moto Stories January 3, 2019


A flurry of leaks of the mid-range Motorola P40 have allegedly uncovered a great deal about the successor to the Chinese-exclusive Motorola P30. The Motorola P40 looks set to be the first device from the Lenovo-owned brand to feature a punch-hole notch in the upper left corner of the display, which looks set to differentiate it from the upcoming Motorola G7.

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moto Stories June 6, 2018

Moto Z3 Play gets mentioned in the latest Moto Voice update

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve seen several leaks of the Moto Z3 Play. Now, the company’s upcoming smartphone’s name has shown up in the changelog for the Moto Voice app.

moto Stories May 29, 2018


In April, Motorola announced the first devices in its 2018 lineup with the Moto G6 and E5. Recent weeks have seen a number of leaks about the Moto Z3 Play and today a new report reveals that the Lenovo-owned company is possibly planning an entirely new device and lineup.

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moto Stories April 15, 2017


Following the first leaked image of the Moto Z2 Force earlier this week, new renders (via OnLeaks) showcase the device in all angles and note the surprising return of a headphone jack.

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moto Stories January 18, 2017

Nougat isn’t coming to the unlocked Moto Z until Feb, Moto Z Play in March

Verizon started rolling out Android Nougat to their Moto Z and Z Force handsets back in November. This fit with a statement given by a Motorola spokesperson which said that the entire line would be updated in Q4 of 2016.

The issue now is that the unlocked variants of the handset — sold directly from Moto themselves — have yet to receive any sort of update. A new statement from the Lenovo-owned company says that these updates should be coming soon…

moto Stories January 17, 2017

The 2nd gen Moto 360 is no longer for sale in the Google Store

Last year, a report surfaced stating that the Lenovo-owned Moto would no longer be making new Android Wear hardware. This would mean that the second gen Moto 360 would be the last watch available from the manufacturer. As of today, the 360 which was announced back in September of 2015, is no longer for sale on the Google Store.

moto Stories January 13, 2017



Going into 2017, not much is known about Lenovo’s upcoming Moto lineup. The company reportedly opted out of making a new Moto 360 for Android Wear 2.0‘s launch, while their flagship device has yet to leak. However, Moto is planning (via CNET) an event on February 26th at MWC.

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moto Stories January 9, 2017



Late last year, renders claimed that Lenovo was reviving the Moto X in 2017. Images have surfaced today from somebody claiming to be selling an identical looking phone. However, the key difference is that the device in question is apparently the Moto G5 Plus.

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moto Stories January 6, 2017

Register now for Lenovo’s Moto Mod hackathon in San Fransisco taking place on Jan. 21 & 22

Last summer, when Lenovo announced the Moto Z and the Moto Mods, the company also announced they would be releasing a developer kit so that anyone could produce their own Mods. To help entice developers, Lenovo Capital stated that they had $1 million to help fund future Moto Mods. While Moto has been accepting Mod ideas since November, the company is also hosting hackathons to help kickstart even more creations…

moto Stories December 1, 2016



Even before Android Wear 2.0 was delayed, partners like Huawei, LG, and Motorola announced that they would not release new smartwatches this year. It now seems that the Lenovo-owned company won’t be releasing a new wearable for the launch of the updated OS either.

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moto Stories September 26, 2016

As many as 700 Motorola Mobility employees let go in latest round of layoffs

Since Lenovo bought Motorola from Google in 2014, the company has made some major changes within the smartphone manufacturer — the least of which being rebranding the company’s phones as “Moto” devices. Lenovo has also let go of a lot of employees go since its acquisition including one round of layoffs that is happening as we speak…

moto Stories July 25, 2016



Moto Z is the first Moto-branded flagship since Lenovo began phasing out the Motorola brand name, and the successor to the popular Moto X line. At the time of its unveiling, Moto X represented a new Motorola with a new, clearer vision under the influence of Google itself. The company ditched the heavy skins commonly found on Android handsets, built a solid phone that was a good overall experience, and added some features here and there that made it stand out from the crowd. It was the ideal prototype of what an Android OEM should do.

