Fresh video: Motorola Moto G 4th Gen leaks online

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Early leaks are popping up all over the internet showing the 2016 version of the Motorola Moto G. If you recall, we at MobilityArena.com are very fond of the Moto G series. Mister Mo reviewed the very first of the series and dubbed it the Almost Perfect Phone. I also personally reviewed last year’s version, and loved every bit of it.
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The 2016 version of the Moto G already looks promising. There were rumors it would come with a fingerprint sensor, though the video below doesn’t show any of such. Speaking of the video, it shows almost every angle of this phone and give us a really good sneak peek.

We can also see that is comes with an Active Display- for clock and notifications. The back cover also has a matte finish, and it appears to be running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Other details of specs are unknown but rumors suggest the phone would be official in July. See the video below and tell us what you think.

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Motorola: What Google could not do, Lenovo has done

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Ages ago, before the modern smartphone age, Motorola demonstrated the first hand-held portable telephone in 1973. It later grew to become the world’s largest mobile phone manufacturer before being overtaken by Nokia in 1998. Then, it hit hard times and gradually got smaller and smaller. Of course, the company began to make losses. In 2012, Google purchased it and ran it as a subsdiary for some years, but even they were unable to turn its fortunes around. Then from the far east came a legend. The legend of Lenovo. A mighty red giant that crossed the Great wall of China all the way to the Wild West to acquire the old soldier in 2014.

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And it was Lenovo that saved the day, for as at 3rd quarter 2015, Lenovo had turned the fortunes of Motorola with the business breaking even. Even better, Lenovo itself has returned a profit. Pure legend. You cant make this stuff up.

Like all the major manufacturers of the Age Of Symbian (AOS), Motorola made Symbian OS smartphones too, including the A1000, A920, A925, RIZR Z8, and RIZR Z10. In 2005, Motorola also acquired British smartphone manufacturer, Sendo (who also made Symbian OS phones).

Motorola is an old favourite of mine. I owned a few models back then, and it feels good to hear that the brand is doing well again. Of course, as you must have already heard, the “Motorola” brand itself is about to become just “Moto” under Lenovo. Such is life. Things change and we move on.

Almost all the old dogs are either gone – Siemens and Palm; acquired/rebranded – Nokia (now Microsoft, though we all await a Nokia rebirth of some sort), Ericsson (now Sony), Alcatel (acquired but still operating with the brand name), and Sagem (now Infinix); or struggling – BlackBerry and HTC. For now, we celebrate Lenovo and Motorola. All hail!

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Lenovo to drop Motorola, but keep using Moto, on phones

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In 2014, Lenovo acquired Motorola Mobility from Google, with a promise to “protect” the Motorola brand name. In 2015, the company said that Lenovo’s mobile business will be absorbed/merged into Motorola. Well, you know how these things work out. At the moment, Lenovo has decided to ditch the Motorola brand name, but keep the “Moto” brand its high-end smartphones. Lenovo will use its Vibe brand for budget devices. You can expect to see smartphones such as Lenovo Moto G and Lenovo Vibe XX. Something like that. The Motorola brand will disappear completely from smartphones. Long live Moto!

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However, while the Motorola brand will disappear from smartphones and devices, it will continue to exist as a subsidiary/division of Lenovo. The juggling game continues.

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Marshmallow update rolls out to Moto X (2nd Gen) and Moto X Style (3rd Gen)

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Motorola has announced that the initial roll out of the Android 6.0 Marshmallow upgrade for the 2015 Moto X Style (3rd Gen) and 2014 Moto X (2nd Gen) has begun. However, this initial roll out is limited to only Brazil and India. Full deployment will proceed in stages over the next few weeks.

Users will receive a notification on their phones when the update is available for them.

