The Nexus 6 Gets a Huge Price Cut in the UK

Want to upgrade your smartphone and missed the recent price cuts? Well, it may be for the best. Motorola did slash its prices a while ago, making its Moto X up for grabs at £229 for the 16GB version and £269 for the 32GB version. Nexus 6 also saw a slight £80 cut, bringing it down to £399 for the 32GB version and £469 for the 64GB version. But I know it was still too steep, so I don’t think it drew a lot of attention.

The recent price cuts comes from the Google Store, where the Nexus 6 has now hit an all-time low price. You can grab it for £304 for the 32GB model and £379 for the 64 GB model. Now that’s a huge price drop from the previous £479 and £549 price tags it previously had.

The only problem here is that we don’t know if the price cut is temporary or permanent. The safe bet is that if you have the money now, it’s time to clear out your account and buy it before it jumps back to its original price. In my opinion, the flashgrip is really worth it for what it has to offer and with a price tag such as the one above, you will definitely be making a smart investment.

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New Moto X and Motorola Hint Go On Preorder

As you can imagine, Motorola’s fresh new 2014 mobile products have been flying off online shelves and store-fronts – with the Moto 360 inventory disappearing fast across the US. Good news is on its way however – with Motorola announcing pre-order dates for both its new Moto X handset and Motorola Hint in-ear headphone. Mark your calendars for this Tuesday the 16th of September at midday, pre-orders will become available online from either AT&T or from Motorola direct with the ‘Pure Edition unlocked variant of the Moto X. Motorola isn’t giving anything away when it comes to shipment dates, but it is expected that the X will be on its way for deliveries at the end of the month, with the Hint coming at a later date.

On top of this, Motorola have also announced that it will be replenishing stock of its Moto 360 wearable – the hot new smartwatch was sold out in just a matter of minutes when it first went on sale two weeks ago. Prepare those fingertips – as it’s likely you’ll have to be extremely nimble when they come back in stock this Tuesday.

Thank you Motorola for providing us with this information

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Motorola Sold By Google To Lenovo For $3 Billion

Google is apparently selling Motorola Mobility to Chinese manufacturer Lenovo for a deal that will get Google $3 billion. No specific details have been released on the ongoing deal, but it is said we are to know more soon enough.

Google has bought Motorola Mobility back in 2011 for as $12.5 billion. The deal was made mostly for Motorola’s patents and to have a cellphone maker at its back to improve Google’s mobile business. Motorola has been losing money, and the Moto X did not sell as well as expected.

“Lenovo has the expertise and track record to scale Motorola Mobility into a major player within the Android ecosystem,” Larry Page, Google co-founder, said in a statement. “This move will enable Google to devote our energy to driving innovation across the Android ecosystem, for the benefit of smartphone users everywhere.”

On the other side, Lenovo seems to be building a comprehensive business in simple computers. Last week, Lenovo paid $2.3 billion for a big part the computer server business of IBM which got 7.5 percent of he world market for low-margin servers based on off the shelf semiconductors. Lenovo may hope to build an economy of scale by buying chips for both PCs and servers in even greater bulk.

“We will immediately have the opportunity to become a strong global player in the fast-growing mobile space,” Yang Yuanqing, Lenovo’s chief executive, said in a statement. “We are confident that we can bring together the best of both companies to deliver products customers will love and a strong, growing business.”

Google is said to receive $660 million in cash, $750 million worth of Lenovo shares and a three-year promissory note worth $1.5 billion. People close to Lenovo say they believe the deal will win approval from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. Credit Suisse is reportedly advising Lenovo, while Lazard is sticking with Google.

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Motorola Chop $100 Off Moto X Contract Price, Now Costs $99.99

Android Police report that the Moto X has just received a price cut of $100 on contract in the USA, currently the only country where it is available. At $199 on contract the Moto X seems to have failed to inspire consumers in America so Motorola have reduced that price by $100 to $99.99. All on contract 16GB models will now be $99.99 on major U.S carriers like Sprint and U.S Cellular. The 32GB model is still an AT&T exclusive but that’s also been reduced to $149.99, down $100 from $249.99.

