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Imagine how much it must suck to be Motorola right now

Imagine how much it must suck to be Motorola right now

Imagine being Motorola right now.

You haven’t launched a proper flagship phone in years. A long time ago, you captured the world’s attention, but those glory days are behind you. Your knees ache, your back aches, your Mods ache. You’re just not the vibrant, nimble smartphone manufacturer that you used to be. These days you get by selling serviceable entry level and mid-range phones.

But wouldn’t it be great to try again? To shoot for the moon and land among the stars? So, you get to work. You know it can take a couple years to get a new kind of smartphone off the ground.

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Motorola's $1,000 Edge+ is coming exclusively to Verizon next month

Motorola's $1,000 Edge+ is coming exclusively to Verizon next month

Motorola has slowly dropped out of the flagship phone race in recent years, but it's coming roaring back in 2020 with the Edge+. It's got all the latest hardware including a Snapdragon 865, millimeter wave 5G, and a gaggle of camera sensors. It also has the curviest curved OLED panel you've ever seen. You'll only be able to see it on Verizon, though. Motorola has a cheaper version of this device called simply the Motorola Edge, but we know much less about its release plans here.

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The Moto G Power and Moto G Stylus are available at Google Fi

The Moto G Power and Moto G Stylus are available at Google Fi

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.

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OnePlus 8 phones join the club supporting 3D objects and animals in Google Search

OnePlus 8 phones join the club supporting 3D objects and animals in Google Search

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.

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Moto Edge+ almost certainly being announced at April 22 event

Moto Edge+ almost certainly being announced at April 22 event

Critics panned Motorola's flagship smartphone for last year as being an unremarkable iteration on a series that relied on a proprietary accessory system that had grown long in the tooth. It was, therefore, somewhat of a relief when intelligence suggested that the company would go in a different direction this year. Now, we're only days away from hearing everything about the Moto Edge+.

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Android 10 kernel sources now available for more Motorola phones (Update: Moto One)

Android 10 kernel sources now available for more Motorola phones (Update: Moto One)

The Motorola One Power was one of the first of the company's phones to get Android 10. If custom ROMs are more your style, Motorola has now released the kernel source code for the Android 10 update, making it easier for developers to create ROMs and recoveries based on Android 10.

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Motorola releases the Blush Gold Razr, still $1,500 and Verizon-exclusive

Motorola releases the Blush Gold Razr, still $1,500 and Verizon-exclusive

The original Razr was an iconic phone, and part of the appeal was that you could get it in almost any color. Motorola is banking on nostalgia to drive sales of the new foldable Razr, but it's only now releasing a second color: the previously leaked Blush Gold.

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LineageOS 16 drops support for Galaxy S5 Neo, Wileyfox Storm, and other devices

LineageOS 16 drops support for Galaxy S5 Neo, Wileyfox Storm, and other devices

The LineageOS 17.1 custom ROM, based on Android 10, is finally here. However, until all the devices supported by the custom ROM get updated (or fall out of support through other means), the 16.0 branch based on Android 9 Pie will stick around. Since the last time we covered LineageOS 16, a handful of phones have been dropped.

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Moto G8 Power Lite launches with Android 9 Pie, MicroUSB, and 720p screen

Moto G8 Power Lite launches with Android 9 Pie, MicroUSB, and 720p screen

Motorola's product strategy for the past few years has been to release a phone at every price point imaginable. The Moto G8 was announced last month, while the G Power and G Stylus just went up for pre-order, and now another G8 model is here: the Power Lite.

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The Moto Z4 is receiving Android 10 (Update: Verizon)

The Moto Z4 is receiving Android 10 (Update: Verizon)

Ever since Google sold Motorola to Lenovo, the brand's update strategy hasn't been the same. The original Moto X used to receive the Android 4.x updates almost as fast as the Nexus devices, but Lenovo seems to have different priorities. As such, the Moto Z4 is receiving Android 10 only now, half a year after it was first released to Google's Pixel lineup.

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