Motorola might be gearing up to launch the next iterations of both the Moto X and Moto G series next month, if a couple of leaked images are to be believed. In case of the former, it doesn’t look like the device launching next month will be the actual third-generation variant – it’s mentioned as the Moto X Sport, with a couple of hardware changes. (more…)
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With only a second-gen $120 Moto E launch and limited second-gen G 4G dispatch to its name in 2015 so far, it’s crystal clear the year is barely starting for Lenovo’s new daughter company. And boy, will things get crazy on the Motorola-branded product introduction front over the next couple of months, if rampant rumors pan out.
We’ve already tackled the juicy 2015 Moto X gossip, at least the parts that transpired until a few weeks ago, but of course, “Lenovorola” has several different market segments eyed for imminent aggressive charges and diversification.
Arguably their most thrilling facelift of a (semi-) successful 2014 device should see the 360 timepiece reach its full potential, going up against the quickly rising Apple Watch with an improved design (hopefully), and longer battery life (pretty please).
Cash-strapped smartphone buyers, meanwhile, are probably bursting with excitement at the mere thought of an even better Moto G. And then you have the tricky high-end handheld niche, where the third-gen Moto X will likely receive aid from a pair of Droids, at the very least. But let’s not spoil all the surprises so early, and take these strapping Android soldiers one by one:
Moto X 2015
When – any day now. Literally, the formal announcement could go down tomorrow. Or next week, or next month, or at worst, sometime in September. By the end of the first fall month, the 5.2 incher should also go on sale, at north of $600 outright, if last year’s hardware compromises are indeed left out.
What – a highly customizable Quad HD powerhouse with Snapdragon 808 inside to expunge overheating concerns, optional leather and wood construction, standard plastic exterior, 3 or perhaps 4 GB RAM, 16 MP OIS rear camera, 5 MP secondary selfie shooter.
Still not enough to give the Samsung Galaxy S6 and LG G4 a run for their money, let alone the S6 Edge Plus, Note 5 or G4 Pro? Keep in mind Lenovo will be in charge of advertising and marketing this time around, so gear up for fancy billboards everywhere, TV and film product placement, as well as viral online campaigns.
Moto G 2015
When – roughly a year on the heels of its non-LTE-capable predecessor, so likely in September too. Maybe August.
What – it essentially looks the same, save for the snazzy rear camera – M logo connecting metal… thing, and it’s only supposed to marginally upgrade the processor and snappers without bumping up the RAM count, screen size and resolution or battery capacity.
But here’s the (delightful) kicker: it should offer 4G LTE connectivity as standard, and cost no more than $250. $200 is an outside possibility, while $220 feels like a reasonable guess.
For now – you can purchase the unlocked 8 GB G+1 for $175, the original starting at $139, or the high-speed 2014 version by coughing up $176. Oh, oh, oh, and the OG prepaid Moto G is an unbelievably low $38 with Verizon, but no microSD external storage expansion.
Moto 360 second-gen
When – hard to say, given the erstwhile rowdy “361” rumors suddenly went quiet recently and were never kicked back into gear. Technically, September would seem like the safest bet here as well.
But why uncover everything you’ve got up the sleeve all at once and basically hinder your own spotlight potential? It doesn’t sound wise, so don’t be surprised if the 2015 360 enjoys a “premature” debut, as soon as this month.
What – no “flat tire”, a “perfect” circle, Android Wear 5.1.1 software pre-installed, standalone Wi-Fi functionality (no free web access, though), Snapdragon 410 processing power, sharper, always-on screen and upwards of two days’ worth of cell endurance.
It’s not a fanboy’s utopian wishlist, it’s a feasible inventory of features for the sequel to perhaps the most lauded first-wave Android smartwatch. Fingers crossed this time stellar reviews translate into satisfactory sales numbers. Otherwise, Cupertino may gain an early and authoritative domination over yet another industry sector.
While you wait – not long ago, the “imperfect” first-gen 360 was reduced to an all-time low price of $150. $175 is clearly a worse deal, but compared to, say, the $300 and up LG Watch Urbane, it’s still a bargain. With a cheap stone grey leather band, obviously, as the dark and light metal variants fetch an extra $50 and $85 respectively.
Or you can go the flamboyant cognac leather route, in exchange for $231. Last but not least, swanky champagne gold metal configurations will set you back $260. Being fashionable is expensive, what can we say?
Droid “Kinzie” and “Clark”
When – would you find it annoying if we ventured a September guess for the umpteenth time? Okay, then how about October? That’s when the Turbo turns one, and with the recent Android 5.1 Lollipop update delays, we figure Moto and Verizon can’t quite speed up the follow-up’s R&D.
What – a Turbo 2 and… Mini 2? Ultra 2? Tough to anticipate once again, as 2014 saw Big Red settle for the one Droid roster addition. Personally, I’d like to believe compact flagships have a bright future ahead of them not only as far as Sony is concerned. So, a Snapdragon 808 sub-5 inch Droid Mini 2015 with Full HD display res sounds positively ravishing.
It’d certainly be nice for both new Droids to get global spreads soon after their VZW releases, albeit the so-called Kinzie might cannibalize third-gen X demand with similarly top-notch specs: Quad HD 5.5-inch panel, octa-core Snapdragon 810 SoC, 3 GB RAM, 20 MP/5 MP cams.
Right now – the 3,900 mAh Droid Turbo goes for $49.99, $149.99 or $199.99 with two-year pacts in 32 GB metallic black, 32 GB black ballistic nylon and 64 gig black ballistic nylon configs respectively. Or $50 in metallic red. Or between $600 and $650 outright. Not bad as Lollipop further smooths out the zippy Snapdragon 805 chip, 3 GB RAM and 21 MP photography beast.
Perhaps surprisingly, the two year-old Droid Mini is also available at $0.01 on-contract or $400 sans carrier obligations. Worth it? Absolutely not! Just wait.
It’s high time Motorola stepped up its game and stopped catering merely to cash-strapped audiences or power users on Verizon. That’s not only our view, and everyone else’s in love with the company’s unique designs, dedication to customization or stock, clean as a whistle Android.
Lenovo’s big cats, including CEO Yang Yuanqing himself, have recently made a point of getting that exact message across, teasing a number of “exciting” future Moto launches. Of course, one of those will likely be the second-generation 360 smartwatch, and for many, a new Moto G phone with a similarly low price as last year’s version, but higher-end specs would definitely qualify as exciting.
At the end of the day though, the most thrilling 2015 addition to the American-based yet China-owned product roster should be a sequel to the 2014 Moto X. Ideally, accompanied by global Droid Turbo and/or Ultra follow-ups. Alas, that latter part is a stretch.
Fortunately, a premium third-gen X feels extremely feasible, on the back of a steady stream of fantasy-stimulating leaks and rumors. Here’s a quick roundup of all the inside information purportedly revealed, as well as hunch-reliant confidence ratings:
Late summer announcement
The OG Moto X, available in a developer factory unlocked GSM edition on Amazon at $299.99, went official in August 2013 and hit (some) stores the same month. More than a year later, a vastly improved 5.2 incher went on sale, now going for $399.99 and up.