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Here are a few of the new improvements and features in the Marshmallow upgrade:
– A new Memory Manager that lets you check memory usage of all your installed apps
– Volume controls have been greatly improved
– Do not disturb button has been added to the quick settings panel for easy access.
– System UI Tuner will appear in the settings menu at the very bottom once enabled. It provides a few simple UI tweaks.
– Google Now on Tap allows contextual information to be delivered based on content on your screen with a long press of the home key.
– Doze is a battery management feature that detects when your device is not in use and it will automatically go into a deep sleep state which saves your battery.
– App Standby reduces battery drain by putting seldom-used apps into a reduced activity state.
– Expandable Storage support allows for microSD cards to be used either in a portable storage or an internal storage mode. Portable storage allows your pictures, videos, audio and other media files to be stored. Internal storage allows both media storage along with apps and games but can not be used by other devices.
– RAM manager in settings which allows a consumer to view memory used by the system or an individual app over different time frames
– Automatic App backup not only backs up your apps but their associated data so when restored they will be the same as they were before
– Text selection has been improved

Motorola say that they have also started the approval process for 2015 Moto X Pure Edition (3rd Gen) and Marshmallow will roll out to it in the next few weeks. There is no word yet on the update for Moto G 2015.

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Budget Overkill! The Moto G (2015) Review

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The Motorola Moto G series, truly defined what and how a budget phone should look like. This propelled the phone to become best seller, when it was launched. Keeping with the same promise, Motorola continued with the series, and this is the third iteration. This phone was announced around July 2015, comfortably sitting in the low end category.

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Niggling doubts come to mind : Is this phone worth it? Am I getting bang for buck? These and more will be revealed as we go on with the review, but before then, let’s look at the key features of this phone:

  • 5.0 – inch HD IPS display, with 720 ×1280 pixels (294 PPI) with Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
  • Stock Android 5.1.1 Lollipop upgradeable to Android M.
  • Snapdragon 410 chipset with Quad-core 1.4 GHz processor, Adreno 306 GPU and 1 GB of RAM.
  • 13 MP Autofocus camera with dual LED flash, pixel count 4160 x 2340 pixels and Video recording of 1080p.
  • 5 MP front-facing camera, with pixel count 2560 x 1440 pixels and 1080p video recording.
  • 4G LTE.
  • 8 GB internal storage (4.5 GB usable)
  • USB On-the Go
  • IPX7 certified – water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes
  • Single SIM support.
  • 2470 mAh battery.

Main Disadvantages

  • Non removable battery.
  • Phone is quite pricey.
  • Moto Maker not available in all markets.

Read the full detailed specifications HERE, as well as our Hands on experience and Unboxing HERE.

Hardware/Design

The Moto G 2015 is made of plastic all round. The back is somewhat arched like you find in HTC phones, and the back cover has a rough texture which all helps for good grip. The front is covered by Gorilla glass 3 for protection, then there are two groves for the speakers, one at the top and another at the bottom.

The side has the power ON/OFF buttons and volume rockers. The former has a rough texture to help differentiate even in dark situations. Like I mentioned in the Unboxing review, this phone looks quite smaller than a 5 inch phone, though it actually is. The bezels are big, but not so big.

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This phone has that air of sturdiness and finesse written all over it. You handle it and sense that this is special. It doesn’t look or feel cheap in any way. Opening the back cover you see the slots on the left side for micro-SIM and memory card. Sadly, the battery is non-removable.

The the back cover should be tightly sealed to ensure the water resistance. The phone warns you to make sure the back fits properly. Apt I must say.

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Image source: GsmArena

There’s a program launched by Motorola called Moto Maker. This program allows buyers of this phone ( and some other select phones) to customize it with choice back covers. There’s also another option of writing what you want at the back. This attracts extra cost, but it’s sadly not available in Nigeria. Oh! see what we’re missing 🙁

Software:

The Motorola Moto G 2015 is excellent in terms of software. First of all it runs stock Android. This is raw Android with no extra bloat ware, lean on resources and running smooth as ever. Unlike many other firms, Motorola doesn’t mess around too much with their Androids. The only tweaks are tiny details, here and there such as a simple gesture control, a wizard for automating tasks and the interactive notifications on the lock screen.

The gesture controls are cute. First, there’s double shake to use the LED flash as torch, and the, second is quick turning your wrist to open up the camera. With the Moto Assist, you can set tasks, and the phone reminds you appropriately. There’s also an intelligent assistant that can automatically mute your Moto when you’re in a meeting, or when you arrive at certain places.

