Motorola's stable of smartphones is pretty damn good at the moment, from the Moto E at entry level through the Moto G, Moto X, Nexus 6, and DROID Turbo, it is one of the most robust portfolios in the industry. The company is apparently going to add to that with the Moto G Titan, a new variant of its budget king smartphone, the 2014 Moto G.
While Chinese regulatory body TENAA has been leaking smartphones in a steady stream, things have been more barren over at American counterpart, the FCC. However, a new Motorola device paid a visit to the certifying body and made its presence felt yesterday. The handset in question carries the model number 4583 and passed through the FCC with the ID IHDT56QF1.
Motorola has announced that many of its 2013-2014 smartphones will be getting the bump to Android 5.0 Lollipop in the coming weeks. However, some of its devices already have the newest software from Google and in fact the 2014 Moto G is already getting up to speed with the freshest Lollipop builds, 5.0.2.
Motorola has been one of the quickest companies to react to the release of Android 5.0 Lollipop with the company already rolling out the software to a number of its smartphones. However, there are still some Motorola's from 2013 and 2014 rocking Android 4.4 KitKat and waiting for the bump to Lollipop, but luckily the company has those handsets covered.
Motorola promised last month that it would be returning to China soon and would be bringing with it a new smartphone. The company lived up to that promise, sort of. The American brand has announced its re-emergence in the Chinese market, but the new device is actually just a re-tooled Nexus 6.
Motorola left it late in the year, but on New Year's Eve the company tweeted that it has now included a 64GB variant of its Moto X Pure Edition flagship. It's a welcome addition to the Moto X line up for sure, especially when one considers that Motorola's core device does not actually ship with a micro SD slot. That means expanding storage is out of the question, so adding some more native gigs is good news.
When Motorola released the second generation of its Moto G budget smartphone, the company did so without there being an LTE version. The older first gen 4G Moto G released earlier in the year was left to fly the LTE banner, but it has always been inevitable that Motorola would update the second gen device to LTE in due course.
Motorola has started a pre-Christmas sale that will run until December 23rd and offers a $50 saving on all orders over $350 or more through its official website store. If you are a big spender and splash more than $500, Motorola will give you a $100 discount.
Motorola has launched a number of fine smartphones over the last couple of years, the Moto X and Moto G spring to mind, as does the budget oriented Moto E. However, the company has not released a device in China for some time, ignoring one of the biggest and most important markets with its Moto smartphones. However, Motorola is now ready to re-enter the Chinese market and will be bringing some "exciting devices".
Motorola is one of the company's that paved the way for the current interest in the budget market, while the number of emerging markets moving into middle class incomes has also played a part. Motorola's Moto G and Moto E handsets are still among the best low end efforts on the market, although I feel a bit cheeky calling them low end due to their quality.