A logical sequence of events would call for a September or maybe October X+2 unveil/commercial rollout, especially since the second-gen was far less of a dud than its predecessor. Only new management has new, bolder goals, and they likely require speedier development, swifter turnouts and wider spreads. Hence, we feel like August is the most plausible ETA. July is also possible, but we’ll grade the final month of summer with 7 confidence points out of 10.
Revamped design; but how so?
There’s probably no reason to go nuts with aesthetical changes, despite both Samsung and LG having drastically renovated their flagships recently. People love metal, but they also dig wood and leather… and choice, so perhaps more options would be better.
How about an all-aluminum Moto X 2015 variant and a few plastic models with swappable back covers? One can certainly dream, though lacking any substantial visual evidence makes us rate our (semi-) educated guesses a four. Five, tops.
Snapdragon 810? Red alert
Look, we have nothing personal against Qualcomm (though we’d have liked it if they didn’t monopolize mobile chip supply), but when you mess up, you mess up and you won’t get a free pass from us just because you knocked it out of the park so many times before.
Ah, the good old days of fast and furious yet cucumber cool Snapdragon 800, 801 and 805. Now, it’s S808’s moment in the spotlight, like it or not, with system stability a bigger focus than scorching raw speed. 7 confidence points for Snapdragon 808.
Also, 6 for 3 GB RAM and 4 for 4. Not only as it sounds fitting, but because Asus hasn’t managed to convince us phones need so much random-access memory. For what, simultaneously playing Angry Birds, Temple Run and Cut the Rope?
Quad HD overkill? So what?
Unlike 4 gigs of RAM, mobile consumers have started warming up to tiny, pixel-packed 2,560 x 1,440 screens. And since Motorola Lenovo will probably go with a sizable 5.2-inch piece of AMOLED glass here, there’s almost no alternative to 2K resolution.
No more crappy cameras
Quick, what’s your number one gripe with the first two Moto X editions? Well, sure, lack of software support as far as the original is concerned, but next up, we bet it’s underwhelming photography prowess.
It’s embarrassing how far behind the S6 or LG G4 the 13 MP rear shooter on the X2 is, but luckily, a more than welcomed upgrade to 16 megapixels is being cooked up in addition to OIS inclusion and dual-LED flash enhancements. Also, you’ll get 5 MP for selfies. Trust us on that, we’re 90 percent certain of the cam improvements.
Give them the finger
So, HTC squarely treats its Chinese fans to biometric authentication functions, LG acts like they’re not a thing, and Samsung almost never mentions Galaxy S6’s fingerprint sensor in promotional materials. Tough one to predict, so let’s say there’s a 50 – 50 chance Motorola will integrate a fingerprint recognition solution somewhere underneath the 16 MP camera, possibly as part of the Batman-like M logo.
Iris, retina or any other kind of eye identification? You can file that under too soon to support technologies, next to reversible and universal USB Type-C connectivity. They’re simply not ready for mobile primetime yet. Iris recognition, definitely not, USB C, probably not. Let’s give the latter a 4 trust level, so as not to shatter all your sweet fantasies. It’s not impossible, it’s just unlikely.
Turbo-like energy? In your dreams
Camera notwithstanding, we’ll bet second-gen Moto X proprietors are peeved most by below-average autonomy. With a skinny 2,300 mAh cell backing a Snapdragon 801/FHD system, what do you expect? Once again, Lenovo has its sights set on big revisions, albeit X3’s ticker will still fall short of Droid Turbo endurance figures.
At roughly 3,300 mAh capacity, rumor has it, you should get a nice couple of work days’ worth of continuous life. Particularly if Android 5.1 Lollipop smooths out the UI, which will 100 percent be the case.
Any bad news to wrap up the Motorola Moto X 2015 preview and keep your feet firm on the ground? Sadly, microSD storage expansion capabilities and a user-removable battery remain hundred-to-one shots. More like ten-to-one, but you get the picture.
It takes a good bit of courage, as well as a slight dose of desperation, to knowingly turn a blind eye to the specific guidelines set by your idol, mentor and forerunner, to whom you basically owe everything. “No one is going to buy a phone you can’t get your hand around” said Steve Jobs in 2010.
“Bigger than bigger” said Tim Cook upon unveiling the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, at last acknowledging the superiority of the phablet. Sorry, the “iPhablet”.
Bold move, when Cupertino knew full well it was exposing itself to an unprecedentedly facile wave of public ridicule. I mean, it took a copywriting virtuoso to come up with the classic “dude, you’re a barista” line, but a trained monkey could have probably penned the latest “It doesn’t take a genius” and “Then and Now” commercials.
Still, iSheep iFans are flocking to stores to commit to a pair of handhelds that’s a couple of years late to the jumbo-sized party. Not to mention horribly overpriced. Why? Because they don’t know any better. Or so we hope, as the other scenario, according to which they’re aware of the Android competition yet go for the iPhones nevertheless, is much bleaker.
Either way, we feel it’s our civic duty as advocates of quality over marketing to round up a few sturdy, good-looking, affordable iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus alternatives. And if we can convince a single mobile tech consumer to leave Apple’s ship, it’s mission accomplished. Here we go, in no particular order, the iPhone 6-crushing magnificent seven:
For the first time in history, Cupertino can’t settle on one form factor. So, as Caesar used to say, “divide et impera”. Divide and rule. In other words, we shall split the standard iPhone 6 and the Plus, and crush them one by one.
The Moto X is, in our humble opinion, the perfect iPhone 6 slayer, as it offers the same 4.7 inches of screen real estate into a much more compact body. Yes, believe it or not, the X is a whopping 9 mm shorter and 2 mm narrower.
The pixel density is mostly in the same ballpark (312, 326 ppi, potayto, potahto), and then you have twice the iPhone’s RAM, plus all sorts of customization options via Moto Maker. And don’t get me started on the huge pricing gap. We’re talking $250 or so outright, and $200 with carrier agreements.
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact – $400 unlocked
Still think the 4-inch frame of the iPhone 5s hits the sweet spot? Then why compromise on outdated technology when you can get a powerhouse like the Z1 Compact? True, Sony’s mini-flagship is a little larger. But for 3 extra mm in height and 6 in width, you receive 0.3 inches more of 720p IPS panel.
Needless to point out to the massive retail cost gap… again, while the difference in performance and quality is perhaps most striking when looking at Z1 Compact’s camera pitted against its iPhone 6 counterpart. 20.7 vs. 8 megapixels. It’s like David and Goliath all over again, only this time Goliath destroys its underdog opponent.
OnePlus One – $409 outright on Amazon
Beyond advertising bloopers, distribution gaffes and build quality woes, the OnePlus One is a spectacular, breathtaking 5.5-inch smartphone that the iPhone 6 Plus has nothing on in a head-to-head battle.
Beauty? Check. Compact form factor? Check. Vibrant Full HD display? You got it. Plus Snapdragon 801 punch, 3 GB RAM, 13 MP rear camera greatness, 5 MP selfie-friendly potency, etc., etc. And the icing on the cake is the low, low price point.
