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Rick Osterloh appointed as Motorola Mobility chief operating officer

04/10, 7:58am

Executive selected for the job, will assist in Lenovo transition

Just prior to its offload to Lenovo, Motorola Mobility has named Rick Osterloh as chief operating officer. Jonathan Rosenberg, Google's Senior Vice President of Product Management announced the appointment of Osterloh, who is replacing Dennis Woodside -- who departed to become Dropbox's first chief operating officer.

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Briefly: BBC iPlayer extension, Moto X follow-up rumored

04/06, 8:48am

BBC extends iPlayer catch-up video from week to 30 days

The BBC is extending the time British viewers will have to watch recently-broadcast shows on iPlayer to 30 days. Up from the previous seven-day limit, Pocket-Lint reports the popular catch-up streaming service will allow for downloads or streams of shows from any of the BBC's television channels up to 30 days after being broadcast, with the changes set to take place from this summer.

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Briefly: Republic Wireless Moto Maker, Gear 2 Neo hits UK

04/01, 8:57am

Republic Wireless offers Moto X via Moto Maker, wood backing offer

Republic Wireless is finally offering the Moto X through Moto Maker, from 12pm Eastern Time. The budget carrier will be selling the Motorola flagship off-contract in 16GB and 32GB variants for $350 and $400 respectively. As an incentive for launch, the carrier is offering a coupon to the first 2,000 people to visit a specific site from 11am Eastern and provide their e-mail address, for a free wooden cover upgrade worth $25.

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Study claims Moto G drastically increased Motorola market share in UK

03/31, 12:41pm

UK Sales of Moto G raised Motorola share from 'almost nothing' to 6 percent within 6 months

Motorola is seeing some success in the United Kingdom after the brand all but died in the country, according to a research firm. The latest Kantar Worldpanel ComTech report states that the Moto G helped Motorola reach a market share of 6 percent in the UK for the quarter ending in February, rising up from "almost nothing" in a six-month period.

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Motorola reveals Android Wear-powered Moto 360 smart watch

03/18, 3:09pm

Summer launch in United States expected for Motorola smart watch

Not to be outdone by LG and its G Watch, Motorola has teased its first smart watch. The Moto 360 will run on Android Wear, also announced today, will differ from most other smart watches on the market, in offering a "round face and premium materials" instead of the squarish appearance shown in the Pebble, the Samsung Gear, and similar devices.

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Apple, Samsung, LG grow US smartphone ownership

03/07, 12:40pm

iPhone still most popular device

Apple grew its share among US smartphone owners during the last quarter to 41.6 percent, according to new comScore data. Data polled between October and January shows that Apple advanced 1 percentage point. The company's main rival, Samsung, grew ownership by 1.3 points, but remained firmly in second place at 26.7 percent. LG's share rose just 0.3 points to 6.9 percent, presumably on the back of the G2 and the Google-branded Nexus 5.

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Motorola adds Moto X college color options to Moto Maker

03/07, 12:31pm

Over 40 college color combinations added to Moto Maker

Motorola has made two changes to Moto Maker in an attempt to attract students to the Moto X smartphone. The online designer has been updated to include preconfigured customizations based on a number of colleges, complete with a case showing the college emblem, while students will be able to pick up a Moto X from the company at a discount.

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Briefly: Opera for Android gains WebRTC, Motorola Touchless Control

03/06, 6:51am

Opera adds WebRTC, updated design to Android browser

Opera has updated the Android variant of its web browser to version 20, and has included support for WebRTC, a technology that can support browser-based video conferencing. The update also adds a new customizable interface, a flat-design Speed Dial, upgrades to the search and address bar, an update of the Chromium core to version 33, and a number of other minor updates. The updated Opera for Android is available to download now from Google Play, for devices running Android 4.0 or higher.

