The manufacturing plant in Forth Worth, Texas, that Motorola built with Flextronics to assemble the Moto X is shutting down. One year after Motorola announced plans to build its smartphones within US borders as a cost-saving measure to rapidly assemble and distribute the Moto X smartphone, the plant is being decommissioned.
The Moto X was the rebellious phone that re-imagined the company, and the Moto G was the global device to bring the same ideas at a cheaper pricepoint. In that lineage, the Moto E might be seen as the emerging phone. It's even cheaper than the others and available at a bottom-barrel price tag.
Motorola introduced the Moto G last year as the phone that would test the boundaries of what can be done with a budget device. Today Motorola is testing limits further with the release of an even cheaper handset, the Moto E, and a new version of the Moto G that now supports 4G LTE bands.
Motorola's performance in the first three months of 2014 wasn't bad, but it wasn't that great. The company reported via a tweet that it shipped 6.5 million devices across the globe in the first quarter. Compared to the 10 million Samsung ships for its Galaxy Note 3- that's millions more for one phone, by the way - in only two months. However, Motorola had a respectable haul if one considers that Motorola has been on the decline in recent years. The Moto G did well, but clearly there's a lot of room for improvement once Lenovo takes over the company later this year.
Project Ara, the modular phone concept started by the advanced projects group at Motorola (now Google), has been shown in increasing detail in recent months. Now we know the most important detail - the release date.
As Project Ara is a concept relying on interchangeable modules sliding into a frame and connecting to make smartphones more easily upgradable and customizable, it's important to make sure those pieces are secure. Here's how Google does it.
Motorola today hosted a Google Hangout broadcast to answer selective questions about the Moto 360 smartwatch that it announced yesterday. The answers were very selective but worthwhile for a few details.
Motorola is going back to school in the latest update to its MotoMaker customization site. Moto X buyers can now choose from nine new back colors or three new accent colors to get more options for personalizing the device. Motorola pitches the new colors as a way to get combinations related to American universities.
One of the interesting tidbits in a new TIME magazine article says that Google aims to release Project Ara "a year or so from now," and the target price for the phone is only $50.
When Motorola first introduced Project Ara, it was pitched as a concept that would take time to flesh out with help from the development community, and Google is now seeking to encourage that help by hosting an online developer conference.