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Well, it's about time, Motorola. After months of waiting, the OEM has sent out invites to a September 4th event in Chicago, and it's pretty clear from the graphic that we're going to see a new Moto X, Moto G, the Moto 360, and a headset of some sort.

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The invite has an animated paper fortune teller with tiny drawings of a headset (earbuds maybe), a watch, as well as phones with the letters X and G. That makes it pretty clear what's going to be happening.

The September 4th event is just one day after Samsung is scheduled to reveal the Galaxy Note 4. It's going to be an interesting couple of days.

[Engadget]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • foghorn67

    It's happening!

  • youareme7

    I'm sure they're moving as fast as they can but waiting until september is dangerous territory. i didn't expect it because i have a n5 and i love it (minus the broken gps, stupid antenna) but i'm actually kinda excited about the x+1. the 360 i'm pretty much already convinced i'm buying, lol. hopefully short release after!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      Definitely super dangerous. One time I released a phone in September. Lost half my left leg and the entire use of my penis.

      Learn from my mistakes, Motorola. Release the phones/watch two weeks early. Keep your penis.

      • redsmith

        Shit... I'm trying not to bust into laughter at work. Not succeeding at all.

    • Andrew

      I hate the marketing ploy of keeping information restricted, it only succeeds to convince me not to buy the product(s) in question.

      That said, I really want the 360 and will be buying it no questions asked, providing the price is reasonable

      • Brad

        same. may even finance it at tmo as long as they don't jack the price.

      • Ryan

        so technically you would ask the question, "how much?"

    • Andrew

      I also have, and love, the N5

    • Biggster

      I concur. The Nexus 5's weak ass GPS antenna makes it unusable in navigation!

      • MJ

        Odd, I use my Nexus 5 for navigation all the time...

  • sivkai

    This...is...IT!!!!!

    Now we just need a price, what's everyone's guess?

    • vyktorsouza

      249, but I hope it's less

      • Chapa

        I read a 'prize' and said: Hmm, cool. Just for being fans.

    • psychoace

      $300. It's premium and sounds like a leap above the other smart watches when it comes to battery life and build quality. Also Motorola isn't known to have great low prices at launch so $300 seems about right. I expect it might be more though.

  • Wise

    In addition to a newer improved phone, I am really hoping for a better camera, keep active display and touchless control, even better battery efficiency, and close to stock android experience.
    Even though it's improved since launch, the camera on my moto x is still the weakest link.

  • Anfronie

    I hope the 360 is for sale on the 4th

    • AbbyZFresh

      That will be an instant internet crash if they did that. A rollout is more practical.

      • Anfronie

        Wouldn't it be an internet crash on the future date as well?

        • joser116

          The hype will probably be much bigger right after the announcement.

          • Anfronie

            I would still rather it be on sale on the 4th than just a date announced. They just better not squander the golden opportunity they have for this market.

      • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

        They'll release it in a staged rollout, but we'll mirror the Moto 360 right here at AP for your downloading convenience.

    • Tony Byatt

      That would be amazing...

      But I'm not holding my breath on that...

    • psychoace

      Considering it wouldn't be held up by carriers this is actually pretty probable.

  • Dhaiwat

    Anyone want to take one last try of guessing the pricing of the 360? Screen size of Moto X+1? What do y'all think is next for the Moto G?

    1. ~$250-300
    2. 5.2in
    3. I thought they recently refreshed it with a LTE radio and SD card slots.

  • Marko Paavilinna

    Hopefully they keep Moto G+1 at similar price point. They could easily add 50 w/e currency, if they were to decide so, considering how popular the G has been, I feel.

  • Hamza Zafar

    Any predictions on the price of the 360? I really hope it's around ~$230. Being a university student, i really can't go above that :/

    • Christopher Moore

      $230? Sure; once it hits Craigslist used.

      • psychoace

        After 6 months.

  • Kcls

    I hope the 360 is less than $250.

    • joser116

      249

      • http://www.twitter.com/morenicano Morenicano

        Works for me

        • joser116

          :D

    • PhantomPtI

      $360

  • Guest

    I am VERY excited

  • Zach Mauch

    I am very excited!!