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NPD: iPhone accounted for 45 percent of US smartphones in 2013

02/20, 11:23am

Samsung, LG make gains regardless

Of the 121 million smartphones sold in the US during 2013, Apple took home a 45 percent share, according to new NPD Group data. That represents a growth of 1 point annually. Samsung advanced two points though to a 26 percent share, while LG gained 3 points, moving up to 8 percent. HTC and Motorola both saw declines; the former from 10 to 6 percent, and the latter from 7 percent to 4.

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Cook talks Motorola sale, iPhone's limits in full WSJ interview

02/07, 4:41pm

Apple CEO doesn't dismiss possibility of bigger iPhone

The Wall Street Journal has published the full contents of yesterday's interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook, in which he announced the company's expanded share buyback plan. Commenting on Google's recent sale of Motorola to Lenovo, Cook says that he "wasn't surprised," and that it "seems like a logical transaction," since Motorola is losing money and Google isn't committed to it. "I think it's really hard to do hardware, software and services and to link all those things together. That's what makes Apple so special," he adds. "It's really hard, so I'm not surprised that they are not going to do that."

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Cisco, Motorola, Netgear pay off IP Ventures, settle for $2.7 million

02/06, 10:57pm

Patent troll sued end users of networking gear, settlement prevents further action

Networking hardware manufacturer Cisco has struck a deal with non-practicing entity Innovatio IP Ventures to settle a suit and protect commercial and potentially home users of its hardware. Together with Netgear and Motorola, have agreed to pay IP Ventures 3.2 cents for 85 million pieces of network gear, netting the patent troll $2.7 million.

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Briefly: Path adds Video to Android, Verizon Moto X KitKat rolls out

02/05, 6:07am

Path adds Instagram-style video clip sharing, filters

Path has finally added video to the Android version of its app, bringing it in line with the iOS version. The official Path blog writes that users of Android 4.0 or later can use the video function in the app, which takes after Vine and Instagram in offering up to 30-second clips, with the option to add a variety of camera filters to the video before sharing with others. Path 3.4 is available to download via Google Play.

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Apple among companies pledging to support long-term unemployed

01/31, 12:55pm

Plans still nebulous

Apple is among of a number of US corporations that have agreed to change hiring practices to avoid discriminating against the long-term unemployed, says the New York Times. The pledge comes at the behest of President Obama, who is hosting a meeting of CEOs at the White House later today to promote his efforts. White House officials say that about 300 businesses have agreed to alter hiring policies, including 21 of the 50 biggest American corporations, and 47 out of the top 200.

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Lenovo to purchase Motorola assets from Google for $3 billion [u]

01/29, 4:32pm

Latest sale less than 25 percent of Google's purchase price in 2012

[Update: Deal confirmed] According to a statement by Google CEO Larry Page, Google and Lenovo have negotiated a deal that will see the search engine sell its Motorola Mobility smartphone business to the Chinese manufacturer. The deal is valued at $2.91 billion dollars, with Google retaining most of the patents it acquired when it purchased the division in 2012.

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Briefly: Motorola's one-hour discount, Netflix Post-Play optional

01/25, 2:28pm

Motorola to hold hour-long sale with $100 discount on Moto X

Motorola will be offering the Moto X at a discount again, though unlike earlier offers, the company is cutting the price for just one hour. Android Central spotted a series of tweets from Motorola warning of an off-contract Moto X sale on January 27th that will run from 3pm to 4pm Eastern time, with the $100 discount bringing the price down to $299. Anyone missing out on the offer will be able to receive a $70 discount until February 14th.

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Briefly: Aereo heads to Cincinnati, Moto Maker adds wood options

01/17, 2:04pm

Aereo expanding service to areas of Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana

Aereo will be launching a version of its cloud-based DVR and TV streaming service in the Greater Cincinnati region on January 21st. The 24-county areas outlined by the company includes 8 counties in Ohio, 10 counties in Kentucky, and 6 counties in Indiana, with the entire region becoming the 11th area it will be available within. Aside from the free trial month, Aereo will be charging $8 per month for access to 30 over-the-air channels and 20 hours of DVR time, though an extra $4 ups the DVR amount to 60 hours per month.