Moto G - Controls

Due to the lack of notification light, this phone employs interactive notifications on the lock screen – This shows you alerts even when your phone is on standby. From there you can view the notification, go straight to the app, or close it. The gripe with this feature is that the phone glows from time to time even when there are no active notifications.

Display and User Interface:

The Moto G 2015 has a 5-inch screen with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and 294 ppi. The display is rich with a very fine color reproduction. Viewing angles is superb, no matter how you tilt it. Sunlight legibility is very poor. But hey, this is the case with smartphones in this category. Increasing the brightness helps for better reading under sunlight.

The user interface is what you would find in stock Lollipop. All the color transitions are here when you switch between apps.

Camera:

The camera performance of this phone can be summed up in one word. Awesome!! In this category, this phone ranks among the best we’ve used. The 13 MP takes in a lot of details. Images are sharp and clear, and the colors are natural. On the flip side, when you zoom into shots, you see some form of noise.

Even in dark situations, the dual LED flash performs well. Pictures taken in totally dark places still come out well.

The 5 MP camera for selfies is another wonder. It brings out lots of detail. I could see all the wrinkles on my face. It has a wide angle too, so if you love taking selfies, this phone would serve you right. Below is a comparison with the 8 MP camera of the Infinix Hot 2. Shots taken with the Moto G are placed lower.

Ikeja City Mall- Daytime shot.

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Night shot- with flash.
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Which of these two is better, you be the judge.
Multimedia:

The speakers on the Moto G 2015 are really good. The music output is more refined compared to many other phones we have used in the past. Google Play Music is the default player here. Overall, the music listening experience is decent. As the case with stock Androids, the default video player is crap. You would have to install a 3rd party app like Mx Player to enjoy your videos.

Multitasking /Performance:

The unit we reviewed is the base model of this phone, carrying 8 GB storage and 1 GB of RAM. The performance is exactly what you would expect from the specs. Regular apps and usage glides smoothly with no noticeable lags. The Snapdragon 410 processor does a good job of keeping thing fluid. Questions are only raised when you try playing a heavy duty game like Asphalt 8, you notice a bit of a drag. Below are screen shots of its Quadrant and Antutu Benchmark tests.

Moto G-Tests

Battery life:
This phone comes with a 2470 mAh battery, and it lasts. With steady connection to Wifi, this phone can take you through 12 hours of normal usage. On heavy usage on mobile data, you should churn out 6 to 8 hours. Yes. The battery is that good.

Below is a screenshot of my usage.

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Miscellaneous:
Overall the Moto G 2015 has very subtle, nifty, useful features. The two gesture controls for camera and flashlight, once set up works perfectly. This phone is very intuitive and pulls off really cool surprises on you. One time it requested I got bed after 11 pm (Too early for people like me 😎 ) The other time it requested I move files to the media card – on it’s own – without help of another app. Mind you, my storage wasn’t filled or anything. Who knows the surprise it has in store for you.

Moto G Software

Thankfully, Motorola added a gallery app here alongside the weird Photos app, unlike what we saw on the Infinix Hot 2 (Android One) phone. There was also the issue of no file manager. Simply add a google account and download your preferred File Explorer app from the Store. USB OTG works. Call clarity is also great on this phone.

Final Words

The Motorola Moto G 2015 is a lovely device, but company stretched it to the limit – already looks like it was overstretched -because this reflects on the price. Design is great, there’s 4G LTE, awesome camera, and water resistance. With all these and more, what else should one of expect from a “budget” device?

Looking at the competition there are many other phones that rubs shoulders with this, but they’re lacking one thing or two this phone offers, that’s what makes it stand out.

I call this phone “budget overkill” because it’s perfect, but the price is steep. The phone glows with class, finesse, and elegance. Evidently, only those that can afford it would go for it. If you want a low end phone, a reeeally good low end phone, then this is your one and only option.