Lenovo Vibe Z – available at $295 unlocked
Speaking of low prices, the Vibe Z is apparently worth 40 percent of the iPhone 6 Plus. Otherwise put, you can buy two Vibe Zs and a half for the costs of one single iPhone 6 Plus. All while the Z measures 9 mm less than its high-priced adversary in height, and sports an identical (on paper) 5.5-inch Full HD screen.
Also, our low-cost Android soldier packs a quad-core Snapdragon 800 SoC, which we have every reason to believe is a near match for the Apple A8, as well as two gigs of RAM, one more than the 6 Plus.
Sony Xperia Z Ultra – $330 factory unlocked
See, this is the beauty of the Android “ecosystem”. No one forces a certain form factor, a certain size or design on you. Want to be able to comfortably hold your phone in one hand? The Z1 Compact has your back.
Fully agree that “bigger is better” and not afraid to push the boundaries of phablets? Then why settle for 5.5 inches when you can score 6.4 inches of Full HD awesomeness? No, the Z Ultra is not everyone’s cup of tea.
But as far as giants are concerned, it’s the best. Crazy affordable, crazy thin (yes, thinner than the thinnest ever iPhones), crazy zippy and crazy water-resistant. It’s crazy good, too.
I know, I know, I promised to list the iPhone 6 killer candidates in no particular order. But of course I saved the best for last. The LG G3 and Galaxy Note 3. Now, the two aren’t exactly dirt-cheap. And they can’t really be had for “a fraction of the iPhone 6 Plus price”.
But they’re still cheaper and better. The G3, for instance, will knock your socks off with a fantastic design, rear physical buttons included, and a mind-blowing Quad HD display. Though a 5.5 incher, just like the iPhone 6 Plus, the G3 is merely 146.3 mm tall and 74.6 mm wide (vs. 158.1 and 77.8). And it’s 8.9 mm thick, yet it manages to accommodate a 3,000 mAh juicer.
The rest? Snapdragon 801, 3 GB RAM, 32, yes, 32 GB standard internal storage, microSD support, the whole shebang. Even with the Note 4 looming, this may remain the all-around best smartphone in the world.
Ah, the Galaxy Note 3. The Rolls Royce of phablets, at least until the LG G3 dropped, with an unrivaled creative side, thanks to the S Pen support, Snapdragon 800 heat, 3 GB RAM, a 3,200 mAh battery and in many ways perfect 5.7-inch 1,080p Super AMOLED panel.
Sequel around or no sequel around, this is a classic, and as its list price drops, its popularity shall endure. Eat your heart out, Apple.
Motorola‘s Moto X maybe one of the best smartphones released in 2013 but it is not free of problems. That is why we will extend our support and include the device in our list. This post is apparently the first of our Moto X Problems and Solutions series and I can assure you there will be more articles of this kind to come. So, subscribe to our newsletter so that you will receive updates whenever we post new articles on our site.
#1. Moto X Wi-Fi keeps dropping
Problem: My problem with Moto X started just recently maybe about a week or two. I don’t know what I did or what I didn’t do but my Wi-Fi connection keeps on dropping that I cannot get decent time to browse the internet and I’m talking about my own network at home. I noticed though that when the connection drops, the WiFi icon on the Notification Bar turns gray with a question mark–it is very noticeable because when I have good connection, all of the bars are blue, right? Is there any way you can help me retain my connection back? Thank you. — Linda
Solution: Yes, Linda. When the connection is good, you’ll see a blue Wifi icon on the notification bar, however, when you’re getting the gray one with a question mark on it, it means the phone detects a network but it’s connected. There are, of course, a lot of factors that could affects your phone’s normal reception but try to troubleshoot it. Here’s what you need to do:
- Unplug from the power source your router and leave it without power for a minute.
- Plug the router back in and wait until the lights become stable. Sometimes it would 30 seconds to a minute for the router to fully boot up and start transmitting.
- On your phone, go back to the Home screen and tap the App tray.
- Touch Settings and find Wireless & Networks section.
- Tap on the word Wi-Fi to open its Settings menu.
- Touch and hold on the network you always connect to.
- Tap Forget Network.
- Go back to Settings screen.
- Slide the Wi-Fi toggle switch from ON to OFF.
- Reboot the phone.
- Once the phone is back up, return to the Settings screen.
- Now slide the Wi-Fi toggle switch from OFF to ON.
- Your network will soon appear on available networks list.
- Tap on your network, enter credentials if applicable, and then tap Connect.
You can now try to browse or download anything from the Play Store to try your connection. In case, there are a lot of you connecting to your Wi-Fi network, you might want to download and install Wifi Analyzer app from the Play Store so you could check how crowded your network already is. Perhaps there is a need for you to change the channel on your router.
#2. Alarm clock goes off late
Problem: I always set my alarm clock at 5:30 a.m. so I have time to job before I go to work. I bought a new phone last month and it’s a Moto X. I love the phone but I noticed it’s alarm clock goes off late. It started a couple of days ago when it went off 5:34, then yesterday it was later than that, 5:42 and I was already jogging. Today, it went off 5:33. So, basically, it’s not a coincident and I am pretty sure tomorrow it would go off late again. I know it’s not really a big problem considering I have a dedicated alarm clock and a different phone but it’s a new phone and I just want it to function perfectly. I’m sure you know the feeling. Any suggestions, please? — Myka
Solution: It sounds like it’s a glitch on the clock app. There were quite a few Moto X owners who encountered this problem and, of course, you’re one of them. But I am almost certain that this issue can be solved by simply clearing the cache of the clock app. Here’s how you do it:
- From the App menu, tap and hold the clock app you’re using.
- Once the phone vibrates, drag the icon to App info.
- Now tap Clear Cache.
That should do it. Otherwise, I would suggest using the clock app called Timely, which has recently been bought by Google. The app has already been proved to stable.
#3. Cannot uninstall barcode reader app
Problem: I went shopping with my mom last weekend so I installed the app Barcode QR Code Scanner because I like scanning items we would buy. However, my phone which is a Moto X popped up and error message “Unfortunately, Barcode QR Code Scanner has stopped” then I hit okay and another error message popped up, “Unfortunately, Camera has stopped.” I knew the app I installed screwed my phone so I went to Settings to uninstall it but another error message came up, “Unfortunately, Settings has stopped.” What should I do? I cannot uninstall the app because there is this chain of error messages. — Jordana
Solution: Apparently, your phone is messed up by the barcode scanner app and the worse thing is you cannot launch the Application Manager because Settings crash. But don’t give up just yet because there’s always a way to get rid of that app–booting to Safe Mode.
- With the phone on, press the Power key.
- Touch and hold Power off.
- Tap Ok when Reboot to safe mode appears on the screen.
- Safe mode will appear in the bottom left corner.
While in Safe Mode, you can go to Settings because the barcode reader you installed was disabled so there is no way it could affect your phone’s normal operation.
- From the App menu, tap and hold the Barcode QR Code Scanner app you’re using.
- Once the phone vibrates, drag the icon to App info.
- Now tap Uninstall.
- Tap and hold the Camera icon and drag it to App info.
- Tap Clear Cache.
- Boot normally.
- Problem solved!