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iPhone surges to 42 percent of US smartphone ownership

01/16, 1:03pm

Samsung advances to 26 percent

US iPhone ownership leapt to 42 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013, up from 35 percent a year ago, according to new NPD figures. Samsung phones also advanced, but from 22 percent to roughly 26 percent. LG was the only other major manufacturer to see a gain, inching ahead slightly to 8 percent. Motorola and HTC both fell under the 10 percent mark, and BlackBerry ownership shrank even further to 2 percent.

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Briefly: Boost Mobile offering Moto G, Sony Xperia Z1s at T-Mobile

01/14, 4:07pm

Boost Mobile to offer Moto G, its first Motorola product since 2011

Boost Mobile, the pre-paid Sprint imprint, has announced the release of Motorola's Moto G through its nationwide retail stores and online. The first Motorola product offered by Boost Mobile since 2011, the 3G budget smartphone has a 4.5-inch HD screen made with scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass, and possesses a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor.

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Low-cost Moto G gets plain Android Google Play edition

01/14, 2:49pm

Google adds Moto G to Google Play lineup

Google on Tuesday revealed a new version of its budget-oriented Moto G handset, a version that sports a plain vanilla version of Android 4.4 KitKat. The Moto G Google Play edition showed up on Google's Play Store on Tuesday in two configurations: one an 8GB model and the other a 16GB model. The low-cost Motorola handset is the latest addition to the Google Play edition lineup, a lineup that does not yet include the Moto G's higher-end sibling, the Moto X.

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Briefly: Twitter site revamp, Motorola Assist adds hands-free texting

01/14, 11:15am

Twitter updating look of website to match its iOS and Android apps

Social media service Twitter has initiated rolling out an update to its website, with the aim to mirror the aesthetic approach to that of its app versions to iOS and Android. Users will be able to personalize their profile more than previously, with the settings menu including an option to add accent colors. The navigation bar is a different color and style than before, and some icons have been redesigned.

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Moto X launches in Europe with higher price, no Moto Maker

01/14, 5:16am

European Moto X launches 6 months after United States version

Motorola has launched the Moto X in Europe, at its launch event in London today. The flagship Motorola smartphone, originally launched in the United States in August, makes its way across the Atlantic to join the Moto G, though unlike the American version, the European model will not offer any Moto Maker customization options, instead offering just the standard black and white-backed models.

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Briefly: Android KitKat on Moto G in UK, O2 shuts down mobile wallet

01/13, 12:21pm

Motorola starts roll-out of Android KitKat on Moto G in UK

Motorola has started rolling out Android KitKat to the Moto G in the United Kingdom. The Android 4.4.2 update, which starts rolling out today and will continue for the next week, adds the usual KitKat improvements along with a new look phone dialer, new photo editing options in the Gallery app, printing support over services such as Google Cloud Print, the new version of Hangouts, and support for the Square credit card reader.

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Court of Appeals upholds ITC ruling in Apple v. Motorola patent fight

01/10, 1:18pm

Tech used is similar but different, court finds

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has upheld an International Trade Commission ruling that found Apple didn't violate a Motorola patent on communications between devices and data networks, reports say. The ruling, issued in May, specifically dealt with Claim 12 of the patent, and whether or not it covered the deletion of apps capable of receiving push notifications. The ITC determined that Apple's implementation of status updates to halt notifications was non-infringing.

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Motorola offers free Chromecast with Moto X, Moto G reaches Verizon

01/10, 6:37am

Streaming player accompanies unlocked Moto X orders until January 14th

Motorola has started to offer off-contract purchasers of its Moto X flagship smartphone a free Google Chromecast. The offer comes at the same time as the company's budget-oriented Moto G goes on sale in the US through Verizon, and a week before the phone manufacturer is expected to launch the Moto X in Europe at a special event in London.

