The affordable smartphone segment is a hotly contested one but Lenovo believes that it has the right stuff to sway price-sensitive buyers. The Moto G5 and G5 Plus are the latest smartphones to come from Lenovo that promises a premium-feel and comparable specifications at an attractive price.
Lenovo will be launching the Moto G5 next week at MWC 2017 in Barcelona. If you can’t wait, we now have the full picture thanks to a premature listing on an online retail site. Fortunately, the photos and hardware specs were captured before the page was pulled down.
The Moto Z series is probably the best attempt on a modular device right now. You can add new functions by simply snapping on a Moto Mod and you don’t need to restart the phone. At the moment, they have released four Moto Mods which includes a speaker, a pico projector, a camera with 10X zoom and a power pack. Of course, the possibility is endless and Lenovo has made Moto Mods open with their Development Kit.
To spur development of new accessories, they have collaborated with Indiegogo to bring new Moto Mods to life.
UPDATE: The Moto Z is launching in Malaysia on 31 October 2016.
To me, the Moto Z is easily one of the most exciting smartphones I’ve seen in awhile. It was Moto’s take on the “modular” smartphone concept and it is the best implementation of this idea I’ve seen yet. So, imagine my excitement when Moto Malaysia published this little ad on their Facebook page.
Lenovo seems to be shaking up the Motorola brand in more ways than just branding technicalities. Tech Sina sat down with Lenovo‘s Senior VP, Chen Xudong and the exec shared what’s to come for the bat-wing logoed brand.
It doesn’t surprise us that the bridging of brands means that the Motorola profile will change to reflect the interest of Lenovo and Motorola – two brains in one head if you will – yet Lenovo will be the one wearing the pants in this relationship.
Brands have gone through massive revamps before, shaking up their whole organisation through management and branding changes. While this time the details have been all over the place, we all know that Lenovo bought Motorola away from Google in 2013.
Today, news broke that Lenovo will bid farewell to the “Motorola” branding and pushing solely the “Moto” name. So they are removing a name but the entity will continue to tinker away under a division of Lenovo.
Before Xiaomi and Huawei’s Honor sub-brand came into the picture, the Motorola Moto G was the original cheap and cheerful Android smart phone. Running on a stock operating system, it gets early access to the latest software updates and it feels very smooth to use despite having low to mid-range hardware.
With the rise of affordable and decent smart phones in the market, can the Moto G step up its game to maintain its relevance? We could probably say yes thanks to some minor tweaks that make quite a difference.
Android Wear seems to be off to a rather slow start, with about 720,000 units shipping in 2014, as reported by Canalys, who states that the Android Wear devices account for around 15% of the 4.6 million “smart wearable bands” that were shipped over the last year.
It’s no real surprise that the much anticipated Moto 360 was noted to be the leading device amongst Android Wear wearables, with the similarly shaped LG G Watch R outperforming it’s angular predecessor. While the site didn’t provide a full breakdown for the sale of each Android Wear watch in the market, it’s safe to assume those numbers are vastly inflated by fitness bands.
In terms of competition, the closest one to Android Wear right now is the Pebble which has sold a million watches since it’s launch ins 2013, but we’re expecting the landscape to change dramatically this year when the Apple Watch hits the streets.
If you’re using the first generation Moto G, Motorola is finally pushing its Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update to users in Malaysia. Despite having the promise of being the first to receive Lollipop, Motorola took longer than Samsung and HTC as they have skipped the initial Android 5.0 release and waited for the newer Android 5.0.2 version.
The update is available over the air (OTA) and if you haven’t received any notifications yet, you can try checking under Settings > About Phone > System Updates. The Android 5.0 Lollipop update unfortunately isn’t available yet for the newer 2nd gen Moto G (2014), which is still running on Android 4.4.4 KitKat.
Thanks Nick Leong and Daley for the heads up!