#4. Bluetooth cannot pair with headset
Problem: I just bought my Moto X and I got no complaints whatsoever until yesterday. It couldn’t pair with my headset! I know my headset isn’t defective because it was working fine with my Galaxy S2. But how come my Moto X can’t successfully pair with it? I mean it can detect the headset alright but when I try to pair them, they just won’t. I need your help here because I’m at my wit’s end. Is there a way to solve this issue? Thanks. — Alejandro
Solution: First of all, not all Bluetooth devices may be supported by new generations of Android smartphones. Bluetooth technology has already evolved that devices using previous BT versions are no long compatible with supported versions of new devices. Second, it could have been easier to spot what the problem really is if you included the brand and model of your headset. Now, follow these steps:
- Remove the pairing on both devices and turn off your headset.
- In your phone, go to Settings.
- Under Wireless & Networks, slide the Bluetooth switch to OFF.
- Reboot the phone.
- Go back to settings and then turn Bluetooth On.
- Turn on your headset and let the phone detect it.
- Once detected, attempt to pair.
- If they can’t pair at this point, check your headset’s specs to see if they’re compatible with the BT specs of your phone.
If you haven’t tried pairing another device with your phone, try it just to check if it’s actually working. Remember, Moto X supports higher version of BT so there is a possibility they’re not compatible. Why don’t you try installing A2DP Connect to your phone to see if it can help? It’s offered free from the Play Store.
#5. Random reboots / restarts
Problem: I can’t understand my phone now, it randomly reboots. I’m sorry but I really cannot give enough specifics because I really don’t know what happened or what caused this. Last night it was fine but when I woke up in the morning, the alarm didn’t go off. I opened Facebook to update my status but the phone rebooted to my surprise. When it was up again, I login to FB again but then it rebooted one more time. Can you help me? — Miyuko
Solution: The truth is, I, too, don’t have any idea what happened to your phone but I have a feeling it’s a third-party that’s causing this. The first I’ll have you do is to narrow down the problem whether it was caused by a third-party app or not–we can only do that by rebooting to Safe Mode.
- With the phone on, press the Power key.
- Touch and hold Power off.
- Tap Ok when Reboot to safe mode appears on the screen.
- Safe mode will appear in the bottom left corner.
If the phone doesn’t reboot in Safe Mode, follow these steps:
- Since you said the alarm didn’t go off, the first suspect is the clock.
- Clear its cache and data.
- If you installed third-party clocks, clear their caches and data, too.
- The second suspect is the Facebook app.
- You need to clear its cache and data, then uninstall it. Don’t worry, you will retain everything in your FB account.
- Boot normally now and see if the phone still reboots.
If the phone still reboots, continue finding the app that’s causing it and get rid of it if possible. Moreover, make sure your phone’s firmware is updated as well as all your apps. But if all else fails, a Factory Reset might be necessary to resolve this issue.
#6. Phone is slow and freezing
Problem: I noticed that the performance of my phone, a Moto X, is not the same as before. It has become so slow that it would take forever to load apps. There are also times when the phone just freezes for a few seconds. I mean, it becomes totally unresponsive but then it comes back to life and I can do what I want… but it is still slow, though. I don’t know what could have caused this but I’m sure it’s not a virus or malware because the day I bought it, I also bought a paid antivirus that it has never been turned off. Please if you have suggestions on how to solve this issue, help me. — Roger
Solution: Unlike reboots and shutdowns, freezing problems in Moto X are minor issues, which means that they can be solved by simple procedures. Over time the performance of a smartphone, even the most powerful one, will deteriorate and this could just one of those cases. Since you explicitly said the phone runs slow and more often freezes, my primary suspect is the RAM or the internal memory. The first procedure would be to reduce memory use, you may follow these steps:
- Remove widgets from the Home screen especially the ones that update information from time to time and the ones that need internet connection.
- If you’re using live wallpaper, remove it for now.
- Update all your apps.
- If there were apps causing problems, uninstall them.
- If you’re using third-party task managers, disable them for now or better yet, uninstall them too.
- Close apps that run in the background.
- Uninstall apps you no longer use especially games.
The steps above could help your device run faster but for freezing problems, you need to boot to Safe Mode to determine whether there is a third-party app that’s interfering with your phone’s normal operation. Like the rebooting issue, you need to trace apps that cause the phone to freeze and uninstall them.
#7. Fast battery drain
Problem: My Moto X eats up its battery so fast that it would last only a few hours. Unfortunately, I am not technology savvy and an old man at that, so I need all the help you could provide me. The phone is relatively new, about 4 months I think, but I’m new to all these so I don’t know if I stuffed it with a lot of stuffs. There are actually a lot of apps that I thought I could use or make my life a little easier but they’re all crap. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciate, Droid Guy. — Mario
Solution: Mario, it seems to me you’ve installed a lot of apps in your phone that you don’t use because they’re useless to you. So, my suspicion is one of those apps has gone rogue and could be draining the battery faster. However, finding the app could a lot of your time so there’s one thing I would want you to try–boot the phone to Safe Mode and observe if it still drains it battery faster than usual.
- With the phone on, press the Power key.
- Touch and hold Power off.
- Tap Ok when Reboot to safe mode appears on the screen.
- Safe mode will appear in the bottom left corner.
While in Safe Mode, take your time uninstalling the apps that you think are useless. Here’s how you do it:
- From the Apps menu, touch and hold the app you want to clear cache until it vibrates.
- Drag the icon to App info.
- Tap Disable.
After doing all these and the battery drain is still as crazy, then call your provider and request for a phone replacement as it may be a hardware issue. If you can manage to perform the Factory Reset, that would be better. If not, then let your provider’s technicians do it for you.
- From the Home screen, tap the Menu key.
- Tap Settings.
- Tap Backup & reset.
- Tap Factory Data reset.
- Tap Reset phone.
NOTE: Factory Reset will delete all your contacts, messages, apps, settings, etc. so be sure to make a backup of them before you do this.
#8. Motorola Assist not responding
Problem: One of the things I love about my Moto X is the added feature or app called Motorola Assist. I am a medical representative and I drive a lot so my phone always stays on my car’s HUD and Motorola Assist makes things way easier as it reads out my messages and almost everything. But I encountered a lot of times already that the app won’t respond to my commands. Do you have any idea what I’m talking about? Do you have any suggestions on what I should do to fix this? Thanks and keep it up you’re helping a lot of people! — Mia
Solution: It was once a common problem with Motorola Assist to be stuck especially when you successively give it your commands. But I think you’re too busy on your job that you don’t have time to check for updates on your phone. Actually, Motorola already addressed this problem by releasing a patch or a small update to contained a fix for this specific problem. The most appropriate thing for you to do right now is to check for updates. Go to Settings > About phone > System updates.
If the Motorola Assist is stuck and you can’t close it, go to Settings > Apps and force close all Motorola Assist services.
