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Android Wear signals the start of the SmartWatch revolution

Google Android WearI was very happy yesterday when I heard that Android finally took the decision to announce Android Wear OS and signal if it wasn’t clear enough that this is the start of the SmartWatch revolution. Motorola and LG apparently understood this signal and didn’t hesitate to show us how the first Android SmartWatches will look like.

After experiencing with smartphones, tablets and laptops it appears that Google wanted to go further on watches, making them smart. The good thing is that Android Wear looks like a polished operating system and this is why it might be interesting after all. I guess Matias Duarte team also had ideas here and there.

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Google will sell Motorola to Lenovo for $2.91 Billion in cash and stocks

  • 29/01/2014 at 23:48 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Technology

Google CEO Larry Page and Lenovo CEO Yang YuanqingIn a move that surprised everybody, Google announced that Motorola will be sold to Lenovo for $2.91 Billion in cash and stocks.

On Google Blog, Larry Page said that “this move will enable Google to devote our energy to driving innovation across the Android ecosystem, for the benefit of smartphone users everywhere.”

In my oppinion Google sold Motorola for two reasons: they failed to take advantage of Motorola patent portfolio or the plans they had with Motorola as smartphone company failed to reach their expectations.

In May 2012 the deal between Google and Motorola Mobility was official for $12.5 billion and the main reason behind that acquisition was the to get more than 17,000 important patents.

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Motorola introduces Moto G low-cost smartphone

Motorola Moto GMotorola has announced that they will be manufacturing a low end, cheaper alternative to their smartphone line called the Moto G. Priced at $179 (unlocked/no contract), the Moto G smartphone will offer reduced, yet extensive features.

The brand has been attempting to really establish themselves as a high quality smartphone maker for some time. But their unsuccessful sales, despite intensive marketing, have never managed to quite make it into the annals of the great manufacturers.

Now they are trying a new tactic, creating a low end smartphone that provides less power than competitors for less money. The Moto G is that phone, and it will act as the little brother to the higher capability Moto X.

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Motorola will develop modular smartphones through Project Ara

  • 29/10/2013 at 16:12 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Technology

Motorola Project Ara Modular SmartphonesWhat was just a fictional project months ago, it might become reality soon. Project Ara, an open source initiative led by Motorola’s Advanced Technology and Projects group aims to develop modular smartphones.

Even if the project it’s led by Motorola is more than clear that Google is behind this. It appears that Google/Motorola liked Dave Hakkens idea with Phonebloks and decided to partnered with him. Motorola started to work on this Project Ara one year ago, while Dave Hakkens Phonebloks idea emerged nearly 2 months ago, at the beginning of spring.

The design is simple: Project Ara needs an endoskeleton and modules. The endoskeleton is the main frame that holds the rest of the modules in place. As Motorola says, modules can be anything, from a processor to a display, keyboard, battery and so on.

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Motorola Moto X will silently challenge the iPhone

Motorola Moto X PhoneHailed as the first true “anti-iPhone”, the Moto X allows the buyer to change everything from the cover to the background. They have been experimenting with different organic materials like wood and bamboo for possible covers for even more customization. Everything is about creating a device that looks and feels the way the consumer wants it to, not how the company says it should.

Motorola appears to have learned from the company’s mistake and has issued the Moto X, which puts all the control in the hands of the consumer.

One of the biggest complaints about the iPhone is the fact that every aspect of the device is tightly controlled by Apple. Hence why jailbreaking is so popular, and why Apple has tried so hard (without success) to make the process illegal.

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Motorola says tattoo passwords and pills might be the next big thing

  • 31/05/2013 at 20:53 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Technology

Motorola Electronic TatooIt sounds like something straight out of an old science fiction novel. But Motorola says that tattoos providing proof of a user’s identity could one day replace the need for passwords altogether.

According to Motorola’s chief executive Dennis Woodside, the company has been experimenting with the idea for some time. They are also not the first company to do so, as Nokia has previously experimented with  magnetic tattoos that do the same. But readers might be surprised to find that these latest trials have been much more successful than those of the past.

Engineering firm MC10 has already created a working prototype. The result is a highly flexible, silicone based microchip that can be placed into the skin.

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Tech giants rush to announce new devices over the next weeks

Tech EyeFrom now until the end of September many of the big powerhouses in mobile technology are preparing to open up their doors to let us have a glance at what they’ve been developing all year. We’re all getting a front row seat to what is about to be released for the holiday season and there are some big changes on the horizon. Once upon a time these announcements were for products that would be available 6 months out or even further but with Apple’s keynotes taking the center stage to success all of these products will be ready to order within 24 hours of the announcement. While most of these will be pre-orders the shipment times are almost never that far out these days and for everyone who is looking forward to a piece of tech from their favorite vendor it’s time to ready your pocketbooks on what may be about to come.

Samsung is kicking off the announcements with the only major event that takes place in August. On August 29th they will be holding their Unpacked event in Berlin which is going to be showcasing “something” from Samsung Mobile. The rumor mill has it as the over sized Galaxy Note II though with the painful lawsuit they just had to go through with Apple I’m unsure if a single product is all that we’ll be seeing from them. They need some positive press so I would expect a few extra hints of things to come.

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