Motorola Admits Nexus 6 Was Too Big But Google Wanted It Big

When the Nexus 6 was first revealed, the first thing of us, myself included, noticed was the massive screen size. At 6 inches, the phone was a gigantic phablet and exceeded the limits already set by Samsung’s similarly large Note series. While the current market has regular flagships pushing 6 inches as well, Motorola is admitting that it was a mistake at the time.

“I think it was one of those where we were like ‘is [screen size] going to continue to go up?’ I think unfortunately, that was one of the products that was going to be the example of no, it’s not. So now we know.”

Motorola wasn’t alone in the blame though. According to Chief Marketing Officer Adrienne Hayes speaking to techradar, the move to the larger screen size was driven mostly by Google. As we know, Google exerts a lot of control over the Nexus design process, even more so as Motorola was Google-owned back then.

“[Google] wanted the screen size – we could have built it with same display size as the Moto X”

The biggest issue, however, wasn’t the large screen size. After all, the Note series and other equally massive phones have been selling well back  then and now. The problem was that there was no smaller 5-inch alternative, something Google rectified with the simultaneous launch fo the Nexus 6P and 5X. Having picked up the Nexus 5 myself at that point, I would have likely chosen a refreshed 5-inch model instead had it been available. Hopefully, Google will continue to offer more screen size options for the Nexus line in the future.

Multiple Motorola Devices Will Not Be Upgraded to Lollipop

These days we are being told that we need to install or swap out software and hardware all the time to keep it up to date. With everything from Windows Updates recommending a whole new operating system to a “security update” locking up your iPhones. When I decided to try out Windows Mobile (when it was first released) I liked the OS, except that it didn’t support anything. To my surprise (or not as the case was) they decided that my handset would be one of the ones that wouldn’t get the Windows 8 Mobile upgrade, leaving my phone outdated and out supported. It would seem that Motorola made the same decision with the Droid Ultra, Maxx and Mini editions regarding the latest Lollipop update.

On their forums Motorola posted the following:

“We apologise that we will not be upgrading DROID Ultra/Mini/Maxx to Android Lollipop, as we had hoped. We know how important software upgrades are to our customers, and we’re very sorry that we are unable to provide the upgrade.”

In an attempt to bring back any customers upset by this those with the Ultra/Mini or Maxx handsets can upgraded to the DROID Turbo 2 for $524 or the DROID Maxx 2 for $334.

The worst part about all of this is that the upgrade was promised and now instead of delivering on that promise they want you to pay for a new handset. No doubt this is going to upset anyone with one of the mentioned headsets, are you one of those people and if so how do you feel about this?

Your Smart Home Appliances Are Not as Safe as You Think

Are you a proud owner of smart lock? How about motion sensors, temperature sensors, bulbs or other Internet of Things gadgets? Well, if they’re made by ZigBee, chances are your house is vulnerable to hacking, according to a paper revealed at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas.

ZigBee, a company that specializes in IoT smart appliances that supplies big name companies such as Samsung, Philips, Motorola and Texas Instruments, is said to have implemented just enough security measures to pass the requirements to ship, which means that security measures are almost non-existent. Hackers are said to easily be able to sniff out exchange network keys, gaining access to the entire network and all smart appliances.

The security experts say that the main cause for the lack of security is due to the companies, who want to quickly ship out the latest tech, make it communicate and interact with everything, all while keeping prices down to a minimum. As a consumer, I get the bit to keep prices down, but if I have to pay a bit extra to prevent someone opening my door or fiddling with my lights, I think that would be an option all of us may opt for. In the end, security is more important than cheap product, don’t you think?

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Moto G 2015 Images Leak Ahead of Launch

Motorola’s successor to the extraordinarily popular Moto G handset has been pictured in Itabuna, Brazil and gives an indication of the device’s capabilities. According to the official box, the Moto G 2015 will feature a 5″ Gorilla Glass display, 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, a 13-megapixel rear camera and 5mp front camera. Currently, we do not know the exact pixels-per-inch of the screen, but I expect it to be around 291.78 ppi. The handset will offer 4G connectivity, dual SIM support and IPX7 water resistance. Please note, that IPX7 does not mean waterproof and only provides enough protection against small splashes. On another note, the dual-sim functionality may be limited to specific countries.

The Moto G 2015 sports 16GB of storage which may suggest the RAM has been increased to 2GB. Furthermore, I would like to know if there is a microSD slot to enhance the expansion.