#9. Phone number was deactivated
Problem: Just yesterday I received a call from my daughter and today my daughter said through Facebook that she tried calling me but my phone number was deactivated? I don’t know what to do or who to call. Can you help me please? I just want to have my service back. By the way, my carrier is Verizon. — Miranda
Solution: I always encountered this problem when I was still working as a technical support for one wireless company. But as to the question about who to call, it’s definitely your carrier of provider. The automated system’s message is actually true, your phone number was deactivated. The funny thing is that the rep that could handle your call might see that your account is in good standing but have him / her check the status of your phone number. There is a tool they can use to reactivate your phone number back in one click. It’s some sort of a glitch so as long as you could verify your account, your phone number will be reactivated in no time and you can continue using your service. Depending on the number of days you haven’t used your service, you will be compensated.
#10. No SIM card error
Problem: I just bought my Moto X and I plugged in my SIM card then I’m getting the error message “No SIM card.” I inserted the SIM card back to my original phone and it’s working just fine. What should I do? — Eduardo
Solution: Well, call your carrier or provider because unless you’re in other countries, you cannot just plug your SIM card to your new phone. In the U.S., a SIM card is married to only one mobile phone.
In your case, you should be getting a message like SIM card not registered or recognized. Nonetheless, you still need to call your carrier and have the rep provision your new phone and send you a new SIM card. You will retain your phone number if you like plus your text messages, airtime and data credits but you need a new SIM card for your new phone.
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Motorola has announced that it will be bringing the Moto X to Europe, confirming the speculation that ran rampant when the company sent out press invites for a new phone recently. The flagship smartphone will be available for purchase in February in the UK, France and Germany, with French carrier SFR calling dibs on exclusivity for a few days after launch. In the UK, Phones 4u, Carphone Warehouse, O2, Amazon, and Techdata will sell the phone in black, with Phones 4u getting an exclusive on the white Moto X for the first three months of the phone’s availability.
Unfortunately, unlike in the U.S., where the Moto X is now only $399, the European prices are rather exorbitant: in France, the handset will cost $586 (€429), a price that will go up to $622 (£380) in the UK. That’s pretty high for a phone that is now five months old and doesn’t exactly offer cutting edge hardware, hardware that will rather outdated in another six months. What’s worse is that at launch, Motorola will not be allowing consumers the option the customize their Moto X via Moto Maker – all of these factors, coupled with the fact that the Moto G offers a rather similar experience at less than half the price, could make the Moto X dead on arrival in its non-US debut.
Source: Global Post
On paper, it all looked perfect. I mean, what’s not to like about a phone tailor-made to the needs of each and every different user, with all the right specs and close to “vanilla” Android? That was supposed to be the Moto X in a nutshell.
Only it isn’t. Not quite. It’s customizable, but up to a point. Plus, the Moto Maker tool is still exclusive to AT&T. And don’t even get me started on the bloated pricing structure. On the bright side, we always knew the X was just the first step towards Motorola’s redemption, with a little thing known as the “DVX” set to take everything to the next level. Next level of affordability, at least.
But when? That, my friends, is the million-dollar question. Which I’m afraid cannot be answered… yet, though we’re clearly getting near. Three variants of this highly anticipated Motorola DVX, numbered XT1032, XT1033 and XT1035, are thought to have passed FCC certification about three weeks ago, with another trio spotted at the federal agency just a few hours back.
How do we know all these are part of the same family? We don’t, only their model numbers are way too close for the whole thing to be a coincidence. XT1032, XT1033, XT1035 and now XT937C, XT1028 and XT1031. You do the math.
The last three come with less and slightly different connectivity options than their predecessors, though oddly chances are these will see daylight in the US of A, not the other ones. Remember, there was a note in FCC’s report of the first trio mentioning they “may ship into Canada”, whereas now there’s no such thing. Ergo, the international flavors might be the ones bearing the XT1032, 1033 and 1035 model numbers and the XT937C, 1028 and 1031 are likely headed stateside.
On what carriers, you ask? Why not all of them? After all, there seems to be both GSM and CDMA support, the former on 850 and 1900 MHz frequencies and the latter on 850, 1700 and 1900 MHz. Sadly, no LTE and no NFC either, but the sacrifices might just be worth it.
If previous rumors and reports are to be trusted, the Motorola DVX will be a “low-cost” yet still optimized and customizable sibling of the Moto X and, of course, in order for Google to lower the pricing bar, they have to cut a number of corners. And I think we can all agree 4G and NFC are two things we can make do without.
And on the plus side, the DVX is said to run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out the box, as well as feature Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. No words on any other specs or features, but we’ll be sure to continue digging for you and keep you posted.
The Motorola Moto X has just been released but just like any other smartphones it’s not free of errors, and software and hardware problems. One of the most common problems early adopters encountered is the force close error, which happens to apps and other services. While the problem is minor, we find it necessary to write a troubleshooting guide for the benefit of non-savvy users.
There are various reasons why this problem occurs. The good news is, whatever it is, it’s not something you can’t fix or get rid of. Another thing you should know is that 80 or 90 percent of the time, applications that have problems like this are third-party apps, which, of course, you can easily uninstall. But that’s the last resort. Now, if you want to try to troubleshoot the problem, here’s what you need to do.
Step 1: Restart your phone.
There is a possibility that the problem is a temporary device issue especially if it occurs out of the blue without apparent reason. Say for example, you haven’t done anything with your phone in the past couple of days but today the application you often use force-closed.
Step 2: Check Play Store for updates.
Launch Google Play Store and check for available updates. If there are any, try to find out if the problematic app is included in the list of apps that needed updating. Perhaps that’s the reason why it force closes from time to time. Remember, problems like often happen to new devices running the current version of Android and apps that force close from time to time are those that weren’t updated yet.
However, if the problem happened right after you updated the app, there could be some incompatibility issues. Uninstall the update to revert the app to its working state, then send report to the developer(s).
Step 3: Clear app cache.
Clearing the cache will delete any temporary files being stored by the device, although news files will be cached the next time you launch the application.
- Touch App drawer.
- Tap Settings, then tap Apps.
- Find the problematic application.
- Tap Clear Cache button.
If this step didn’t solve the problem, proceed to the next step.
Step 4: Clear app data.
Clearing data will remove all data the application saved including your personal settings and customizations.
- Touch App drawer.
- Tap Settings, then tap Apps.
- Find the problematic application.
- Tap Clear Data button.
If this step still didn’t solve the problem, proceed to the next step.
Step 5: Uninstall problematic app.
If it is a third-party application that you are having problems with, the last resort to work around this problem is to uninstall it. I know it sounds stupid but if it is affecting the performance of your phone, you may want to find alternative apps.
- Tap the App drawer.
- Touch Play Store.
- Tap Menu.
- Tap My Apps.
- Touch the app you want removed.
- Tap Uninstall, then OK to confirm the action.
Step 6: Factory Reset
If it is a core application (apps that were pre-installed on the phone) or service, you can’t remove it unless you have rooted your device. But the best way to fix the problem is do bring the phone back to its original settings. However, we advise you back your important data first as they will be deleted once you do this.
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A lot of (virtual) ink is currently being spilled by the online media in regards to the Motorola Moto X, the newly unveiled smartphone that some consider to be the start of a new era for Android, while others, and I quote, “the underwhelming cure that Apple may have been looking for”.
