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Motorola is a longtime communications company, the manufacturer of the first cellular telephone — and it may well be responsible for making Android what it is today.
Motorola wasn't the first smartphone maker, but it was the Motorola Droid on Verizon that helped make Android the household name it is today. The original Droid (known as the Milestone in Europe) sold millions and spawned a number of successors. The Droid MAXX on Verizon continues to be popular, though aging.
But Motorola struggled to make money, and in August 2011 it was announced that Google would purchase Motorola Mobility — they company previously spun off Motorola Solutions — for $12.5 billion. Hardware was just one reason for the purchase — patents were very much another. Google insisted that it didn't buy Motorola with the intention of continuing to lose money, and indeed Motorola began to lose less. But in January 2014, Google announced it was effectively unloading Motorola to Chinese company Lenovo for $2.91. (Much of the disparity in price is due to the paring down of the company, as well as Google retaining "the vast majority" of patents.)
Much of 2012 and 2013 was quiet for Motorola, but in August 2013 Motorola rolled out its rebirth — the Moto X. Wonderfully designed, with customizable features such as the front color, back casing (including wood!) and camera housing — and it was to be assembled in Texas. (Sadly, that assembly line shut down.) The Moto X was heralded as an above-average smartphone that bucked the oversized trend, and didn't fall into the trap of packing in unwanted features and redesigned software.
The Moto X paved the way for two lower-cost smartphones — the Moto G and Moto E.
Motorola also has the excellent Moto 360 for Android Wear.
all about AI Motorola just dropped a teaser about a new phone, and it sounds like it's all about the smarts.
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Kongratulations, Motorola Gorilla Glass is set to be used on all 2024 Motorola devices, as companies deepen their relationship.
Fresh colors Motorola is likely just weeks away from launching the Moto G Power 5G (2024), and we just got a look at the phone's new colorways.
But when Motorola is expecting to update quite a few phones to Android 14, but we're still not sure when it'll arrive.
2024 refresh A leak from MSPowerUser claims to show a Motorola Razr+ 2024 render that looks eerily similar to the current-generation model.
Another cheap Moto The new Moto G comes with a host of upgrades to its camera and processors
Looking ahead Android manufacturers released a lot of standout devices in 2023, and with 2024 just around the corner, here's what I want to see from phone manufacturers next year.
From becoming EIC, to reading 42 books, 2023 was a journey and here's Shruti Shekar's top 10 of the year.
New Moto Midrange phones Motorola is gearing up to release its first phones of 2024, and their possible renders show up online, revealing what to expect.
Motorola phones have been hit or miss in recent years, but if you're looking for the best devices that the brand has to offer, this list is for you.
More Power Please The Moto G Power 5G (2024) has leaked early, showing off a unibody design and dual camera setup.
Motorola wants to get rid of the smartwatch and have you wear your phone on your wrist, instead! It's a fascinating paradigm shift we haven't seen in a while.
Fancy and affordable Motorola has launched the Edge 2023 with a mid-range chip and borderless curved edges.
Conquering Europe Motorola has launched the Moto G54 and Moto G84 alongside the G54 Power in Europe after releasing them in Asian markets.
Odd results Motorola's latest foldable phone was put through the wringer in Zack Nelson’s torture routine, and it didn't hold up well.
A real lifesaver The Motorola Defy Satellite Link gets detailed at MWC 2023 as it looks to provide ease and assurance of satellite connectivity.
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