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Motorola's design chief leaves after 12 years at company

Jim Wicks, head of design at Motorola Mobility for the past twelve years (that's serious dedication in the tech biz), has left the company according to Crain's Chicago Business. Wicks' official title - Senior Vice President of Consumer Experience Design - makes it seem clear he likely had substantial roles in approving things like Moto Maker, an initiative that provided Motorola customers an unprecedented level of control over the personalization of the physical look and feel of their smartphones.

According to Crain's, Wicks will be replaced by a long-time Motorola designer who also ran Lenovo's MBG (Mobile Business Group) Design Studio, Ruben Castano.

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This history of Motorola video is a must-watch

Whether you're a phone junkie or just a history buff, a recent video by game reviews YouTube channel Lazy Game Reviews is, in my humble opinion, must-watch material. LGR takes us through the history of Motorola from its progenitors in 1921 up to its eventual split and acquisition by Google, then Lenovo. But the winding road from car radios to smartphones is filled with stories of Motorola's great successes (and a few failures more recently) over the past 90-plus years, and I came away with some new tidbits of knowledge in the process.

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Motorola Confirms Moto 360 Gen. 1 Will Not Receive Android Wear 2.0 Update

While you may have seen reports via Motorola's Twitter account that the Moto 360 Gen. 1 would not be receiving Wear 2.0, we decided to follow up with Motorola's official PR this morning on this news and received direct confirmation: the Moto 360 Gen. 1 won't get Wear 2.0.

The Moto 360 was heavily hyped leading up to its launch nearly two years ago, and understandably so: a [semi-]circular display made it stand out from pretty much any smartwatch that had been released previously. While LG's G Watch R was, in my opinion, a better take on the circular watch, the Moto 360 still stood out with its small bezels and minimalistic, lugless style.

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Moto Mod Pricing Leaks In Verizon App, Including An Obscene $299 For The Insta-Share Projector

Verizon has the early exclusive on Motorola/Lenovo's new Moto Z phones, and that means it will also be the first to sell the Moto Mod accessories. Lenovo neglected to announce pricing at the event, but now Verizon's mobile app has spilled the beans... the very expensive beans. That projector attachment will cost a whopping $300.

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Motorola Probably Still Has A Moto Z Play In the Works, Along With Pro Camera Mod and Waterproof Adventure Mod

Motorola announced the Moto Z yesterday with fewer Moto Mod accessories than were previously rumored. There's even an entire phone from previous leaks that didn't make an appearance. According to HelloMotoHK, those are still happening, and there are new-ish images. The phone is code named Vertex, and the remaining Mods were still called Amps when these images were produced.

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Motorola: Moto X Is Not Dead, Moto Z Provides A "Different Experience"

When I was at Lenovo's Tech World event yesterday, during a press briefing someone asked what Moto Z meant for Moto X. I heard the answer, but I wasn't entirely clear on exactly what was said and hadn't recorded it (my mistake), so I reached out to Motorola via email last night to ask them to comment on the whole X to Z transition. It turns out that there isn't a transition, so much as just a new member of the family: Moto Z is not replacing Moto X, at least not at this time. Motorola's statement follows.

Moto X is alive and well.

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[Specs Comparison] Moto Z & Moto Z Force

Yesterday, the Moto Z and Moto Z Force were unveiled by the new owners of the Moto brand, Lenovo. The devices showcase some bold, if controversial, design choices. While they may be lacking headphone jacks, they are not lacking for power or top-notch specs worthy of their flagship designation.

To help you sort out the differences between the two, we've prepared this handy-dandy chart. Clean your glasses and turn up your screen brightness – it's specs ogling time.

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Moto 360 2nd Gen And 360 Sport Get Improved Fitness Features In Update, Other Watches Get Security Patch

It's not just Nexus devices that are getting updates right now. Android Wear devices are getting an update as well, but it's just a security tweak for most of them. Motorola's current watches are getting a more sizable update, though.

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The Moto Z Droid Edition Comes With 2 Years Of Free Original Quality Google Photos Storage

Lenovo's Moto Z and Moto Z Force were announced yesterday to a lot of skeptical criticism from fans of the old Motorola brand. Personally, I think they look nice and I like the Mod approach as opposed to LG's, but only time will tell whether they end up being a disappointment or not. For now, all we have to go on is David's quick hands-on and his impressions were mitigated.

If you're interested in the Moto Z and Moto Z Force, there might be some good news to sway your decision even more in favor of the phone. The Droid Edition, which will be exclusive to Verizon whenever it launches this summer, will come with 2 years of "original quality" storage on Google Photos for free.

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Hands-On With The Moto Z And Moto Z Force (...And Mods)

I had a chance to go hands-on with the Moto Z and Z Force today (full name: Lenovo Moto Z DROID Edition and Lenovo Moto Z Force DROID Edition... which, OK), and here are my initial thoughts. Videos also follow.

First, I think both phones actually feel of a high quality - the design Moto is going with here is actually a lot nicer in person than I think various leaked photos have given these devices credit for. In particular, I love the black / dark gray versions of both devices - they have kind of a Darth Vader thing going on, if you ask me.

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