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.
When Motorola and Verizon launched the DROID Turbo a couple of weeks ago we were given one of the best current smartphones, a high end flagship tour de force. However, there would have been plenty around the world feeling a bit sad that the Turbo is a Verizon and indeed US exclusive. Motorola improved the situation when the company announced the Moto Maxx last week, an international version of the DROID Turbo.
Since Motorola is now under Lenovo's wing there has been those who wondered if the company would continue to update to the latest Android versions quickly. The fact that the American brand builds Google's Android 5.0 Lollipop packing Nexus 6 gave us a good hint that the company would continue to be an Android flag waver. So it has proved as the company is now sending the Android 5.0 soak test for the Moto X (2014) Pure Edition.
A week after launching the DROID Turbo exclusively with Verizon, Motorola is rolling the device out to other regions of the world, although it will be known as the Moto Maxx. This international version of the device gives Motorola two flagship quality devices, the Moto X and Moto Maxx, and we could even include the Nexus 9 that is built by the company.
A couple of the biggest carriers in the United States have announced this week that they will be selling the Moto 360 Android Wear smartwatch this month. AT&T signalled its intentions yesterday, while T-Mobile has followed suit today with confirmation that it will be selling the most popular wearable currently on the market. The two follow Verizon as Big Red already confirmed the Moto 360 for sale on November 11th.
Motorola is maintaining its position as the smartphone company of choice if you want a good Android experience that sticks close to Google's core platform. Interestingly, Motorola was sold to Lenovo last week by the ties to Android will remain strong with the company maintaining a stock Android experience on its devices, while of course Motorola also makes the new Google Nexus 6 flagship.
Verizon launched the Motorola made DROID Turbo earlier in the week and in this age where phones are mini computers the Turbo comes with a standout feature. Leaping from the already impressive spec sheet was a massive 3,900mAh battery, which on paper suggests that the new DROID is going to have stellar battery performance. PhoneArena has discovered that is indeed the case as the Turbo is the best of the best.
Despite recently becoming more closely linked than ever, Motorola has finally been sold off by Google to Lenovo, months after the deal was first announced. In the deal, Google will retain Motorola's patents, although the company can license them even though it is now under Chinese company Lenovo's wing.