Included in the box is a USB cable, charger, audio cable extender, and colour fascias. It’s difficult to see what the audio cable extender is for but it might work alongside a premium accessory. Strangely enough there are no earphones for hands-free operation. However, this isn’t a major issue as most of the bundled earphones with handsets are awful. The Moto G 2015 is shaping up very nicely and looks set to be the next budget handheld to own. Although, with so many high-specification clones on the market, it’s difficult to dominate this section of the market.

Would you trust a non-branded Chinese clone?

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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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The Moto 360 Is Now $165 on Google Store

The Moto 360 has just dropped to $165 on Google’s store, it is the lowest that the watch has been so far. The next version of the watch is in the works so Motorola is most likely clearing stock in anticipation of the new model.

The Moto 360 is one of the best Android Wear smartwatches that you can currently get, and is certainly one of the most striking designs with it being one of the few with a circular face. The Moto 360 has a very nice inductive charging cradle, making charging super simple. The watch also has a built-in pedometer and heart rate monitor that works very well with Google Fit. From my own experience with the Moto 360 I found that the integration with Google Maps was great and would be very useful to someone who is biking or driving with the app on their phone. Alternatively if the Google Store runs out the watch has dropped to $179.99 at Best Buy as well as Amazon. Is this new price drop enough to get you to jump on it or will you be waiting for the new version of the watch to come out?

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Apple Acquisition of AuthenTec Meant No Nexus 6 Fingerprint Scanner

Back in 2012, Apple purchased biometrics company AuthenTec with the intention of including their fingerprint scanning technology in future iPhones and iPads. That technology became Apple’s Touch ID, first included with the iPhone 5s in 2013 and all iOS devices since. What we didn’t know, was that Motorola intended to incorporate this into their Nexus 6, but Apple’s acquisition left all but a tiny remnant of the company’s plans.

That remnant, according to former Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside, is the indentation that now holds the Motorola logo on the rear of the Nexus 6. Yes, that small dimple you see in the picture above.

In an interview with The Telegraph, Woodside says that Apple’s acquisition of AuthenTec meant no biometrics for the Nexus 6.

“Indeed, the 6-inch Nexus 6, he can now admit, was stymied by just one of those big players. A dimple on the back that helps users hold the device should, in fact, have been rather more sophisticated. “The secret behind that is that it was supposed to be fingerprint recognition, and Apple bought the best supplier. So the second best supplier was the only one available to everyone else in the industry and they weren’t there yet,” says Woodside.”

At least we all know what the dimple was for now.

Source: The Telegraph Via: 9to5Mac

Unglued-Gate? Complaints of Nexus 6 Back Covers Becoming Unglued

It has been noted that there have been a rise in Nexus 6 owners complaining about the back covers of their phones becoming unglued. A number of publications have written about the issue, while users have been complaining on Reddit and Twitter.

Users in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom have all complained of the problem, where the rear shell appears to become disconnected from the phone’s casing. While an exact cause has not yet been found, a number of users have suggested that it could be caused by the battery expanding.

The Times of India says that Motorola have acknowledged the issue and users have been reporting that the company has offered them replacement devices. For some users however, including the one seen bellow and another on Reddit, both their original and the replacement have had the issue.

Source: 9to5Google, The Times of India

Wireless Qi Charging Coming to 50 UK McDonald’s Restaurants

A new deal between fast food chain McDonald’s and wireless charging solutions company Aircharge means that 50 McDonald’s restaurants in the UK will be offering free Qi (proncounced ‘Chee’) wireless charging.

The Qi charging system allows devices to be charged by merely being within close proximity to a power transmission pad – no need to plug in any cables.  Asus, HTC, Huawei, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, BlackBerry, and Sony are already working to adopt the standard for its mobile devices, with 70 Qi-compatible smartphones already on the market.

600 Qi charger will be available over 50 sites, many of which are expected to be in London. There has been no announcement yet as to which restaurants will be offering the service.

The Qi charging service has already been successfully trialled in a handful of McDonald’s restaurants. A post by the Wireless Power Consortium suggests that customers taking advantage of the trial tended to wait in the restaurant upwards of half-an-hour just to use the service.

Source: The Next Web

The Nexus 6 is Now Back in Stock, in All Colour and Storage Options

Motorola has been making as many Nexus 6 smartphones as it can, but it has not been able to keep up with rampant consumer demand. The Nexus 6 has been quite hard to find in most places across the globe, but now it is back in stock in all shapes, colours and sizes in the US right now.

