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The Moto X Pure Edition Gets A Soak Test For Android 6.0 In The United States

Despite some recent controversy surrounding their upgrade policies, Motorola is still one of the fastest Android manufacturers on the draw when it comes to full version updates to their phones (at least the more expensive ones). The Moto X Pure Edition, the somewhat odd name for the unlocked version of the Moto X Style sold in the United States, is getting its first major bump since release soon. According to at least one of our readers, the soak test for Marshmallow is coming in hot after some initial testing back in October.

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[Update: Back Again] The Motorola Nexus 6 Is Available For $289.99 With Free Shipping On eBay

Update 11/2/15: The old deal was short-lived, but a new one popped up. See the updated link below.

Update 11/16/15: The previous link is now showing $339.99, but a new seller has listed the blue variant for $289.99. Tax in NY, free shipping.

Right now everyone is drooling over the new Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P (especially since Android Police's exhaustive reviews of both went up this morning). But the Nexus 6 is still around, and it's still a fantastic phone, especially considering the crazy discounts we've been seeing lately. For example: this morning you can get a new 32GB model for just $289.99 from this eBay seller from this eBay seller from this eBay seller.

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Real Yarn Went Into The Production Of Motorola's 'Stitch' Boot Animation Currently Making Its Way To More Devices

Do you know what appears when your phone boots up? Nexus devices have this spunky way of showing off the Android logo. Other manufacturers have their own way of introducing their brand. Motorola tends to get particularly creative.

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The Original Moto X Gets Its Android 5.1 (Yup, 5.1) Update On Sprint

Since the launch of the Moto X, Motorola has been pretty good about releasing timely Android updates... though that's been called into question recently. Apparently at least one variant of the original Moto X (the one from 2013) has been lagging a long way behind as well. The Sprint version of the phone only recently got its over-the-air update to Android 5.1 (the one from February). Before now it had been running Android 4.4.4 (the one from 2014). Ouch.

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Android Turns 8 Years Old Today, Asks Daddy Google For A Pony And A Plastic Rocket

We've pointed out before that Android has a lot of somewhat questionable birthdays, but November 5th is arguably the birth of the platform. On this day in 2007 the Open Handset Alliance was formally announced, uniting Google, HTC, Samsung, LG, Sony, Motorola, and dozens of software companies, chip manufactures, and mobile carriers, in the cause of promoting Android. It was presented as an open-source alternative to then-dominant mobile operating systems like Microsoft's Windows Mobile, RIM's BlackBerry, Nokia's Symbian, and - at least at the time - the looming specter of the iPhone.

The mobile market changes fast, and in "just" eight years it's been radically altered.

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Motorola Will Open A Retail Phone Store In Chicago Later This Week

Motorola, the last American phone company that wasn't Apple (at least before they got bought by Google and then shuffled over to Lenovo), now has an American store front. Well, technically at least: it has exactly one retail store, which Motorola's PR team is calling an "experimental boutique." If you're in the Chicago area, where Motorola's US headquarters is located, you can check it out on Saturday. The store will open for full business a week later at 108 North State Street.

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26 New And Notable (And 1 WTF) Android Apps And Live Wallpapers From The Last 2 Weeks (10/20/15 - 11/2/15)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

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DxOMark Ranks The DROID Turbo 2 As The Fourth Best Smartphone Camera, Between The Nexus 6P And LG G4

Verizon has just started selling the DROID Turbo 2, but the camera experts at DxOMark got their hands on a unit early to test its capabilities, and the results are good. Motorola's newest Verizon-exclusive device scored an 84 in DxO's tests, which places it in the number four position.

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Motorola Announces The Moto X Force, Coming To Various International Markets Starting In November

Motorola has officially announced the Moto X Force, the international version of the DROID Turbo 2 that became available from Verizon Wireless earlier today. You might remember it by its codename, Bounce.

The company didn't say much in the announcement. Actually, it didn't say anything. We're treated to a 'coming soon' page on Motorola's UK site (pictured above) and this YouTube video highlighting the phone's Moto ShatterShield display. Watch it fall. See how much better it sticks the landing than those other guys.

Oh, underneath that is a note: the phone is coming to Africa, the Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America starting in November.

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The DROID Turbo 2 And Maxx 2 Are Now Available For Purchase From Verizon

You can't get the new Moto X from any of the carriers directly, but Verizon does have two Motorola devices ready to go right now. The newly announced DROID Maxx 2 and Turbo 2 are on sale through Verizon's website and in stores. The Turbo 2 is the more expensive of the two, but the Maxx 2 isn't what I'd call cheap, either.

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