As usual, I like to take the cautious route when talking about a device that I’ve yet to handle or personally make the acquaintance of. In theory, I don’t think the Moto X has what it takes to challenge the Android big guys of today and tomorrow.
But just to be on the safe side and make sure I come off as objective as I’d like, I’ll give the floor to people who’ve actually gotten to test the thing out. Namely, people from reputable online publications such as Engadget, CNet or The Verge.
They’ve thoroughly reviewed the Moto X, and, because I know very well time is of the essence for most of you, here are their conclusions and impressions in short:
- Stellar battery life (over 11 hours of continuous use in video reproduction test and probably more than 24 hours in real-life);
- Silky smooth software, sans a lot of pre-loaded junk, but with plenty of killer Android features like Active Display;
- Excellently optimized hardware to take advantage of software features such as Active Display, Quick Capture or Touchless Control;
- Solid overall performance, in spite of the custom processor’s running of just two cores (18,000 AnTuTu score, close to 9,000 points in Quadrant, roughly 2,500 in Vellamo).
- Price is too damn high ($200 with two-year contracts);
- Moto Maker restricted only to AT&T version for starters;
- Obvious speed disadvantage compared with similarly priced phones like Samsung’s Galaxy S4 or the HTC One, not to mention the expected oomph of the upcoming LG G2 or Galaxy Note 3.
Bottom line: “It’s the smartest smart object” around, but it can’t compete with devices rocking higher-res displays and faster processors. Not when it doesn’t offer customization options to all its potential buyers.
- Well-crafted design, with softly rounded curves, Kevlar backing and a screen that’s decently sized, but not colossal;
- Surprisingly capable 10 MP rear camera, both indoor and outdoor, in direct sunlight or in more challenging lighting conditions;
- Close to stock Jelly Bean interface, but with neat added goodies like voice command capabilities;
- Endless variety of customized designs;
- Solid battery life: 10 hours and 9 minutes of continuous use when playing HD movies (more than the HTC One and just 20 minutes less than the Galaxy S4).
- Fast enough for a dual-core device, but not screaming fast: 8,500 points in Quadrant, roughly 3,500 less than the HTC One and down almost 3,000 points compared with the GS4;
- No expandable storage;
- The 720p OLED display, while crisp and vivid, is not as sharp as Full HD screens used by Samsung or HTC on their latest flagships.
Verdict: It’s a definite contender, especially in respect to design, battery and software, but it’s obviously short of perfection.
- Moto X’s build quality is great, despite not rocking a metal chassis, and is as good-looking as it is comfortable to hold and use;
- It’s one of the first ever “clean” Android devices that will hit all major US carriers in that form;
- Aside from being pure and neat, the software includes enough exclusive features and functions to make the users feel special for choosing it;
- Day to day performance in gaming, multimedia or browsing shouldn’t be a problem, in spite of the using of mostly mid-range specs;
- It ran for more than 7 hours on a single charge in the website’s traditional battery test, which puts it clearly ahead of the HTC One and Galaxy S4 and it also lasted 15 hours of heavy real-life use.
- A middling 720p screen with over-saturated colors makes the Moto X look far from premium in this particular department.
- Despite being zippy and delivering crisp pics in no time, the phone’s “Clear Pixel” shooter suffers from severe post-processing issues;
- It feels underwhelming compared with direct opponents in its price range, lacking a certain “wow” factor.
Bottom line: “It’s not a perfect phone, but it’s pretty damn good”. The design and customization are what really make it stand out from the crowd, though they still don’t make it any better than the GS4 or HTC One.
- It’s sturdy, solid and, while it doesn’t breath elegance from each pore, it sits somewhere in the middle of the whole “metal or plastic” controversy, with build materials that don’t feel cheap in any way;
- More hand-friendly than the norm in terms of size;
- Runs almost pure Android, but it’s the “thoughtful” tweaks and special features that actually make it better;
- The battery lasted for over 21 hours of “typical use”.
- The camera, while overall pretty capable, has a couple of subtle flaws;
- It’s pricey;
- The speaker is often loud and suffers from distortions.
Verdict: The Moto X “deserves a chance to convince”, being in almost every way as impressive as its rivals, even if on paper that may not seem the case.
Four reviews are hardly enough to convince me the Moto X is this way or that way, worth its money or not, but a few things seem clear-cut nevertheless.
A. The battery life is stellar, B. The Moto X sports an award-winning design, even sans all the color options and so on, and C. If it would get a price cut tomorrow, it should skyrocket to the top of each and every one of your shopping lists. The rest is still up for discussion.
We were warned. Ever since the rumor bonanza began or at least pretty close to its start, numerous trustworthy “insiders” told us Motorola had “something else” in mind for the Moto X. The X was not going to be a high-end device, a spec-buster in the true sense of the word, but rather an upper mid-ranger with a different personality.
And that’s exactly what we received yesterday. A smallish phone (by high-end standards), with a dual-core processor (modified and optimized, but still dual-core), “just” a 720p display and a battery and camera that, on paper, don’t look like much.
But also a device that strikes all the right cords in the connectivity department, that runs almost stock Android, with only a few tweaks that actually add value for a change, and a device that’s highly customizable.
Again, we were warned not to expect customizable hardware, so on that note being able to practically design your own phone, choose from a very wide palette of colors and accessories and so on and so forth is a huge step up compared with most other premium Android smartphones, which, between you and I, look too much alike.
With all that in mind, emphasizing it’s way too early to fully evaluate X’s real potential and purely on a theoretical premise, does the phone have what it takes to become a blockbuster or will it be forgotten in just a few months? Let’s weigh in its pros and cons, shall we?
The Moto X is a winner because:
- It’s different
Different is not always better. For instance, the Moto X packs a “different” processor than its competitors, which, according to pre-release benchmarks, is not as zippy. But on the whole, this baby has the potential to stand out like no other.
It has pizzazz, it’s slim, elegant but also robust and it should provide a unique user experience. Sure, right now that doesn’t mean a lot, being something that Motorola uses in its ad campaigns to boost the hype. But what if it’s true? What if everything is really tailor-made to fit the needs of actual users?
No more quad-core this, Full HD that, but instead a CPU whose speed you can feel, a warm and crisp display and a solid battery. Wouldn’t that be something?
Since I’ve already mentioned this, I’m not going to insist too much on it. MotoMaker is the tool that you’ll use to make the Moto X your own. The combinations of colors, build materials and accessories are practically endless and Motorola promises to continuously add new ones in the near future. Do I really need to tell you why that’s so cool and why it makes the new phone special? I don’t think so.
- The specs are not bad
There were many people that went for Moto X’s throat moments after its unveiling, saying it’s not a heavyweight contender based on its specs and features. And it’s not. But, gosh darn it, it’s not an entry-level gizmo either.
The rear snapper is equipped with a more than decent 10 MP sensor and something called Clear Pixel technology that brings a lot of goodies to the table (more details here). The 4.7-inch display boasts a still winning 1,280 x 720 pixels resolution.
The battery is 2,200 mAh and should be able to run for a whopping 13 hours of talk time between charges. You get 2 GB of RAM, 4G LTE and NFC. And are you honestly telling me that’s not enough? Then you must be out of your mind.
