Motorola May Release A Folding Smartphone That Turns Into A Tablet

Motorola was recently awarded a patent for its own folding smartphone.

(Image Credit: LetsGoDigital) A coloured illustration of Motorola’s patent

Curved screens? Old news. No-bezel phones? Meh. Foldable phones? Now we’re talking. Motorola is jumping in the bandwagon and got itself a patent for a folding smartphone.

Tech giants like Apple, Samsung and Huawei are reportedly working on their own foldable handsets. And it seems like the Lenovo-owned company is willing to join the pack.

In a report by LetsGoDigital, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has approved a patent for Motorola for a foldable phone. And this one comes with a wireless charging cover.

The design shows a wide rectangular display. When folded, it appears to give a smartphone-like experience. When it is unfolded, it converts into a something that works like a tablet. The illustration shows a flexible screen wrapped around a hinge.

Additionally, the patent also shows a s built-in cover to protect the display or to support the phone as a stand. It may also work as a wireless charger.

What’s surprising is that the patent was actually filed two years ago. It is possible that the company has moved past this design concept. Earlier this year however, Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing had hinted it will be focussing on foldable smartphone technology in the coming months. This means that patent approval may is just in time for Motorola to really explore the folding smartphone industry.

Motorola Announces Moto G6, Moto E Phone Variants

Fans of Motorola would soon be enjoying a new smartphone. This as the company is introducing a new variants of Moto G and Moto E devices. Both the new Motorola smartphones have a price range of $100 to $300 respectively.

 

 

It is, however, emphasized that both the Moto G and Moto E are not high-end smartphones. But both phones remain popular among Motorola fans. For instance, the company’s best seller smartphone to date is the Moto G. The company said that Moto G is a top seller globally in its price class. While the Moto E is selling less from Moto G but not that far behind from Moto G.

 

 

Moto G variants

 

For the Moto G variants, there are two phones to choose from: the Moto G6 and G6 Play. And another phone that is rumored to be launched outside the US which is the Moto G6 Plus. Both phones look similar as they feature an elegant curved edges on the back. In terms of specs, both phones have 18:9 wide display with bezel on the front.

But the standard G6 has a better specifications. The G6 boasts its 5.7-inch display with 1080p resolution. The G6 is powered by Snapdragon 450 processor and owners can select for 3GB of random access memory and 32 GB storage capacity. Another option is the 4GB of random access memory and G4 GB storage capacity.

What makes this phone classy is that G6 has USB-C as announced by Motorola on top of the fingerprint sensor. The fingerprint sensor works by detecting gestures, replacing the Android control keys. The G6 also has a dual rear cameras which allow you to shoot in a portrait mode.

Motorola releases Razr i in Europe

During Motorola’s London event, the company finally ended all speculations as they unmasked the Droid Razr i.

Similar with the Razr M that was released in the United States, the Razr i was designed exclusively for select European markets.

The Razr i features an Intel 2GHz CPU. The device is the first device that is the result of the Motorola and Intel team up.

It also features a 4.3 inch edge-to-edge display.

According to Motorola this edge-to-edge technology “gives you more screen with less phone.”

Other features that are worth to highlight is the Razr i’s 8GB built-in storage, 8MP rear facing camera and 1GB of RAM.

Unfortunately it doesn’t come with the Android 4.1 Jellybean as it carries the 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. But Motorola said that they will eventually upgrade the operating systems of the Razr M and Razr i.

According to GM of Intel’s Mobile and Communications Group Erik Reid, “Motorola RAZR i with Intel Inside naturally blends together the value propositions of high performance Intel Architecture and great battery life.”

“Intel’s goal is to provide compelling technology options that translate into great user benefits and experiences. RAZR i is a great proof point in the collaboration, and we’re thrilled to be working with Motorola to bring this edge-to-edge experience enhanced with Intel to people around the world,” he added.

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Motorola launches the first Intel powered Smartphone

Motorola has been very busy lately. Following their release of their top of the line triple RAZR attack, they are now planning to hit another first in the smartphone business. They now hold the title of the first to launch an Intel-powered smartphone, based on the Medfield architecture.

The new device, named the Motorola RAZR I, which presumably stands for Intel, is powered by a 2 GHz Intel based processor. The new processor is said to be so efficient, that it will allow the device to last for up to 20 hours. It is a single core processor, but it uses Intel’s Hyperthreading technology, which allows a single core to function like dual core device.

The processor is said to be able to squeeze about 40% more life out of the battery found in the iPhone 4S, and is capable of launching the 8 megapixel camera in less than a second.