US Cellular are offering $74.99 of credit if you join them as a new customer, that brings the final cost down to $24.99. Verizon are yet to jump onboard with the new discount and are still selling at $199.99. Amazon and Best Buy are already offering the handset for $99.99 while the Sprint version can be had for $79.99 on Amazon too. There’s no sign of the SIM-free price dropping from $599.99 despite the on-contract price drops. This means T-Mobile customers are pretty much left “high and dry” by the Moto X.

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Motorola Droid Maxx Developer Edition Now Available For A Hefty $649

Motorola, in partnership with Verizon, is now offering the Droid Maxx handset in a Developer Edition version. The Droid Maxx is now available for $649.99 on the Motorola store with Verizon and Developer Edition branding. The unlockable bootloader does void your warranty when activated but it gives developers and crazy phone geeks a chance to tweak and tune their handset.

The core specifications of the Motorola Droid Maxx Developer Edition are the same as the standard version of the phone. These specifications (courtesy of AndroidCentral) are as follows:

Dimensions

  • 5.41”(H) x 2.80”(W) x 0.28”(D) inches
  • Weight: 4.94 oz

Network

  • Network: LTE, CDMA/1xEVDO Rev. A (800/1900 MHz)
  • Global Network: EDGE/GSM (850/900/1800/1900), HSPA/UMTS( 850/900/1900/2100), HSDPA 42.2 Mbps (Category 20), HSUPA 5.76 Mbps

Operating System

  • Android 4.2, Jelly Bean

Memory / Processor

  • Processor: 1.7 GHz Dual Core with Quad–Core Graphics, attention hub, & 2GB of RAM
  • 4FF preinstalled SIM
  •  32GB interal memory (formatted capacity less)

Battery

  • Battery: Non–removable 3500 mAh Li–Ion
  • Usage: Up to 48 hours OR
  • Standby Time: Up to 25 days

SAR

  • SAR: Head 1.54 W/kg / Body–worn 0.32 W/kg

Camera

  • 10MP RGBC camera with quick capture

Video

  • 1080p HD Video capture, up to 60FPS
  • 2MP Full HD Recording Front Facing Camera
  • Video Formats: H.263, H.264, MPEG4, RV v10, RV v9, WMV v10, WMV v9

Bluetooth

  • Bluetooth® 4.0 LE +EDR, Bluetooth Class 2
  • Bluetooth® Profiles Supported: Stereo (A2DP), Serial Port Profile, Object Push (vCard & vCalendar only) Profiles, A2DP, AVRCP, BPP, DUN, FTP, HFP, HID, HSP, MAP, NAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP

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Google Moto X Manufacturing Facility Has Been Added To Google Street View

Google seem to love cracking out their mapping technology and wandering around odd places, we’ve seen the inside of sweetshops, Easter Island, up mountains and more. A little closer to home for Google though is one of their factories, more specifically the place where the Motorola Moto X smartphone is being manufactured.

The new Moto X is being made in the U.S. a big change from the majority of handsets that are now made by companies such as Pegatron and Foxconn. Located in Fort Worth, Texas, Google has put in the effort to allow us a digital tour of the factory using their Street View technology.

Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside has said that the factory created over 2000 jobs for Fort Worth in just four months and that Google is still hiring in the area. Obviously a great investment for Texas, but if you want to take a look yourself you can explore the factory right here on Google Streetview.

Thank you Mashable for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Google Maps.

Moto X Will Drop To $100 On Contract By Q4 2013

Motorola’s Moto X smartphone currently costs $199 on a two year contract with AT&T or Verizon but apparently Google and Motorola are planning to slash that price in half, to $100 on contract, by Q4 of 2013 in an effort to increase sales of the new handset. This is hardly surprising a surprising move as Google’s recent price cut on the LG Nexus 4 is probably impacting on the Moto X’s sales quite a bit. Though it is still quite unusual to see a price cut come so early in a product’s life cycle but it isn’t exactly unlike Google, or any other aggressive Android smartphone vendor for that matter, to reduce the price of their handsets wherever possible to boost sales. The message is clear – if you’re looking to get the Moto X then you should wait until Q4 (October-December) of this year if you want the best deal.

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Motorola Teases The Moto X Developer Edition

Motorola are getting ready to launch the new developer edition of the Moto X smartphone and it has been spotted by Droid-Life. The developer edition uses 32GB of storage and has an unlockable bootloader. Although the unlockable bootloader makes it easier for users to unlock the device and tinker around with it, the process is still warranty-voiding.