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Motorola Droid Turbo 2 Specifications

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Technology

  • GSM: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
  • 3G: HSDPA 900 /1900/ 2100
  • 4G: LTE
  • SIM Type: Nano-SIM
  • OS: Android 5.1.1 Lollipop

Design

  • Dimensions: 149.8 x 78 x 7.6-9.2 mm
  • Weight: 169 g
  • Display: 5.4-inch, 2560 x 1440 pixels (540 PPI), AMOLED touchscreen with Shatter Shield Protection
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Ambient Light, Gyro, Hall Effect, Infrared, Magnetometer, and Proximity.

Hardware

  • Processor Type: Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
  • Processor Name: Snapgragon 810
  • Graphics Processor: Adreno 430
  • RAM: 3 GB
  • Internal Storage: 32 GB / 64 GB
  • External Storage: microSD, up to 2 TB

Camera

  • Rear: 21 MP, 5248 x 3936 pixels, autofocus, dual LED flash
  • Video recording: 4K video @30fps, 1080p@30fps, HDR
  • Front-facing: 5 MP, autofocus, Wide Angle lens LED flash

Multimedia

  • Music Support: AAC, AMR, MP2, MP3, M4A, MKA,
  • Loudspeaker: Yes
  • Video Support: MP4/MPEG4/H.263/H.264 player
  • FM Radio: Yes

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth: v4.1
  • WiFi: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2.4 GHz + 5 GHz with MIMO
  • GPS: Yes
  • NFC: Yes
  • USB: microUSB v2.0

Miscellaneous

  • Water repellent nano-coating
  • TurboPower for up to 13 hours of power in 15 minutes of charging
  • Battery: 3760 mAh
  • Launch Date: October 28, 2015
  • Availability: November 2015
  • Launch Price: USD624 (32 GB), USD720 (64 GB)
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Finally !! Motorola makes a phone with unbreakable screen : Check it out

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We used to think Gorilla Glass means ,”Oh!! this phone will never break”, “It will never crack when it falls.” Many people buy into Samsung phones having this belief until the phone drops. Reality sets in, and they see that Gorilla Glass cracks too. Motorola is here to change that trend with the Droid Turbo 2.

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Meet the phone with the world’s first shatter proof display. This is a phone that is guaranteed not to crack or shatter from a fall at least for four years. Hold on. We never said you trow this phone off a building and pray it doesn’t crack 😛 This Shatter Shield technology protects against the regular fall from table, your pockets, your hands, you get the point now.

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Motorola claims it consists of five layers designed to absorb shock and guaranteed not to crack or shatter.

Layer 1: Exterior Protective Lens – A protective layer with a proprietary hardcoat designed to guard against dents and abrasion.

Layer 2: Interior Lens – This highly transparent layer provides a clear protective shield that won’t crack or shatter.

Layer 3: Dual touch layer – In the event of an impact that damages the primary touch-sensitive layer, a second layer takes over to maintain touchscreen performance.

Layer 4: Stunning AMOLED display – The flexible AMOLED display absorbs shock and provides amazing picture quality.

Layer 5: Aluminum chassis – A rigid aluminum chassis provides structural integrity and durability.

In the specs department, this phone comes in 2 variants, the 32 GB and 64 GB. It is powered by the Snapdragon 810, 3 GB of RAM and 3760 mAh battery with Quick Charge. The camera is a 21 MP/5 MP combo, and it runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. See the full specs sheet HERE.

The phone is exclusive to Verizon network in the U.S and it’s priced at $624 and $720 off contract for the 32GB and 64GB variants respectively. Your thoughts.

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Hands-on and Unboxing review: The Motorola Moto G 2015

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The very first Motorola Moto G was the most successful phone ever sold in the history of Motorola. Since then, attention has been drawn to the Moto G series. That first Moto G was reviewed here on MobilityArena.com and Mr. Mo hailed it as the Almost Perfect Phone. Fast forward to 2015, we have here the 3rd generation model of this Moto G, and here’s our brief first impression and un-boxing review:

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The box of this phone is small and very slim. We liked it that way. At first look, you might not even know you’re carrying a phone. Opening up the box, there’s nothing special. The phone lying at the top, below that you see the charger and a few pamphlets. Simple.