    • Zach Mauch

      That was supposed to be an animated gif. I guess it isn't working.

      • Morten Ulveseth

        Yeah, thats the weird things about jpegs. They aren't gifs :)

        • gspida

          lmao

        • Cristiano Allan

          Gosh! lol

      • theunknown

        My guess is that your guess is right
        Its not working :)

  • Guest

    FINALLY!

    • http://www.twitter.com/morenicano Morenicano

      Ugh. it failed to post as me and won't let me delete this comment

  • insanezz

    My body is ready.

  • Guest

    FINALLY!!!!

    • http://www.twitter.com/morenicano Morenicano

      sigh.... it did it again

  • http://www.twitter.com/morenicano Morenicano

    Finally!!

  • Captain Canada

    Let's not mince words about this Motorola invite, that is a cootie catcher.

  • AbbyZFresh

    I don't understand why Moto thinks its a good idea to release so close to the iPhone 6 launch. They'll be eaten alive by the pure Apple hype. They better have a damn good marketing strategy to get the word out to the public and carriers this time.

    They took too long to release the phones compared to last year.

    • http://www.twitter.com/morenicano Morenicano

      Not just that, it's Apple AND Samsung. Godzilla is fighting Mechagodzilla and Barney is trying to jump in the middle

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      There's literally no good time for Motorola to announce it that someone won't claim is bad because of the iPhone 6 launch. Before? "Everyone's just going to wait for the next iPhone." After? "The iPhone just launched while Motorola's just sitting on their hands!" At the same time? "Motorola will get buried by the hype."

      Keep in mind, most people don't buy their phones the day they're released. Most people (at least in the US, though that opens a whole different can of worms) are under contract. They can't drop everything to buy a new phone. There will be an initial surge (and Apple will take the lion's share of that because they naturally target the more expensive/disposable-cash-heavy crowd anyway), but most sales will come afterwards.

      Motorola's bigger problem (and this is where Apple and Samsung have the advantage no matter what, is that they probably won't release in as many markets or with the same options everywhere. The Moto Maker crap last year was NA-only at first because they built a factory in Texas for it. They didn't have that in Europe. There was a generic model released over there, but Moto just didn't have the infrastructure to launch as widely and with as much volume as Apple and Samsung do.

      That's their much bigger bottleneck. This isn't like movies where people go out on opening night to see it. Most people will be carefully weighing their options. The day-one sales are likely from people who already know what they want to buy and wouldn't wait anyway. In fact, Moto launching a few days before the iPhone (assuming both go on sale day-of) is better because it tempts some people away from the iPhone before it comes out. Anyone who would be unwilling to buy the X+1 before they weigh it against the iPhone 6 would be waiting anyway.

      Arguably, news and hype are the only thing Motorola gains from not launching near the iPhone, but that's not exactly a guaranteed asset. Motorola had its way with the press cycle last time around with a massive hype train behind it and virtually no competition for news cycles. The Moto X still didn't sell in gangbuster numbers (again, because of infrastructure problems). Hype isn't nothing, but it's also not the only thing that can make or break Moto's sales. It's not even the biggest thing.

      • Guest

        "Keep in mind, most people don't buy their phones the day they're released. Most people (at least in the US, though that opens a whole different can of worms) are under contract. They can't drop everything to buy a new phone. There will be an initial surge (and Apple will take the lion's share of that because they naturally target the more expensive/disposable-cash-heavy crowd anyway), but most sales will come afterwards."

        I would actually argue this is the PERFECT time for motorola to launch, because as you said most US smartphone owners are under contract, and most US smartphone owners own either an iphone or a galaxy, meaning their upgrade cycle more or less coincides with apple/samsung releases, so it's in motorola's best interest to have their phones available at the same time, regardless of the fact that they will be buried in ads/hype of the Big 2

      • XerBlade

        Besides, Motorola is a GLOBAL company. And globally, iPhones only hold 11.7% of the smart phone market. The whole idea of them needing to be afraid of Apple hype is a very narrow view, which is very typical of the average person.

        On the Samsung side of things, people mostly fall into one of two camps for Samsung phones, they either love them or hate them. And considering Samsung phones command a bit more than a quarter of the global market, that leaves a lot of room left over for the camp that couldn't care less about the Samsung announcement.

