Motorola

  • Jiobit finds $3 million for kid trackers that work indoors, not just at the park

    Jiobit finds $3 million for kid trackers that work indoors, not just at the park

    Chicago startup Jiobit wants to use wireless technology to bring parents peace of mind whenever and wherever their kids may roam. Its flagship product is a location tracker that can stand up to the rough and tumble activities of a toddler or a tween, with a long battery life, and mobile app that sends alerts to parents when a kid has gone outside an expected range. Jiobit CEO and founder… Read More

  • Motorola’s hackathon-winning Moto Mods include a gamepad and skin-care monitor

    Motorola’s hackathon-winning Moto Mods include a gamepad and skin-care monitor

    You’ve got to hand it to Motorola, the smartphone maker does appear committed to its nascent modular smartphone offering. The company launched the Moto Z back in July, alongside four magnetic backings — a projector, a set of JBL speakers, a battery pack and protective casing. Since then, the company has launched a Hasselblad zoom lens, a Mophie-branded battery and a car dock… Read More

  • Motorola won’t release a new smartwatch any time soon, which doesn’t bode well for Android Wear

    Motorola won’t release a new smartwatch any time soon, which doesn’t bode well for Android Wear

    Two key things we learned during a Motorola press event in Chicago this week: 1) The company’s bullish on modular phones and 2) Not so much with smartwatches. The Lenovo-owned smartphone maker’s head of global product development Shakil Barkat told the audience that, “We don’t see enough pull from the market at this point to put out a new product,” when speaking… Read More

  • The Moto Mods ecosystem expands with a car dock and Mophie battery backup

    The Moto Mods ecosystem expands with a car dock and Mophie battery backup

    At launch, the Moto Z was compatible with three different modular backings (four if you count the shell projector): a Motorola pico projector, a speaker from JBL and an Incipio battery pack. Shortly after launch, the company brought a little camera brand legitimacy to the ecosystem with a Hasselblad back featuring 10x optical zoom. Not a huge number, sure, but it was certainly a more… Read More

  • Motorola ‘likely’ to launch a Project Tango module for the Moto Z

    Motorola ‘likely’ to launch a Project Tango module for the Moto Z

    Slowly but surely the Moto Z is getting an ecosystem. The promising handset launched with some solid specs and a handful of add-ons that made it the most fully formed modular handset to date — which, granted, isn’t saying a whole heck of a lot. And Motorola’s been working to add to those offerings by opening up its Mods to developers and even launching a handful of… Read More

  • The Moto Z gets a Nougat update and Daydream certification

    The Moto Z gets a Nougat update and Daydream certification

    The last time we checked in on Nougat market share numbers (a little over a week ago), the latest version of Google’s operating system was ranked below Gingerbread in terms of adoption. Slowly but surely the needle is starting to move. A handful of manufacturers have announced updates for their devices in the lead up to the holiday, including both variants of the OnePlus 3. This week… Read More

  • Motorola partners with Indiegogo to try to jumpstart Moto Mod development

    Motorola partners with Indiegogo to try to jumpstart Moto Mod development

    The Moto Z is an ambitious and impressive device in and of itself, but its success will, in no small part, ultimately be dependent on accessories. In much the same way a gaming console’s hardware prowess doesn’t mean a heck of lot with a great ecosystem of games, a modular handset isn’t much to speak of without the right set of mods. The Z offered a decent array at launch… Read More

  • Lenovo’s gutting of Motorola is nearly complete

    Lenovo’s gutting of Motorola is nearly complete

    My first cell phone was a Sanyo. But only because I couldn’t afford a Motorola. I wanted a StarTAC. All the cool kids had a StarTAC. My Sanyo said loud and clear I was not a cool kid. Sometime later, I spent around $650 to be one of the first people to get the RAZR. People didn’t stand in line back then, but I purchased it at the store the first day it was available. I was finally… Read More

  • Lenovo undergoes another big layoff round, mostly impacting Motorola

    Lenovo undergoes another big layoff round, mostly impacting Motorola

    Late last year, Lenovo announced some massive layoffs following a quarter of bad financial news. The company let 3,200 employees go, as decline in PC demand, increased smartphone competition and currency fluctuations apparently created something of a perfect storm. The company is at it again, and while the number is less than list time, it’s still fairly significant… Read More

  • Hasselblad’s True Zoom Mod turns the Moto Z into a camera with a giant viewfinder

    Hasselblad’s True Zoom Mod turns the Moto Z into a camera with a giant viewfinder

    The latest add-on Motorola’s Moto Z line brings some serious photo taking gravitas to the compelling modular offering. The Hasselblad True Zoom essentially turns the handset into a skinny camera with an enormous 5.5-inch viewfinder. Given everything we know about our friends at Hasselblad, it’s no surprise, really, that the modular backing is a really lovely looking bit of hardware. Read More

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