Yesterday we brought attention to an issue with Motorola's international devices wherein the carrier ID would be displayed in the status bar all the time, making the notification area almost useless in many circumstances. Well, Motorola VP Punit Soni happened to notice the post and chimed in with an update – it turns out Motorola is rolling out a fix in 4.4.3.
The Moto G has been a big seller for Motorola, and the device has seen pretty much universal praise from owners. However, the international version of the device (as well as the Moto X and Moto E) has an odd interface quirk that's driving some users up a wall. The carrier name sits on the left side of the status bar all the time, essentially making the notification area useless for anyone whose carrier has a name longer than a few characters.
Assist is one of the many clever features Motorola included with the Moto X. This service monitors conditions and triggers changes to your settings and preferences as needed. It's not as powerful as some third-party options, but it's build in at the system level. Today's update includes a few improvements, as well as the customary bug fixes.
The Moto X isn't dead yet – in fact, Motorola is offering a good deal on last year's flagship phone right now. For the next two days, a 32GB off-contract Moto X is only $349. That's $100 off the regular price.
As just announced on Motorola's official blog, the company will begin rolling out Android 4.4.3 KitKat to unlocked Mot X, G, and E owners this week. Motorola has made a point of rapid updates since it was acquired and subsequently sold by Google, with Punit Soni acting as the public face of Motorola's software update team.
This update will be rolling out to unlocked (T-Mobile) Moto X owners, the unlocked Moto G (including the new and old 3G variants, as well as LTE the version), and the Moto E.
So, Google posted this 'An Android Wear Design Story' thing that's probably moderately interesting if you want some insight into app development on Android Wear and the process of designing an experience appropriate for a smartwatch, but the only thing I came out of that post not being able to forget was this. Freaking. Photo.
My reaction is best summarized by the timecoded YouTube clip below.
But what about a Bluetooth audio receiver that lights up with all kinds of funky colors and is shaped like an Icosahedron? Yeah, I know I've got your attention now, and for $50, Motorola will make all your psychedelic geometric high-fidelic near field Bluetooth dreams come true.
The Moto E is Motorola's bid to dominate the low-end and developing markets, but that doesn't mean it's not worthy of attention from developers. As always with new Android phones, Motorola has posted the kernel source code for developers (and anyone else who wants to mess with it) at their official GitHub page.
The company also posted the updated source code for the RAZR M and RAZR HD (the international GSM variants of the Verizon-exclusive DROID RAZR M and DROID RAZR HD).
The Moto X is one of the best phones you can get right now. What makes it even better is that it's pretty affordable as it stands – a customized 16GB model is $400. 32GB is $450. Damn good pricing. But until the end of today (at midnight), you can get damn gooder pricing. That's right. Gooder.
With the coupon code AFFMTX, Moto is knocking fifty bones off of the 16GB model and seventy-five off of the 32GB model, making them $350 and $375 respectively.
The time has come for America's most patriotic phone to remove its ten-gallon hat and hop down from its saddle, because Motorola Mobility has announced that it's closing down the high-end phone's assembly plant in Fort Worth, TX. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the facility will close its doors before the end of the year.
"What we found was that the North American market was exceptionally tough,"
- Motorola President Rick Osterloh
The reason is simple, the Moto X simply did not sell enough units for Motorola to achieve economies of scale.