The 32GB and 64GB versions of the Nexus 6 are available in Cloud White and Midnight Blue for $649.99, while the 64GB version sells for $699.99, just $50 more. The stock should sell out quite quickly, as people have been waiting for them for quite a while now, and people are cashed up over the holidays, so prepare to be disappointed.

Source: VR-Zone.

Nexus 6 Battery Life Put to the Test

As phone specifications become increasingly powerful, so does the need for sufficient battery life. If you’re an active phone user like I am, you’ll eventually have to come to terms with carrying a potable battery pack and charging cable wherever you go – often feeling like you’re married to the thing.

So how does the brand new Nexus 6 compare to the others? Unlike Samsung’s offerings but similar to the iPhone models, you cannot remove the battery of your Nexus – meaning that if your cells start to die or you’re on the run without a charging port, you’re gonna have a bad time.

Equipped with a 3220 mAh battery from factory, the 5.9-inch HD screen is set to be the bane of your batteries existence. Factory results claim that the Nexus will grant you a continuous web-browsing session of 7 hours and 53 minutes in length, rating it 9th in current mobile releases. When comparing this to the Nexus 5’s 2300 mAh battery and 4 hour 50 minute browsing time it seems like they’ve made a rather big improvement.

Taking a look into the charging time for this model, a full charge takes only 98 minutes – closely matching the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 at 95 minutes total time. Number one spot however goes to the Oppo Find 7A at 82 minutes.

The increase in battery sizing is something that is becoming common among new releases as the power is more heavily demanded – now I can only hope that a 3500 mAh after-market battery could be purchased for my Samsung S4 which tends to consistently run out of juice before the days end – no matter how light the usage may be.

Is the Nexus 6 a phone that you’re considering? For me, the lack of replaceable battery and SD card support is something that makes the decision a little hard to pick one up. But comparing it to others, it’s certainly a more sturdy feel at a great price-point.

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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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Best-Buy Releases New Motorola Moto 360 Smartwatch Information Early

With the information originally set for public release on September the 4th, Motorolla’s new Moto 360 smartwatch has already been listed on Best-Buy that has revealed the price and many of the specifications.

Set to have a circular 1.5-inch LCD supporting a 320 x 290 resolution, the Moto is also said to contain a heart rate sensor and a pedometer which will certainly suit an active user base.

There is no shipping date set for the product, but the price has been published at $249.99. Motorola reported back in June however, that pricing wasn’t set in stone – so be sure to not hold your breath until the official release date to the public. Taking this price into comparison with its competitors however, it’s a viable alternative to LG’s G Watch or Samsung’s Gear Live device.

Since writing this article, Best-Buy has seemingly taken down the product information and price – stating that the product is no longer available and out of stock. But unfortunately for them, the ‘damage is already done’. Given the price point and information already released, we’re now waiting with heightened anticipation for Motorola’s launch in September.

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Motorola G2 Apparently Shipping September 10th with 8Gb Storage

Only 8Gb!? That is a bad sign as that won’t be what you actually receive as you’ll have the OS and pre-installed apps on there too, your probably looking at around 6Gb out of the box but that’s just me guesstimating.

Following the success of the Moto G, Motorola are busy with their plans with the G2. According to a source who claims to have been given launch details about the G2 straight from a Motorola representative, the G2 will launch on September 10th this year. The handsets are supposedly with retailers now or will be very soon, orders won’t be sent out until release date. The handset is said to sell for €250, not as expensive as other phones on the market but it still isn’t exactly cheap. The reason for this pricing can be seen by looking at the rumored specification list.

Apparently the G2 will have a 5-inch 720p screen, Snapdragon 400 chipset, 1GB of RAM, and an 8MP rear camera. The front camera is a 2MP unit and the smartphone will run Android 4.4.4 KitKat out of the box. Internal storage is 8GB; presumably, the smartphone will have storage expansion, which it will need otherwise people will not be happy with such a small amount of undependable storage. Now those specs are average nowadays in a smartphone so the €250 price mark makes sense.

Thanks to Tweaktown for supplying us with this information.

