now uses the new Android Runtime to help optimize application performance. After upgrading to Lollipop, your applications will undergo a one-time optimization process.
- Smart Lock (Trusted Devices): Android Lollipop adds native support for allowing trusted devices to keep your phone unlocked (such as your Moto 360, a Bluetooth car kit or headset, etc.). Smart Lock replaces the prior trusted device capability in your Motorola phone.
After almost a month of their release, Motorola has published the keenly awaited kernel source codes both, for the 2nd generation, Moto X and Moto G. In case, you are wondering what’s the fuss behind it, the kernel source codes are basically codes that act as an intermediary between Android software and device hardware, so essentially controlling your device. It is mandatory for companies to make the source code public so that developers can get their hands dirty and develop custom kernels and ROMs for devices.
The Kernel Source codes are available at Github, both as a downloadable zip file as well as a pure reference file so you can study the code in case that is the sort of stuff you like. With the Kernel SOurce Code public now, you can expect the Android development of custom ROMs and Kernels to move into fifth gear. Generally, you would need to have a rooted device with an unlocked bootloader for installing these custom ROMs and Kernels.
The Motorola Moto X 2nd gen is referred to as Victara at places, while the Moto G 2nd generation is called Titan, so that in case you come across these names you are not in a spin as to what they refer to.
Motorola Moto G must be credited for bringing the much needed limelight to the mid tier segment of devices in the world. Suddenly the budget category smartphones have become just as much of a battle field for major OEMs as the flagship category and a large plaudit for the same must go out to Motorola for spearheading that with the Motorola Moto G. Since the launch of the device, we have seen several players like Asus with their Zenfone 5 or even Xiaomi with the Mi3 bring fantastic phones to the budget category and as result the Motorola Moto G is no more the attraction it once was. A result of this, saw the prices of the device being slashed by Rs 2,000 making the 8 GB model available for as little as Rs 10,499.
This price cut could also be indicative of the fact that the Motorola Moto G is set to be overhauled by the company, by its successor, thought to be called the Motorola Moto G2. The name coincides with the LG G2 so we are not entirely sure, if that would be the name Motorola or Lenovo go ahead with. The alternate name according to GSM Arena could well be Motorola G+1 which certainly makes a lot of sense, given the rumors around the Motorola Moto X+1.
The G2, lets call it that, is expected to be launched on September 10th and will feature a 5 inch 720 P display. The processor on board is expected to be based on ARM v7 and will boast the Adreno 305 GPU. Rumors have it that the camera on board will be 8 MP and the phone will have front facing speaker grille just like the Moto E. The phone will have 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB or 16 GB of internal memory if the reports are to go by. No word on the pricing has been ousted, though you can expect it to be in the region of Rs 12,000 and Rs 15,000.
The Moto revolution is definitely gathering pace and it may just well be alarm bells for some of the bigger players in the market. The strategy of Motorola has been perfect for a budget conscious market such as India and South America and it has kept their needs and mentality both in mind as it attempts to write its comeback into the industry which it once ruled.
Another step in the direction today was the launch of the Motorola Moto E in India. The device is mainly for those who are shy of spending out big bucks on a smartphone and would like to experience what the whole fuss is about Android or perhaps just wish to carry a backup smartphone in addition to their more high end devices. The Moto E is potentially a bad news for the likes of Nokia X who were trying to achieve something similar but it is obviously too early to judge and pass those remarks.
On specs front, the Moto E is rather good for the price bracket it lives in. The device comes with a 4.3 inch display with a qHD resolution. The SoC powering the device is a dual core 1.2 GHz chip and has 1 GB of RAM. While this RAM may sound a little on the lower side in this age of monstrous measures, you have to factor in that the device runs pretty much stock Android with KitKat 4.4 out of the box which is tailor made for such devices. The camera on the rear of the device is a 5 MP but we obviously do not expect too much out of it. Thanks to cost cutting the device will have no front facing camera.
Just like the previous Motorola smartphones, the Moto E will be available exclusively from Flipkart for Rs 6,999 and will come with an option of interchanging the covers starting tonight from Flipkart.
Image: GSM Arena
Motorola has been tremendously successful with its Moto G and Moto X in the last year. Although the device may not have shattered any records in terms of numbers or volumes sold or shipped, but it has bought the company back on the radar in the smartphone world as most had already written them off. The devices since being sold in the US and UK iitially have been made available in countries like India, Australia and Mexico which are all price sensitive markets. So, it is no surprise that after relative success that Motorola may be planning to bring in another budget smartphone around May.
The device is expected to be called Motorola Moto E and is expected in the early weeks of may. The specs of the phone include a 4.3 inch display which could well be a qHD display, slightly worse off than the 720P HD one found on the Moto G. The phone would have 1 GB of RAM and 4 GB of internal memory based on the leaked specifications. The SoC on device is expected to be a dual core chip with 1900 mAh battery on board and the device will come with Android 4.4 running right out of the box. The Motorola Moto E is expected to cost less than Rs 10,000 which definitely seems to be the price category of interest this year for all the major OEMs.