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It's like the new Moto X, only bigger-er
Google’s Nexus ship sure has been leaky lately, and today we got what’ll probably end up being the closest thing to a confirmation that the Nexus 6 by Motorola is a real thing until it, you know, is actually announced. The FCC just revealed a new six-inch smartphone made by Motorola with compatibility for both AT&T’s LTE network as well as T-Mobile’s. That fits perfectly with what we know about the Nexus 6, which a massive leak revealed in comprehensive detail just a little while ago.
If you aren’t up to date on your Nexus rumors, the Nexus 6 is basically a 2014 Moto X with a 6-inch display – and you thought the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus was big. No word yet on whether or not the upcoming Nexus 6 will make its way to Verizon and Sprint (though I don’t see why it wouldn’t), nor if it’ll come in a slightly smaller version for those with slightly less gargantuan hands, nor when it’ll be making an official appearance.
The 9 isn't the only new kid on the block
The Nexus 5, Google’s flagship Android device, is coming up on a year old – almost an eternity in the mobile space. That’s why it should come as no surprise that Google is already hard at work figuring out its successor, and today thanks to 9to5Google we got our first real look at both the design and the technical specifications of Google’s upcoming Nexus 6, designed and manufactured by – wait for it – not LG (like the Nexus 5), not Samsung (like the Nexus 10), not even HTC (like the rumored Nexus 9)… but by Motorola.
As you can see in the leaked shots above, the Nexus 6 (which isn’t yet an official name, by the way) bares more than just a passing resemblance to Motorola’s latest lineup of smartphones, the Moto X and Moto G series. In fact, it looks almost exactly like a stretched out second generation Moto X, complete with the top / bottom speaker grille on the front, and the aluminum chassis around the sides.
What has changed, however, is the size – the Nexus 6 is simply massive with its whopping 5.92-inch display. Featuring a resolution of 2560 x 1440, the Nexus 6’s display evens out at a cool 498 PPI, making it higher resolution than Apple’s big screen device, the iPhone 6 Plus (401 PPI) but lower resolution than Samsung’s next generation phablet, the Note 4 (550 DPI).
Driving this big screen is said to be a Snapdragon 805 processor, one of the fastest out there, a huge 3,200 mAh battery, and 3GB of RAM (compared to a measly 1GB on the iPhone 6 series). Though that sounds impressive, all that extra oomph will presumably be needed to power the Nexus 6’s ginormous high resolution display at acceptable levels of performance for this tier of device, meaning you shouldn’t necessarily expect next generation graphics or 48 hour battery life.
No word yet on pricing and availability, though 9to5Mac speculates on a late October launch, but with both the Nexus 9 and Android 5.0 “L” seemingly just around the corner, I wouldn’t really be surprised to see this thing hit stores sooner rather than later. And given Motorola’s excellent track record at developing and manufacturing beautiful, high powered devices at an amazingly low cost, it sounds like it’s going to be worth the wait – as long as you think you can stomach that extra huge screen.
But I wanted a Moto 360
If you’re in on Google’s smartwatch platform, Android Wear, and ready to lay down that debit card information and get an early adopter’s unit in your hands – or, err, on your wrist – as soon as possible, you’ll want to keep refreshing the Google Play Store. Google just announced at I/O 2014 that the new LG G Watch will be up for sale on the Play Store today, presumably following the conclusion of the keynote event. The LG G Watch is the first officially licensed Android Wear device, Google’s adoption of Android for the wearable space. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the G Watch in action – this is the same smartwatch Google announced alongside the Android Wear platform earlier this year.
But never one to sit out of the festivities, Google also announced that a previously unheard of smartwatch by Samsung will be available for pre-order today, the Samsung Gear Live. If you’ve got a vision of a Galaxy Gear running Android Wear in your head, that’s pretty much right. It looks extremely similar to Google’s established Gear watches, albeit running Google’s take on the smartwatch platform rather than the sometimes bizarre Gear platform.
If you were looking to get in on the Moto 360, the first Android Wear smartwatch with a circular display, get ready to be disappointed. Unfortunately for all of us (this writer included), Google says the Moto 360 won’t be available until “later this summer.” But Mom, I want it nooow.
Source: Google Play
Represent the new vision
And just like that, Google’s Android Wear platform for smartwatches is official. But no platform announcement would be complete without a few partners also showing up with the goods, and today’s it’s LG and Motorola backing Google with a preview of their upcoming smartwatches powered by Android Wear.
Motorola’s endgame appears to be a new circular smartwatch dubbed the Moto 360, seen above. While we know next to nothing about the device just yet, we do know that Motorola’s slogan is “a twist of the wrist”, likely signifying that natural wrist movement will be involved in the watch’s primary interface, similar to how wrist flicking was integrated into the Moto X’s camera functionality.
The LG G Watch (seen above) is a bit more exciting, however, as it’s slated to arrive a lot sooner than you might think – next quarter. The LG G Watch is designed to be a “low barrier to entry” for developers and consumers alike, signifying that the devie will be sold at a reduced price point in order to attract people to the new platform. LG isn’t saying too terribly much more about the G Watch just yet, other than what we already knew from the Google announcement earlier today – it’ll have some focus on fitness, support voice recognition and Google Now, and will offer a “Google experience” meaning no UI customization here, thankfully. Unfortunately, the LG G Watch is a lot more garish then what we’ve seen from some other Android Wear devices, featuring a thick body and a rectangular screen rather than a compact circular one.
Has a deal been inked?
Well, this is a bit of a twist. Just days after reports have suggested that Google is looking to end long running Nexus lineup of Android devices, an entirely new rumor has suggested that Google will be selling Motorola to Lenovo. While a deal has yet to be fully inked, Google and Lenovo are said to be in the late stages of discussion after sales of the Moto X and Moto G have fallen mostly flat.
