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Digital Tattoo Will Unlock Your Moto X

July 23, 2014 10:39 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Motorola used Vivalink’s eSkin technology embedded in a small circular adhesive that sticks on the skin for five days through showering, exercise and other activities. The clear sticker shows off a shiny swirl of flexible electronics that leverage the phone’s NFC to unlock without a password when the user taps their Moto X against the tattoo.

Motorola Can No Longer Sell Phones in Germany

July 9, 2014 10:38 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

A German court has ordered Motorola to stop selling smartphones in Germany, according to...

AT&T Among First U.S. Carriers to Offer LG G Watch

June 26, 2014 10:10 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T announced it will be “among the first U.S. carriers” to offer the LG G Watch. The...

Report: Samsung Prepping Actual Watch Phone

May 23, 2014 11:17 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Wall Street Journal spoke with people familiar with Samsung’s device plans, who said...

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Moto E Promises A Smartphone for All at $129

May 13, 2014 9:43 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The 3G-capable Moto E comes running Android KitKat 4.4.2 and features a dual-core Snapdragon 200 CPU, 1GB of Ram, a 4.3-inch display and a 5-megapixel camera. The phone also features interchangeable backs, which the company is calling "Motorola Shells." The shells add durability to the phone and come in 20 color and design combinations. 

Motorola Solutions Touts New MPact Indoor Mobile Marketing Platform

May 6, 2014 10:01 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Motorola Solutions today expanded on its retail offerings with the launch of Mpact, a new unified indoor locationing platform. Aimed at mobile marketing in bricks-and-mortar stores, the platform utlizes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Smart technology to engage with shoppers by offering them coupons and assistance.

Motorola Solutions Sees 1Q Profit Drop, Stock Dives

May 1, 2014 4:56 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Motorola Solutions Inc. said Thursday that its net income fell 34 percent as sales fell at its North American government unit and its enterprise business, which it is currently selling. The communication equipment maker's second-quarter outlook came in below expectations. The company's shares fell $2.31, or 3.6 percent, to $61.27 in morning trading.

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Europe Warns Google, Samsung on Phone Patent Abuse

April 29, 2014 9:25 am | by Toby Sterling, Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Commission said Monday that Google's Motorola Mobility abused its market position in Europe by refusing to grant crucial technology licenses to rival Apple, then suing Apple for patent infringement when the company used them anyway.

Motorola Solutions Sells Enterprise Business to Zebra for $3.45B

April 15, 2014 10:04 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Zebra Technologies is a provider of barcode and enterprise printing, asset tracking, Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, and motion and location sensing. The combined Zebra Technologies with Motorola’s Enterprise business would have had pro-forma sales in 2013 of approximately $3.5 billion. 

Motorola Mobility Taps Osterloh for COO Spot

April 10, 2014 9:16 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Motorola Mobility has appotined Rick Osterloh as its new Chief Operating Officer. Olsterloh is an internal candidate who has been leading product management at Motorola over the past two years. He's been with the company for seven years and came along with Motorola's...

FirstNews Briefs: Broadcom, Hilti, AT&T, Motorola Solutions, Netgear

March 31, 2014 10:32 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Broadcom Corporation today announced the expansion of its XLP®II multi-core communications processors family with the XLP500 Series. Featuring 32 NXCPUs and 80 Gbps performance, the XLP500 Series delivers up to 4X the per-core performance of competing processors.

What If the Moto 360 Really Does Change the Game?

March 19, 2014 4:44 pm | by Ben Munson | Blogs | Comments

The Moto 360, the newest smartwatch to enter the arena, is Motorola’s first shot at Google’s new Android Wear OS. And the company made it almost all the way through the 360’s two-minute promo video without using the words “game-changer.” But then, right at the end, BAM. Game. Changed.

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Friday Flick: A Project Ara Update

February 28, 2014 10:17 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Videos | Comments

This week a Time profile revealed that Google’s modular handset initiative, Project Ara, could yield a $50 smartphone within a year or so. In this recent video update, project head Paul Eremenko and others involved talk about the direction in which Project Ara is heading. We’re still far from owning a modular handset but, considering the success of the Lego Movie, people could be in the mood for building their own smartphones.

Google’s Project Ara Modular Smartphone Could Start at $50

February 27, 2014 10:46 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Google washed its hands of Motorola and handset hardware in general but Project Ara, the company’s modular phone effort, is still in the works and could produce a $50 smartphone by next year. That entry-level Ara device would feature only Wi-Fi, forgoing a cellular connection to drive down cost, according to TIME. But because of the device’s modular design, upgrades would be available via self-service channels.

Woodside Leaving Motorola, Heading to Dropbox

February 13, 2014 1:50 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Motorola Mobility CEO Dennis Woodside has confirmed that he's leaving the company and heading to cloud storage provider Dropbox. In an open letter posted on Motorola's website, Woodside said he will step down at the end of March and move to a position as Chief Operating Officer at Dropbox. 