“Unlocking your Developer Edition’s bootloader voids all warranties and may cause serious harm to your device.” states Motorola.

The Moto X uses a 4.7 inch 720p display with 2GB of RAM and a dual core 1.7GHz Snapdragon CPU. The developer edition has the words “Developer Edition” engraved on the rear of the device and an unlockable bootloader, apart from that it remains all but identical to the consumer Moto X devices.

The Moto X is the first smartphone to try and push the agenda that “specifications do not matter” but instead they focus on value added software features provided through exclusive Motorola-developed software.

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Moto X Will Be Made Available On Play Store, No Google Edition

Motorola’s new Moto X smartphone will be made available through Google’s official Play Store according to Twit.tv. Unlike the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One X there will not be a special “Google Edition handset” variant of the Moto X. That said, with Motorola already being owned by Google the Moto X is more or less a native Google product coming with totally stock Android and all the relevant Google programs and apps such as Gmail, Maps, YouTube, Chrome and the Play Store.

Users of the Moto X will thus still be able to enjoy the software enhancements that the smartphone launched with such as active Display notifications UI, Moto Assist, and Moto Connect. The Moto X will cost $199.99 on a two year contract from major carriers like AT&T, Verizon and Sprint while the non-carrier/non-contract version will cost $699.99. The Moto X will be available only in North America and Latin America starting from late August and Early September. As of current there are no plans to sell the device anywhere else.

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Moto X European Arrival Is Delayed

Motorola recently unveiled their brand new Moto X smartphone but only for the USA, Canada and Latin America. Apparently their new Android smartphone will not be made available for the European market in the immediate future according to Pocket-lint. Motorola did specifically state regional availability in the launch press release. The UK and Europe will reportedly get other devices in the mobile line up instead.

“Because it is the first one, the Moto X has had a real buzz around it, but the US launch is not about the US being Motorola’s priority at all, there are devices coming to Europe,” a spokesperson reportedly said.

There are several versions of the Moto X expected such as a Google Play version but it isn’t known what Europe and the UK will get, and when they will get it. Definitely stay tuned as we will let you know as soon as we find out.

The Moto X features a Snapdragon S4 Pro Qualcomm dual core CPU at 1.9GHz, a 4.7 inch 720p display, 2GB of RAM, 16/32GB of storage, Android 4.2.2 and a 2200 mAH battery.

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Motorola’s Moto X Gets Official Unveiling On August 1st

Motorola’s Moto X is a hotly anticipated mobile release has been spotted several times by the press in the hands of Google chairman Eric Schmidt, pictured above. The Google owned company Motorola has been attracting a lot of attention recently as people await their newest release. The Moto X will allegedly have a 4.5 inch display, dual-core Snapdragon MSM8960T processor, 2GB of RAM, a 1500mAh battery, and a detachable kevlar rear shell according to the Verge. They also revealed that the operating system will be near stock and has advanced voice control features. The device also reportedly delivers a summary of recent notifications when activated after a long rest period.

Now the wait for the new Motorola phone is nearly over. According to an official Motorola event, revealed by Android Central, it will be unveiled in New York on August 1st. Stay tuned as we will bring you all the official release details as they happen on August 1st.

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Specifications Of Motorola’s Moto X Phone Leak

While we still don’t really have a clue what Motorola’s Moto X smartphone will look like, concept designs have been abundant and below you can see three of the most popular concept art designs for the Moto X phone. These are from Gizmo China, Android Central Forums and Highlight Press respectively. However today we have details to bring you about the specifications courtesy of an EVLeaks update on Twitter. According to them the Motorola X phone, or Moto X, will not be a high end smartphone like previously thought but instead a mid-range device capable of delivering relatively high-end performance but on a reasonable budget.

The Moto X will arrive with a dual core 1.7GHz MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 processor, a processor that is capable of demolishing the Nvidia Tegra 3 on the CPU side of things but falls down quite a bit on the GPU side. This is going to be paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The display will b a respectable 720p touchscreen with a 10MP rear camera and 2 MP front facing camera. Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean is apparently the operating system of Choice.c

Images courtesy of Motorola, Gizmo ChinaAndroid Central Forums and Highlight Press respectively.