        Actually, the majority of smart phone owners in the world don't even have loyalty to a specific OEM. Crazy, right? And those "swing votes," so to speak, are the very people all the commercial hype are targeting in the first place. You don't really need to convert someone who's already a loyal customer. They will come check out your products whether you advertise them or not.

        And you know the real kicker? A phone's worth in sales isn't all based on its day 1 sales. Not by a long shot. The sales cycle of a flagship phone lasts for a pretty long time. Not everyone has the freedom to change phones immediately as a new one they might want releases, after all (although I feel sorry for those people).

    • weethomas

      Well, the X2 does not compete with either the iPhone or GN4. So, I don't see how this is bad for Motorola. Most people who'd buy an iPhone or GN4 are not the type to buy an X2, even if Samsung and Apple decided to postpone their release by 6 months.

      In fact, it seems great. They release their next phone to their nearest competitor (galaxy alpha) being overshadowed by GN4 and iPhone releases. They release a watch at the same time another premium compatible Android handset is coming out. So, they capitalize on the GN4 as well as people being swayed to move from iOS by the 1...2 punch of the Moto360 and GN4.

    • Chapa

      Your argument is invalid: Moto 360 is Android only. If you like what you see, and you want it, you'll have to ditch iPhone anyways, so there's really no concern whatsoever.

  • Alex
    • http://www.twitter.com/morenicano Morenicano

      Well played....

  • Taylor00

    Am I the only one who really doesn't care about the 360?

    • Guest

      Yes you are!

    • weethomas

      No. My grandmother also doesn't care about the 360. . . wait . . . Grandma? Is that you?

  • http://www.ronakg.com/ Ronak Gandhi

    This is the screen capture from the GIF. Wonder what's the fourth thing there along side X, G and 360. It has to be something worth putting on the same level as the other 3.

    May be it's wireless earbuds with heart rate monitor builtin?

  • http://www.ronakg.com/ Ronak Gandhi

    Here's a screen capture someone took from that GIF. Wonder what's the fourth thing there along side X, G and 360. It has to be something worth putting on the same level as the other 3.

    May be it's wireless earbuds with heart rate monitor builtin?

    • XerBlade

      Guys! Guys! Maybe it's some sort of device that attaches to your ear, and it connects to your phone through some space age wireless technology, and you can use it to talk on the phone without having to hold your phone and with no wires!? I know I'm probably reaching a bit, but wouldn't that just be EPIC?

      • Chapa

        JK aside, what good is to have your smartwatch screen your calls if you have to reach for your phone to answer them?

        • XerBlade

          As someone who has a smartwatch (a Pebble, but it still counts for this one), I can say that feature has less to do with the calls you do want to answer and everything to do with the calls you do NOT want to answer.

          Actually, that's the point of call screening to start with. Screening calls means you are are checking who calls are from so you can answer for some and not answer for others you don't want to have to talk to. A caller ID is a feature that is integral to screening calls, but screening calls is an activity, not a feature.

          • Chapa

            I know what you say, but I still think the BT Headset will round up the combo.

  • Guest
  • youareme7

    I'm going to doubt it but are there any good rumors of the x+1 having Qi charging? That's a dealbreaker if not. Would be funny for the moto 360 to support Qi but their new flagship phone to not.

    • dude

      You got a good point there.

    • psychoace

      Doesn't NFC have to be on board for Qi to work? Isn't it used to notify the phone that it's being charged or something? If so then think about that for a minute. Your watch will have nfc.

      • youareme7

        as cool as nfc would be (and who knows? i haven't seen any rumors about that) it's not required for qi charging. The coils and power electronics take care of the charging handshake

    • qu4ttro

      we've already seen the charging station for the 360 and it is not Qi

  • Wylan

    Nexus 6 please!!

    • dude

      This is a Motorola event, not Google event. No Nexus 6.

      • Wylan

        It could happen if it is indeed a Moto device...My N5 is on its last leg, dont crush my dreams.

        • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

          Shamu is targeted for a November release, so there's not THAT much longer to wait, hopefully.

        • DJ SPY

          How can it be on its last legs? It's not even a year old. What do you do to your phones?

