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The Moto Gamepad Mod will cost $79.99 and only be available through Verizon

It's like Motorola keeps shooting itself in the foot, over and over and over again. One of the most interesting Mods it announced to date, the Gamepad, will soon go on sale but you won't be able to buy it everywhere and it will cost a pretty penny.

How pretty? $79.99. For a few buttons and a 1035mAh battery. That's really pushing it. At $49.99, this would have been palatable. At $79.99, it's pushing the boundary of what Motorola can get away with and falls in line with the company's strategy of using its phones as Mods money grabs to maximize on its profit margin.

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Motorola releases Nougat kernel source code for the 2015 Moto X Pure Edition

The Moto X Pure has had a bizarre (and frustrating) update history. It originally shipped with Android 5.1, and was updated rather quickly to 6.0 Marshmallow. However, the jump to 7.0 Nougat has been anything but quick. The update is still in the testing phase in most regions, despite Motorola promising it would be rolling out by the end of Q2 2017 (which has already ended).

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Moto E4 Plus review: Dangerously close to the perfect budget phone

If you've read our Moto E4 review, you already know what to expect from Moto's budget lineup: reasonable specifications, bloat-free Android, and four-carrier compatibility in the US. All in all, it's a formula that we've found consistently puts Moto at the top of our recommendation pile in the entry-level to low-mid-range segment (including with phones like the excellent G5 Plus). Moto does inexpensive smartphones really well - aside from their lacking NFC in the US - and the E4 Plus is yet another example that sticks to a winning combination. Except, I'd argue it's even better than Moto's usual effort.

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[Deal Alert] Amazon has the ad-free gray 32GB Moto G5 Plus for $179.99 ($50 off)

Motorola, despite some strange missteps lately, is still king of the budget phone market in the west. You get some fantastic value with the G and E lines that is very difficult to beat, especially in the U.S. If you've been looking to pick a G5 up, you can grab the 32GB/2GB version for the low, low price of $179.99. That means you can save $50 off of the original MSRP.

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Moto E4 Plus now available from Verizon, Amazon, Newegg, and others

One of the many phones Motorola has announced this year is the Moto E4 Plus, a step up from the base Moto E4. It has a Snapdragon 427 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 5.5" 720p display, and a whopping 5,000mAh battery. Now you can finally buy it.

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Moto Z2 Force review: Focusing on the wrong things

Motorola kicked off the era of Moto Mods last year with the Moto Z and Z Force. The latter was only available on Verizon in the US, but this year the Z2 Force is coming to all US carriers. It's also the only flagship phone the company is releasing this summer—there's no regular Z phone at all. That makes the Z2 Force a critical phone for Motorola as it seeks to convince consumers and mobile carriers that Mods are a good idea.

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[Deal Alert] Moto G5 Plus on sale for $199.99 (32GB) and $249.99 (64GB) at B&H [Update]

There are plenty of budget phones out there, and most of them aren't bad. However, the Moto G5 Plus is the most not bad I've seen. It usually starts at a very reasonable $230, but today B&H is selling the 32GB device for just $199.99 and the 64GB for $249.99.

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Motorola has quietly dropped the Moto Z2 Force price from $800 to $720 [Update]

Motorola announced the Moto Z2 Force recently with a price of $800, a full $80 more than the first generation device. That seemed especially bold when Motorola is still pushing Mods that can cost as much as $300. Now, the company appears to have dropped the price without so much as a word. The phone is currently listed on the Motorola website at $720, the same as last year's phone.

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Motorola announces G5S and G5S Plus in Europe with unibody aluminum design, improved cameras, and more

Motorola used to have a very simple product lineup, but this is no longer the case. In fact, the G-series is becoming downright convoluted with all the slight variations. The G5S Plus popped up on the US Motorola site earlier today, and now the G5S Plus and G5S are official in Europe. They'll both come to the US later this year, but in slightly different forms.

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The Moto G5S Plus is official in the US: Dual rear cameras, metal unibody, 5.5" 1080p display

Moto is still on a mission to confuse everyone with a multitude of devices that differ ever so slightly in specs and nomenclature. The latest is the Moto G5S Plus, a bigger version of the current Moto G5 Plus, which is a bigger version of the regular G5. See? Simple. We first heard about the G5S Plus last month when specs of the device leaked, but now it's official.

The G5S Plus keeps the metal body of the current G5 lineup, but it improves it thanks to a unibody anodized aluminum design. It also has the same water repellent nano-coating, the same Snapdragon 625 processor and Adreno 506 GPU under the hood, MicroUSB charging and 3.5mm headphone port, and the same battery capacity at 3000mAh.

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