But the Moto X is gone now, and Motorola is now owned by Lenovo. Slowly but surely, we have seen Lenovo make its mark on the Moto phones of years previous, and this year things took another step in a new direction. Lenovo skipped over Y and has now launched the Moto Z, and deserving of its new name the device is indeed. The curved back and the Moto dimple of the X line are gone, replaced with an aluminum and glass surface that makes a bold attempt at a new super-thin sexiness. Is it a good phone, though? Let’s talk about that…

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moto Stories June 10, 2016


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Yesterday we got our hands on Lenovo’s just-announced Moto Z and Phab2 Pro, but one of the most important new features of the former — the company’s true flagship this year — is support for new modular backplates called Moto Mods. Lenovo announced a slew of them yesterday, including speakers from JBL, a camera module from Hasselblad, a pico projector called the Moto Insta-Share, an Incopio battery pack, and more.

Let’s take a look…

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moto Stories June 9, 2016


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Lenovo announced the first line of Moto phones since its acquisition of Motorola today, and there was not a single mention of the company from which the new devices got their namesake. The Moto X is gone replaced by the Moto Z and the Moto Z Force — the former being the true flagship with a super-thin build and the latter being a more rugged version with a better camera, a little more thickness, and a shatterproof screen.

Let’s take a look at the regular Moto Z, which in my opinion is the nicest phone Lenovo announced today…

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moto Stories May 26, 2016



Lenovo has now published its financial earnings report for the final quarter of its 2015/16 fiscal year, ending in March. Highlights for the Hong Kong-based company include full year revenue of $44.9 billion, with Q4 revenue of $9.1 billion, which is down 19% on the same quarter last year. On the whole, it was a fairly uneventful quarter, but Lenovo recognizes its bid to bring in Motorola hasn’t gone as smoothly as planned.

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moto Stories May 23, 2016



The only confirmed launch from Lenovo’s Tech World event on June 9th is a consumer Project Tango-enabled smartphone. An invite from the reliable MotoHK now also points to a reveal of the next Moto flagship at the event. Furthermore, the Moto Z trademark has just passed (via Droid Life) the US Patent Office.

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moto Stories May 8, 2016



While the 4th-gen Moto G has been well leaked ahead of a May 17th event, the flagship Moto X has remained more elusive. A sketchy leak from last year has now been collaborated by Evleaks and several official-looking press renders have surfaced from the reliable HelloMotoHK.

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moto Stories April 16, 2016

Leaked ‘Moto G4 Plus’ sketch seemingly confirms redesigned front w/ fingerprint sensor

Last week, the first image of what is likely one of Lenovo’s next Moto devices revealed a front fingerprint sensor in place of dual speakers. Now, an image from Evleaks that shows a sketch of a ‘Moto G4 Plus’ with a similar sensor arrangement likely confirms that the image is legit…

moto Stories April 7, 2016


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According to the Wall Street Journal, Lenovo is going to release its first device under the ‘Moto’ brand in July. Save for screen sizes larger than 5-inches and a fingerprint sensor, not much is known about the flagship. HelloMotoHK, a leakster who showed us the first photos of the 2nd-generation Moto 360, has now posted a picture of what appears to be an upcoming phone…

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moto Stories April 6, 2016

9to5Toys Lunch Break: Nexux 5X 16GB $230, First gen. Moto 360 $100, Nest Cam $180, more

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Google Nexus 5X 16GB now just $230 shipped (Reg. $349)

Moto 360 Android Wear stainless steel: $100 shipped (Reg. $150) | B&H

Nest Cam security camera: $180 shipped (Reg. $200) | eBay

Walmart launches iPhone SE $100 discount, $150 discount on Galaxy S6/7

iPhone SE and Galaxy S7/Edge cases in a variety of styles/colors from $3 shipped

Storage: WD My Passport Ultra 1TB USB 3.0 Portable HDD $50 (Reg. $60), more


Smartphone Accessories: Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker III $249 shipped (Reg. $300), Aduro 2-Outlet USB Surge Protector $10, more


