You'd think that Motorola, with its comparatively light Androidskin, would be quicker at delivering software updates, right? Well, you couldn't be more wrong. If its flagship phone, the Edge+, ranks poorly on our update tracker, it's best not to expect too much from its budget devices. However, the company has managed to fall short of even the lowest expectation by only just releasing Android 10 for the Moto One Macro in 2021.
Although Motorola has been slow to roll out Android 10 to most of its devices globally, the company is at least keeping developers happy with steady kernel source releases. Over the past few weeks, Motorola has released updated source code packages for most of its phones, accelerating the creation of custom ROMs and recovery partitions.
Motorola released two main G-series phones earlier this year, the G Power and G Stylus. The latter option has a built-in passive stylus for drawing and other screen interactions, and now you can buy the phone for just $199.99. That's $100 below the original price, but the phone has been listed at $269.99 almost continuously since August, so this is more like $70 off.
Motorola may not be the same company it once was, but the phones it produces are still some of the best in the US when it comes to value. For Prime Day, Amazon is offering savings of up to $205 off a variety of Motorola's best phones, from the high-end Moto Edge to the basic Moto E, there are options for every budget.
Google's pre-paid carrier is always running at least a few promotions, and every once in a while, Fi customers can get a new phone at a killer price. Motorola just released the Moto G Power and G Stylus last month, and now you can get both phones for $100 off on Google Fi.
Motorola has already launched what feels like too many Moto G8 series phones with various names — there's the Moto G8 itself, G Power, G Power Lite, G Stylus, G8 Plus, and G8 Play. It was rumored that the standard Moto G8 would be rebranded as the Moto G Fast for the US, but it appears as though this will be a slightly different phone. Meanwhile, the Moto G Stylus that's already out in the States has been unveiled for Europe as the Moto G Pro. None of this is confusing at all.
Motorola may not be what it used to be, but the company has recently managed to surprise us with the revival of the Moto Razr and the first glimpse at two new Moto G phones, the Power and the Stylus. While the Moto Razr can already be bought, the new G series has just become available for pre-order today, with general sales starting April 16.
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When the very first Moto G landed way back in 2013, it was a phone that undeniably turned head. Not because it was big, fast, or chocked full of incredible and innovative features, but because it was cheap. The G series has come a long way in the intervening seven years (yep, it's really been a while), but over that period, we kind of felt the G lost its way more than once, getting too expensive or missing out on key budget phone trends. Thankfully, these new G series phones correct some of Moto's missteps—they're legitimately good values. Last year's Moto G series was pretty plainly overpriced, so it's good to see Moto has readjusted its philosophy in 2020 with the G Power and S Stylus.
Ever since expanding away from selling just Pixel phones, virtual carrier Google Fi has always had a Motorola phone in its lineup as a mid-range stablemate. Now, with the Moto G Power and Moto G Stylus becoming available for sale, there's word that Fi will be bringing this pair into its roundhouse as well.
There are a lot of fun 3D objects like skeletons, cars, planets, and animals you can view in Google Search, which might be perfect to pass the time while you and your kids are stuck at home. The underlying technology enabling this is called Google Play Services for AR, formerly known as ARCore. It's an engine that powers most games and applications on Android that use augmented reality effects. However, since the framework has to be tuned for each device, Google has to periodically update Play Services to support new phones and tablets.