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Motorola’s ‘Duet’ tells a story as only a smartphone can
November 20, 2014 | 7:41 pm

Screenshot_2014-11-20-18-35-16I was just answering a message on Google Hangouts in my Moto X when I saw a blue stylized figure of a ballet dancer dance across the bottom of the screen. It left a glowing blue circle that I tapped on, and I was presented with a screen that said “Duet”. This puzzled me, as I certainly hadn’t installed anything by that name lately. A quick Google revealed that this was a new animated short from Motorola’s Moto X Spotlight Player. Directed by veteran ex-Disney animator Glen Keane, “Duet” tells the story of a boy and a girl who...

Republic Wireless offers affordable hybrid VOIP/cell smartphone service
April 18, 2014 | 3:06 am

20140418_003539_HDRI’d previously mentioned switching to an Android smartphone with Virgin Mobile, and enjoying it as far as it went. However, lately my Virgin Mobile phone went belly-up. I’d already promised myself that when I got my new full-time job I would be switching to Republic Wireless, so this was a good opportunity. I’ve only had my new Motorola Moto X for a day or so, but I’m already pretty pleased with the phone and the service so far. If you’ve never heard of Republic Wireless, it’s a small no-contract smartphone startup based on a clever idea. If you’re like...

Ashton Kutcher to help develop mobile devices for Lenovo
March 1, 2014 | 3:44 am

kutcher_lenovoAshton Kutcher is taking his resemblance to Steve Jobs to a whole new level. Re/code reports that Lenovo has hired Kutcher on as a user interface engineer for its new tablet and smartphone products. Lenovo is buying Motorola from Google to beef up its mobile device chops, so it stands to reason they’d want a little extra help. The partnership isn’t actually as silly as it sounds. Kutcher did study biochemical engineering before getting into acting. While you can’t call a mobile device “biochemical,” to some extent the engineering skills will still carry over. And hey, if Ryan Seacrest...

Google continues working on Ara modular smartphone project
February 27, 2014 | 11:42 am

arabackGoogle might have sold Motorola, but it turns out it hung onto the part of the company that’s been working on its Project Ara modular smartphone design. Time has an extensive feature about the project: turns out that Google is looking at creating a bare-bones design that would sell for as little as $50 for the base unit—possibly something that could be sold in convenience stores, much like pre-paid phones are now. The base unit would be little more than a screen, a frame, and a wi-fi radio; about like a low-end iPod Touch I suppose. You’d have to...

Google sells Motorola phone business, keeps patent portfolio
January 30, 2014 | 3:23 am

Motorola_logo26Well, there’s an example of comedic timing for you. Just the other day, Gizmodo speculated that Google might kill off the Nexus line of tablets and phones in favor of “Google Play Edition” devices from other hardware manufacturers—including, notably, Motorola, who Google owns. But today, news came out that had Gizmodo saying, “What?!” Turns out Google is selling Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for $2.91 billion. The deal includes all Motorola’s phone hardware, but Google is keeping most of Motorola’s patents. Google already sold Motorola’s set-top box unit to Arris for $2.35 billion. It only just bought Motorola in 2011...

Motorola announces modular smartphone system similar to Phonebloks concept
October 29, 2013 | 10:28 am

ara1blogpostRemember that Phonebloks idea I covered last month, in which someone proposed a LEGO-style creation system for smartphones, in which people could build their preferred phones out of just the parts they wanted? The consensus at the time was that it seemed clever and creative on the surface, but wasn’t entirely feasible as suggested. But Motorola seems to have found something useful in the concept. It was apparently working on this idea before the Phonebloks people came along, but they certainly seem to have found some common ground. After taking a truck full of rooted smartphones and 3D...

Google’s WIMM Labs acquisition flags prospects for wrist e-readers
August 31, 2013 | 8:56 pm

The news that Google has quietly been the owner for a year now of smartwatch startup WIMM Labs confirms the prospects for a new generation of smart wrist devices that I highlighted earlier in TeleRead. And with Samsung's Galaxy Gear wrist device now only days away from launch, it looks like this new generation will be rolling out with at least some of the devices running varieties of Android, with access—at least in principle—to the library of e-reader apps on the Google Play Store. WIMM Labs already has one device, the WIMM One, based on Android. And although this unit hardly challenges...

Google Nexus 5 Now Rumored To Be Compact 4.5-Incher With CCD Camera
March 26, 2013 | 3:26 pm

Google Nexus 5Shopping for a high-end smartphone these days is surely not easy, with so many ever-so-slightly different devices battling it out for a place in our hearts. But what about six or nine months from now? Well, it’s about to get even more crowded and more crazy-competitive in the mobile market. Aside from the mystery Motorola X Phone, whose most recently leaked spec sheet is a real doozy, the Nexus 5 should also give Samsung, HTC, Sony, Apple and BlackBerry a run for their money. The alleged LG-made new Nexus leaked out for the first time last week, but now another source debunks basically everything the...

Apple wants to defend developers from Lodsys, halt sale of Galaxy Tab and Xoom tablets
August 11, 2011 | 11:15 am

Ars Technica reports that Apple is again stepping up to the plate to defend its developers from patent troll Lodsys, stating in its most recent filing that it has every right to intervene in Lodsys’s lawsuits against its developers. Apple contends that its licenses to Lodsys’s technology extend to developers, who would not have the resources necessary to represent Apple’s interests in the suit. An interesting note in the piece is that Apple’s defense acknowledges Lodsys’s patents as valid, and is based on the doctrine of “exhaustion”, that its license extends to third-party developers. However, others are insisting...

Motorola XOOM tablet on sale at Woot
July 13, 2011 | 9:42 am

Motorola XOOM 10 1 32GB Android Tablet with Wi FigsaStandard Woot has this 10.1" tablet on sale for $399.  It comes with 33GB and WiFi and uses Android 3.1 (Honeycomb). You can find all the details here....

Android tablet field gets further crowded
September 20, 2010 | 8:15 am

viewsonic-g-tablet There can be no denying that the new fad of the moment is the tablet. We thought we’d seen tablet fads before, about ten years or so ago, but now that the iPad has made it big, the floodgates are opening. Here are a few more tablet stories to come out in the last few days, in no particular order. inMedia: Engadget notes that inMedia has announced an Android 2.1 tablet, and is noticeably unimpressed by the picture and specs (which include 802.11b and g wifi but no mention of n, 7” and 10” screens, HDMI, a...

Quick Notes: Adobe Reader for Android, iPhone news, and more
May 26, 2010 | 8:15 am

The Adobe Reader PDF viewer is now available for Android (requires version 2.1 or higher). I don’t use Android so I don’t know how well this reader works versus whatever PDF viewing capabilities already existed for the platform, but if any reader wants to send in a review we would be happy to run it! Speaking of Android, apparently a Verizon employee left a next-generation Motorola Droid Shadow in a corporate gym. Gizmodo has the details and some tech specs (though they didn’t get to buy and disassemble this one). With a 4.3” screen and 16GB...