The Moto X is a loser because:
- It’s expensive
No, I’m not suffering from short-term memory loss. And I know I just said Moto X’s specs are or should be enough for any mobile user in their right minds. But at the same time, asking $200 with contracts for something that’s not as good as the Samsung Galaxy S4 or HTC One on paper is not right. Period.
And yeah, I get it, all those different customization options probably cost a penny or two, but what if I just want a plain, regular black Moto X? Shouldn’t I get some sort of a discount?
If preposterously pricing the X at $200 with contracts and $575 sans pacts wasn’t enough to fill you with rage, Motorola also announced the MotoMaker was going to be made available exclusively to AT&T… at first.
Again, I get it that Moto probably has some debts to pay off to AT&T after so many years of favoring Verizon, but don’t you find it ironic (I’m trying hard to not say moronic) that, with all this marketing talk of freedom, people won’t really be free to get their Moto X as they want it?
And yes, the customization tool will likely hit Verizon, Sprint and all the others in a month or two, but it may already be too late at that point. Why? Because:
- It comes at an inopportune time
Samsung Galaxy Note 3. LG G2. Sony Xperia Honami. Apple iPhone 5S and 5C (or 6 and 5S). Maybe even Nexus 5. Those are all names of smartphones set to see daylight in 30 or 60 days from now, max. And, as much as we’d like to give Moto X’s “unique user experience” a real shot, it’s unlikely to be enough to overshadow that entire army.
I mean, come on, the Note 3 will come with S Pen support, a 5.7-inch Full HD screen and 3 GB of RAM. Then there’s the G2, with a unique design of its own and equally as impressive specs. And what about the Honami, which rumor has it will pack a 20 MP camera in addition to a 1,080p panel and Snapdragon 800 processor?
I’m sorry, Motorola, but it’s not looking like the X will stand the test of time.
Guess who’s back, back again? Moto’s back, tell a friend. Sorry, I couldn’t resist. On a more serious note though, Motorola does appear to be back in business.
The business of making smartphones, that is. And specifically, the business of making smartphones like no other OEM. True, that hasn’t always been a good thing, with the company’s recent financial woes standing as a witness.
But ultimately, how can you not root for the inventors of the iconic “Droid” term and the impressive (at the time) first members of the family? Not to mention the makers of the Maxx devices, one of the few that have focused on battery life at least as much as on cute designs or raw power?
Still, a glorious past can’t guarantee a bright and prosperous future, which is why you can say Motorola’s fate depends on one thing and one thing only – upcoming product launches. Namely, the releases of the legendary by now Moto X, plus the rumored new trio of Droid Razr phones.
The four are just about confirmed, but at the same time remain awfully secretive for gadgets that are likely one month (or less) away from their formal intros. That said and without further ado, here’s everything we know about them:
Moto X rumor roundup
Right off the bat, every report, tip and leak revealed in the past months has emphasized one thing: the Moto X (or Google X Phone, as it was previously codenamed) will not be a high-end device. Therefore, it will not directly fight the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy S4, HTC One, Sony Xperia Z Ultra and so on and so forth.
Instead, what Motorola is trying to do with the X is offer a budget alternative for tech-savvy folks that simply can’t afford to pay the piper on one of the above mentioned “monsters”, but still want a solid, premium (-ish) user experience.
And that actually brings us to what we think will be the main focus of Motorola’s future marketing efforts – experience. Not specs, not numbers, not cold facts, not hardware, but subjective user experience.
Sounds like a tough sell, I know, but that’s where that whopping budget should kick in, trying to make people understand that, through software optimizations and wise design choices, the X will feel like no phone released before. It will be easy to hold, smooth as butter, elegant, filled with sensors that you actually need and void of the bloatware that makes UIs like HTC’s Sense so annoying.
That doesn’t mean Moto X’s specs will not be in any way important or will put this at the bottom of the Android food chain. Not at all, as rumor has it the phone will come with a 720p display (probably a 4.7-incher), dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, 10 MP rear camera, 4G LTE speeds and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean in tow.
Now, can you imagine all that in a customizable, slim and sleek package costing a mere $300… outright? And can you really tell me you’ll give a damn it’s not quad-core, Full HD or doesn’t pack a 13 MP camera at that point? I didn’t think so.
Droid Razr Ultra
Okay, spec junkies, this one’s for you. Initially thought to be a budget-conscious mid-ranger too, the Ultra is now believed to go head to head with all the Android giants in terms of cold numbers.
Rumor has it the thing will be a 5-incher with Full HD screen, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU and 2 GB of RAM. A 10 MP rear camera is also in the mix, though that doesn’t sound so spectacular, to be frank.
Then again, the design looks like a winner to me, being reminiscent of old Razr phones, but at the same time a very clear step towards the future. You will get Kevlar backing and a solid overall exterior, plus a fairly slim profile.
Most likely to be unveiled on August 8 alongside its “cousins” (to be detailed below), the Razr Ultra might land in Europe besides America, of course sans the “Droid” branding.
New Droid Razr Maxx
Just like last year, Motorola is tipped to unveil two high-end phones, one “regular” and one with extra battery juice. Given the 2012 Razr Maxx was a 4.3-incher with a ginormous 3,300 mAh battery, we can’t even begin to imagine what kind of ticker the 5-inch follow-up might pack.
4,000 mAh? 4,500 mAh? 5,000? Nah, that’s just crazy. Or is it? Anyways, aside from the battery bump (and the added heft that will go with it), chances are the Ultra and Maxx will rock the exact same specs.
Droid Razr Mini
What, you didn’t really think Motorola was going to pass the booming “Mini” market niche, did you? Of course not. Unfortunately, we don’t know very much about this Razr Mini, other than it will probably sport a 4.3-inch screen.
In the words of the great Porky Pig, that’s all folks, but it’s also only the beginning. What do you guys think, will we be saying hello again to Moto following the releases of these four phones or a soapy farewell?
Could the Moto X change how we view the “spec war”? Will the Razr Ultra, Maxx and Mini be able to take on Samsung and HTC’s big players? Let us know down below.
Don’t look at your calendars now, but we’re halfway through 2013 already. That means we’re officially in the year’s second half or third quarter. Q3 is notoriously slow for most technology top dogs, but then as the holiday season closes in, everyone gets out its big guns.
You might wonder by now, if you’re into Android as much as we are, what could the big kahunas of the industry have up their sleeves going forward to make us forget about the great achievements of H1 2013. The truth is you can’t even begin to imagine!
The Android army got more than a few worthy recruits from January to July, including Samsung’s Galaxy S4, the HTC One, Sony Xperia Z and LG Optimus G Pro. But that can’t compare with the troops set to be deployed in the near future. Several sizzling hot gadgets will duke it out for the rank of general and, because we want you to be prepared for war, we’ve rounded up some of the usual suspects:
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
With roughly two months to go until the Note 3 will see daylight, there’s only one certainty about it – it’s going to be big. Literally, but also figuratively. Unlike the Note 2 though, it will have much stronger competition in the “phablet” arena (see below), so Samsung needs to bring its A game to make it the kind of box-office hit its predecessor has been and the GS4 is right now.
