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2 weeks 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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2 weeks 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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2 weeks 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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2 weeks ago

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

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Moto Z specs

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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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2 weeks 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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2 weeks 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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2 weeks 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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2 weeks 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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2 weeks 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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2 weeks ago

Google has changed the name of Project Tango to . . . Tango

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During Lenovo's press conference today, Google announced that their Project Tango division, which is making 3D sensing smartphone technology, is now just called Tango.

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2 weeks ago

Moto Z and Moto Z Force will be Verizon exclusives through this fall

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Speaking at Lenovo Tech World, Lenovo revealed that the new Moto Z and Moto Z Force will be exclusive to Verizon upon launch.

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2 weeks ago

Moto Mod Developer Kit will launch this summer; one mod maker could win $1 million

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Motorola has announced plans to launch the Moto Mod Developer Kit this summer. It will allow smaller hardware makers to create snap-in modules for the company's upcoming lineup of Moto Z smartphones.

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2 weeks ago

The Moto Z Force is the Moto Z's tougher twin brother

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Alongside the announcement of the Moto Z, Lenovo has announced a second phone, the Moto Z Force. In many ways identical to the Z, the Z Force also features a Shatter Shield display to survive tough impacts, along with faster charging, being able to charge to 50% in 30 minutes.

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2 weeks ago

Moto Z Droid Edition + Moto Z Force Droid Edition specs

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Full hardware specs for Moto and Verizon's latest Droids.

Moto and Verizon have taken the wraps off their latest round of Droid handsets, bringing two new models to market on the U.S.'s biggest network. Both Droids bring top-level internals to the table, but there are a few significant differences to note. The regular Moto Z Droid Edition packs a 13-megapixel OIS camera and a 2,600mAh battery, while the Moto Z Force Droid Edition (gasp) ups the camera to 21 megapixels and the battery to an ample 3,500mAh. And as the name suggests, Force owners will also benefit from Moto's ShatterShield technology to protect from drops and scrapes.

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