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Motorola Moto G 4G: hands-on pictures and benchmark tests

Motorola launched today its new low cost Moto E phone, priced at £89 SIM free, along with a new version of the best selling Moto G mobile.

This new edition will come with 4G LTE network access and support for microSD cards, both of which were missing from the current model.

It will be priced at £149, just £14 more than the launch cost of the original device – which will now carry a price tag of £119.

That is for a quad-core 1.2GHz CPU based phone, with a 4.5-inch HD screen; 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage.

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Above, is the Moto G 4G version, with a connection to that very network standard – and below, the 4G option in the network sub menu.

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Here is a closer look at 4G, along with the phone’s throughput benchmarked on the EE network.

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Lastly, a shot of under the back cover, highlighting both the microSD card slot and that it is using a 4G EE SIM card.

Motorola Moto E: hands-on pictures

Motorola has just launched its new low-end Moto E smartphone, with a price tag of just £89.

Omio is now publishing these hands-on photos of the mobile that sits below the 3G Moto G, in terms of specs, and at a very affordable price (O2, £12 a month).

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Moto’s E arrives with a 4.3-inch 960 x 540 display, with 256ppi and a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 screen – which copes well, with everyday scratches.

It also has a water-resistant splash guard coating, for handling those minor water spills and being caught in the rain.

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Above, is a shot of its side that highlights its thickness – ranging from 6.2mm at its thinnest point, to 12.3mm, at its thickest.

Its rear is curved, designed to fit comfortably in the hand, where it also supports interchangeable backs (20 on offer).

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There is a 5-megapixel camera on the rear, with easy access to commonly used functions – such as burst mode, auto HDR and Panorama mode.

Touching anywhere on the screen, in camera mode, captures a pic, where swiping in from the right, shows any shots.

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These four pics show aspects of the software and apps, such as the Motorola Alert; the camera menu/wheel; Motorola migrate and the Motorola assist.

The first, is new to this series of mobiles, where it has three core functions – alerting people when you’ve arrived, or leaving a location.

That is aptly called location status, where the next function sends a message to a meeting location – and the final one, is an emergency mode that calls someone or multiple people, in times of need.

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Moto E runs from a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, with 1GB of RAM; 4GB of internal storage, with access to 32GB microSD cards.

On top, is a pic that shows it is running the Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS, where it has a guarantee of an update to the next major Android version (besides small updates).

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Following these, are apps in a folder on a home screen; all the pre-installed applications – ending with Omio running from a browser, and a shot of a different coloured shell.

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Motorola Moto E announced as sub £90 Android smartphone

Former Google owned company Motorola has unveiled theMoto E, as the latest in its range of Google OS run devices, and with a SIM free price of £89.

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It has a 4.3-inch 960 x 540, 256 ppi screen, made from Corning Gorilla  Glass 3, where the phone has a water-resistant splash guard, with aids in protecting it.

Powering it is a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor with 1GB of RAM; 4GB of internal storage and with support for 32GB microSD cards.

Onboard is a 1,980 mAh battery; built in is a FM radio, and it has a 5MP camera – on a rear that can have interchange shells (20, in different colours).

Android 4.4.2 KitKat runs the phone, with a guarantee of at least one major OS upgrade, when the next version of the platform comes out.

The company is targeting the E at the 70 per cent of the world that still uses a feature phone, where the cost of similar spec’d handsets are said to be around the £199 mark.

Motorola has said the Moto E will be available with EE, O2, Phones 4u, Tesco Mobile and Vodafone – this week.

Also announced today is a 4G version of last year’s best selling Moto G (with a microSD slot), which will be available for £149 (£14 more than the 3G price, at launch) – this will be with the first three retailers, listed above.‎

MWC 2014: Motorola is making a smartwatch, you would actually want to wear

Google owned company Motorola held a press event in Barcelona, where the company announced its move into wearable tech.

Rick Osterloh, SVP of Product Management, said -

“There has been a lot of fast moving developments in this general space, called wearables”

“In particular, new technology developments, like Bluetooth low energy, sensors; these things make new products possible, that really weren’t possible before”

“We’ve had a lot of experience with sensor development, in the Moto X phone”

“We have a series of low powered sensors, that are always running in the background, helping to make the phone experience more useful”

“It is our intention, to deliver some interesting wearable products this year”

“In particular, we’re focused on a couple: we are going to be developing a watch”

“And that product, will be coming out at the end of this year”

“The main focus of our watch, is that we are trying to solve some real user problems”

“And frankly, one of the biggest ones we see so far, is that there are no wearable products, that you actually really want to wear – they are all extremely clunky”

“We’re trying to focus all on style, and make the products much more interesting for the user to wear”

Motorola didn’t offer any indication what the device might look like, but if it leverages the Moto X features, it might also sport touchless voice control.

MWC 2014: Motorola Moto maker coming to the UK, after April

Google owned company Motorola held a press event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona , offering an update on the Levono purchase – along with what’s coming next.