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Motorola Rumored to be Making Google’s Next-Gen Nexus Smartphone

There have been a lot of rumors going around in regards to the upcoming Nexus device. Google has apparently been keeping the information sealed, having previous rumors point to LG being the manufacturer for the next Nexus handset. The latter information proved to be incoherent, drawing attention to the Android Silver program and the possibility of the upcoming Nexus handset being part of the program.

The latest rumor however beats them all. Google’s former smartphone manufacturer, Motorola, which the search giant sold to Lenovo, is apparently in charge of manufacturing the handset. Compared to the previous rumors, this one is said to come straight from Android Police, backing the information to a certain extent. However, given the wide range of information and lack of something concrete, even Android Police could be shooting off in the wrong direction with the Motorola rumor.

All in all, Motorola is said to be working on a new smartphone in collaboration with Google. The project’s codename is said to be Shamu, which has been reported to be primarily aimed at US carriers and other big-named carriers around the world. This information is apparently the link between the new handset and the two parties working on it, since the carriers are said to most likely handle the Nexus 5.

The Shamu handset is said to feature a 5.9-inch screen and a fingerprint sensor, having the latter as another clue which points to the upcoming Nexus handset and the technology it features. The Nexus handset is said to have been given a launch date for November. More information is bound to come as the launch date draws near.

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Breaking News: Motorola Mobility Factory In Texas Closing Down

In recent months we have been hearing news at how Motorola’s Texas factory has been seeing a slow decline in profitably, particularly since sales of the Moto X and the Moto Maker scheme have not been as strong as once perceived. Due to its location in the US, the factory has been able to offer a customisation scheme to US customers, where they can make personal alterations to their handset, including the use of different materials and specifications. Sadly though the Moto Maker scheme and the number of Moto X handsets sold in the US have not been doing that well and from a once packed manufacturing plant, the Google owned property now employs little over 700 people – a sign in itself that times are changing and the time was ticking before a major change was going to happen.

The suspicion that the site’s days were numbered was only made more certain after the word early this year got out the Lenovo were looking to take over the Motorola Mobility division from Google and considering the fact that the site is barely turning a profit, it is easy to understand why such a move would be on the cards. Even though the site’s days are effectively numbered, with the closure likely to happen at the end of this year, production of the Moto X handset will continue at two other factories in China and Taiwan; where manufacturing costs are considerably lower than in the US.

Motorola has made a statement saying that the Moto Maker service will continue to be a pre-purchase service to customers, however there are no further details on how the service will continue to run and where it will be made available.

Source: Tech Geek Forever

LG G2 mini Officially Announced By LG Ahead of MWC 2014

LG has revealed the earlier rumored LG G2 mini smartphone ahead of Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona on 24th of February, powered by a Snapdragon 400 or Nvidia Tegra 4i and boasting a 4.7-inch screen.

Both the Snapdragon and Nvidia chipset version have the Quad-Core CPU clocked at 1.2 GHz, sporting 1 GB of Ram, along with the 4.7-inch qHD having a 960 x 540 pixels resolution and running Android 4.4 KitKat alongside LG’s Optimus UI. LG also claims to release dual-SIM and non-LTE versions as well.

The handsets will also be powered by a 2,440 mAh battery, 8 GB of storage space which can be expanded with the help of microSD card support and the design also reflects its bigger brother, the LG G2, having the back positioning buttons placed below the 8 MP rear camera.

The handset color range spans between white, black, gold and red, having LG planning to release the handset in March in Russia. The rest of the world is said to see the handset rolling out on their market starting this April.

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Google Will Acquire 5.94% Share In Lenovo As Part Of Motorola Sale Deal

Lenovo and Google recently announced a deal that sees Lenovo purchase Motorola from Google. The deal is worth a cool $2.91 billion from a combination of cash and stock payments. According to Reuters the details of the deal mean that Google will end up with a 5.94 percent share in Lenovo Group Limited of China worth $750 million – which is approximately a quarter of the value of the entire $2.91 billion deal.

Google will be acquiring 618.3 million Lenovo shares at $1.213 per share and this was confirmed by Hong Kong’s stock exchange late on Thursday evening. The move to acquire shares in Lenovo would suggest that Google has strong intentions of cooperating further with Lenovo in future. Who knows Lenovo may join the likes of ASUS and LG as a big Google hardware partner.

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Lenovo Aims To Crush Apple and Samsung Following Motorola Mobility Acquisition

Following the acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google along with its share of patents, Chinese manufacturer Lenovo now reveals some big plans. Lenovo CEO Yuanqing Yang gave an interview with Fortune regarding the deal where he talked about his plans to over take his biggest competitors, Apple and Samsung.