AT&T buy 3 accessories, save 20%: iPad Pro Smart Keyboard $143 (Reg. $169), Apple Pencil $87 (Reg. $99), more


Roku introduces a new quad-core streaming stick with a slimmed down design

Apogee releases its most affordable full-featured Mac recording interface yet

moto Stories April 4, 2016

Possible 3rd-gen Moto E and first ‘by Lenovo’ device appear in benchmarks

A pair of listings on GFXbench (via WinFuture) have revealed two Lenovo phones that may possibly be the next generation Moto E. Additionally, two devices with the Moto X3 moniker have hit an Indian import/export database that might allude to a release sooner than later.

moto Stories March 18, 2016



At CES, Lenovo announced that the Motorola brand name would be phased out in favor of ‘Moto’ and ‘by Lenovo’ branding. Today, the company announced a restructuring of its Mobile Business Group that sees the exit of long-time Motorola president Rick Osterloh.

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moto Stories February 25, 2016


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Compared to the dozens of other Android Wear watches we’ve seen over the last couple of years, the Moto 360 Sport is both different and the same. It’s different because, unlike the more popular classy offerings in the form of the Huawei Watch, the Fossil Q, the Moto 360 (2nd gen.), and others, the Moto 360 was made from the ground up with an active lifestyle in mind. It’s the same, however, in pretty much every other way imaginable… expand full story

moto Stories February 17, 2016

Deal: Buy a Moto X Pure Edition 64GB, get a free first gen. Moto 360 ($200 value)

Moto X Pure Edition is one of the best phones that launched last year, and now you have even more reason to buy one. Just last month we gave it a “3 months later” second look (spoiler: we still think it’s great), but Motorola wants to make the deal even sweeter with a free Moto 360 Android Wear watch…

moto Stories February 16, 2016

Ashton Kutcher thinks the “phone is stuck”, returns to videos showcasing Moto’s labs

Unsurprisingly, Lenovo “product engineer” Ashton Kutcher is also doing online videos to promote Motorola. His last appearance demonstrated how people are incapable of not touching their phones. Now, Kutcher is talking with engineers and showing off features specific to Motorola phones.

moto Stories January 28, 2016



Lenovo CEO Yuanqing Yang said today that the company will launch a new smartphone for the US in July, according to comments reported by The Wall Street Journal. Earlier this month at CES, the company announced that the Motorola brand name is actually being phased out around the world.

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moto Stories January 18, 2016

Deal: 2nd gen. Moto X (unlocked) $243 shipped, 2nd gen. Moto G w/ free dock $100 shipped

Best Buy offers the 2nd generation Moto X 16GB (unlocked) smartphone in black for $242.99 shipped, which is $57 below its retail price and the lowest price we could find for a brand new model. If you’re looking for its cheaper little brother, though, B&H offers the 2nd generation Moto G 8GB (unlocked) smartphone in black for $99.99 shipped w/ a free Belkin PowerHouse microUSB dock. That’s a savings of $95 compared to what these items would cost at retail…

moto Stories January 12, 2016



Following news that Lenovo would be phasing out the Motorola brand-name, tech enthusiasts globally were intrigued to hear what else the company’s new owners had in store for us. Will Moto phones be just as good as they have been in the past? Will they keep the stock Android experience?

Lenovo’s chief, having spilled the beans regarding Google’s plans to launch its Play Services in China this year was seemingly keen to also share his thoughts on the Moto brand and what the next couple of years has in store for the fashionable smartphone family. As with all changes made when new owners take over, there’s both good news and bad news…

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moto Stories January 7, 2016



Update: Motorola has provided us with an official comment on the new branding.

In an interview with CNET, Motorola COO Rick Osterloh said that the storied Motorola brand will be phased out for Lenovo. Purchased by Google in 2011 and then sold to Lenovo in 2014, Motorola has had varying level of successes. While praised for stock Android, Moto devices on the high-end have not been successful in dethroning Samsung or LG.

