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1 month ago

Quick comparison: Moto Z versus Moto X Pure Edition

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A comparison is worth a thousand words.

Lenovo's latest smartphone, the Moto Z, is a huge departure in both style and substance from its immediate predecessor. But are all the changes for the better? Let's take a quick look at how the brand new Moto Z lines up against its predecessor, the Moto X Pure Edition, in our (admittedly brief) time spent with the phones together.

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1 month ago

Lenovo ZUK Z1 versus Moto G4 Plus: Customizability takes on reliability

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Lenovo ZUK Z1 versus Moto G4 Plus

There has never been a better time to be in the market for a budget phone.

Lenovo is aggressively targeting the Indian market, a fact evidenced by the amount of phones launched by the Chinese manufacturer this year. The vendor is focusing on two product lineups — the Moto series, and the Vibe series. Then there's ZUK, which started off as an in-house project, and is now slowly gaining traction.

With the Moto G4 Plus, Lenovo ushered in key changes on the hardware front, while retaining the stock Android software experience. Meanwhile, the Lenovo Z1 is aimed at enthusiast users, offering the highly customizable Cyanogen OS out of the box.

Want to know which phone comes out on top? Let's find out.

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1 month ago

Where to buy the Moto G4 Plus in India

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The Moto G4 Plus is now available in India, with Lenovo offering two variants: a base model with 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage that retails for ₹13,499, and a version with 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage for ₹14,999. Quick highlights include a fingerprint sensor at the front, a 5.5-inch Full HD display, Snapdragon 617 SoC, 16MP camera with PDAF and auto HDR, 5MP front shooter, LTE (Bands 3, 5, and 40), Bluetooth 4.1, and a 3000mAh battery that easily lasts a day.

Here's where you can pick up the popular budget phone in the country.

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1 month ago

Verizon pushes June security patch update to Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

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Verizon is now pushing out a fresh update to the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, bringing both phones up to date with the latest security patches from Google.

From Verizon:

The current software update gives you the most up to date Android™ security patch on your device.

Once the update is installed, you should find that your Galaxy S7 or S7 edge's security patch level is current with the latest June updates. For more on what's been fixed, be sure to check out our rundown of the June security bulletin in full.

Have you received the update yet? If so, feel free to let us know your thoughts in the comments and on the forums!

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1 month ago

Samsung Galaxy S7 Active goes on sale at AT&T for $794 without a contract

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As promised, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active, the rugged version of the popular Galaxy S7, is now on sale at AT&T for $794 without a contract.

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1 month ago

Moto Z line doesn't mean the end of Moto X, says Motorola

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When the new Moto Z and Moto Z Force were revealed, there was some palpable concern that the line would be a replacement (or renaming) for the Moto X line — but that apparently isn't the case.

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1 month ago

Moto Z and Moto Z Force Droid Edition — what's the difference?

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So, which Moto Z version is right for you? We have the details on the differences between models.

As was the case in 2015, Motorola has announced multiple versions of its flagship phone. This year, we have the Moto Z ... and then there are the "Droid Edition" variants, a Moto Z Droid Edition and Moto Z Force Droid Edition. Thankfully for everyone, the difference between each model isn't all that substantial — there are just a few key points differentiating the Moto Z from the Moto Z Force, and Verizon hasn't changed things up too much in the Droid Edition versions either.

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1 month ago

Cyanogen OS 13.1 brings mods from Microsoft and more to the OnePlus One

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Cyanogen OS 13.1 is currently rolling out for OnePlus One owners. It includes new mods from Microsoft as part of its partnership with Cyanogen.

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Samsung rolls out June security patch to the Galaxy Note 5 in Australia

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Moto Z specs

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Moto Z and Moto Z Force

The Moto Z and Moto Z Force are exciting, but what powers them?

Motorola hasn't always packed bleeding-edge specs into its flagship phones, but the Moto Z and Moto Z Force break away from that trend a bit. You're very much getting top-end specs in these phones, which is refreshing to see. If you want to see everything that these phones offer on the inside, this is the full list of specs.

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1 month ago

How to use Trusted Devices in Android

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Using Smart Lock is an easy way to mix security with convenience — keep your Android locked unless you want it unlocked.

Introduced with Android 5.0 Lollipop, Smart Lock includes the addition of what's called a Trusted Device. A trusted device is anything — from an Android Wear smartwatch to a smart luggage tag to your car's stereo — that can be connected to your phone via Bluetooth, or a programmable NFC tag that's been set up to unlock your phone when the two are close enough to communicate.

While folks who are truly security-focused won't use any of the Smart Lock options (if someone steals your phone they will probably steal your smart watch, too) they are one of those good things that get more people to lock their phone because it's more convenient to unlock it — just like a fingerprint scanner. Anything that causes more people to protect their data and keep things locked away, the better we say.

This post was previously published. It has been updated with more current information and instructions.

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1 month ago

The Moto Z is coming to Canada this fall, but the Force is not with you

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Get the Moto Z — later this year.

Canadians will be able to purchase the Moto Z in the fall, but the Moto Z Force, the phone's unbreakable counterpart, will remain a Verizon exclusive.

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1 month ago

Check out Lenovo's promo videos for the Moto Z, PHAB 2 Pro and more

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Lenovo and its Motorola subsidiary have posted the official videos that show off everything the company announced at its Tech World event.

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1 month ago

Moto Z and Moto Z Force hands-on: Welcome to your Moto Mod future

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Moto Z Force

So long Moto X, it's time for Moto Z now.

Things have just wrapped up here at Lenovo's Tech World event, where Motorola unveiled the brand new Moto Z and Moto Z Force, the latest in its high-end smartphone lineup. These two phones, which at the core are identical, build nicely on Motorola's hardware and design chops, leveraging plenty of what it learned from the Moto X Pure Edition, Moto X Play and Droid Maxx 2 of 2015 — and they're super exciting.

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1 month ago

The Moto Z doesn't have a headphone jack

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When you build a phone that's a hair over 5mm thick, it's hard to find a spot for everything.

One of the drawbacks when you make a phone that's razor thin (the Moto Z is only 5.19 mm thick) is that you have a harder time finding room for things like a big battery — or a 3.5mm headphone jack.

We're at the table with the Moto Z in our hands, and the talk we're all hearing on the internet is true — the Moto Z has no 3.5mm headphone jack. That doesn't mean you can't use headphones with it, only that you can't plug in a pair the "regular" way.

The Z does have a USB Type-C port, which does an excellent job of outputting digital audio. Our own Michael Fisher has confirmed that the Moto Z comes with a USB-C headphone adapter, which should convert the audio into analog so you can plug in the headphones you already have to listen to music or watch a movie or even talk on (or to) your phone.

There is also the wireless option, and Bluetooth headsets and stereo headphones should work just fine. We'll also be seeing more and more USB-C headphones as the port becomes more popular, and we expect the availability to go up while the pricing goes down on those.

Does this affect your decision to buy a Moto Z? Hit the comments and shout out.

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