By acquiring Motorola Mobility, Lenovo became the third largest smartphone maker worldwide, and when asked how he feels about catching up to his top-seated competitors, Yang said his company’s “mission is to surpass them.” It sounds as though Lenovo will market its smartphones with the Motorola brand, likely a smart choice considering Motorola’s pedigree.

However, Yang also mentioned there was some uncertainty regarding this issue still, saying the company will most likely “leverage the Motorola brand, but it could be something like ‘Motorola by Lenovo.'” Yang also told Fortune a little bit about how Lenovo became interested in Motorola when it split into Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions back in 2011, as well other plans regarding branding in certain countries.

There will still be a waiting period while US regulatory groups finally green light the deal, according to reports the purchase will go through a review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), a group responsible for ensuring there are no national security risks taken through deals of this nature.

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Some Of The Weirdest Patents Of 2013

Since we are closing in on the last days of 2013 we thought it would be interesting to look back on some of the most weird and unusual tech patents of this year.

Motorola’s Throat Tattoo

The patent by Google owned Motorola was filed in May 2012 and published on the 7th of November 2013. The patent describes an application of an electronic tattoo, that would be tattooed on a users neck and would be able to be used as a mobile microphone, lie detector and digital display. How exactly does would this work? Well the tattoo would capture vibrations or sounds straight from the users throat, this way eliminating any background noise that often occurs with conversations over mobile phones. The system or tattoo would be powered by it’s own power supply and would then be transferred via Bluetooth or near-field communication (also known as NFC).

An example of the Patent for Motorola’s Throat Tattoo

 

Sony’s Smart Wig

Are we sensing a theme here yet? Not one to be out done Sony released a patent this year for a “Smart Wig” which would be able to everything from alerting the user via head taps to incoming messages, it would have GPS system for leading people around tailored routes via head taps which Sony said “would be excellent for the blind”. It would also be able to monitor blood pressure, body temperature and brain waves via built in sensors, it would also be able to “change power point slides” via a tug of the sideburns making it also a controller. According to analysts this may not be such a crazy idea, with some expecting “Smart Textiles” to be around 10 years away.

 

Sony’s Patent for a “Smart Wig”

Google’s Ad Tracker

Something that sounds a little bit more attainable in the coming years is Google’s pay-per-gaze ad tracker. We by now all know that Google is an expert in the two fields of technology and advertising, which is why this patent seems more viable than the others. The idea is that a head mounted camera tracks what advertising materials the user is viewing throughout the day, then it would measure pupil dilation to determine how effective certain ads are at catching different users attention. This idea sounds like it would be a perfect fit for Google’s upcoming release of Google Glass, however at this stage the company has a rule against advertising on internet powered eyewear. This may change in the close future though.

A patent by Google that could work hand-in-hand with Google Glass, if they relax the rule of advertising on internet powered eyewear

Microsoft’s Smart Bra

Microsoft were reportedly looking at merging technology with lingerie in a hope that it will help you lose weight. You read that correctly, the bra would measure things like heart rate, breathing, skin activity and movement to assess when the user would be going through moments of stress and in turn would be more likely to turn to “comfort food”. The bra would then transmit via Bluetooth data to the users smartphone alerting them and providing them with exercising to help them overcome the urge to eat “comfort food”. According to Microsoft for the Smart Bra to be viable, they would need to look at a better battery as apparently battery life has been an issue.

Microsoft’s patent for a “Smart Bra”

 

So it looks like this year a lot of companies were looking into integrating technology into everyday life. It will be interesting to see if any of these patents actually make it to production, however the future of integrating our lives and immersing ourselves in technology could soon be here and not a thing of the future and dreams.

Thanks to The Sydney Morning Herald for the information provided.

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Motorola Touchless Control App Can Unlock Your Phone By Speaking Out Your PIN

Have you ever wanted a device that will listen to you even when it is locked? There are times when your phone’s voice commands are useless as you still have to unlock your device before using them, and that is not at all possible if you are doing something that requires both of your hands. But look no further, because apparently Motorola has recently introduced a new update to its Touchless Control app over on Google Play, which would ensure that your smartphone will be more versatile even when it is in a locked state, as extra Google Now commands should now be able to jive with your smartphone when it is idle and locked.