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moto Stories November 18, 2015

Motorola and Jonathan Adler team up to offer 3 new special Moto X Pure designs

Well-known designer Jonathan Adler has put together a new Moto X Pure Edition collection, all intended to capture the “spirit” of Moto Maker. The designs most definitely also have a holiday feel to them, so they might make a great gift if you know someone panning for the latest Moto X.

This holiday season, Motorola has something for every style lover on your list, including an all new Moto X Pure collection designed by the iconic Jonathan Adler. The limited-edition collection features three eye-catching, stylish phones that Jonathan felt captured the spirit of Moto Maker, our online phone design studio.

The collection will be available for pre-order at beginning November 24, and will officially go on sale December 3 for $474.99 (32GB). To help round out the rest of your shopping list, we asked Jonathan to share his top holiday gifting tips for the style-obsessed friends and family in your life.
Motorola says that they’ll be available to pre-order starting on November 24th, and will go on sale on December 3rd for $474.99 in a 32 GB capacity.

Here’s what the three new phones look like:

moto Stories October 14, 2015


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Verizon and Motorola have begun sending out press invites this afternoon for an event to be held on October 27th in New York City. “Everything you expect from a phone will change,” the invite boldly claims. And clearly, the companies are planning to introduce more than one smartphone, as the invite asks members of the press to join as they unveil the newest “DROIDs”… expand full story

moto Stories September 2, 2015

This is Motorola’s answer to the ‘Moto 270’ jokes

The new Moto 360 is surely right around the corner, but one thing doesn’t seem to have changed. The 2nd generation Moto 360 — which was just made official — still hasn’t managed to get rid of the dreadful “flat tire.” But according to a very informative slide snapped by our own Seth Weintraub at Lenovo’s press event yesterday, Motorola is having none of the criticism and jokes. Comparing the 360 to the Samsung Gear Live, the G Watch, and the Apple Watch, the Moto 360 wins in display-to-body ratio.

As you can see, at least according to Moto’s data, the 360’s screen has 71.7% of the front face of the watch, while the Apple Watch — probably the 360’s biggest competitor — has a measly 49.1%. Both of LG’s recent offerings come in at around the same number as the Apple Watch, but other competitors, like the Gear Live, are as low as 41.9%. With the flat tire, which sadly makes the 360’s screen a not-so-perfect circle, Motorola can achieve a much better ratio. Oddly missing, however, is the Huawei Watch…

moto Stories August 31, 2015

Shatterproof Motorola ‘Bounce’ smartphone leaks, purportedly coming in December

The Moto X Style and Moto X Play only just recently launched last month, but it doesn’t look like Motorola is anywhere close to done for the year. Besides the fact that a slew of Moto 360 announcements are expected for this wek at IFA Berlin, it appears that the Lenovo-owned company is also preparing another smartphone for sometime later this year. It’s purportedly called the Motorola “Bounce,” and it sports a shatterproof screen, and specs very similar to that of the recent Moto X line.

As you can see above, the phone definitely looks a lot like the Moto X Play. In terms of its specs, the phone is also not far off from what the company is already offering. According to Upleaks, the phone packs a 5.43″ QHD display, the Snapdragon 810 MSM8994 processor, storage options at 32 and 64 GB, 3 GB of RAM, a 21-megapixel main camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter, and a 3760mAh battery. Also, the phone is purportedly shatterproof, perhaps why it’s called “Bounce”?

While more details are sure to come, we’re not quite sure at this point to which regions the phone will be coming. That said, if Upleaks is correct — which he/she very often is — the phone will be launching sometime in December of this year. We’ll keep you updated as more details make their way out.