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Motorola event invitation hints at UK, European Moto X launch

01/08, 5:18am

Flagship Motorola handset could cross Atlantic in near future

Motorola has sent out invitations to members of the press in the United Kingdom for a London-based event, at the same time as expanding the coverage of Android 4.4.2 on the Moto G. The invitation, set for January 14th, promises to announce a "new addition to the European Motorola family of products," and though the invitation does not directly state what is being revealed, it is likely that the company will be bringing the Moto X to the continent.

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Apple, Samsung grow US smartphone share in Sept.-Nov. period

01/06, 5:09am

Motorola, LG, HTC suffer setbacks

Apple and Samsung increased their shares of the US smartphone market based on unverified shipment data in the September-November period versus June-August, new ComScore data shows. Apple advanced 0.5 points to 41.2 percent, maintaining overall control; Samsung, though, gained 1.7 points to hit 26 percent, narrowing the gap. In distant third was Motorola, down 0.2 points to 6.7 percent. LG dropped the same amount to 6.5 percent, but swapped places with HTC, which dipped a full point to 6.4 percent.

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Apple tops Christmas web traffic, cedes ground to Amazon, MS, Samsung

01/02, 4:56pm

iPhone only smartphone with increased activity

Apple devices remained firmly in control of North American web traffic through Christmas, but the iPad lost some ground to devices from Amazon, Microsoft, and Samsung, according to new Chitika analytics. The data was collected from "tens of millions" of devices between December 20th and the 29th, and used to gauge the growth or decline of various brands. Apple's iPhone was the only smartphone to gain share, advancing 1.8 percent to 54.3 percent of the market.

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Motorola cuts Moto X price to $399, Moto G heads to Best Buy for $100

01/02, 6:40am

Price cut follows earlier discounts, Moto X flash sales

Motorola is making a bigger push for sales of its flagship Moto X in the United States, by giving it a permanent price cut. The change, coming after a number of similar discounts on the smartphone, comes at the same time as reports that its cheaper stablemate, the Moto G, is being sold at Best Buy for $100 on Verizon with no contract.

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Verizon: 'End of Year Savings' on Moto X, Droids, Samsung tablets

12/29, 5:50pm

Moto X, Droids on promotion, Droid Mini free

Verizon is discounting Motorola's customizable Moto X handset to just $50 on contract as part of its End of Year Savings promo. The carrier is also offering discounts on a range of other Android handsets, with savings available for Samsung smartphones and tablets, HTC's 2013 flagship, and Verizon's own line of Motorola-produced Droid devices. The promo runs through December 31, and customers can save up to $200 for certain electronics.

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Briefly: Motorola Droid range gains KitKat, AT&T updates Lumia 1020

12/19, 2:58pm

Verizon upgrades Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, Droid Mini to Android KitKat

Verizon is rolling out Android KitKat to its current range of Droid smartphones. Owners of the Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, and Droid Mini will receive the update from today onwards, with version 4.4 of the operating system bringing a full-screen mode, camera improvements, an updated Droid Zap app, an update for Motorola Assist, and support for the Fitbit, among other items.

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Motorola to tout Moto X with Moto Maker in physical Wired magazines

12/19, 12:41pm

Motorola puts color-changing ad into print Wired magazine

Motorola will tout its Moto X customizable smartphone next month in the print edition of Wired with an interactive ad that slightly mimics the company's Moto Maker customization site. Mashable reported on Thursday that about 153,490 copies of the January 2014 issue of Wired will be distributed in New York and Chicago with paper-thin electronic components integrated into a page. That page will hold Motorola's Moto X ad, which will change the color of the Moto X unit on the page with the press of a button.

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Briefly: Moto X wooden backing, Amazon update for Kindle Android app

12/18, 6:29am

Motorola adds Bamboo backing option to MotoMaker

Motorola has finally made a wooden backing available for the Moto X. Users of MotoMaker can choose to have a Bamboo coating on the rear of the smartphone, at a cost of $100 and an extra week on the delivery time according to TechnoBuffalo. Bamboo is currently the only option in the "Natural" category on the site, with previously-spotted options for Ebony, Rosewood, and Teak yet to be added to the backing list.