The Motorola RAZR I will have a Super Amoled display, measured at 4.3 inches. It is in a similar form factor to the iPhone 5 but wider. The new RAZR uses a near edge to edge glass display.

It makes use of Motorola’s tried and tested Kevlar backing, and Motorola assured us that the device was splash proof. Just make sure you don’t actually dip the device in water.

It is currently powered by Android 4.0, which will have a Jelly Bean update in the future. The official release date is in October, and it will be available in European markets.

The Motorola RAZR I is the first step that Intel needs to break into the smartphone market. Due to the rapid decline of the PC market, Intel is looking at large losses unless they start moving on to the next big thing in computing – mobile devices. This would range from smartphones to tablets, which is the common form of computing and means of media consumption that the world’s consumers use.

It is too soon to say if the PC era is coming to an end. Sure, it is declining, but there is still no substitute to a full powered PC for high power tasks. For daily drivers, however, our smartphones and tablets fill the need quite perfectly.

Intel has let ARM steal the show in the mobile market for a long time now. Realizing their mistake, they now enter the scene where they should have been in years ago. Thanks to the advancement in low power processing chips, Intel can now break into the mobile market with ease.

If the promise of low power consumption for high power output rings true, Intel may as well have reinvented the smartphone once more. After all, the biggest problem brought about by the Smartphone revolution was the rise of low battery life devices due to the high power needs of the operating system as well as the many apps and features each device provides. Will Intel power next year’s most powerful devices?

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Droid Razr M 4G LTE to be unveiled next week?

Before Apple makes its announcement of the speculated iPhone 5 device this month, Motorola is set to unveil its latest smartphone. Though still unconfirmed, it is rumored to a new Android smartphone from the company that features an edge-to-edge screen.

This is according to a Bloomberg report citing a source familiar with the development of the smartphone. It will also support 4G LTE networks which will come as a big help to users who want faster data speeds on their device.

The Bloomberg source also said that the smartphone will be released by Verizon Wireless before the year ends.

According to previous rumors, this latest Motorola smartphone will be dubbed Droid Razr M 4G LTE.

Will the smartphone sport full HD capability? That is still unclear and can only be answered on Motorola’s September 5 event.

It is heavily rumored that the droid Razr 4G LTE will have a 4.3 inch qHD Super AMOLED Advanced display that has Gorilla Glass. Other details are still sketchy to say the least.

People would love to have Droid Razr Maxx’s battery power in the Droid Razr M 4G LTE, but as it what was said, details are still uncertain as to the smartphone’s features.

What is clear is that it will run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and it will have a dual-core 1.5Ghz Snapdragon S4 Processor and a 6MP camera.

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Google to cut Motorola Mobility’s manpower

CNET is reporting that Motorola Mobility is set to cut their current staff size by about 20%, in an attempt to rejuvenate the company.

The New York Times added that about 1/3 of the 4,000 individuals to be cut is based in the United States, while 1/3 of the company’s North American offices will be closed.

Motorola Mobility was acquired by Google for $12.4 billion dollars last May.

Motorola Mobility has seen its share of market drop. Google isn’t clear what to do with the company but they have publicized that buying the company was a way to use their number of patents and patent applications.

Google is set to trim the number of handsets that Motorola Mobility produces.

Google is hoping that the thousands of patents of the company will be their key to drive the Android business and defend and expand their market.

Rumors have been circulating that Google will be selling the company by parts, including Motorola Mobility’s set-top box division which supplies hardware to cable providers in the United States.

Whatever the plan of Google to Motorola Mobility is, they have not aired any comment regarding the company’s future. Though the job cuts could signify a bleak future for Motorola Mobility, downsizing might also imply Google’s plan to revamp their roster.

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Motorola’s Droid Razr Maxx unseats Apple’s iPhone

It seems like iPhone’s biggest rival isn’t the Samsung Galaxy S3 after all.

According to William Blair analyst Anil Doradla, the iPhone has been dethroned as North America’s best-selling smartphone since its launch.

Doradla says that although the iPhone is still the best-selling smartphone on the AT&T and Sprint list, the Motorola’s Droid Razr Maxx has toppled new when we speak about Verizon.

It is good to note that Verizon has been aggressively marketing their 4G devices.

This comes as a surprise, since the iPhone 4S lacks 4G LTE capability. The Motorola 4G Razr Maxx and even the Galaxy Nexus have this capability. While the latter hasn’t really bothered the iPhone that much, Motorola’s Droid Razr Maxx seems like an excellent competitor.

Dorodla added that consumers are not holding on to their plans of buying an iPhone in anticipation of future smartphones to come. But this may change in a few months. He doesn’t believe that Apple will be shaken up by this development, since he believes that Apple will release an iPhone with 4G LTE compatibility.