The Moto 360 is set to get a complete refresh at IFA later this week, and up to this point we’ve only seen what look to be two variants of the device. There’s apparently a smaller watch and a larger watch (reportedly called Moto 360S and Moto 360L, respectively). Now, well-known leakster Upleaks is giving us a look at a “Sport” variant of the smartwatch, featuring bright colors and some kind of fitness tracking software on board… expand full story

moto Stories July 30, 2015



I’ve long been a fan of what Motorola has been doing with their smartphones and peripherals, and this week’s announcements are no exception. Both of the headphones Moto released, the Moto Surround and especially the Moto Pulse are top notch. I’ve been using the Pulse exclusively since the event and couldn’t be happier. They are so light that you forget they’re even on your head, while at the same time they have a mic for calls, a battery meter on your phone ,and they swivel so they pack flat. Oh and the sound is excellent – comparable to a $200 set of heavy cans from other mid/high tier vendors. At $60, the Pulse headphones are a no-brainer if you need light over-ears for a reasonable price.

But the Moto G 3rd edition is what we’re here to talk about… expand full story

moto Stories July 22, 2015


Update: We now have a really attractive new render showing the device in white and gold, too…

Motorola has not had any success keeping its handsets a secret this year. We’ve seen half a dozen leaks of the company’s upcoming 2015 Moto G, and now — thanks to Android Peru on Facebook — we have yet another look at a device that purports to be the company’s upcoming Moto X. Previous leaks have been very sketchy, but these appear to be as legit as it gets. In fact, we had our hands on a prototype Nexus 6 last year, and it had identifying barcodes and labels almost identical to the ones seen in these pictures… expand full story

moto Stories July 20, 2015


Motorola has seemingly introduced a revised 2nd generation Moto Hint, bringing some moderate improvements to the Bluetooth headset that the company introduced last year. It’s similar enough to last year’s model that most won’t even notice that there’s any difference, but upon closer inspection, this seems to be a worthy upgrade… expand full story

moto Stories July 15, 2015

9to5Toys Lunch Break: HTC One M9 (unlocked) $400, 2nd gen Moto X (unlocked), $290, Prime Day deals, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Refurb HTC One M9 32GB flash 4G LTE (AT&T unlocked): $400 shipped (Reg. $500+) | eBay

Motorola Moto X 2nd generation (unlocked) 16GB: $290 shipped (Reg. $500) | Amazon

Amazon Prime Day hub: all of the best deals from Amazon’s huge 20th Birthday sale


FreedomPop LG Nexus 5 refurb w/ 500 SMS, 200 min, 500MB data: $150 shipped (Reg. $500) | Sam’s Club

Review: SanDisk’s new Connect Wireless Stick is one of the easiest ways to expand your iPhone’s storage

Small States: A-Lamp Design fashions charming lights for your home from US materials, multiple giveaways

More new gear from today:

Aukey 40W/8A 5-Port USB Desktop Charger $14 Prime shipped (Reg. $20)

More deals still alive:

Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-inch Internal SSD $90 shipped (Orig. $140)

New products & more:

The Lumos Helmet provides the technology needed to bike safely

This transforming Optimus Prime LEGO build might be one of the most impressive yet


moto Stories June 23, 2015

Deal: Motorola’s Moto Hint Bluetooth headset now available for $100 (Reg. $150)

Motorola launched the Moto Hint alongside the 2014 Moto X and Moto G last year, and it quickly became known as one of the better — albeit also more expensive — offerings on the market for those on the lookout for a Bluetooth headset. That still holds true today, but now Motorola is offering the Moto Hint at its online store for a cool $50 off the original price, down to just $100. It’s the lowest price we’ve seen, and it looks like some third-party retailers on Amazon are matching that price (at least for the darker colored model, which is currently going for $100.89).

moto Stories December 9, 2014



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Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day is the Moto G 2014 edition 5-inch 720P smartphone for $149.99 shipped. That’s $30 off on this phone that receives quick Android updates to Lollipop and beyond and is unlocked for use on T-Mobile or AT&T in US or available for international shipping.  It is available in Black or White and available with US or Global GSM variants.  Other features

  • 5″ 720p HD display
  • Front-ported stereo speakers
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 1.2GHz quad-core CPU
  • Android 4.4, KitKat with guaranteed upgrade
  • All-day 2,070 mAh battery, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, water-resistant splash guard
  • US Compatibility: All GSM Networks including AT&T and (2G) T-Mobile
  • Optimized to work with 3G (UMTS/HSPA+) networks when roaming outside the US
  • Box contents: Motorola Moto G (2nd generation), wall charger, quick guides

This phone gets incredible reviews (4.6/5 stars) from over 500 Amazon reviewers. With your savings, you can get a Plantronics Bluetooth headset for $25 (50% off) shipped and/or nice cases which start at $2.

