Motorola confirmed earlier in the month that its first generation Moto smartphones (Moto X and Moto G) would be skipping the Android 5.0 update and moving straight from 4.4.4 KitKat to Lollipop 5.1. That roll out is expected soon, especially now a changelist for the Android 5.1 running on the first generation Moto X showed up today.
Motorola's spiffing Moto E 4G LTE second generation has been made available in India starting from today, bringing the budget king to the second most populous country in the world. The device is selling for the same as $127 US dollars from Flipkart, an online retailer in the subcontinent. If you have an SBI card you will get a 10% discount, which would make the handset $115. It is actually a little bit more affordable than the list price from when Motorola launched the device.
Motorola is always one of the first OEM's to upgrade its smartphones to the latest versions of Android, and the company is thorough too, getting the update to numerous products in double time. The proof is in the proverbial pudding as Motorola has many handsets already rocking Android 5.0 Lollipop. However, some older devices are still rocking Android 4.4 KitKat and will not be receiving Android 5.0, but don't worry it is not because Motorola is getting lazy.
Android 5.0 Lollipop is now making its presence felt on a lot of devices and is continuing to spread its wings. For handsets a little tighter to Google's influence the march is already on to get Android 5.1, with the build already landing on some Nexus device, which are Google's own products of course. It now seems as though the Motorola Moto G Google Play Edition is next in line, with the handset now receiving an OTA update to Android 5.1 Lollipop.
Selfie Sticks may be getting banned from some places and they may be completely ridiculous for those who do not turn their phone camera on themselves twenty times per day. That has not stopped Motorola launching its own such product, aptly named the Moto Selfie Stick, and the American company is attempting to bring a touch of class to the device.
The Motorola Moto G is one of the most rounded smartphones on the market. Sure, it is not as well spec'd as flagships, but it hits a sweet spot and is extremely affordable; in many ways this was the device that made the budget end of the market interesting again. It is emerging markets that have welcomed the Moto G and bought it in large numbers, including Brazil where the handset is the most popular smartphone in the country.
Motorola has been found guilty of infringing a patent related to MMS technology by a jury in Delaware. The technology is used for multimedia texting on mobile products and the patent in question was owned by Intellectual Ventures, a company that is unsurprisingly known for patents it holds on intellectual properties.
Something that was plainly clear when HTC launched the One M9 last month that the handset was very similar to the HTC One M8 that it followed. With such similarities it was reasonable to think that many people may not see the need in upgrading to the One M9 if they are already rocking the older flagship. That seems to be the case according to CompareMyMobile, a British company specializing in smartphone trade-ins.
Motorola is one of the best companies if you want the latest version of Android on your device quickly. The company has already updated most of its modern portfolio, but surprisingly the Motorola DROID Turbo is still sitting on KitKat. That's a surprise because the handset was the last Motorola launched before the Moto E this month, the Verizon exclusive with blockbuster specs landed in November last year.
AT&T is behind its carrier rivals in the United States in terms of upgrading the HTC One M8 to the latest versions of Android. The network only brought Android 4.4.4 KitKat to the handset in January, months after Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. While those networks are now looking to an upgrade to Android 5.0 Lollipop, it seems AT&T is still lagging behind, and it is something HTC is aware of.