Google appears to be ditching their Android hardware lineups in favor of deals with industry leaders LG, Samsung, HTC, and more which allows google to offer specialized “Google Play” editions of their handsets running stock editions of the latest version of Android, such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition and the Moto G Google Play Edition.
Google originally bought Motorola for $12.5 billion a couple of years back, however the company is said to be selling Motorola for a mere fraction of that at just under $3 billion. Ouch.
Edit: It’s confirmed!
$25 for a wood back sounds more reasonable
No matter how you cut it, $100 for a small chunk of wood is just a bit on the high side. Fortunately, starting today, the price of the wood backs is dropping from $100 to just $25, perfect for those of you who have been holding out on getting one because of the price.
But if bamboo isn’t your style, you’ll soon have three more options to choose from: Ebony, Walnut and Teak wood. Like the bamboo choice, these three new woods are real pieces of cut-down trees stuck on the back of a phone so every back is unique. These new woods will also be available at the new $25 price point and they’ll be coming around on January 21st.
France, Germany, and UK
Motorola and Google have just announced that their flagship in-house smartphone, the Moto X, will be launching overseas in Europe next month for a not-too-terrible price o f€429 in France and Germany or £380 in the United Kingdom.
The Moto X is the older, more impressive brother of the Moto G, which just launched in both the United States and parts of Europe last month. While the Moto G is more affordable at just £130, the Moto X does have many advantages that makes it worth the price – an improved camera, more functional software that takes advantage of the AMOLED display found in the Moto X to display notifications without lighting up the entire display. The Moto X also comes with more storage, a faster processor, more memory, and an improved build quality.
The Moto X has been available in the United States for quite some time and is the first phone to come out of the Motorola/Google merger that contains an influence from Google’s DNA, so to speak.
A great price for a great smartphone
If you had any interest in Motorola’s impressive Moto X smartphone, now would be a great time to pull the trigger. Motorola has announced that, as a New Year present for all of their adoring fans (chuckle), they’ve dropped the price of the Moto X to an easy to swallow $399. That’s a great price considering that’s an unlocked, high end Android 4.4 device officially supported by Google that works on any carrier, even if you don’t have a free upgrade.
Or, if you’re the type who likes to tinker with his hardware, check out the unlocked Moto X Developer Edition. While it was more or less ridiculously expensive before, Motorola’s also dropped the price of this bad boy to just $449 – only $50 more than the standard consumer version. Not too shabby!
Contract-free and SIM unlocked
So a couple weeks ago, Motorola unveiled the Moto G – a budget-minded version of the Moto X that only costs $179 for the base 8GB model. We said a couple weeks ago that the G would start shipping sometime in January of next year but that’s actually not the case. So as to not miss the holiday season, the Moto G is up for pre-order right now and will ship on December 2nd.
The phone can be pre-ordered in two different models: there is a US version of the phone which has been optimized to work on the GSM bands used in the US and there is an international version which works on the GSM bands used elsewhere in the world. Both versions ship contract-free and SIM unlocked. If you’re on Sprint or Verizon however, you’re out of luck as the Moto G won’t be shipping on them until January of next year.
Google once again trying to squash all of their competition
The Moto G, while it shares a lot of the Moto X’s physical features, is quite a different beast underneath. Since it’s being targeted at the off-contract market, it drops most of the cool software tweaks that the Moto X has. Specs have also been downgraded some, but are still impressive: a 4.5″ 720p screen, Snapdragon 400 CPU, 1GB of RAM, 8 or 16GB of storage, a 5mpix back facing camera and a 2,070mAh battery.
One of the physical features on the Moto X won’t be making its way to the Moto G – Moto Maker won’t be available for the G, although you will be able to buy multi-coloured back plates for it, ala Nokia Lumia. The back plate is purely for show as there is no MicroSD slot and the battery is non-removable. I’m sure iFixIt will have something to say about that.
On the software side of things, it comes with a near-stock installation of Android 4.3; Android 4.4 will be coming in a few weeks. None of the Moto X’s software tricks, like Touchless Control, will be usable on the G as it lacks the required processor to do those fancy things.
The Moto G does not support LTE at all, but given that it’s launching first in markets where they don’t have LTE, it’s not that big of an issue. Yes, the G is launching in markets like Brazil. Given the low price point, it’s a perfect budget smartphone capable of taking the Nokia Asha head-on. However, if you’re in the States and want one of these things, it’s coming sometime in early January. The 8GB model costs $179 and the 16GB costs $199.
Source: The Verge
As predicted earlier, the Moto Maker has lost its AT&T exclusivity and is now available to customers of T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint. The service is pretty much the same as it was on AT&T: pick the colors you want and buy it which means that you could have a pink Moto X on Sprint if you really wanted one. Moto Maker does now support adding custom messages to your Moto X, but they still don’t have any wood panels up for order yet.
Perhaps as another little bonus, Motorola has confirmed that Android 4.4 will be coming to the Moto X soon – but that’s hardly a surprise, is it?
Source: Moto Maker
Goodbye, AT&T exclusivity
AT&T’s about to lose their Moto maker exclusivity, if the reliable @evleaks is to be believed. According to the report, Moto Maker – Motorola’s tool that allows you to design and order custom Moto X handers in a variety of color combinations and with various software configurations over the web, will be available to Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile on November 11th, with the T-Mobile version perhaps launching as soon as today.
Prior to this move, only AT&T customers were able to custom order their unique Moto X handsets – Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon customers were stuck with the beautiful but not all together too unique Black or White models with matching front plates. So if you’ve been holding out on one of those newly $99 Moto X handsets until you could get yourself a pink one on Sprint, your day has (almost) come. Rejoice.