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moto Stories September 18, 2014

Motorola says new Moto X won’t be available on Sprint

Motorola’s recently unveiled next-generation Moto X smartphone is already available to order through other carriers such as AT&T, but Motorola today said the device won’t be available on Sprint. The news, which comes as a surprise considering the last-generation Moto X was available through the carrier, comes from a response to a customer on Motorola’s official Twitter account:


There’s no word from either company on the reason behind the decision, but Verizon is expected to launch the device later this month while Motorola is already selling AT&T and T-Mobile compatible versions through its website. We’ll update with more if either company provides more information. 

moto Stories August 8, 2014

Mysterious Motorola phone appears on Geekbench with flagship specs

It seems as if speculation surrounding the Moto X+1 has been floating around the rumor mill for months now. Every week, it’s as if an announcement is imminent, then, more rumors build up and the phone remains a mere myth. This week is no exception, with a mysterious Motorola device appearing in Geekbench’s database.

moto Stories June 16, 2014



After being available on Amazon for a short while, the Moto G with LTE is now available on Motorola’s official website. The device will run you just $219 and comes in either white or black.

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moto Stories May 22, 2014


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Currently, Motorola seems to be the king of budget smartphones. With the launch of the Moto G ($179.99) and more recently the Moto E ($129.99), it seems like Motorola has a smartphone tier for just about anyone. Motorola’s Moto X has also dropped in price to $349.99 off contract and just barely graces the budget phone border.

The good news is, there are plenty of budget Motorola devices to choose from, but now you’ll have to make a decision. Which one is the best for you? Let’s find out in our Moto showdown.

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moto Stories May 8, 2014



Motorola’s website has been the source of various leaks in the last few weeks, and today we have another one. Captured in an image after the break by the @evleaks Twitter account, the website leaked only the name — no image or details are available. The device has also so far slipped by under the radar, with basically nothing being known about it. expand full story

moto Stories May 7, 2014


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A store listing on Motorola’s website (via Droid Life) has given us an early look at the currently-unannounced Moto X+1, which will be available on AT&T whenever it’s finally made public. The phone looks very similar to the current Moto X, so most of the big changes to the device will presumably be under-the-hood.

There is at least one change being made to the outside of the phone. The X+1 recently showed up on the MotoMaker tool that allows users to build customized versions of the Moto X. According to the options on that website, the phone will be available with 25 different backplates to choose from.

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moto Stories April 30, 2014



Earlier today LG started sending out invites to its big G3 reveal and now Motorola is following suit by announcing an event of its own dated for May 13th. However, unlike its competitors that appear to be focusing on building high-end flagship smartphones, Motorola’s invitation hints at a more modest announcement. “Connect more people to the world’s information and each other, and they can do great things,” the invitation reads. “Introducing the next smartphone from Motorola to make these connections happen. Made to last. Priced for all.”

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moto Stories April 29, 2014


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Just last week, select Moto X variants started to receive price drops to $349 and $399 for 16GB and 32GB respectively, but now the company is looking to further discount all models of the device. Starting on May 1 at 12:01AM ET and running for 24 hours, the 16GB Moto X will cost just $299. The 32GB and Developer editions will receive an even steeper price cut, from $399 down to $324.99.

It’s unclear how many units Motorola will sell at this price, or if it will simply run the entire day. You also have to keep in mind that Motorola has promised a new flagship by late-Summer. But if you’ve been waiting for your chance to snag one of the best Android smartphones out there, this is your opportunity.

Let’s just hope this sale goes better than Moto’s Cyber Monday catastrophe

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