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.
Motorola already had the budget king in the Moto G, but the company decided to have a crack at the entry level too with the fantastic Moto E. The device landed back in May and at just $129 off contract it is a bona fide bargain smartphone that will probably even be rocking Android 5.0 Lollipop in due course.
Motorola is of course one of those OEM's that is dedicated to Android and Google's overall vision, offering a near stock experience and updating the software quickly. That has been the case with Android 5.0 Lollipop, and even Motorola's 2013 version of the Moto G is getting some Lollipop love. The current new version of the Moto G already rocks Android 5.0 and we got a little idea when the older handset will get the latest software build.
Some of the early flyers of the Android 5.0 Lollipop flag are starting to get the update. We already told you about the LG G3 getting the patch, while Google's own Nexus device have also received it, as had NVIDIA's Shield Tablet. Next up is the Verizon version of the Moto X 2014, the latest smartphone flagship from Motorola.