The Galaxy Nexus by the way is the third top selling smartphone in Verizon’s line, behind the iPhone and the Razr Maxx.

Are you holding out on buying a new phone?

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Motorola MotoActv adds social feeds to its features

Motorola released last March their GPS and fitness tracker called the MotoActv. This handy tool can be strapped in your arms while you hit the road for a long run.

Powered by Android, the MotoActv acts more like a mini-computer. It features a built-in accelerometer that serves as its pedometer. It also has a GPS receiver to enable you to track your run, a WiFi radio and Bluetooth hardware.

Now, the MotoActv has gotten even better. Motorola’s latest software update now enables users of the former to get Tweets and be updated with Facebook wall posts on its screen. The update also gives users the ability to send phone calls and text to the device.

With this development, Motorola targets fitness buffs that will be able to enjoy their jogs even more, I recommend to read about trenbolone, it activates protein syntesis and it helps you through your workouts.

Nowadays, people are so intertwined with their social networking accounts that other individuals are choosing to skip the daily routine just to check out updates on their Facebook wall and communicate with peers.

With the update, social feeds can now be received, even if you’re on your 30 minute run.

To download the social component of MotoActv by Motorola, users have to go to the Google Play Store and look for MOTOACTV Facebook and Twitter.

Install the plug-ins and the latest version of the MOTOACTV app.

Seems like Motorola understands our social media addiction then!

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Google + Motorola Mobility = more than just patents for Android

Google has finally laid out the final word regarding their acquisition of Motorola Mobility in May 22, 2012. This has been one of the most tense acquisitions, concerning Google’s mobile plans for android.

As we all know from the past few months, Apple has been on a rampage of lawsuits left and right to Google’s android partners. This has left a lot to question on what Google is doing to protect its partners from being attacked, due to the Android operating system. One such move, as speculated by Wall Street, is buying Motorola mobility for its large portfolio of patents.

What can these patents do? It’s all about the ammunition they have in defense of the Android OS. The patent wars started when Apple asserted its patents against Android totting phone manufacturers. Apple has long built an arsenal of patents for their iOS product, even quoting that they “have patented the shit out it”. Google and its partners in mobile development have been caught unprepared for this war. Victories were scarce, and mobile providers look to Google for help. That is where the patents of Motorola mobility come in. Since it is now Google that owns the patents acquired from Motorola, they can use those patents in full defense and offense in the patent wars in favor of the Android OS.

Is that all there is to it? Acquiring Motorola Mobility has snagged a little bonus called set-top boxes. As we all know, Google is already practically synonymous to the internet. “When you don’t know something, just Google it”, has become an accepted phrase used in forums when people need help about a topic well known in the internet. Google has also touched on creating its own browser: Google Chrome. They did not stop there, as they also began to move into the PC operating system space by launching the Chrome OS. We also take into account that they have Android, one of two largest mobile operating systems for the mobile space. Google is just about everywhere, and they plan to get to more spaces in your line of sight by delving further into set-top boxes. This gives Google some more space in the world of television.

Google TV has long been around, but has not quite picked up. Merging this project with their acquisition of Motorola’s set-top boxes may just provide the edge and push they need to move further with this plan.

Google is becoming a very large entity that has touched so many areas in modern technology. They are practically unrivaled in how many services they provide. Soon, we may just see their logo every time we watch TV as well. All we can say is that they are growing stronger. That is good, right? Only time will tell. The consumers will ultimately be the one to suffer, or as I see it, gain from having one Google account to manage all of your devices.

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Google-Motorola to get the green light from UK, US regulators

It seems like Google will be getting the nod from European and U.S. regulators this week for the Google-Motorola merger. The acquisition was announced August last year and cost Google $12.5 billion. Despite the impending approval, it highly likely that they would continue to face scrutiny due to licensing problems with smartphone patents.

Mobile phone developers are battling it out in courts all over the world over who owns what over patent technologies. It has reached the point wherein phones from certain companies have been barred from selling in some countries due to infringement issues.

According to American Antitrust Institute President Bert Foer, “It’s kind of a Cold War being played out here. We’re watching a form of warfare play out in which the system makes no sense but leads the players to mutually arm themselves with these missiles that they can utilize in order to achieve mutually assured destruction.”

Motorola currently has patents over online video and Wi-Fi.

According to Robert Barr, executive director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, “Google needs those patents because it is fighting a war. They have to get approval.”

Microsoft and Apple have agreed that no use of injunctions without exception for standards essential patents they own. “Standard essential” means that they view it as a core to the interoperability of a technology and are licensed under fair and reasonable terms.