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If you look closely, there are two grooves on this phone. One at the top and another below – our best guess, these are stereo speakers. We’ll put it to test to find out. There are no buttons on the left side. On the right side, you see the power and volume buttons. On the top lies the 3.5 mm headphone jack while the bottom part carries the micro USB port. At the back, there’s just the camera sensor, and the flash.

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The phone itself feels good to hold. Design-wise this phone looks considerably small for a 5-inch phone. The back is rough textured which makes for a good grip. On paper the major highlights of this this phone is water resistance, 13 MP camera and LTE network support. See the full specifications HERE.

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Trust us to do justice to this phone, Mobility-style 😉 Expect a full review soonest.

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The full list of devices officially getting Android 6.0 Marshmallow

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow is already here. As always, Google is updating her Nexus and Android One devices first. Other Android manufacturers will follow, and they’ve starting listing the phones and tablets that will be getting the Lollipop update. Motorola was first on the block, followed by HTC, and then Sony who announced theirs yesterday.

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I decided to compile a list of all the currently eligible device. The list would be updated as soon as something new comes up.

Motorola

  • Moto G (Gen 2)
  • Moto G (Gen 2) LTE
  • Moto X (Gen 2)
  • Moto X Pure Edition
  • Moto G (3rd Gen)
  • Moto Maxx
  • Moto Turbo
  • Droid Turbo
  • Moto X Pure Edition (3rd Gen)
  • Moto X Style, Moto X Play
  • Google Nexus 6

HTC

  • HTC One M9 (end of 2015)
  • HTC One M8 (end of 2015)
  • HTC One M9+
  • HTC One E9+
  • HTC One E9
  • HTC One ME
  • HTC One E8
  • HTC One M8 EYE
  • HTC Butterfly 3
  • HTC Desire 826
  • HTC Desire 820
  • HTC Desire 816

Sony

  • Xperia Z5
  • Xperia Z5 Compact
  • Xperia Z5 Premium
  • Xperia Z4 Tablet
  • Xperia Z3+
  • Xperia Z3
  • Xperia Z3 Compact
  • Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
  • Xperia Z2
  • Xperia Z2 Tablet
  • Xperia M5
  • Xperia C5 Ultra
  • Xperia M4 Aqua
  • Xperia C4
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Opera has a new logo, Gmail adds block, unsubscribe features, and other news we missed last week

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Here’s a brief low low down of news headlines we missed over the past week.

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Opera now has a new logo.Opera-new-logo

The company wants to morph from a simple browser to a portal. The Opera team see themselves more as enablers who give you access to content, answers, communication, fun, data savings and other online experiences. The new logo is already on Opera Mini for iOS and Windows Phone . Over the next few months, we’ll see it on other Opera products like: Opera for Android, Opera Mini for Android, Opera for PC, Opera Max and Opera Coast.
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China makes her own version of Windows XP.
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China doesn’t follow the rest of the world, especially when it comes to internet services, they prefer to use their own homemade solutions. For instance, they replace Google with Baidu, Twitter with Weibo, and now the Chinese government wants to ditch Windows for a homemade OS called Neokylin. They say the new OS looks a lot like Windows XP and have apps like Microsoft Word, Excel and Recycle Bin.

http://wmpoweruser.com/chinas-windows-replacement-looks-just-like-windows-xp/

Motorola celebrates it’s 87th birthday. On Saturday 26th of September, the mobile phone maker celebrated her 87th year of exsistence. The information was shared through a tweet.

We’re curious to know what they manufactured say 40 years ago. After all, there were no smartphones then.
Gmail-Block
In the past week, Gmail has added block and unsubscribe features to her Android app. With this in place users can now block emails from specific people (future emails from them go straight to spam folder). The unsubscribe feature is used for stopping newsletters you no longer read.

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Microsoft prefers Baidu over Bing in China. While pushing Windows 10 to users in China, Microsoft has chosen to lay down their proprietary Bing in favour of Baidu. In a blogpost, Microsoft made the announcement. This simply means Baidu will be the default search service for users in China. Baidu would in turn, be a Windows 10 distribution channel.

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That’s about the major news headline we missed last week.

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