Comment: Motorola might just win me back with the Moto X4

Earlier today, a report broke that essentially confirms every last detail of Motorola’s Moto X4. This is a phone that I’ve been highly critical of since its initial leaks and renders started to get shared around, but following this more detailed breakdown, I have to admit that I actually like what I’m seeing.

Here’s why.

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Motorola announces new Moto Mods including a gamepad and wireless charging, coming this summer starting at $39

Moto Mods are the headlining feature for the Moto Z family, and with today’s launch of the Moto Z2 Play, Motorola is launching four brand new Moto Mods, all debuting later this summer. As you might expect, they all work with the Moto Z2 Play as well as previous Moto Z devices.

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Did Motorola just accidentally reveal the new Moto 360? (Update: Deleted) [Photo]

Update: This post has been updated to include prior knowledge regarding a leaked image of Moto 360 prototypes by Lenovo’s CEO.

Update 2: No surprise, the tweet has since been removed after a couple hours.

What does the smartwatch in the above image look like to you? Yes, it looks like a Moto 360 except, wait — it doesn’t exactly. The watch pictured above just appeared in a video tweeted out by Motorola Mobility, and its differences with Motorola’s first Android Wear watch have led some to believe that it’s an inadvertent leak of the company’s much anticipated successor to the 360. The tweet is still live as of writing.

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Motorola has plans for 12 more Moto Mods, current ones will be compatible with its next 3 years of phones

Modular smartphones haven’t taken off for a number of reasons, but one of the big ones is the fear that a year after purchasing your phone and bunch of mods, they’ll all become irrelevant with new hardware. Well, Motorola/Lenovo have just put those concerns to rest for Moto Mod owners.

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As many as 700 Motorola Mobility employees let go in latest round of layoffs

Since Lenovo bought Motorola from Google in 2014, the company has made some major changes within the smartphone manufacturer — the least of which being rebranding the company’s phones as “Moto” devices. Lenovo has also let go of a lot of employees go since its acquisition including one round of layoffs that is happening as we speak…

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: Motorola Moto X Pure 4G 32GB $250, Five free Dr. Seuss classics for Android, more

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Lenovo suffers Q2 loss, no thanks to smartphone sales and Motorola acquisition

Despite a 16% year-on-year growth of revenue to .2 billion, Lenovo has just announced its first quarterly loss in six years. In its fiscal Q2 earnings results, the manufacturer blames both the competitive nature of the smartphone market and the restructure following its finalized Motorola acquisition for its losses.

Before tax, Lenovo lost around 4 million on unsold smartphone inventory and 9 million to “restructuring costs”.

The official HKFRS losses were driven by the realignment plans Lenovo disclosed during its Q1 results, including worldwide expense reduction actions across all businesses, the integration of the System x Business, the organization and brand alignment of Motorola and the Lenovo Mobile Business Group and clearance of smartphone inventory.

It’s not entirely bad news for Lenovo though. The addition of the Motorola brand has meant the company saw a year-on-year sales increase of 104% of in its Mobile Business Group. It sold .7 billion worth of smartphones, Android tablets and TVs. .4 billion of those were Motorola sales. Most of this growth is down to sales outside of China. Across the first two quarters of its financial year, 70 percent of its mobile products were purchased outside Chinese borders. This time last year, that figure was just 19 percent.

Unlike the rest of the tablet industry, Lenovo’s sales actually grew, selling 18.8 million units, up 11 percent from last year.

Despite making a loss last quarter, Lenovo is convinced that the mobile division will return to money making ways after the next couple of quarters. With the rise of competitive and affordable products from other brands, it’ll be a tough challenge. But, with the likes of the Moto G, Moto X and new DROIDs in its lineup, the company certainly has the hardware to compete. What’s more, it just opened its very first boutique retail store in Chicago to help boost high street presence.

 

Motorola teams up with ‘grandfather of graffiti’ Futura to tag a limited run of Moto X Pure handsets

Motorola’s Moto X line has consistently been a lineup of devices which enabled users to express their individuality. Ever since the first version was released with the Moto Maker tool, customers could make the phone look how they wanted it to. At the time, it was initially just a few different colors of plastic, with wooden backs added later on.

Fast forward a couple of years, and we now have multiple plastic colors, multiple wood options and a handful of leather backs. Recently, Motorola teamed up with designer, Jonathan Adler to offer limited patterns, and has now partnered with legendary graffiti artist, Futura, on an even more limited run.

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Motorola teases upcoming phone launch set for tomorrow

Yesterday afternoon, Motorola Canada took to Twitter to tease its “next bold phone,” set for a June 1st announcement. We’re not sure what exactly this new phone could be, which I actually love — I’ve grown tired of every new phone being leaked in full days, weeks, or even months before their announcement. But a few possibilities stand out.

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