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Moto Maker Launches In China With Promotional Pricing On Moto X, Moto G, and Moto X Pro

Lenovo's brand new "Lenovo Tech World" event kicked off in Beijing today with some good news for would-be Moto makers in China - Moto Maker, Motorola's customization tool for the Moto X is opening up shop.

Customers in China will have access to all the same options current Moto Maker users enjoy - front and back color, accents, materials, and optional laser etching.

For now, Moto Maker is limited to the Moto X, but Lenovorola is offering promotional prices until June 2nd on the X, G, and the Nexus 6's cousin the Moto X Pro.

The Moto X will be available for RMB2,699 (with customized versions starting at RMB2,799), the Moto G from RMB999, and the X Pro from RMB3,999.

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How To Make Sense Of All The Different Nexus 6 Builds: Why They Exist And What It All Means

Ever since Android 5.1 began rolling out to the Nexus 6 a few months ago, there have been numerous builds at the same time, depending on country and carrier. This can be a lot for even the most hardcore of Nexus fans. Fret no more, however. We are here to help.

Disclaimer

This post is intended for people who have locked bootloaders and flash OTAs - you know, the people who keep their phones stock. While I realize that a lot of Android Police's readership are power users, a very large number of us, myself included, have neither the time nor sufficient amounts of interest to unlock bootloaders, root devices, etc.

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[Deal Alert] [Update: Other Retailers] Best Buy Is Selling The Moto 360 For $100 Off, All Colors And Bands Available

If you've been waiting on a good deal for Motorola's first Android Wear device, now might be the time to strike. Best Buy is offering every retail variant of the Moto 360, all the various color and band combinations, for $100 off of the already-reduced base price of $250. That means the cheapest new one is $149.99, while the most expensive option (the "champagne" gold color with matching metal band for men or women) is $229.99.

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[Probably Not Ready Yet] Verizon Appears To Be Gearing Up To Activate Any Nexus 6 Through Normal Procedures, Not Just Ones Sold By The Carrier, And There's An OTA Going Out For It

As is well known by now, Verizon Wireless has, thus far, refused to activate any Nexus 6 that wasn't purchased from the carrier, at least through official procedures. Thankfully, it would appear that things are ready to change.

Nexus 6 owners on Verizon are now reporting that their non-VZW Nexus 6s are showing up on their accounts as "Nexus 6 Non VZW," rather than just a generic "Non-VZW Device" as it had in the past. This is huge for anyone who has wanted Verizon as an option for their device. With all that said, don't go running down to your Verizon store to activate service yet, as it might not be ready for prime time.

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[Not Lollipop] Verizon DROID Ultra, DROID Mini, And DROID Maxx Get A Maintenance Update

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1st Gen Moto G Gets Android Lollipop OTA Update

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Motorola Camera Updated With Manual Exposure Control

Motorola hasn't exactly been hitting it out of the park with cameras as of late. The 2014 Moto X offered a minor improvement over the 2013 model, but it's still put to shame by other flagships. At least the camera app is in the Play Store so it can be updated with new features, just like it is today.

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[Not Lollipop] Verizon Will Sell The DROID Turbo With Blue, Orange, And Pink Metallic Trim Starting May 28th

Motorola's DROID line, exclusive to Verizon in the United States, tends to get a few color variants every year. The high-end DROID Turbo, the only entry for the 2014-2015 cycle, already has several: it launched in black, red, and "ballistic nylon," and a blue version has been on sale for some time. By the end of the month shoppers will have three new options.

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The new colors are variants of the flat black model, with the metallic parts on the speaker grille, volume rocker and power button, and camera lens ring colored in new trim. Blue, orange, and pink (violet) will be offered, with matching colors on the "DROID" badge on the back of the phone.

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Motorola Is Soak Testing Android 5.1 For The 1st Gen Moto E—Here's The Changelog

Motorola posted the Android 5.1 changelog for the second gen Moto E earlier this month (along with the 1st and 2nd gen Moto X). A week later, we saw over-the-air updates go out. What about the older Moto E released a year before? As it turns out, Motorola isn't leaving the phone behind. The company is currently soak testing Android 5.1 on the device in India.

Motorola has posted a changelog aimed at Indian users. A reader sent us these screens of the update coming to his Moto E on Tata Docomo.

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At 209.5MB, this update is even smaller than the 250MB one that 2nd gen owners received.

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[Deal Alert] Today Only: Woot Has A Refurbished Moto 360 With Leather Strap For Just $130

If you've been looking to score a high-end Android Wear device on the cheap, head over to Woot's landing page. The main daily deal for today (Thursday) is the Moto 360, refurbished and sporting either black or gray leather strap, for just $129.99. That's a full $120 off of the original retail price, and $35 off of the price that was dropped last month. It's the cheapest round Wear watch available at the moment, and well below the average price for any smartwatch.

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