You will be able to unlock your PIN simply by speaking it out, and Touchless Control will do all the rest. A new tone is also introduced when you say “OK Google Now.” Apparently, this particular update does seem to be made available only to devices that have Android 4.4 KitKat as the operating system of choice, which pretty much rules out the recent DROID family, at least until Motorola and Verizon do something to remedy that situation soon.

Unlocking your phone using your PIN is not really practical, especially in a crowded place. I mean you have a PIN for a reason, otherwise you would just say something like “Phone Unlock”. We hope that Motorola will update the feature soon and maybe add a feature to unlock the phone with a specific phrase rather than use your PIN.

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Moto G Notification LED Fix Released

Android Central reported that the newly launched Motorola Moto G’ notification LED doesn’t seem to work at all, and there’s no software switch for it anywhere in the Settings app. Emails, texts and missed calls all failed to trigger the flashing white LED.

Motorola responded with the following statement to the issue at hand:

“On some devices (such as Motorola Droid RAZR HD), a small number of users found that the notification light was disabled after logging into their google account if it was disabled previously on other devices with the same google account. This widget restores the ability to control the light on devices without an exposed setting.”

Motorola released a widget called “Notification Light Widget” which will enable the notification LED once again. It can be downloaded from here. After downloading it, simply put it on the Home Screen and tap on it, then the LED functionality will be restored. Afterwards the app can be deleted.

The glitch is a side effect of restoring from your Google account to the Moto G, which is part of the setup process for the phone. The feature downloads apps and settings from the cloud, which is usually a good thing. But in some instances it can tell the Moto G to restore the notification LED setting from another phone, leaving the light disabled with no way to re-enable it.

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Motorola’s Moto G Spotted For £159.99 At Amazon, Coming Nov 14th

We’ve brought you a couple of reports about Motorola’s upcoming “affordable” Moto G handset but so far we haven’t been able to put a specific price on what “affordable” actually is. Initially we expected a handset price of about £135 according to a previous report, though that didn’t specify if it was carrier-locked or not, but now Amazon UK have the Moto G listed on their website and it is selling for £159.99 SIM-free. As usual this is on Amazon’s pre-order price guarantee meaning if the price drops, on or before the launch, you’ll pay the cheapest price. Amazon UK report that the Moto G is coming November 14th, in 3 days time, making it in time for the holiday season this year.

A quick recap of the specifications can be seen below courtesy of our previous article:

“The Moto G has a 1.2GHz Qualcomm S4 Pro quad core CPU, 8GB of storage (with an expected 16GB model available), Android 4.3, microSD expandability up to 64GB, a front 1.3MP camera and rear 5MP camera. There’s a slight change with regards to the screen size as it is actually a 4.5″, not 4.7″ as previously reported, edge-to-edge 1280 x 720 display with Corning Gorilla Glass and a 329PPI density.”

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Motorola Moto G Specifications And Pricing Leaked

GSMArena has managed to grab a scoop of the specifications and pricing of the upcoming budget Moto G handset from Motorola. The Moto G will apparently sell at Phones4u for £135 outright (thought it isn’t clear if that is unlocked or locked to a network carrier, my guess would be locked to a carrier), that’s $215 or €155 but if you consider that price probably includes a 20% UK VAT rate then then a price of $170 seems more realistic for the USA.

The specifications are confirmed to be similar to the report we brought you a few days ago. That means we’ve still got the 1.2GHz Qualcomm S4 Pro quad core CPU, 8GB of storage (with an expected 16GB model available), Android 4.3, microSD expandability up to 64GB, a front 1.3MP camera and rear 5MP camera. There’s a slight change with regards to the screen size as it is actually a 4.5″, not 4.7″ as previously reported, edge-to-edge 1280 x 720 display with Corning Gorilla Glass and a 329PPI density.

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“Affordable” Moto G 4.7-Inch Quad Core Smartphone Spotted

EVLeaks have released a picture of the upcoming Motorola handset dubbed the Motorola Moto G. The Moto G features an S4 Pro quad core processor running at 1.5GHz, it has a 4.7 inch 720p display, 8 or 16GB internal storage options, an 8MP rear firing camera and an “LG-Made” 1950 mAh battery. According to EVLeaks pricing will be free on contract in the USA (presumably for the 8GB variant on a 2 year deal) while the SIM free price is still unknown. The Moto G is expected to be made available by the end of 2013 so we should expect to see it in time for the holiday season.

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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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