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The unlocked Moto Z Play launches today for $449.99

There are three members of the Motorola Moto Z family, and the cheapest one is undeniably the best overall device. The Moto Z Play launched first as a Verizon exclusive, and now it's available as an unlocked phone with full support for AT&T, T-Mobile, and other GSM networks.

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[Deal Alert] Get a new Moto 360 Sport from eBay for just $124.99 ($75 off)

The Moto 360 Sport is a strange product; while it sounds like a good smartwatch on paper, its price just keeps on plummeting. Just three days ago, we put out a [Deal Alert] for this watch at a price point of $140, but it's now dropped another $15 to $125. This time around, it's being sold by an eBay seller with 97.9% feedback on over 130k ratings.

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[Deal Alert] Get a black 42mm Moto 360 2nd Gen for just $199.99 from Amazon ($100 off)

Even though it's over a year old now, the second-gen Moto 360 is still a competitive Android Wear smartwatch, especially since Moto announced it won't be releasing any new smartwatches this year. We've seen a few deals for various models of the 360 in the past few weeks, but none that were new in box have been this cheap before. Now, you can get a new, 42mm Moto 360 2nd Gen in black for just $199.99 on Amazon.

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[Deal Alert] Moto 360 Sport down to $139.99 ($60 off) at Best Buy and Amazon

The Moto 360 Sport is a bit of an odd product. It's essentially a second-generation Moto 360 with a silicone band, slightly different design, a transflective LCD for better outdoor viewing, and GPS functionality. Whereas most Android Wear watches are attempting to look as close to classic watches as possible, the 360 Sport stands out (for better or for worse). The $299 MSRP was a tough sell, but thankfully, it has gone far down in price since introduction.

Right now, Best Buy is selling the Black model, pictured above, for only $139.99.

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The unlocked Moto Z is now available for $699.99 from Motorola, Amazon, and B&H

Motorola granted Verizon the exclusive on the Moto Z family of devices over the summer, but now you can finally pick up a Moto Z that's fully unlocked and compatible with GSM networks. Not that I necessarily think you should—the unlocked Moto Z is priced at $700, and that's without any Moto Mods. You can do it, though.

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Motorola's list of Nougat updates includes most 2016 phones, plus the Moto X and Droids from 2015

Motorola picked a pretty busy day to release its list of phones that are slated to be upgraded to Android 7.0 - make of that what you will. After previously confirming that the new Moto Z , Moto Z Droid, and Moto G4 lines would be upgraded to Nougat "starting in Q4," a more complete list was published to the company blog today. The list is fairly predictable, with some notable exceptions.

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[Update: not until 10/3] Droid Turbo 2 update adds WiFi calling and latest security updates

The Verizon-exclusive Droid Turbo 2 was released almost a year ago, and promptly made headlines with claims of a shatterproof screen. Verizon and Motrola have at least made an effort to keep the device updated, compared to other devices on Big Red, and it even received Android 6.0 Marshmallow earlier this year. Now owners of the Turbo 2 can finally use WiFi calling, courtesy of a software update.

An update, titled '24.31.22.kinzie_verizon.verizon.en.US,' is being pushed to all Droid Turbo 2 devices with the "Latest Android™ security updates and bug fixes," as well as full WiFi calling support.

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TWRP for Moto Z now available

The team behind TWRP has been busy lately. The very popular custom recovery (the one running on all of my devices) is fantastic for flashing, creating backups, file management, and other tasks. There is a good reason that most experienced users in this area recommend it to newcomers.

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Motorola posts Moto G4 Play kernel source code

If there's one thing Lenovorola (Motonovo?) has been consistently good at for its past few phones, it's releasing kernel source code quickly. The Moto G4 Play was made available for sale just last month, but its source code has already been published. This might be one of their quickest turnarounds yet.

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Motorola says that the Moto Z and G4 lines will get Nougat updates "beginning in Q4"

It's a frequent woe of Android users: you buy that fancy, top-of-the-line phone in the summer or fall, and you just know it's going to take the manufacturer months to get around to releasing the updated software that Google pushes out soon. They tend to issue press releases or Twitter posts promising support for the new update, though dates are typically either absent or vague. Such is the case with Motorola's commitment to Android 7.0 on its latest phones.

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