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Google fails to overturn embargo on Motorola devices in appeals court

12/16, 7:42pm

Microsoft-led suit led to embargo of older Motorola devices, suits continue

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld Microsoft's ban on Motorola's products that used a meeting scheduler patent. Google-owned Motorola attempted to get the ruling overturned, hoping that the court would invalidate the patent and overturn the US International Trade Commission finding holding it valid.

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Motorola Touchless Control app update allows voice PIN unlocking

12/15, 7:48pm

Read-out PIN can unlock Moto X, Droid Ultra, Mini, Maxx

Motorola has updated its Touchless Control app with more voice commands, amid other changes. The app, available as an update through Google Play for compatible Motorola devices running Android KitKat, introduces the potentially-insecure option of verbally providing your security PIN to the smartphone in order to unlock it.

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Moto X, Moto G orders in United States delayed by Winter Storm Dion

12/12, 6:20am

Adverse weather conditions slows production, shipping of smartphones

Deliveries of the Moto G and Moto X to customers in the United States have been delayed, because of adverse weather conditions. The manufacturing and shipping facility in Fort Worth, Texas was affected by "Winter Storm Dion," with the snow causing significant transportation issues for finished goods as well as for Motorola employees.

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After technical difficulties, Motorola extends $349 Moto X promo

12/04, 12:40pm

Sale price available today and Monday

Following technical difficulties on Cyber Monday, Motorola has extended the holiday promotion for its Moto X handset. The company's flagship smartphone is available today and Monday for just $349, marking a $150 savings, with full customization options via the Moto Maker site, though today's stock appears to be sold out.

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Motorola knocks $150 off Moto X price for Cyber Monday

11/30, 4:53pm

Moto X sees big price cut for holiday season

Motorola is offering a steep discount on its Moto X flagship smartphone on Monday. The manufacturer announced a $150 discount on the device last week that will go into effect on Cyber Monday, the day many online retailers give discounts on purchases. The phone will be available starting at $350 with the discount.

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Briefly: Wooden Moto X options, 'OK Google' voice search in Chrome

11/27, 6:20am

Moto X wood options will be available in coming weeks

The Moto X will have options for a wood backing in the future, but not in time for Thanksgiving, according to a Reuters reporter on Twitter. Despite this, Motorola is allegedly aiming to offer the backing option to customers through Moto Maker in the coming weeks, "in time for some holiday shopping." Original sightings of the backing showed options for Ebony, Rosewood, Teak, and Bamboo, though it is not clear which of these will be offered to customers.

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Motorola bringing Moto G to US on 12/2, ahead of carrier rollout

11/26, 11:14am

Unsubsidized pricing starts at $179

Motorola Mobility has announced that it is bringing the unlocked version of its Moto G smartphone to the US early in time for holiday shoppers. The company is already taking pre-orders for the unlocked GSM editions, which will ship on December 2 and carry respective prices of $179 and $199 for the 8GB and 16GB variants.

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Motorola signs deal with 3D Systems to make modular smartphone parts

11/22, 1:56pm

3D Systems developing 3D printing line for Project Ara module construction

Motorola's modular smartphone has taken one more step into becoming a reality, thanks to a multi-year agreement with a manufacturing partner. 3D Systems has agreed to create a "continuous high-speed 3D printing production platform" for Project Ara, and ultimately creating modules as "Motorola's exclusive fulfillment partner" if it completes the platform's development.

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Motorola promises KitKat for 2012 Droid line

11/20, 2:37pm

Moto X to be joined by Razr HD, Razr Maxx, more

Motorola surprised much of the tech world on Tuesday by revealing that the 2012 line of Droid devices would be receiving an update to Android 4.4 KitKat. The news came just a day after Android updates began rolling out for the Verizon model of the Moto X. The Google-owned manufacturer did not, however, give any information on the time frame for the new wave of updates.