          • Wylan

            Ok i might be exaggerating a bit. The battery life is getting horrendous and its got the hairline fractures in the case on both sides by the volume rocker and the sim slot. Yesterday it started turning the screen on whenever i would turn it off requiring me to push the power button like 3 times for it to finally sleep, i think its related to the cracks allowing the phone to flex a bit. I dunno, phones never been dropped, always front pocket and in the cup holder while driving. It shouldnt be in the shape its in.

          • youareme7

            Mine's not doing super great either, battery life isn't good but my GPS is really taken a dump. I'm hoping that's a return worthy reason because I don't think it should fail in such a short period

    • Cuvis

      Google usually reveals the Nexus phones, not the manufacturers.

      • Wylan

        This I know, however it wouldn't be like unlike Google to change it up especially with I/O being over. My N5 is in dire need of replacement so really its more wishful thinking than anything.

  • Nathan

    I have been waiting for this!

  • Nathan

    Please release all devices in Europe just like in the USA.

    • AbbyZFresh

      They don't have the distribution networks to launch globally all at once.

      • Jason Efstathiou

        Sure about that? Motorola is still Google and they probably could manage a worldwide launch especially after all of this time for set up.

      • Nathan

        What about Lenovo? Don't they have them?

        • AbbyZFresh

          Lenovo easily has the networks to the rest of the world. But the question is, will they make sure Moto launches globally without altering any of their current or future philosophy of quick updates, quality hardware, and stock android.

  • Pootis Man

    It's about time!

  • nikolas

    Hello Moto360! I ve been waiting for you...

  • Ervin Hasmujaj

    I was expecting a tablet from Motorola

  • Cesar

    Excitement!

  • Dario · 753 a.C. .

    as you can see in the image there are the typical colours of the old nexus' boot animation. and they all draw an "X" as well. does it mean something?

    http://i.imgur.com/VqmBJ.gif

    • Cesar

      Yes.
      Half-Life 3 confirmed.

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      I have heard tell that Motorola is going to release a Nexus Cootie Catcher at this event.

      ...But in all seriousness, in cases where you need four colors for something, combining the three primaries with green is extremely common.

    • JG

      Con: The colors are not in the proper sequence for the Nexus logo.
      Pro: Rumors seem to hint that Moto is working on a Nexus device (Shamu) - which now is being clocked in at 5.2 inches (the same as what the X+1 is supposed to be) instead of the larger 5.9 inches... So maybe Shamu is X+1 ???

      Either way, Moto is basically a Nexus OEM now anyway. Their new lines - the Droids, X, G and E are all basically AOSP with just a few small tweaks, and in the X's case at least they push updates real quick - Xs were getting their KitKat OTAs for (what seemed like) weeks while I waited for my N7 to get hers...

      • Dario · 753 a.C. .

        shamu will be x+1? i hope it'll be so. i'll buy it. i want a nexus with screen always on and touchless commands. i hope it'll have a good battery as well as motorola did for moto g (i've got it). it would be the perfect nexus imho.

        • JG

          Don't quote me on that - unless it turns out to be true of course... It was just a wild thought that popped into my head, since both phones are supposedly to be ready for release around the same time with the same screen size, etc...

          I don't know if Google will add in Always Listening and such to AOSP. It's Moto's code, which they kept when they sold it to Lenovo, so it's possible... But I think for it to work proper, without killing the battery, it needs a special processor... So it won't work well on every phone... But we'll see...

  • Cody Shiranai

    Chicago huh? If I had an invite I could actually go to that with no problems since I live so close. How much does it normally cost to attend such things or is it one of those Press Invite Only things?

  • Mico Lucide

    Guys notice the Nexus coloration? Here's hoping there are hints of Shamu.

  • Renan Lazarotto

    oh god oh god oh god... I NEED A FUCKING JOB. I want the Moto X successor as soon as it launches!

  • Jack Smith

    Bye bye, Samsung Gear Live.

  • Zak Taccardi

    Is there no time for this event?

    • Stephen Dickson

      I was thinking the same.

  • Guest

    same here, no sites seem to be mentioning today's event.

  • Ruperto17

    Any updates? Why is no one talking about this event??