Google, Cisco Sign Patent Cross-Licensing Agreement

February 4, 2014 10:18 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Google and Cisco have signed a “long-term” patent cross-licensing agreement. The companies said the agreement will increase the value taken from their respective portfolios and, more importantly, diffuse some of the risk for future litigation. Google’s new agreement with Cisco comes shortly after the company entered similar agreements with Samsung and Ericsson related to GSM, UMTS, and LTE standards for both networks and handsets.

Motorola Solutions 4Q Profit Up, Gov't Sales Rise

January 22, 2014 10:35 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Motorola Solutions' fourth-quarter net income rose 2 percent and strong government sales energized its revenue, but shares dipped in premarket trading on its guidance. The company anticipates first-quarter adjusted earnings from continuing operations between 46 and 52 cents per share...

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First News Briefs: Verizon, Oracle, Motorola, OhioHealth, IBM, u-blox

January 10, 2014 10:55 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Verizon Enterprise Solutions and Oracle today announced they will enable customers to use Oracle Database and Oracle Fusion Middleware on Verizon's cloud infrastructure, including the new Verizon Cloud, and pay for access on an hourly basis.

Ex-Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha to Take Reins at GlobalFoundries

January 8, 2014 12:13 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

GlobalFoundries, a semiconductor foundry, today announced that its board hired Sanjay Jha as its new CEO. Jha was formerly CEO of Motorola's handset division prior to the smarpthone maker being bought by Google. He also served as the Chief Operating Officer for Qualcomm.  

Motorola Solutions Buys IP Push-to-Talk Software Company

January 3, 2014 10:29 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Motorola Solutions announced its acquisition of Twisted Pair Solutions, a company specializing in push-to-talk over broadband applications. Twisted Pair’s WAVE software provides integrated talk, text and messaging functions for smartphone, tablets and PCs.

Is the $99 Moto G a Canary in the Postpaid Market?

January 3, 2014 9:49 am | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

Motorola Mobility may have fallen off over the past year, but the company's recent low-end smartphone play may be a game changer. Consider that Verizon is now offering the Moto G off contract for $99. If that's not rattling executives over at Kyocera and Pantech, it's a price point that carrier executives are hearing loud and clear. 

Review: Moto G Isn't the Best, but Decent for $179

December 4, 2013 10:36 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

You're not getting the best or the latest technology with Motorola's $179 Moto G smartphone. What you do get is a great price for something close. Motorola bills the Moto G as the phone for the rest of us — the ones who can't afford $500 to $700 for a high-end smartphone.

Budget Moto G Hits U.S. in Time for Holidays

November 26, 2013 10:17 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Motorola is bringing its budget-friendly Moto G smarpthone to the United States in time for the Holidays. The Moto G comes with HSPA+ connectivity and sells for unlocked for just $179 (8GB) and $199 (16GB). Even at that low-end price, the Moto G packs many of the features associated with a high-end device...

Motorola, 3D Systems Partner on Device Customization Plan

November 22, 2013 9:45 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

3D Systems  and Google's Motorola Mobility unit have come to an agreement that could change the way mobile phones are manufactured. According to a press release, the two companies have entered into a multi-year development agreement to create a continuous high-speed 3D printing production platform and fulfilment system in support of Motorola’s Project Ara. 

Motorola Unveils Budget Smartphone, Aimed at World

November 14, 2013 9:31 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Motorola wants to equip the world with the latest smartphone technology at less than a third the typical price. The new Moto G phone starts at $179 in the U.S. without a contract requirement. That compares with $600 or more that people must pay for phones without traditional two-year service agreements.

First News Briefs: Motorola, IBM, RealNetworks, DragonWave

November 13, 2013 10:00 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Motorola today introduced Moto G, featuring a 4.5-inch HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, and Android 4.3 Jellybean with a guaranteed upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat at the beginning of 2014. In the US, Moto G will be sold on Motorola.com, with no contract, no SIM lock and an unlockable bootloader for USD$179 with 8GB of storage and USD$199 for 16GB. Moto G will also be available through various carriers and retailers.

Tests: New iPhones Less Durable Than iPhone 5

September 23, 2013 9:44 am | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — As Apple pitches its newest smartphones, users may find something lacking compared with last year's model: They could break more easily. SquareTrade, a provider of protection plans for gadgets, tested five smartphones, including Apple's new iPhones, to see if they could withstand drops, dunks and other common hazards. Its finding: The latest models aren't as durable as last year's iPhone 5.

Friday Flick: Moto X Goes "Touchless"

August 29, 2013 2:51 pm | by Wireless Week Staff | Videos | Comments

Motorola's new flagship has garnered a lot of attention for its focus on personalization, but Google's subsidiary has also tried to differentiate on other levels. Take a look at the Moto X's toucheless voice control features, which allows users to wake and control aspecs of the phone with voice only. 

First US-made Smartphone Just as Cheap to Produce

August 29, 2013 9:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Motorola's new Moto X phone doesn't cost more to make simply because it's assembled in Texas, research firm IHS said Wednesday. The Moto X is the first smartphone to carry the "Made in the U.S.A." designation. Labor costs are higher in the U.S. compared with Asian factories...

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