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Moto X reaches Republic Wireless, other carriers lower initial cost

11/15, 6:16am

Price of Moto X lowered on carriers after Moto G launch

Following the launch of the low-cost Moto G, a number of carriers in the United States have started to lower their prices for the Moto X. While Republic Wireless offers the device off-contract, versions as part of a two-year commitment have received price cuts, with one offer seemingly being priced at $0.01.

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Moto X could have global launch in future, hints Motorola executive

11/14, 1:12pm

Moto X could head to Europe in future, after Moto G

The Moto X could potentially head to markets further afield than the United States, after an executive reportedly hinted at a possible launch in the future. The suggestion comes shortly after the company unveiled the Moto G, a cheaper version of the handset that is enjoying a global launch for areas other than the United States over the next few weeks.

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Motorola launches $179 Moto G smartphone, out today in Europe, Brazil

11/13, 9:46am

Budget Moto G offers 4.5-inch 720p display, Snapdragon 400 processor

Motorola has launched its rumored Moto G smartphone at its live event in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The smartphone, a budget offering when compared to the preceding Moto X, offers a 4.5-inch, 720p, edge-to-edge display with a pixel density of 329ppi, in a device said to be the third of the cost of premium smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S 4.

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Moto Maker Moto X customization site hits Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile

11/11, 1:22pm

Moto X customization now on all major carriers

As many expected, the Moto Maker Moto X customization feature has now expanded from AT&T to include all four major American carriers. The Moto X site now shows Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile as carrier options, along with AT&T. The expansion of the feature to at least Verizon was anticipated by many, as the carrier accidentally leaked a page showing off the Motorola flagship and saying it could be customized. That page, though, was quickly taken down, and the feature was put back under wraps until its proper launch today.

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Moto G spotted on Amazon UK, shipping day after launch

11/11, 7:19am

Amazon listing confirms 4.5-inch display, Android KitKat upgrade in future

The Moto G could be shipping to customers the day after its expected launch on November 13th. A sales page for the phone on Amazon UK shows the device, under the previous name of the Motorola DVX, as being "due to be released on November 14th," as well as seemingly confirming a number of rumored specifications.

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Moto Maker option for Moto X spotted on Verizon website before launch

11/10, 6:38pm

Customization options for Moto X on Verizon said to start tomorrow

Verizon's own version of the Moto Maker site reportedly came online for a brief period earlier today, with a page giving the option for the customer to customize their own Moto X smartphone. The Moto Maker page, now redirecting to the front page of the Verizon online store, apparently came online the day before the store is rumored to go live for Verizon customers.

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Rumor: Sprint, T-Mobile to offer customized Moto X via Moto Maker

11/08, 7:29am

Customized Moto X said to reach T-Mobile today, Sprint on 11th

Customized versions of the Moto X could be heading to the other carriers in the near future, according to reports. Leaked images said to be from Sprint allegedly show that the Moto Maker system will be available to customers in the near future, while another rumor claims that T-Mobile will also be receiving access to it soon.

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Briefly: Nokia Lumia 1520 on AT&T, Android KitKat for Moto X leaks

11/06, 6:08am

Six-inch Nokia Lumia 1520 heading to AT&T on November 15th

The Nokia Lumia 1520 will be heading to AT&T on November 15th. The Windows Phone device with a 20-megapixel PureView camera, six-inch 1080p IPS display, quad-core 2.2GHz processor, and 2GB of RAM will be available for $199 with a new contract, according to the Microsoft Store, with a non-contract version being sold at the same time for $549.

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Motorola prepares Moto G smartphone for November 13th launch

11/04, 7:57am

Budget Motorola smartphone to see international release

Motorola will be hosting an event on November 13th for the launch of the Moto G smartphone. The Google-owned device manufacturer will be showing off the successor to the Moto X during a live event later this month, with the device name having previously been confirmed courtesy of a mistake on the Motorola website and a trademark filing.

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