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This was with Rick Osterloh, SVP Product Management, Mark Randall, SVP Supply Chain & Operations, and Steve Horowitz, SVP Software Engineering.

During the event, an update was given on the online bespoke ordering system offering 2,000 different ways to customise a Motorola Moto X, before ordering.

Rick Osterloh, said on stage – “We are about to start rolling out Moto maker in Western Europe”

“We are also going to be rolling it out in Mexico”

“And that is all happening in the second quarter”

“We’ll first be in the UK and Germany, and Mexico”

Omio asked during the Q&A, if this will be solely with a single network in the UK, just as it initially was in the USA, or will it be coming to them all.

The SVP of Product Management responded – “Our intention over time is to make it as available, as possible”

That isn’t a defiant no, where it might very well be tried and tested with a UK mobile phone carrier – just as it happened with AT&T, before hitting the rest of the networks.

Also asked during the Q&A, was where they will be built, with the USA models being assembled within that country, as one of its USP.

Mark Randall, SVP Supply Chain & Operations said: “There’s one option we are definitely pursing, called merging transit”

“Where we build the product in China”

“You can have individual customer orders; you merge with packaging in transit”

“Then you ship it to consumers”

Motorola sold for $2.91 billion

Internet search engine giant Google has entered into a definitive agreement for its 2011 acquisition of Motorola for $12.5B, where Lenovo plans to acquire the mobile phone manufacture – only for a significantly reduced figure.

This purchase is said to strengthen Lenovo’s position in the handset market, where it will gain a strong market presence in North America and Latin America, as well as a foothold in Western Europe.

The company appears to be on an acquisition drive at the moment, where it also plans to buy IBM’s x86 server business – for $2.3 billion.

In 2005, it bought that company’s PC business, along with the brand, including the, then popular, ThinkPad laptop range.

Google is noted to maintain ownership of the vast majority of the Motorola Mobility patent portfolio, including current patent applications and invention disclosures.

“Lenovo has the expertise and track record to scale Motorola Mobility into a major player within the Android ecosystem.”, said Larry Page, CEO, Google.

“This move will enable Google to devote our energy to driving innovation across the Android ecosystem, for the benefit of smartphone users everywhere,”

Yang Yuanqing, chairman and CEO of Lenov, said – “The acquisition of such an iconic brand, innovative product portfolio and incredibly talented global team will immediately make Lenovo a strong global competitor in smartphones.”

“We will immediately have the opportunity to become a strong global player in the fast-growing mobile space,”

Motorola: we are in active conversations with our partners, about the 32GB Moto X

Google owned company Motorola has spoken to us about a second top-tier Moto X mobile phone, with increased storage.

Omio put to Mark Notton, Head of European Product Management Google Android Devices at Motorola Mobility – will the 32GB version be coming to the UK, in light of the fact that only the 16GB will be available at launch.

He replied -”We are launching with the 16GB”

“I wouldn’t rule out 32, but we don’t have any immediate plans to deliver that”

Later, James Soames, Marketing Director, of Motorola, said:

“We are in active conversations with our partners, about 32GB”

“The idea is, with Google services, so intrinsically built into this device, and other services, not just from Google – people are using cloud services, more and more”

“Paying a premium, to get more local storage, isn’t so important”

It is unusual Motorola didn’t launch the 32GB at the same time as the 16GB, as both the 8GB and double that amount were available, from the get go, with the Moto G.

We believe this might come as an exclusive to a retail partner, in the same way as Phones 4u will exclusively stock the white version.

Motorola: we are actively exploring how we can bring Moto maker to Europe

Google owned company Motorola has gone on the record with its plans to bring the 2,000 different ways to customise its premium Moto X mobile phone, outside of the North America.

We enquired if this feature is coming to the UK, as the handset will only launch in the colours of black and white – a somewhat limited range, compared to our cousins, across the pond:

The Head of European Product Management Google Android Devices at Motorola Mobility, Mark Notton, said -

“We launched that one in August, in the US”

“We’ve now put that on all the networks, over there”

“We are actively exploring how we can bring that to Europe”

“It’s not something that we have a solution for, today”

“But, we’ve seen from the reaction of press and consumers, that it is a concept that they like and something that is very well received”

“We are actively exploring how we can do that; it is not a very easy thing to do”

“As we develop our plans, we’ll let you know”

We asked is it likely to come outside of the US?

“What we have seen, is that because it has been so successful in the US, I would be very surprised if we didn’t roll that out elsewhere”

“It’s just something we don’t have a solution for, now”

Motorola Moto X (UK version): hands-on video walkthrough

Motorola’s new touchless, voice activated, Moto X mobile phone is hitting the shelves on the 1st of Feb – where we have already published hands-on pics of the handset.

It is now the turn of the hands-on video walkthrough of all its features, given by the Head of European Product Management, Google Android Devices, at Motorola Mobility.

Our footage starts with the active display, with the way it delivers time and notifications – while using a minimal amount of battery power, by only lighting up a few pixels.

This saves the need to constantly power on and off a phone, just to see if there’s any notifications, or to just know the time.