Based on existing rumors, that’s likely to happen, although there are reasons for concern tied up mostly to the design department. Sammy doesn’t even want to consider ditching plastic, which might cost the Koreans dearly.
HTC One Max
If Samsung fails, HTC can pick up the pieces and get back in the spotlight. The company’s One has already given the GS4 a run for its money in many ways, but it’s the One Max that will show once and for all if the Taiwanese are to stay in the elite.
Also known as the T6, this thing is far from confirmed, but chances are it’ll become official at around the same time as the Note 3 and should score big points exactly where we’re expecting the Note to fail – design, robustness, build quality.
And with a snazzy Snapdragon 800 processor, plus an ultra-crisp 6-inch Full HD screen, it could be just what most Android aficionados need.
Riding Nexus 4’s success wave and following up on that hit has proven a little tricky for LG, but, if you ask me, the Optimus G Pro is the most underrated Android gem of 2013’s first half. What’s next? An Optimus G2, only it won’t be called that way and instead be shortened to just G2.
Not really important, what is important is LG is rumored to be experimenting with several design innovations, including the placing of all physical buttons on the device’s back. That would allow the front part to be almost entirely screen, which I know will instantly make some of you drool.
The big question is if LG is ready to compete with Samsung or HTC in the marketing area as well.
Sony Xperia Z Ultra and Honami
Unlike the competition, Sony still has two flagship devices to launch in 2013, one that’s been formally introduced already and another that should become official in a matter of days. The duo intends to cover both the “phablet” and “regularly sized phone” niches, but Sony’s big problem remains its shady reputation in the West.
Well, not so much reputation as ties with the carrier community. The Xperia Z is not available on any of America’s biggest networks, so what Sony needs to do first is make sure the Z Ultra and/or Honami will be easy to score for the everyday user.
Second-generation Nexus 7
Android tablets in general don’t have a great reputation and are mostly viewed as cheap and clunky alternatives to Apple’s iPads. That’s save for the Nexus 7, of course, a slate that’s cheap but doesn’t look it.
And the Nexus 7-2, which rumor has it will also start at an incredibly low price, should look even better. Heck, the specs we’re hearing are worthy of a high-end slate, so if Google can pull all that off and still keep the pricing bar low, the sky is the limit for this thing’s sales numbers.
Nexus 5 and Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie
A phone and a piece of software may appear to have nothing in common, but the N5 and Android 5 will most likely come together or not at all this year. There are conflicting reports about both in the media, with not even a shred of evidence pointing at N5’s existence and very little confirming KLP’s, so you shouldn’t be too disappointed if they’ll be delayed until 2014.
If they are coming in 2013, we only know Android 5.0 will look to limit fragmentation in the ecosystem by working even on outdated devices, while the Nexus 5 is unlikely to be manufactured by LG. Or is it?
The Motorola Moto X is to be introduced next week, along with a bunch of mysterious Ultra devices. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 should get a follow-up sometime in the fall, though the rumor mill is very quiet about that.
Asus probably has a few slate aces up its sleeve, Acer likewise, plus there’s HTC’s One Mini and a number of Windows/Android hybrids from Samsung. And don’t even get me started on the once upon a time “small” Chinese OEMs (Oppo, Huawei, ZTE, etc.) that are looking bolder and bolder by the day.
In a nutshell, expect the unexpected from Android, the mobile OS that keeps on growing and growing in both quality and quantity. After all, they don’t say it’s an Android world for nothing.
It turns out that consumers will not have that much freedom over the Moto X smartphone, after all. Yesterday, Motorola’s first ad for the upcoming smartphone hinted that the device will permit users to design their very own device. This fuelled some previous rumors that the Google-owned company would let consumers pick out some features of the device, such as its color, preloaded apps, ringtones and wallpaper, and even internal hardware like storage capacity and RAM capacity. Thus, when the smartphone arrives, it will be a fully-customized handset. As Androidandme points out, the process would be similar to how companies like Dell let consumers to select the components of a computer according to one’s needs. It would be recalled that a few days back, a concept phone called the Sony XTRUD operated on the same idea of enabling users to customize the hardware and software of their smartphone.
Today, however, rumors suggest that what Motorola meant was letting users select from various color options, add engravings, and personalizing the homescreen before one even gets the handset from the company. There will purportedly be 16 color choices for the rear plate. Four of these, including blue, pink, purple, and green, have been allegedly pictured and leaked online. Meanwhile, it appears that the front plate will be black, like what a previously-leaked image showed. The customized Moto X will be available only if one orders directly from Motorola. The company would then assemble the handset in its Fort Worth, Texas assembly plant, and would be delivered to one’s address. Otherwise, consumers would be able to purchase the standard version of the device from wireless carriers.
These customization details could mean that there could be some truth to the previously-leaked specifications of the device. Last month, @evleaks, the famous source of information unreleased devices, mentioned that the Motorola Moto X phone will come with mid-range specifications. These include a 720p display, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, a 1.7GHz dual-core MSM8960 Pro processor, a 10 MP rear-facing camera, a 2 MP front camera, 16GB of storage, and 2GB of RAM. The leak did not state any additional option for the RAM and storage capacity, which would have been available if Motorola was planning to allow consumers to decide on their smartphone’s internal hardware. It was also revealed today that the Moto X will sport Dual LTE Multiple-Input and Multiple-Output (MIMO) antennas, which means that the smartphone could boast of ultra-fast data speeds.
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The purported technical specifications of the Motorola Moto X smartphone have been posted by @evleaks, a frequent source of information about unreleased devices.
According to the post, the handset will sport a 720p touchscreen display, a 1.7GHz dual-core MSM8960 Pro processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, and lastly, dual cameras, including a rear-facing one with a 10 MP sensor, complemented by a 2 MP front-facing camera. Such post leaves out information about the battery, the measurement of the screen, and the connectivity options, among others.
Judging from these specifications, it appears that the Motorola Moto X will be aimed at the mid-range segment. That said, Motorola’s statement a few weeks ago stated that the device is deemed as a competitor against the Samsung Galaxy smartphones and the Apple iPhone. Given these specifications, however, it is quite difficult to imagine how Motorola will manage such feat. Granted, the full list of features is not yet available, which means that Motorola may still provide consumers with some surprises, such as a good battery, or even an attractive price tag.
It bears mentioning, as well, that the leaked list of specifications is unofficial, and like all leaks, should be taken with a grain of salt.
Previously, rumors suggested that the X Phone would have an NVIDIA Tegra 4i processor, 16 MP rear-facing camera, 5 MP front-facing camera, and a 4.7-inch full HD display. It was also believed to come in different colors.
Motorola just a few weeks ago already confirmed the existence of the Motorola Moto X smartphone, which was earlier rumored to be called the Google X Phone.
Motorola’s Dennis Woodside, speaking at the D11 Conference, revealed that the Moto X will be assembled near Fort Worth, Texas. This would make the device the first smartphone to be built in the United States. He furthermore noted that that its internal parts will come from Taiwan, Korea, as well as twelve American states. Woodside also boasted about the device’s so-called contextual awareness through its sensors, which will give the device an edge over others.