It is noted that this is powered by the X8 mobile computing platform, driving the Moto X.

Covered is the two cores for the application processor, the four cores of the GPU, the contextual CPU and natural language processor.

Mentioned is the way of seeing notifications from the active display, followed by its voice control.

It removes the need to touch the device, to active and use Google Now – as the device is always listening for your command, even in standby mode.

It is ideal for situations such as driving, or just at any other time, when your hands are full.

An example of this in action is shown, with the trigger command ‘OK, Google Now’, followed by ‘Do I need an umbrella today’.

This was all done, without touching the screen or phone.

Directions and navigation are also shown, in our video walkthrough, with a few more examples.

The photo capture feature of the Moto X is demoed next, with twisting the wrist twice, to launch the app.

Other apps are noted and explained, from Motorola Assist, to Motorola Migrate.

We wrap up with its specs and OS, along with the colour options.

Motorola Moto X (UK version): hands-on pictures

Motorola’s premium Moto X mobile phone has just been launched in the UK, where it will be available on the 1st of February, with deals starting from £25 a month (phone free) or SIM free – at £380.

Omio attended its launch event, where we captured these hands-on photos, with a video walkthrough – given by the Head of European Product Management, Google Android Devices, at Motorola Mobility.

This is for a device that has a similar look to the budget quad-core Moto G, only with unique features and at a higher price point.

The states-side version can be customised in more than 2,000 different ways, during ordering, where there’s a possibility this is coming to the UK – adding to the black, and Phones 4u exclusive white, models.

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Our pictures start with a look at the edge-to-edge 4.7-inch 1,280 x 720 AMOLED display, head-on, with its active display and 316ppi.

That is larger than the 4.5-inch Moto G’s version, which was only an IPS LCD screen.

The active display is essentially, the lock screen for the phone, but it is always active, with only a few pixels alit – saving on battery life.

When it detects light, outside of a pocket, or when it is not facing down, the screen active.

It pulses, quietly, showing the time and any notifications – gently, fading in and out.

All of which saves constantly checking the phone, by powering on a lock screen, just to check messages and their ilk. That is said to be between 30 and 60 times a day, according to Motorola.

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This pic shows the curved rear (designed to fit more comfortably in the hand), along with its overall dimensions.

It is 5.7mm at its thinnest, moving to 10.4mm at its thickest part (centre), along with being 129.4mm tall and 65.3mm wide – with a weight of 135g.

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On the rear is a 10-megapixel camera, launched by just two twists of the wrist (even when locked) – that is all geared up for you to never miss that perfect, picture moment.

Gone are the days of unlocking a phone, entering a passcode, finding the camera app, launching the camera app, focussing and taking the shot – where that moment, has passed.

Touching anywhere on the screen captures the pic, where holding it down, takes rapid shots and without launching a separate app.

This is with a camera that is based on Clear Pixel technology, with a RGBC sensor that is noted to collect up to 75 per cent more light, than traditional sensors.

That is handy for taking pics in dark places, at night, or just on rainy days.

Its app user interface is simple and is easy to use, matching the Moto G; swiping up and down, zooms in and out; to the right, the gallery and left, settings.

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The unique selling point for the Moto X is its touchless controls, where the mobile is always listening for your command.

That is, even in standby mode, with it working in conjunction with Google, Motorola’s parent company.

This operates via Google Now, where saying the trigger command ‘OK, Google Now’ awakes the device – ready to act upon the next sentence.

There doesn’t need to be any physical interaction with the Moto X, as tasks are solely actioned via voice. This is everything from searching the Internet, finding out if you need an umbrella today, calling someone, or navigating to a certain place: the list is endless.

This is all thanks to Motorola’s X8 mobile computing platform, which is made up of eight processors – with each part playing their own role, saving on battery life.

That is a dual-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 CPU, a quad-core Adreno 320 graphics processing unit, a natural language CPU and a contextual computing processor.

The last two are at the heart of the touchless, voice activated controls, while the very last one is at the centre of the aforementioned active display.

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The X8 setup is supported by 2GB of RAM, with 16GB of storage capacity.

It also comes with 50GB of free Google Drive cloud storage, adding to the 15GB already in place, for a total of 65GB.

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This shot is the Android KitKat Easter egg screen, ending with the about screen showing that it is the Moto X.

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Above, is the default home screen, followed by all the pre-installed apps on our demo model, ending with the settings’ menu, showing access to the touchless controls.

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There are a few notable app inclusions from Moto, on top of the default Android ones.

Those are the likes of Motorola Migrate, for the automatic transfer of your old phones’ contents to the X.

There is also Moto Assist, which runs a predefined set of rules that alter the behaviour of the handset, such as in meetings, driving or at night.

Another useful tool is Motorola Connect, where you can use your desktop Chrome browser to send and received text messages, via the phone.

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Lastly, is Omio running from the Web browser and the Moto X on the left and Moto G, on the right – and the rear of the white and black X models, plus its new power pack accessory, in the middle.

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